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Pop mogul Pete Waterman

Stock and Aitken? I don't need them any more, says Waterman

Pop mogul tells Adam Sherwin why he's happy without his Hit Factory partners

Tough act to follow: James Corden's role in One Man, Two Guvnors, will be reprised by
Rufus Hound

Another Man, Two Guvnors - but is James Corden an impossible act to follow?

The comedian Rufus Hound will take on the role which made James Corden a Broadway star when he leads the cast of the hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors during its UK tour later this year.

The Spice Girls reunite to launch West End musical

The Spice Girls reunited today, for the first time since their 2008 Reunion Tour, to announce the details of a new musical based on songs from their back catalogue.

Poor sales mean 'Voice' tour is off

The Voice tour has been cancelled after poor ticket sales.

The News Matrix: Monday 4 June 2012

U-turns are a sign of strength, says PM

Leanne Mitchell wins 'the voice'

Tom Jones declared: “This confirms that there is justice in the world,” as the act he coached won the BBC's singing competition, The Voice.

Simon Kelner: What you've seen on the screen is not my scene

It was rather surprising to wake up yesterday and hear those two giants of the light entertainment world, Simon Cowell and James Naughtie, in conversation on Radio 4's Today programme. Naughtie, a classical music buff and a man for whom, you might suspect, Little Mix or One Direction do not figure large in his life, was somewhat out of his comfort zone, but he managed to extract some interesting observations from Cowell, including the insight that he was "weird" (that's Cowell, not Naughtie).

Chris Moyles will miss some of his Radio 1 shows during the tour

Andrew Lloyd Webber casts radio's bad boy Chris Moyles as Bible's worst villain King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar

Would you pay £65 to hear Chris Moyles sing? Andrew Lloyd Webber is gambling that the answer is "yes" after announcing the shock casting of breakfast radio's "bad boy" as the villainous King Herod in a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Matthew Norman: Do Osborne's guests all get amnesia?

Amnesia has many potential causes, and some are more obvious than others. In the 1945 noir classic The Lost Weekend, for example, alcoholism robs Ray Milland of recall, but with the 2010 remake shot at Dorneywood the memory loss is harder to explain. All we know is that Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks had a pyjama party at the Chancellor's retreat, and this knowledge gap leaves wiggle room for gossip that the BSkyB bid may have been discussed. Preposterous. You might just as credibly surmise that when Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met at Yalta, in the year The Lost Weekend was released, they discussed military matters and the post-war construction of Europe; when in fact, as all decent historians concur, their chat was confined to baseball, borscht recipes and the musical oeuvre of George Formby. However, since there seems no way of silencing all the silly speculation, I ask this question: was James Murdoch also a cast member of The Lost Weekend 2: This Time It's Catching? James remembers a visit to Dorneywood late in 2010, although naturally not the precise date. If it was the same weekend as his chief executive and his placeman in No 10, it would hardly cement any growing suspicion that Mr Osborne was the BSkyB organ grinder to Jeremy *unt's errand-boy monkey. But it would be nice to know for the record. Meanwhile, a plea. Chancellor, for God's sake have someone check the Dorneywood gas fires. Something must have caused this outbreak of mass amnesia, and potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning should be investigated without delay.

Pudsey waltzes away with the BGT crown

The nation's favourite talent show closes with a £500,000 victory for 17-year-old Ashleigh Butler and her dog

Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole boost for The Voice

Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole are among the stars lined up for guest appearances on BBC1's The Voice as the show battles a ratings slide.

Singer Marc Anthony (L) and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (R) arrive for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards

Marc Anthony files for divorce from Jennifer Lopez

Latin pop singer Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, ending their seven-year marriage.

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ITV said the use of a De’Longhi Magnificae on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 'Superstar' was 'prop placement'

Jesus Christ ... Salesman? TV show to plug coffee-maker

His ability to transform water into wine is well known. But now Jesus Christ will endorse the Magnifica bean-to-cup cappuccino coffee maker as ITV offers brands the chance to embed their products in its new search to find a West End star.

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Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

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Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital