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Finding Dory remains top of the US box office
Finding Dory has remained at the top of the US box office for a second week, as Independence Day: Resurgence came in second place. The Disney Pixar film took $73.2m (£54.6m), while The Independence Day sequel took a disappointing $41.6m (£31m). Blake Lively's shark thriller The Shallows did better than expected, taking $16.7m (£12.4m). Filmed in Australia, came in fourth and only cost $17m (£12.7m) to make. On its opening weekend, Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory had ...
Emotional Adele wows Glastonbury
Pop star Adele has conquered the Glastonbury festival with an emotional set, full of generosity and warmth. The crowd in front of the Pyramid Stage stretched as far as the eye could see, as she opened with a note-perfect rendition of Hello. The star changed one of the lyrics to say "I've been Glastonbury dreaming", prompting a huge roar of appreciation. "You look amazing!" she screamed as the song reached its coda, before inviting the audience to sing with her. "Glastonbury means the world t...
Adele's 25 to be available on streaming sites
Adele's record-breaking album 25 is being made available on streaming sites such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. When it was released in November, it could only be bought physically or downloaded. The album, which will be available to members on Friday, includes the songs Hello and When We Were Young. In June, Apple reached an agreement with two leading indie music groups, paving the way for thousands of labels to join its new streaming service.
HBO cancels Jagger and Scorsese Vinyl drama
Sir Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese's music business-based drama Vinyl has been cancelled by HBO after one season. The US network said it was "not an easy decision" and had "enormous respect" for its creators and cast. Set in the 1970s, the series told of a charismatic record executive trying to revive his struggling label. Its ensemble cast included Bobby Cannavale in the lead role, Olivia Wilde as his wife and Sir Mick's son James as a rebellious British singer. Sir Mick and Scorsese were ...
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant testifies as defence rests in Stairway trial
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has told a court hearing the Stairway to Heaven copyright dispute that he has a dim memory of the time it was written. He said he could not remember meeting the band Spirit, who claim the band stole their guitar riff for Stairway to Heaven in the 1970s. "I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with," Plant said, causing roars of laughter in the court. The case was brought on behalf of Spirit's late guitarist, Randy Wolfe. His estate claims ...
Finding Dory breaks US box office record
Finding Dory has taken $136.2m (£93.3m) on its opening weekend - making it the most successful launch for an animated film in US box office history. The sequel to Finding Nemo has unseated Shrek the Third - which took $121.6m (£83.1m) on its release in 2007. It is also the second most successful opening weekend of 2016, behind Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. Ellen DeGeneres voices the lead character in Finding Dory, which is released in the UK on 29 July.
Tony Awards: Hip-hop musical Hamilton dominates with 11 prizes
Hip-hop musical Hamilton has dominated the Tony Awards in New York, winning 11 including best musical and lead actor. The hit show about the life of one of America's founding fathers just fell short of The Producers' record of 12 statuettes in 2001. For the first time, all four musical acting winners were black, including British star Cynthia Erivo. But Saturday's mass shooting in Orlando overshadowed the ceremony, with many winners paying tribute to the victims. Host James Corden ...
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast photos released
The first set of photographs featuring some cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in costume has been released. Actor Sam Clemmett has been revealed as the character Albus Severus Potter - the cursed child referred to in the title - in Charlie Gray's portraits. It's also been announced Poppy Miller will take on the role of Ginny Potter - Harry's wife. Previews of the play begin at London's Palace Theatre on 7 June. The photos mark the first time Jamie Parker has been seen as Harr...
Top Gear return watched by 4.4m viewers
The relaunch of BBC Two's Top Gear was seen by an average of 4.4 million viewers, overnight figures show. New host Chris Evans said earlier in the week he would be "disappointed" with anything fewer than five million viewers for the show's first episode. The final Top Gear featuring former host Jeremy Clarkson attracted 5.3 million viewers last June. But the new show was still the most watched programme in its 20:00 time slot, attracting 22.8% of the audience. Its nearest rival was the Briti...
Hay Festival: Casting the next James Bond 'not a democracy'
Casting the next James Bond is "not a democracy", the director Sam Mendes has said at the Hay Festival. Mendes was speaking to an audience at the annual literary event in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, on Saturday. He has directed the last two Bond films starring Daniel Craig. Mendes said that, despite media speculation about Craig's successor, the film's producer would ultimately choose the next 007. He said: "There's this constant debate in the press about who's going to be the next Bond. "The t...
Paul McCartney: 'I was depressed after the Beatles broke up'
Sir Paul McCartney has talked candidly about the depression he suffered after The Beatles broke up, confessing he considered giving up music altogether. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, he said he had been at a loss when the band fell apart in acrimony in 1970. "It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?" he told John Wilson. "I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends. So I took to the bevvies." The Beatles offi...
Cannes 2016: Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d'Or
British director Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. It was the 79-year-old's second award for best picture at the festival after 2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Loach attacked the "dangerous project of austerity" as he accepted the award for his film about a middle-aged widower and the UK welfare system. Kent-born director Andrea Arnold won the competition's Jury Prize for her road movie American Honey. Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan s...
Banksy art to go on display in Rome
Artworks by street artist Banksy from international private collections are to go on display in Rome. The exhibition, titled War, Capitalism & Liberty, will feature many paintings, prints and sculptures which have never been seen in public. The exhibits include Banksy's black and white stencilled sandwich board-wearing monkeys declaring: "Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge." There is also a print of supermodel Kate Moss in the style of Andy Warhol. The show, which is not authorised...
Red Hot Chili Peppers cancel gigs after Anthony Kiedis hospitalised
Rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers have cancelled two shows at short notice after frontman Anthony Kiedis was hospitalised with a stomach bug. The band were due to appear at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California on Saturday, but pulled out due to Kiedis suffering "complications from the intestinal flu", a band spokesman said. He said the band had also cancelled their show in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Kiedis "is expected to make a full recovery soon", the spokesman added. Following the cancell...
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