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Why we're seeing more female fighters on stage and screen (8 hours old)

The play Fighter is the latest in a growing number of entertainment productions about female boxing.

Stephen Frears 'to adapt' Quiz play for ITV (17 hours old)

Acclaimed filmmaker to direct a forthcoming adaptation of James Graham's Quiz for ITV, the BBC understands.

Pink stops posting images of her children online (19 hours old)

The star says she won't upload any more images of her children on social media after receiving online abuse.

Jussie Smollett: Brothers suing actor's lawyers (13 hours old)

The two brothers are part of the ongoing saga about the actor and an apparently staged hate crime.

David V. Picker who brought Beatles to the big screen dies aged 87 (18 hours old)

Tributes paid to David V. Picker, responsible for the Fab Four's films, Midnight Cowboy and Steve Martin.

Avengers: Endgame - what we know so far (22 hours old)

It's the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it, but what on earth did we learn from the premiere?

Roman Polanski sues Oscars Academy after 2018 expulsion (1 day old)

The director admitted unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and was expelled from the Academy last year.

Shila Iqbal: 'Emmerdale shouldn't have fired me over tweets' (16 hours old)

Shila Iqbal was sacked earlier in April over racist and homophobic tweets she'd posted in 2013.

Bradley Welsh shooting: Man arrested over Trainspotting actor murder (21 hours old)

Bradley Welsh, 48, died after being shot on the steps of his basement apartment in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Boyz N The Hood director treated after stroke (22 hours old)

The pioneering African-American director, Oscar-nominated for Boyz N the Hood, fell ill on Wednesday.

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TIME 100 Gala: Taylor Swift looks every inch the pop princess in a fairy-tale pink and yellow gown (1 hour 3 minutes old)

The 15th annual TIME 100 gala celebrating TIME's list of the world's most influential people took place on Tuesday at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. 

Myles Barnett says Kendall Rae Knight is MORE attractive than his girlfriend (8 hours old)

While appearing on the programme, the TOWIE star's beau revealed that he thought that Love Island series four star Kendall Rae Knight was more attractive than his stunning girlfriend Kady.

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams hit back at fans claiming her sex scene was 'uncomfortable' (9 hours old)

Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams defended her sex scene after fans branded her intimate moment on-screen as 'uncomfortable'.

Is Avengers: Endgame worth three hours of your life? Critics laud the climax of the superhero series (9 hours old)

The critics have spoken: Avengers Endgame is a cinematic triumph.

Bella Hadid continues celebrating sister Gigi's 24th birthday with huge balloon display (9 hours old)

The 22-year-old catwalk queen carried a bag of assorted balloons as she teetered her way inside Gigi's apartment alongside her entourage, all of whom were carrying gifts and flowers.

Coronation Street's Ryan Russell 'to KEEP job after stern showdown from bosses over sexist tweets' (9 hours old)

The former CBeebies presenter, 27, was allegedly 'warned about his future conduct' after a 'showdown' with soap bosses on Monday.

Britney Spears' boyfriend Sam Asghari assures fans singer is 'doing amazing' (10 hours old)

In a video obtained by TMZ , Britney's boyfriend, 25, reveals the singer is 'doing amazing' and that there is no need to 'worry' about her. Sam promised Britney would be making her return soon enough.

Eva Longoria, 44, wears plunging blue swimsuit as she joins husband and son Santiago in St. Barts (12 hours old)

The Desperate Housewives star, 44, showcased her toned figure in a plunging blue swimsuit with a lace-up back.

BRIAN VINER: Red Joan review (5 days old [19/04/19])

BRIAN VINER: Red Joan is a dishonest film with a dishonest title. It is ‘inspired’ by the story of Melita Norwood, who was an 87-year-old widow who had also worked for the Soviets for decades.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: How the King and Annalene Beechey found their sparkle  (5 days old [19/04/19])

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Bartlett Sher leapt from his ringside seat to suggest how Annalene Beechey might speak a line in The King And I (rehearsals for the London show, pictured) .

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'No right to livestream murder': Ardern leads push against online terror content (8 hours old)

New Zealand PM launches ‘Christchurch Call’ to build support to eliminate extremist material on social mediaNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is to spearhead a push to combat violent extremism and terrorism on social media in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, saying the gunman did not have “a right to livestream the murder of 50 people”.Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron will host a summit in Paris on 15 May, rallying tech companies and other concerned countries to commit to a pledge known as the “Christchurch Call” – a vow to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist cont[...]

Secretive hard-Brexit Facebook campaign got 1m responses (14 hours old)

Ads run by Lynton Crosby firm may have collected emails, says information commissionerA million Britons responded to a secretive Facebook campaign for a hard Brexit overseen by Lynton Crosby’s company, according to the information commissioner, who said the respondents’ email addresses may have been harvested for future use.Elizabeth Denham told MPs her investigation into the Mainstream Network campaign group had raised concerns about how valuable voter data was being collected by the under-the-radar campaign, potentially in breach of data protection rules. Continue reading...

Give local authorities extra powers to curb junk food ads – report (3 hours old)

Health campaigners call for extension of ‘belt and braces’ ban introduced in LondonLocal authorities should be given greater powers to make it easier for them to impose restrictions on junk food advertising in their areas, a report has recommended.Loopholes ripe for closure include the rules governing promotions in public telephone boxes – normally outside councils’ jurisdiction – while the remit of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) should be extended to advertising not only near schools but also nurseries, children’s centres, parks, family attractions and leisure centres, it said. Con[...]

'It's not play if you're making money': how Instagram and YouTube disrupted child labor laws (4 hours old)

‘Kidfluencers’ are earning millions on social media, but who owns that money?They open boxes, play with toys, pull pranks and make slime. They sing, they dance, and they remember their lines: “Subscribe to my channel!” Children are among the biggest stars of YouTube and Instagram, earning millions through influencer deals with blue chip brands or YouTube’s partner program, which gives creators a cut of ad revenues.Where network television gave us Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, social media produced identical twins Alexis and Ava McClure. Macaulay Culkin’s million dollar mug has given way to the [...]

How Coronation Street's screen queens conquered television (4 hours old)

Sarah Lancashire was among the first actors to prove there was life after Weatherfield, with Suranne Jones, Sally Lindsay, Michelle Keegan and Katherine Kelly among those to follow. What is it about the soap’s women?Coronation Street is not just a saga of families living in the shadow of a knicker factory, it’s a bona fide launchpad to an A-list career. Sarah Lancashire, Suranne Jones, Katherine Kelly, Sally Lindsay, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Keegan, Siobhan Finneran, Angela Griffin and Anne Reid (plus Joanna Lumley, if we’re being completist) all got their big break on the[...]

Snapchat finally gets more users and shares soar as it improves reviled Android app (11 hours old)

Shares closed the day up 4% at $11.99 while revenue increased 39% to $320m in the first quarter of 2019Snapchat has seen user growth for the first time in a year, the company announced on Tuesday, after it improved its much-maligned Android app. The results beat Wall Street predictions and sent shares soaring after hours.The company has been slowly rolling out updates to the app after users complained about blurry images and low-quality videos. In a call with investors on Tuesday, the Snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegel, said a well-developed Android app was “the price of admission” to international ma[...]

Jeopardy contestant earns more per episode than host in record-breaking run (14 hours old)

James Holzhauer is currently making twice the reported salary of host Alex Trebek after winning 13 episodes of the classic quiz show Every all-time great has a celebration that matches their prowess: Roger Federer clenches his fist as a sign of his aggression on the court, Cristiano Ronaldo stands like a statue, his brilliance powered by self-belief.To that list we can now add James Holzhauer, the record-breaking Jeopardy! contestant about to play his 13th show in a row. Each time he wins another jackpot, he grins a fake grin and stares into the camera with a look that says, “This was all too [...]

Evening Standard urged to move event from Brunei-owned Dorchester (16 hours old)

Hotel is subject to boycott over sultan’s policy of punishing gay sex with death by stoningThe London Evening Standard is facing calls to move an awards ceremony to be held at the Brunei-owned Dorchester after the country imposed new laws punishing gay sex and adultery with death by stoning.The newspaper, whose celebrity columnist Rob Rinder urged readers to join a boycott of the luxury hotel, is due to hold its annual New Homes awards at the five-star Mayfair establishment next month. Continue reading...

Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists (1 day old)

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were accused of breaking Official Secrets Act for reporting on Rohingya crisisThe highest court of Myanmar has denied the final appeal of the two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for their reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, upholding the seven-year prison sentence and dashing the last hope that justice would be served. The swift ruling, by Myanmar’s highest court, was a devastating blow to Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, who were arrested in December 2017 and accused of breaking a colonial-era Official Secrets Act, and have now been in jail [...]

Facebook ads by Lynton Crosby's firm 'part of push for hard Brexit' (1 day old)

Sources say company has run seemingly independent pro-Brexit campaigns since 2017A network of secretive pro-Brexit Facebook campaigns overseen by Sir Lynton Crosby’s company CTF Partners was part of a wider campaign to undermine Theresa May and push Britain towards a hard Brexit, according to individuals with knowledge of the company’s operations and internal documents.On Tuesday the information commissioner will answer questions in parliament about the network of Facebook campaigns through which seemingly independent pro-Brexit groups spent as much as £1m running online adverts promoting a ha[...]

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