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Eurovision 2017: Ukraine bars Russian singer Samoilova from contest

Image copyright Channel One Russia/ EVN Image caption Samoilova is a former Russian X Factor contestant Ukraine has barred Russia’s Eurovision contestant because of a visit she made to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Julia Samoilova was banned from Ukraine for three years because she had entered Crimea “illegally” – entering directly from Russia, […]

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Sir Ian McKellen to relive glittering career on stage

Image copyright Mark Douet Image caption Sir Ian will reprise some of his best-known performances as part of the show You shall not pass! Unless, of course, you have what’s sure to be a highly sought-after ticket to Sir Ian McKellen’s new one-man performance. The show, called Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You, will see the […]

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David Bowie Brixton memorial abandoned due to lack of funds

Image copyright This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll Image caption The memorial would have stood three-storeys high opposite the entrance to Brixton Tube station Plans to create a huge lightning bolt memorial to David Bowie in south London have been scrapped after a crowdfunding campaign fell short of its target. The 9m (30ft) tall red and blue statue, […]

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Piers Morgan to be silenced on Twitter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Morgan appeared gagged at the National Television Awards in January Piers Morgan has promised not to tweet for one whole day – in order to raise money for Comic Relief. The Good Morning Britain presenter will fall silent on the social media platform for 24 hours this Friday if […]

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Liverpool to reimagine The Beatles' Sgt Pepper in eclectic arts festival

Image copyright PA Image caption The Beatles were at the height of their powers when they recorded the album Liverpool is marking the 50th birthday of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album by asking a dizzying array of performers to reinterpret the songs in the city. From choirs to cabaret performers and musicians to artists, each […]

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American in Paris grateful for La La Land boost

Image copyright Lionsgate The brains behind An American in Paris say they’re glad La La Land has revived interest in the Hollywood musical, even if their posters look kind of similar. Both feature a girl in a yellow dress against a starry backdrop, which has led some people to confuse the two. As far as […]

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge scoops two RTS Awards

Image copyright AP Image caption The second series of Fleabag has just been confirmed Phoebe Waller-Bridge has scooped two prizes at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards. She took the prizes for breakthrough and best comedy writer for her BBC Three series Fleabag. The show’s success at the ceremony comes in the same week […]

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Tove Lo: Women are supposed to be sexy but not want sex

Swedish star Tove Lo says she still faces prejudice for talking about sex in her songs and on stage. She’s been singing about female sexuality since her first big hit with Habits (Stay High) in 2014. But she reckons attitudes to women who speak about sex have not moved on in three decades. It’s after […]

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'The paintings were behind a wall'

Two paintings stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2002 will be on display once again. They were found last September in a mafia don’s basement during a raid by police in Italy. Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen and View of the Sea at Scheveningen are two early Van Gogh works […]

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Hollywood screenwriter accuses Disney of stealing ideas for Zootopia

A Hollywood screenwriter and producer has accused Disney of copying the idea for its Oscar-winning animation Zootopia from him. Gary Goldman, whose credits include Total Recall and Minority Report, is suing the firm and says elements of the film are based on his work. He claims Disney copied themes, settings, plot, characters and dialogue and […]

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US TV host Tomi Lahren 'suspended over pro-choice comments'

Image copyright @tomilahren instagram Image caption The political commentator has received a backlash from fellow Republicans and conservative commentators US conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren has reportedly been suspended from her talk show after saying she holds pro-choice views on abortion. The 24-year-old pundit hosts Tomi on the conservative US network TheBlaze. She rose to […]