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The worst movies of 2016

Nominations for the 2017 Golden Raspberry Awards are announced today, 23 January, in Los Angeles. An annual celebration of the worst films and performances Hollywood has produced in the last year, The "Razzies" are the anti-Oscars. For a taste of the films likely to be "honoured", here's a reminder …

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Brian Eno: ‘We’ve been in decline for 40 years – Trump is a chance to rethink'

The revered producer has been at the centre of pop since the days of Roxy Music. But don’t ask him about the past – he’s more interested in how to reorder society<p>Brian Eno’s new album is called Reflection, and what better time to reflect on an astonishing career? Or careers. There’s the first …

Brian Eno

Gorden Kaye Dead: 'Allo Allo' Actor Dies, Aged 75

He was best known for playing René Artois.<p>‘Allo Allo’ star Gorden Kaye has died, at the age of 75.<p>His former agent confirmed to BBC News that he died in a care home on Monday (23 January) morning.<p>Gorden will be best remembered for his portrayal of René Artois in the British comedy series ‘Allo …

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Jack Black: Donald Trump is like Charlie Sheen on crack

Criticising Trump’s obsession with ‘winning’, the actor asked ‘where are we when the president and Charlie Sheen are on the same exact page?’<p>Actor Jack Black has compared President Donald Trump to Hot Shots star Charlie Sheen “when he was on crack”.<p>Black was speaking to Variety magazine at the …

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First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as inventor Thomas Edison

Benedict Cumberbatch loves to play a man of scientific genius.<p>From <i>Sherlock</i> to Alan Turing in <i>The Imitation Game</i>, Cumberbatch will now take on a …

Movies

Why it's never funny to laugh at effeminate men

An odd thing happened as I attended a screening for Split recently. The film, opening in cinemas this month, sees James McAvoy play Kevin – a man with dissociative identity disorder. McAvoy does a fantastic job adopting the various personas Kevin is forced to live with – but I found myself …

James McAvoy

The UK's Eurovision songs are in! And we are doomed

After Brexit, no matter which tune we enter, our destiny is definitely last place. So here are the UK finalists, with a caveat: they’ve all appeared on the X Factor<p>Today’s unveiling of the six shortlisted UK Eurovision entries seems even more dispiritingly pointless than usual. We did badly enough …

The X-Factor

Emily Watson felt 'traumatised' by Apple Tree Yard rape scene

Emily Watson praised Apple Tree Yard for its representation of sexuality in older women on television, but the actress has also spoken about the aftermath of filming a violent rape scene in the new BBC drama.<p>Watson, 50, plays Yvonne Carmichael, a married research scientist, in the steamy thriller. …

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Actresses now prefer the word actor, but Greta Garbo was an actress

Women might not wish to be lumped in with any old bloke in a dodgy Western<p>Anyone might think this house was getting ready for a play or film this week. I have staying here one American producer, whose boyfriend is my actor son, who is also here, and the Australian actress who shares the house with …

Gender

LSO/Rattle review – eloquently expressive Turnage and mighty Mahler

Barbican, London Under Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s reflective Remembering was in no way discountenanced by being followed by Mahler’s mighty sixth symphony<p>There are several memorial pieces in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s output. His new work for the LSO and its …

Music

Beware the Slenderman review – documentary on a deadly meme

A harrowing and nuanced look at the notorious online figure who inspired two 12-year-old girls to stab their friend<p>Due to an over-reliance on shock sensationalism, the true crime genre had been mostly discarded by documentary film-makers and relegated to tawdry late-night television. But it’s …

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Australian actor shot dead while filming music video

An actor has been “accidentally” shot dead during the filming of a music video for a hip hop band in Australia.<p>Police said the man was in his 20s and was shot in the chest during filming at a bar in the city of Brisbane.<p>The managers of Australian hip hop group Bliss n Eso later confirmed that the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Halcyon episode four recap – there's life in the old hotel yet!

From Joe O’Hara’s super-cheesy charm to Lady Hamilton’s terrifying snobbery, this episode grated far less than last week. More of this, please<p>“Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.” Such was the mentality of wartime London in this episode. And of viewers who have sat patiently through this …

TV

The creator of one of TV's biggest cult shows has hinted it could return

Say what you like about <i>Lost</i>, it certainly changed the way that network television was viewed earning a legion of diehard fans throughout its six year …

Star Wars

Kings of Leon and Little Mix to play Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull - BBC Newsbeat

<b>Radio 1's Big Weekend will take place in Hull this year.</b><p>Kings of Leon and Little Mix will play the event, which is happening on 27 and 28 May.<p>Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw announced the news and said in a statement: "I'm super excited for Big Weekend as it kicks off festival season and …

Music

Kylie Minogue Set To Be Known As Kylie Sasse As Singer Confirms She’ll Take Fiancé Joshua’s Name In Marriage

Sassy.<p>Kylie Minogue might be one of the most recognisable names on the planet, but that’s all set to change it seems.<p>The Aussie singer has confirmed that she’ll be taking the surname of her fiancé Joshua Sasse when the couple eventually tie the knot.<p>The 48-year-old singer, who has been with the …

Kylie Minogue

The Osmonds: how we made Crazy Horses

‘When the army caught Saddam Hussein, they found this in his record collection’<p><b>Merrill Osmond, singer</b><p>Being in the Osmonds was like being in a war zone after 1972. Fans ruined limousines by jumping on top of them and smashed windows as we tried to leave places. When we played arenas, we couldn’t …

Music

The reality TV contestants who don't know about Brexit or President Trump: whatever happened to Eden, Channel 4's radical experiment?

You may not remember but, in March last year, 23 volunteers were sent by Channel 4 to a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands. Cut off from the outside world for a year – no internet; no telephones; but enough food and materials to survive – these people would attempt to create a community from …

TV

Can James Cameron switch Terminator back on?

The sci-fi series has long been foundering, but the return of the original film’s director to the fold could offer the chance of a creative hard reset<p>There are parallels between the Terminator saga’s distressing downward spiral into creative redundancy and its own essential mythology. For over …

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'Homeland' Season 6 Has A New President-Elect, And There's Something Very Familiar...

Facts in fiction?<p>Series 6 of ‘Homeland’ has arrived, which means Carrie Matthison (Claire Danes) is back in action, seemingly back on her meds, reunited with her daughter... but this time nowhere near the CIA that previously barely managed to accommodate her lone wolf counter-terrorism skills.<p>The …

Foreign Policy

Harry Potter fans left mystified by #FollowTheSpiders teasers

These are challenging times for arachnophobe Harry Potter fans. Over the weekend, a flurry of posts encouraging fans to "Follow the Spiders" appeared on social media, prompting people to suspect that something new – and eight-legged – will be coming to the expanding Harry Potter franchise soon.<p>The …

Harry Potter

BBCNOW/Søndergård review – the orchestra played out of their skins

St David’s Hall, Cardiff Mahler’s extremes of shrill, manic violence and tender pastoral idyll spoke directly of the world’s predicament and made for a shattering experience<p>Tragic and catastrophic are the words most often used to describe Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Yet, in this performance by the BBC …

Music

'Strictly Come Dancing': Karen Hardy Calls For Bosses To Hire Her To Increase Female Presence On The Panel

'I just hope a lucky star will shine down on me.'<p>Karen Hardy has made no secret of how much she wants to replace Len Goodman on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, but now she has called for bosses to hire her to balance the genders on the panel.<p>The former professional dancer, who now serves as an expert on …

Strictly Come Dancing

Eurovision 2017: listen to the six acts hoping to sing for the UK

The six acts hoping to join the likes of Bucks Fizz, Katrina and the Waves and Engelbert Humperdinck and sing for the UK in this year's Eurovision competition are being revealed today on the The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2, along with their songs.<p>We'll be posting the clips below as they're …

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Black Sabbath review – Ozzy Osbourne in imperious form

Manchester Arena After five decades of headbanging, Sabbath remain uncannily connected to the dark heart of their songs of doom and death<p>Unless Black Sabbath follow the example of Meat Loaf and Jay Z and perform a “farewell tour” and forget to say farewell, then this really is – as the tour title …

Music

Coronation Street's Kate Ford Admits She Was Unhappy With Tracy Barlow Storylines Last Year

'She was hard to play last year...'<p>‘Coronation Street’ star Kate Ford has admitted her dissatisfaction at her character’s storylines last year.<p>Kate plays resident Weatherfield troublemaker Tracy Barlow, who has been involved in her fair share of rows in the past 12 months, which have dominated much …

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Hugh Jackman has confirmed which X-Men timeline Logan exists in

Considering there have been eight <i>X-Men</i> films, it's not difficult to imagine that keeping in line with continuity in future films is quite a tough …

Superheroes

Split scares away competition for US box office top spot

M Night Shyamalan’s horror beats Vin Diesel movie xXx in the fight for No 1, while Monster Trucks continues its long crash and burn<p>The M Night Shyamalan horror film Split has comprehensively defeated Vin Diesel’s extreme-sports action thriller xXx: The Return of Xander Cage at the US box office, …

Movies

Trump’s Press Secretary's 'embarrassing' Daft Punk tweets resurface

Only three days into Donald Trump’s presidency and the new Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, has become an Internet sensation.<p>Already, his infamous press …

Music

M. Night Shyamalan discusses Split's final twist

Since The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan has made progressively worse films, hitting rock bottom with <i>The Last Airbender</i> in 2010 (although, that does …

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