Sequel gives film critics mixed emotions

19 minutes ago By Ian Youngs, Culture reporter Walt Disney Studios The puberty alarm goes off at the start of Inside Out 2 The sequel to hit film Inside Out has brought some critics joy, but others felt a different emotion, which has become familiar from watching much of Pixar’s recent output – disappointment. Inside Out 2 […]

From Aussie pop star to Trump cheerleader

11 hours ago By Graeme Baker, BBC News, Washington Getty Valance, seen here at the height of her pop stardom in 2002 She played a clean-cut schoolgirl in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, then reinvented herself as a pop star with racy chart-topping hits. Now, two decades later, Holly Valance has become the UK poster girl for […]

From the boxing ring to Ukraine’s war

56 minutes ago By Steven McIntosh, Entertainment reporter Sky Documentaries Wladimir (left) and Vitali Klitschko used their celebrity status to drum up support for Ukraine Vitali Klitschko was only a year into his retirement from boxing when he was elected mayor of Ukrainian capital Kyiv in 2014. Eight years later, the former heavyweight champion found himself desperately […]

Glastonbury Festival organisers issue message to campers

2 hours ago By Chloe Harcombe, BBC News, West of England “Love the farm, leave no trace,” organisers said Large piles of rubbish built up after last year’s festival The organisers of Glastonbury Festival are urging attendees to bring “sturdy camping equipment” which can be taken home and reused after this year’s event. Around 200,000 people are […]

Trump and Biden campaigns target donations with rival London fundraisers

10 minutes ago By James FitzGerald and Nick Johnson, BBC News, London Reuters/PA Media Actress Holly Valance (left) was believed to be hosting the Republican event – with fashion icon Anna Wintour hosting the rival Democratic fundraiser The US election campaign came to London on Wednesday evening, with an Aussie pop star and the editor of Vogue […]

Pauline Black pays tribute to The Selecter frontman

1 hour ago By Joan Cummins, BBC Midlands Today • Eleanor Lawson, BBC News, West Midlands BBC Pauline Black OBE said Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson was “extraordinary” Pauline Black OBE has paid tribute to her bandmate from The Selecter, Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson, who died of cancer at the age of 73. The 2-Tone band formed in Coventry in 1979 and their […]

University of Liverpool holds Taylor Swift day ahead of Eras tour in the city

2 hours ago By Gemma Sherlock & Tom Walker, BBC News, Merseyside BBC Ross Michurin said he became a Swiftie due to the star’s ‘Shake It Off’ song A university has welcomed Taylor Swift fans for an academic analysis of her career ahead of the singer’s arrival in Liverpool. The 34-year-old pop star will perform at Anfield […]

Suspicious Minds and Always On My Mind songwriter dies

2 hours ago By Mark Savage, Music correspondent Getty Images James was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014 Legendary songwriter Mark James, who penned enduring hits like Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds, has died at the age of 83. The Texas-born musician scored a US number one with the song Hooked On A Feeling and […]

Paddington in Peru: First trailer revealed

The first trailer for Paddington in Peru has been revealed. The third film in the franchise follows Paddington’s return to Peru to find Aunt Lucy, who has escaped from the Home for Retired Bears. The first two were based in London, after he had fled Peru because of his home being destroyed by an earthquake. […]

Tough times ahead as Edinburgh Fringe launches 2024 programme

12 hours ago By Pauline McLean, Arts Correspondent, BBC Scotland Festival Fringe Publication of the Fringe programme begins the countdown to the festival Back in 1947, when the Edinburgh Fringe first began, rationing and post war austerity were the main challenges facing performers who wanted to take part. The eight companies that took part were mostly Scottish […]