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Met Opera in late union talks

The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout.

Actor Kenny Ireland dies aged 68

Tributes are paid to Scottish actor and director Kenny Ireland who has died aged 68 after a battle against cancer.

Gibb's final song to be released

The last song written and recorded by late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is to be released in September, it is announced.

Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies

Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.

Kylie to headline Games closing show

Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, organisers confirm.

Israeli show cancelled after protest

An Israeli show at the Edinburgh Fringe is cancelled after only one performance following a protest by a pro-Palestinian group.

US TV producer Halmi dies aged 90

Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90.

6 Music audience overtakes Radio 3

BBC Radio 6 Music listening figures surpass BBC Radio 3 for the first time with 1.89m weekly listeners.

Museum bids for virgin sculpture

A museum in Cambridge reveals plans to acquire a 17th Century wooden bust of the weeping virgin.

City of Culture boss appointed

The man behind the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies is chosen to deliver Hull's City of Culture programme in 2017.

Documentary pioneer Robert Drew dies

Robert Drew, the pioneer of fly-on-the-wall documentary style known as Cinema Verite, has died at the age of 90

Fake Bieber promoter faces prison

US man who posed as a concert promoter who could book Justin Bieber and Rihanna facing jail term for stealing millions of dollars.

Artist quits school after 1D success

A teenager gives up his studies after his portraits of One Direction go viral on Instagram.

Star Wars name passport rejected

A woman who added "Skywalker" as a middle name is told by passport officials that her signature infringes a trademark.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban

A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.

Anderson 'stellar' in Streetcar

Critics say Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career in A Streetcar Named Desire at London's Young Vic.

Emin's My Bed set for long Tate loan

Tracey Emin's controversial artwork My Bed is to return to the Tate after being sold by Charles Saatchi for £2.2m earlier this month.

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'

Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

Lawyers quit director's sex case

Two lawyers acting for a man who claims he was sexually abused by X-Men director Bryan Singer as a teenager ask to withdraw from the case.

Hollywood rallies to save celluloid

Movie directors including Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams lead an attempt to save the last Kodak factory that manufactures physical film stock.

R Kelly leaves festival line-up

Singer R Kelly is removed from the line-up of a US music festival amid concerns about a past court appearance for possessing child pornography.

Co-op changes music policy in stores

The supermarket chain is now playing signed and unsigned music artists throughout its UK stores.

Government ends prison guitar ban

A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales is reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr.

Actress Sally Farmiloe dies aged 60

Actress Sally Farmiloe, who appeared in Howards' Way and had an affair with Lord Archer during the 1990s, dies of cancer at the age of 60.

No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence

Rolf Harris's five-year-and-nine-month jail sentence over sex offences will not be referred to the appeal court, despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".

Coe 'will not run for BBC Trust job'

Lord Coe indicates that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

VIDEO: City of Culture chief 'terribly excited'

The new chief executive of the company responsible for Hull's Cit of Culture programme has said that he is "terribly excited" about taking on the role.

VIDEO: Underwater art exhibition in Italy

An exhibition of photographs is taking place underwater off an Italian island.

VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs

Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media.

VIDEO: Hopper's art given life on film

Talking Movies talks to Gustav Deutsch - a multimedia artist at the cutting edge of cinema.


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