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Oscars 2019: How Richard E Grant took over role from Chris O'Dowd (3 hours old)

Chris O'Dowd very nearly played a role made famous by Richard E Grant.

Rapman pays tribute to Cadet in new song after car crash tragedy (2 hours old)

Rapman releases Letter to Cadet, two weeks after he died in a car crash on his way to a gig.

#MeToo Oscars: Why aren't there more female directors? (10 hours old)

One year after #MeToo came to the Oscars red carpet, there are no female nominees for best director.

Jussie Smollett: Judge calls alleged hate hoax 'despicable' (10 hours old)

A judge says the "most vile" part of the allegedly staged hate crime was the use of a noose.

R Kelly faces fresh claims of sexual abuse (12 hours old)

Two more women come forward with claims of misconduct by the R&B singer after a concert in the 1990s.

University Challenge: What's behind Freddy Leo's rapid buzzing? (2 hours old)

Viewers have been left baffled by Oxford University student's unusual buzzing technique and incredible knowledge.

Rev Richard Coles hails mental health unit (1 hour 19 minutes old)

Pop star-turned-vicar the Reverend Richard Coles had clinical depression at the age of 17.

Peter Tork: Tributes to Monkees musician who has died aged 77 (15 hours old)

Peter Tork, a member of one of the first boy bands, The Monkees, dies at the age of 77.

Gwyneth Paltrow counter-sues over 2016 skiing accident (23 hours old)

The actress says she was not at fault over the accident and is seeking a symbolic $1 in damages.

Inbetweeners creators writing BBC Premier League show (18 hours old)

It is the first show Iain Morris and Damon Beesley have written together since The Inbetweeners.

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John Terry shows his appreciation for TOWIE's Danielle Armstrong (23 minutes old)

Last year, he was showing his appreciation for Holly Willoughby by liking 30 pictures of her. 

Brits 2019: Bosses 'kept reality stars apart from Pink, Liam Payne and other A-listers'' (34 minutes old)

Brit Awards bosses reportedly kept reality stars from mingling with A-listers including P!nk and Liam Payne on the red carpet according to The Sun .

Adriana Lima flaunts her legs in a neon green and black cut-out gown for Hollywood For Science Gala (1 hour 15 minutes old)

The 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala, which supports UCLA's Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, took place on Thursday night in Los Angeles. And leading the carpet was Adriana Lima.

Blac Chyna SLAMS 'immature' Soulja Boy for 'trying to sex shame her' in now-deleted tweet (2 hours old)

Blac Chyna, 30, is reportedly livid at Soulja Boy, 28, for trying to sex shame her after he tweeted 'he just wanted to see what the p***y felt like' following news of their split.

Courteney Cox looks goes gooey-eyed over Johnny McDaid at Chopard event (2 hours old)

Courteney Cox, 54, looked more smitten than ever with partner Johnny McDaid, 42, as they turned out for the star-studded Hollywood For Science Gala on Thursday night.

Niall Horan looks sharp in a chequered suit and white shirt to celebrate Courtney Barry's wedding (2 hours old)

Niall Horan took a break from his busy schedule to attend the wedding of Selena Gomez's best friend Courtney Barry to her love Sam Lopez in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.

Westlife's Markus Feehily delightedly reveals he's ENGAGED to secret beau  (3 hours old)

While he has kept the identity of his Showbiz-shunning beau shrouded in secrecy, he was delighted to reveal the news from their romantic holiday

Kylie Jenner is NOT expected to cut off Jordyn Woods even after her BFF's alleged cheating scandal (3 hours old)

Kylie Jenner is not expected to 'cut off' Jordyn Woods even though her BFF allegedly 'hooked up' with Tristan Thompson on Sunday during a house party in Los Angeles. 

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Queen Olivia Colman hopes to reign at the Oscars (4 hours old)

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: The star is this close to winning the best actress Academy Award for her sublime portrayal of Queen Anne in director Yorgos Lanthimos’s dark comedy The Favourite.

Liam Neeson's Cold Pursuit is a terrible movie about a vengeful snowplough driver, says BRIAN VINER  (9 hours old)

Liam Neeson's decision to star in Cold Pursuit, a stinker of a movie about a vengeful snowplough driver, is the biggest misjudgement of his career, writes BRIAN VINER

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Michael Jackson estate suing HBO for $100m over tell-all documentary (15 hours old)

The singer’s estate is claiming the network is breaching a 1992 non-disparagement contract by airing a two-part documentary alleging sexual abuse against children Michael Jackson’s estate is suing HBO over the network’s plans to air a documentary alleging the singer sexually abused two young boys.The estate is claiming that by showing Leaving Neverland, HBO is violating a non-disparagement clause from a 1992 contract. According to the suit, when HBO aired Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour, the clause precluded them from disparaging the singer in future works. Continue[...]

What should we expect from Marvel's new TV universe? (3 hours old)

As the final cancellations spell a definitive end to Netflix’s Marvel properties, Disney’s new streaming service might give them a new lease of lifeNetflix is no longer in the Marvel business. Although this looked to be the case last year when it binned Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, this week’s cancellation of Jessica Jones and The Punisher has rubberstamped it. Netflix’s expensive licensing deal with Marvel has run aground for good. Related: Captain Marvel: why sexist attempts at sabotage will fail Continue reading...

Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman to take legal action after Twitter abuse (21 hours old)

The pair are ‘looking to stop vile lies’ after criticising antisemitism in LabourThe Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and former EastEnders actor Tracy Ann Oberman are preparing legal action against up to 70 individuals for tweets relating to their campaign against antisemitism in the Labour party, according to the pair’s lawyer.Mark Lewis, who made his name representing phone-hacking victims, said he is contacting people who have either posted allegedly libellous claims about his clients or repeatedly sent them large numbers of messages, which he says is tantamount to harassment. Continue rea[...]

And the Oscar for most self-satirising ceremony goes to … (19 hours old)

No actual host, plans to give awards off-screen – it’s not as if the Academy Awards need any more unscripted dramaThe way the organisers tell it, the Oscars ceremony is vital to the US’s sense of it itself – like cheap gas, or getting mired in faraway wars, or getting mired in faraway wars for cheap gas. The zombie statistic that a billion people will be watching the Academy Awards on Sunday night staggers on. Last year, US ratings were a record-low 26.5 million – with honourees reminded constantly of this non-fact. Their speeches therefore can – indeed, must! – be read as the considered outre[...]

Chau Chak Wing wins defamation case against Sydney Morning Herald (6 hours old)

Herald’s new owner, Nine, says it will appeal against the $280,000 in damages it has been ordered to pay Chau Nine has said it will appeal against a court order to pay $280,000 in damages to Chinese businessman Chau Chak Wing, after a federal court judge ruled that a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald article linking him to a US bribery case was defamatory.Less than an hour after Justice Michael Wigney ruled on Friday that the article, written by journalist John Garnaut, had used “imprecise and loose” language in a way that was “derisive” of Chau, the Herald’s new owner said it would appeal. Continue [...]

Emma Husar: some of BuzzFeed’s defence struck out in defamation case (4 hours old)

Judge finds BuzzFeed wasn’t ‘anywhere near capable’ of proving that the ‘slut’ meaning claimed by Husar is substantially true A judge has encouraged federal MP Emma Husar and BuzzFeed to consider mediation in their defamation battle, warning they face a complicated and expensive case that could cause “a whole lot of collateral damage”.Justice Steven Rares made the suggestion in the federal court on Friday after delivering a setback to BuzzFeed Australia, with the news site having parts of its defence struck out. Continue reading...

Fortnite maker pulls ads over YouTube 'paedophile ring' claims (21 hours old)

Epic Games joins Nestlé in abandoning video site over comments section scandalThe maker of Fortnite has pulled adverts from YouTube amid concerns that promotions for the video game, which is popular with children, were appearing alongside comments posted by paedophiles.Epic Games confirmed it had withdrawn its adverts from the Google-owned site, joining Nestlé in temporarily abandoning it due to the latest scandal over inappropriate content. Continue reading...

Culture secretary to meet Mark Zuckerberg in US after snub to MPs (1 day old)

Jeremy Wright visits Facebook HQ following founder’s refusal to face Commons committeeThe culture secretary has flown to meet Mark Zuckerberg in California, despite the Facebook boss refusing to come to the UK to answer questions from a parliamentary committee.Jeremy Wright is due to meet the social network’s founder at Facebook’s global headquarters on the outskirts of San Francisco, as the government prepares to unveil its proposals for regulating internet companies. These could place a legal duty on tech companies to deal with problems ranging from online grooming to targeted harassment cam[...]

New series of Fleabag will be released weekly as BBC decides against boxset (1 day old)

Second series will be broadcast on BBC One on Mondays at 10.35pm – despite drive to attract younger audiencesFleabag, one of the most bingeworthy TV shows of 2016, is to return next month – but viewers will have to wait a week for each new episode after the BBC decided against releasing the show in a boxset format despite a renewed bid to attract younger audiences.The show, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge alongside Olivia Colman, was a word-of-mouth hit when it first appeared on iPlayer in 2016, after being commissioned by the online-only BBC Three strand. Since then many BBC Thre[...]

Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure (14 hours old)

As pressure mounts on Facebook to explain its role in promoting anti-vaccine misinformation, Pinterest tries different approachOn Wednesday morning, Adam Schiff, the powerful chair of the House intelligence committee, joined journalists around the world in a nascent Twitter meme: he searched “vaccine” on Facebook and posted a screenshot of the results.Schiff’s search results were indeed alarming: autofill suggestions for phrases such as “vaccination re-education discussion forum”, a group called “Parents Against Vaccination”, and the page for the National Vaccine Information Center, an officia[...]

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