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Saturday 07 July 2012
Pop mogul tells Adam Sherwin why he's happy without his Hit Factory partners
Thursday 28 June 2012
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.
Tuesday 26 June 2012
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.
Tuesday 19 June 2012
The Voice tour has been cancelled after poor ticket sales.
Monday 04 June 2012
U-turns are a sign of strength, says PM
Sunday 03 June 2012
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.
Friday 18 May 2012
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).
Andrew Lloyd Webber casts radio's bad boy Chris Moyles as Bible's worst villain King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar
Wednesday 16 May 2012
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.
Monday 14 May 2012
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.
Sunday 13 May 2012
The nation's favourite talent show closes with a £500,000 victory for 17-year-old Ashleigh Butler and her dog
Sunday 13 May 2012
Tuesday 08 May 2012
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.
Thursday 12 April 2012
Latin pop singer Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, ending their seven-year marriage.
Wednesday 11 April 2012
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Tuesday 10 April 2012
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.
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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