Sampha wins Mercury Prize for his debut album, Process

September 14, 2017 11:25 pm0 comments
Sampha wins Mercury Prize for his debut album, Process

Media playback is unsupported on your device Soul singer Sampha has been awarded the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his mournful and intimate album, Process. The singer, who for a long time was better known as a guest vocalist on other people’s records, beat Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to win […]

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Daniel Dae Kim thanks Ed Skrein after taking over Hellboy role

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Daniel Dae Kim thanks Ed Skrein after taking over Hellboy role

Actor Daniel Dae Kim has been confirmed for the Hellboy reboot, two weeks after British star Ed Skrein dropped out amid accusations of “whitewashing”. Daniel Dae Kim, who is known for shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Lost, will play Major Ben Daimio in the new film. The character was Japanese-American […]

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How Hull became Britain's hotbed of ballet talent

September 13, 2017 11:58 pm0 comments
How Hull became Britain's hotbed of ballet talent

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hull is being recognised as a centre of world-class ballet talent after producing some of Britain’s top dancers. One ballet school has trained many of them. What’s its secret? On the wall of Skelton Hooper dance school, which is tucked behind a church […]

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Booker Prize: Novelist and bookshop worker Fiona Mozley on shortlist

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Booker Prize: Novelist and bookshop worker Fiona Mozley on shortlist

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 29-year-old writer who works part-time at a bookshop in York has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel. Fiona Mozley, the second-youngest author to be up for the prestigious literary prize, wrote Elmet while commuting between London and […]

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa 'won't sing in public again'

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa 'won't sing in public again'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of opera’s most celebrated stars, has told the BBC she will never sing in public again. Dame Kiri, 73, said she stopped performing a year ago, but had not announced her retirement until now. “I don’t want to […]

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JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

September 12, 2017 12:40 pm0 comments
JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

JJ Abrams, who launched the new era of Star Wars films with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to the series as director and co-writer of Star Wars: Episode IX. “With The Force Awakens, JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said. “I […]

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Nadine Coyle: Girls Aloud split was 'silly'

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Nadine Coyle: Girls Aloud split was 'silly'

“My favourite smell is bleach,” says Nadine Coyle. “If I walk into the house and there’s things being bleached, it just makes me feel at home, euphoric almost.” She pauses and laughs. “I can’t believe we’re having a whole discussion about bleach. Real pop star things!” The topic has come […]

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Strictly judge predicts same-sex couples on next year's show

September 11, 2017 1:09 pm0 comments
Strictly judge predicts same-sex couples on next year's show

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has predicted there will “probably” be same-sex couples dancing on the show next year. Prior to the launch show Susan Calman faced criticism for taking part in their absence, and the BBC issued a statement saying they had “no plans” to introduce them. […]

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James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy – and other things we learned at Radio 2's Hyde Park show

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James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy - and other things we learned at Radio 2's Hyde Park show

Media playback is unsupported on your device James Blunt set sail over the audience at Radio 2’s Hyde Park festival on Sunday – perched precariously inside a rubber dinghy. The star’s take on crowd-surfing came at the end of a mid-afternoon set, which featured the hits You’re Beautiful, Bonfire Heart […]

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Bake Off: Paul Hollywood in Nazi outfit apology

September 10, 2017 1:46 pm0 comments
Bake Off: Paul Hollywood in Nazi outfit apology

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood has apologised after being pictured wearing a Nazi uniform. The Sun on Sunday published pictures of the celebrity baker in a World War Two outfit, including a swastika armband. The 51-year-old said the pictures dated from 2003, when he went to a New […]

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