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Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear

Actor Brian Blessed pulls out of Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear on doctor's advice, after collapsing with heart trouble during a performance last week.

Suge Knight held over LA death

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run.

Cumberbatch in call for gay pardons

Benedict Cumberbatch and members of codebreaker Alan Turing's family are among those calling for thousands of men who were prosecuted for being gay to be pardoned.

Stage awards honour theatre industry

The Young Vic in London, Southampton's Nuffield, Liverpool's Everyman and producer Sonia Friedman are among the winners at The Stage's 2015 awards.

Robbie Coltrane taken ill on flight

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is admitted to hospital in Florida with flu-like symptoms after falling ill during a flight from London.

Cliff Richard raid on RTS shortlist

The coverage of a controversial police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard is nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

Conductor dies after stage collapse

Renowned conductor Israel Yinon dies, aged 59, after collapsing during a concert performance in Switzerland.

Enright made first Irish Laureate

Booker winner Anne Enright is appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at a ceremony in Dublin.

'King of Kitsch' Rod McKuen dies

Populist poet and prolific songwriter Rod McKuen, who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Madonna, dies at the age of 81.

Oyelowo disappointed by Bafta snub

Former Spooks star David Oyelowo says he is disappointed by the snub given by Bafta to his latest film, the civil rights drama Selma.

Dappy avoids jail for rules breach

Former N-Dubz star Dappy avoids a jail term for breaking probation conditions.

Disney reveals first Latina princess

Disney's new animated television series Princess Elena of Avalor will feature its first Latina princess.

Danny Dyer: Game of Thrones turned me down three times

EastEnders star Danny Dyer repeatedly auditioned for hit US show Game of Thrones, but failed to land a part.

'Lost' Constable work fetches £3.4m

A painting bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for £3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.

'Dippy' makes way for blue whale

London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

Thorn Birds author McCullough dies

Australian author Colleen McCullough, best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, dies aged 77.

Man killed on Scorsese film set

One man is killed and two others are injured on the set of Martin Scorsese's latest film set in Taiwan.

Ghostbusters: Female stars confirmed

Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are to reunite in the all-female Ghostbusters sequel, its director Paul Feig confirms.

Mr Men and Little Miss in film deal

Film rights for the Mr Men and Little Miss characters are secured by Fox Animation, the studio behind the Ice Age and Rio franchises.

Taylor Swift trademarks 'sick beat'

Pop star Taylor Swift trademarks a number of phrases, including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", it is revealed.

Sabbath bassist in bar fight arrest

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is arrested in the United States after a bar fight, police say.

Beatles home to be sold at auction

A former home of Beatles legend John Lennon's mother is to be sold at auction.

Coronation Street role recast

Actress Lucy Fallon is to take over the role of Bethany Platt, after another actress was dropped from the same role over an age discrepancy.

MOTD remains on BBC TV until 2019

The BBC renews its deal to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day for a further three years.

Subtitles make live TV 'unwatchable'

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom says people relying on subtitles to watch live TV shows have an "inferior" experience.

VIDEO: Fifty shades of manipulation?

Will Gompertz discusses appropriation - and Fifty Shades of Grey - in his latest blog

VIDEO: Suge Knight hands himself in

Suge Knight, the man behind the Death Row Records label, has been arrested on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck.

VIDEO: The Stranglers: 'We broke the rules'

The Stranglers, who were famed for their rock and roll lifestyle, are due to start touring again after four decades in the music industry.

VIDEO: Taylor Swift trademarks famous lyrics

Pop star Taylor Swift has trademarked phrases including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", in the United States to prevent unauthorised use of her work on merchandise.

VIDEO: Gaming meets film at Sundance

As well as showcasing the best in independent cinema, the annual Sundance Film Festival is trying to show how state-of-the-art moving image technologies can be used to tell stories in very different ways.


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