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Chaka Khan: Why she gets annoyed by her tuneful greeting (17 hours old)

The legendary singer on the "mixed blessing" of that track and how the planet feels different without Aretha Franklin.

Oscars 2019: All awards will be shown live after backlash (1 day old)

The move reverses an earlier decision to give four awards during TV commercial breaks.

Jussie Smollett had no role in own attack, lawyers say (4 hours old)

The denial by the US actor's lawyers comes amid allegations he may have staged the assault.

Joe Sugg on Strictly gives YouTubers hope for TV success (8 hours old)

The social media star says his appearance on Strictly created "a whole level of new opportunities".

Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in Downfall, dies aged 77 (1 day old)

The Swiss was an accomplished actor whose portrayal of Hitler spawned thousands of parodies online.

Meet The Favourite's Bafta-winning working mums (1 day old)

Production designers Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton discuss combining work, motherhood and creating the set for The Favourite.

Surviving R Kelly makers: 'This isn't where the story ends' (1 day old)

Two producers of the documentary speak to Radio 1 Newsbeat about the series' impact.

Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next singer breaks UK chart records (2 days old [15/02/19])

She is the first female artist to replace herself at number one in the UK chart. How did it happen?

Andrea Levy: Small Island and Long Song author dies aged 62 (2 days old [15/02/19])

Tributes have been paid to the writer, whose novels focused on race and the Windrush generation.

A tale of two Merlins: Sir Patrick's wizard transformation (2 days old [15/02/19])

Sir Patrick Stewart returns to Arthurian legend in The Kid Who Would Be King - wearing a Led Zeppelin T-shirt.

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Rita Ora hit rock bottom after facing backlash from LGBT community for racy song Girls (3 minutes old)

During an interview on US podcast What’s The Tee, the singer, 28, said she felt responsible 'to make sure the message in the single was clear', and revealed she is bisexual shortly after releasing the track in May.

Liam Payne, 25, 'sent flirty messages to a model amid mind-blowing romance with Naomi Campbell, 48' (1 hour 26 minutes old)

The former One Direction singer, 25, reportedly sent flirty text messages to a model amid his mind-blowing romance with catwalk queen Naomi, 48.

Gigi Hadid works off-duty chic in risky double denim (1 hour 29 minutes old)

Gigi Hadid, 23, worked her off-duty look with finesse as she stepped out in London on the weekend.

Zara McDermott shows ex Adam Collard what he's missing in busty yellow minidress on night out (1 hour 49 minutes old)

Zara McDermott certainly showed her ex what he was missing as she partied the night away with her Love Island co-stars at The Greatest Dancer's afterparty held in London on Saturday.

Victoria Pendleton 'joins Tinder seven months after announcing split from husband Scott Gardner' (2 hours old)

The Olympic champion, 38, is reportedly looking for love on the popular dating app.

Gemma Collins 'in talks to return to TOWIE' after leaving last year to focus on Dancing On Ice (3 hours old)

An insider told The Sun that 38-year-old Gemma's heart has always been with TOWIE and she feels loyal to the show where she got her first break.

Katie Price sparks outrage by giving daughter Princess a pet hedgehog named Peggy (7 hours old)

Katie Price has received backlash from fans after sharing a clip of her daughter Princess cuddling her pet hedgehog named Peggy on Instagram on Saturday.

Lady Gaga gets two new tattoos in honor of A Star Is Born as she shares topless snaps (9 hours old)

Lady Gaga went topless to showcase her new ink on Friday while posing alongside her tattoo artist, Daniel Winter.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ejiofor is blown away by a fabulous new star (2 days old [15/02/19])

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Time was on Chiwetel Ejiofor’s side when he embarked on what would become his directorial film debut. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (pictured) will be launched on Netflix.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Charlize and KiKi get their comic-book kicks (2 days old [15/02/19])

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: The Oscar-winner will star in the film adaptation of The Old Guard, a five-issue comic book series by writer Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernandez.

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Historians fight back as TV raids their research treasures for its shows (1 day old)

Academics demand that producers ensure that dramas and documentaries credit their workThe ever-expanding number of history programmes on television ought to mean boom time for historians. Yet a growing number of authors and academics believe they are being unfairly cut out of the process.The Society of Authors says it has seen a rise in complaints from members about their work being used in TV shows without credit or payment. Continue reading...

‘We've had a love-hate relationship’: Steve Coogan on bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC (4 hours old)

Twenty-five years since he first appeared on screen, the immortal presenter is back where he began. His creator explains why a divided nation needs him more than everSteve Coogan was out for a meal last night, and this morning, while we talk on the phone, Twitter is lighting up with excited chat about his dinner companions. A photo posted by the actor David Schneider shows a smiling group shot: Schneider leaning in like any selfie-taker, surrounded by the grinning faces of Coogan, Chris Morris, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci. “We’d not sat dow[...]

Metro’s success is good news for life beyond the web | Roy Greenslade (4 hours old)

A free paper that follows the market and prides itself in being unbiased is making £1m a monthI am sitting in a newspaper conference listening to the news editor reciting her list of goodies for tomorrow’s issue: new Brexit controversy, latest Trump shenanigans, ongoing Venezuelan dramas, a hunt for a missing girl, a warning of 70mph gales.The editor and his team react appropriately: a concerned comment here; a murmur of sympathy there; and the occasional joke, especially in reaction to the day’s really surprising story. The pope has revealed that priests used an order of French nuns as sex sl[...]

Oscars reverses plan for ad-break presentations after industry outcry (19 hours old)

Decision to relegate four awards, including best cinematography and best editing overturned following protests by Martin Scorsese, Brad Pitt and othersBowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year’s Oscar broadcast. Related: Who should win? Critic Peter Bradshaw's Oscars picks Continue reading...

How Film4 became a pint-sized Oscars powerhouse (2 days old [15/02/19])

The channel’s cinema wing has 13 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, only two fewer than Netflix. A blip in the system or a new phase for the British film industry?The Brits are off to the Oscars next Sunday, although it’s unlikely many of them will come home full-handed. The highest-profile nominees – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Christian Bale and Richard E Grant – may dominate the headlines, and, in the case of the first two, the Baftas, but all are outside chances at the Academy Awards, set to be pipped to the post by American actors.Yet in one corner of central London, awards seaso[...]

Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in 'vaccine controversies' (1 day old)

Social media platforms under pressure by US congressman to crack down on anti-vaccine propaganda, citing Guardian investigationsFacebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in “vaccine controversies”, the Guardian has found.Other groups of people that advertisers can pay to reach on Facebook include those interested in “Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines”, which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and “informed consent”, which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws. Continue reading...

French media in crisis as they face their own #MeToo moment (2 days old [15/02/19])

The scale of online abuse by ‘boys’ club’ Ligue du Lol has sent shockwaves through societyFlorence Desruol was a freelance consultant living in Lyon when the attacks began in 2009. Hundreds of abusive messages were posted online, a false account was created in her name, and her head was Photoshopped on to pornograph images and published.“I was called a slut, a whore, my face was grafted on to a picture of a naked woman having sex – it was all designed to humiliate and silence me,” she said. Continue reading...

BBC's This Week to end after 16 years as Andrew Neil steps down (2 days old [15/02/19])

Lighthearted late-night politics show will conclude in the summer when its current series endsThe BBC’s long-running late-night politics show This Week is to end after its presenter Andrew Neil announced he was stepping down.The BBC One show, which airs on Thursdays after Question Time, will be taken off air this summer when its current series ends, the corporation said. Continue reading...

CBBC sitcom about British Chinese family accused of racism (2 days old [15/02/19])

Critics say scripts for Living With the Lams contain a ‘litany of orientalist cliches’An upcoming BBC children’s sitcom that focuses on a British Chinese family has been marred by accusations of racism.A group representing British East Asians in the film and TV industry said it was indefensible that the show should have been developed and written with little input from writers and creatives from the community. Continue reading...

BBC launches eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle brand (2 days old [15/02/19])

BBC Planet seeks to capitalise on Attenborough’s warnings about ecological catastropheThe BBC is launching a sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand based on its Blue Planet and Planet Earth series, in an effort to capitalise on viewers inspired by the shows and presenter David Attenborough’s warnings about the effect humankind is having on the world.Eco-friendly clothing, homewares and books are being rolled out under the umbrella of BBC Planet, which will act as a kind of kitemark for those who want to change their buying habits and choose more sustainably made products. Continue reading...

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