Actor Richard Thorp, who played Emmerdale stalwart Alan Turner for more than 30 years, dies at the age of 81.
A rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with annotations and drawings by JK Rowling sells for a record £150,000.
Henri Dutilleux, one of France's leading 20th Century composers, has died in Paris at the age of 97, his family announce.
It is confirmed that Sharon Osbourne will return as a judge in 2013.
Action sequel Fast & Furious 6 races ahead of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in this week's UK and Ireland box office chart.
Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, dies from cancer at the age of 62.
A woman who stopped to help George Michael after a crash describes how the pop legend was lying covered in blood on the M1.
Sir Elton John is to headline a new Hyde Park festival celebrating British songwriters - Ray Davies and Elvis Costello will also play.
Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founder member of the 1960s rock band The Doors, dies aged 74 in Germany after a long battle with cancer.
Eddie Braben, the writer behind comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, dies at 82.
Film star Michael Douglas breaks down in tears at a press conference in Cannes while discussing his role as flamboyant pianist Liberace.
Barbra Streisand is to receive an honorary doctorate of philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The ice skating TV series is to be axed after one further series.
The BBC's Kev Geoghegan wraps up his diary as the Croisette bids farewell to the world's film industry for another year
The musical world will come together on Wednesday to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Wagner with a series of programmes and events.
Matilda the Broadway show wins five awards at New York's Drama Desk awards while Pippin, Cinderella and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf are also multiple winners.
Foxwoods Theatre, Broadway's biggest venue has been bought by Britain's Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).
Star Trek Into Darkness tops the US box office chart on its debut weekend but fails to reach its $100m estimate.
Alexei Balabanov, the Russian director whose cult films caught the wildness of Russia's early post-Soviet years, dies at the age of 54.
More than $1m (£650,000) worth of Chopard jewels, to be worn by stars for the Cannes film festival, are stolen from a hotel room in the city.
The singer will appear with Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato along with newcomer Paulina Rubio.
The president of Azerbaijan orders an investigation into why his country gave Russia "nul points" at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest.
Naughty Boy is stepping out of the shadows in his role as a producer to release his debut album with the help of Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran.
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee pulls out of his first TV project, because he needs "some rest", after spending more than four years making and promoting Life of Pi.
Russia's foreign minister calls Azerbaijan's failure to award any Eurovision points to Russia "outrageous" and promises a response.
The BBC announces a new £5m investment package to help boost its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.
Film star Michael Douglas has been discussing his latest role as flamboyant pianist Liberace
London Symphony Orchestra's Valery Gergiev spoke about the 3D ballet and today as the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner.
A row has erupted between Russia and Azerbaijan over the Eurovision song contest, with the Russian foreign minister accusing the Azerbaijanis of vote-rigging.
The Cleveland Orchestra realised long ago that it needed to attract new customers in order to survive.