Michael Barrymore wins payout over wrongful arrest

Michael Barrymore wins payout over wrongful arrest

The entertainer Michael Barrymore is to get “more than nominal damages” after claiming his wrongful arrest by police destroyed his career. The 65-year-old was detained 10 years ago on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock in Essex. Mr Barrymore, who was not present for the High Court decision, values his claim at more than £2.4m. Essex Police said there were still “unanswered” questions over Mr Lubbock’s death. Michael Barrymore: How the British…

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BBC Radio 4 to launch female-led panel show

BBC Radio 4 to launch female-led panel show

The BBC is to launch a topical radio panel show where the host and most of the guests are women. BBC Radio 4 has commissioned a pilot of Where’s The F In News, created and presented by Have I Got News For You series producer Jo Bunting. The station said it would be “an energetic and intelligent female-anchored show” with a “predominantly female panel”. The gender balance on panel shows has been a contentious issue….

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Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow urges race talks

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Oscar-winning director of a new film about the 1967 Detroit riots says talking about race in the US is “more vital than ever”. Kathryn Bigelow was speaking as Detroit is released in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. She said she wanted to meet racism “head-on”, adding: “To do nothing is not an option”. John Boyega, who stars in the film, said: “We all…

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Tom Cruise injury halts Mission: Impossible 6 filming

Tom Cruise injury halts Mission: Impossible 6 filming

The film studio behind the Mission: Impossible series has confirmed that production of its latest instalment has been halted after actor Tom Cruise broke his ankle during a stunt. But Paramount Pictures insisted that Mission: Impossible 6 remained on schedule to open in July next year. Cruise was hurt while filming a jump between two high-rise buildings in London at the weekend. A video shows him crashing into a wall. He was later seen limping…

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Daniel Craig is back as Bond: How did fans react?

Daniel Craig is back as Bond: How did fans react?

Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as James Bond one more time. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. Although some people on social media weren’t too thrilled about the news, a lot of fans are excited about the actor’s return. One Twitter user is so happy about the announcement that it’s probably going to be all…

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How safe is it to be a stunt performer?

How safe is it to be a stunt performer?

Two stunt performers have died during filming in North America in the past few weeks, but how dangerous a profession were they in and what regulations are there to protect people? A stuntwoman was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this week while filming Deadpool 2 in the Canadian city of Vancouver. Eyewitnesses said Joi SJ Harris had lost control of the bike, jumped a kerb and crashed into a building. Her death follows that…

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David Tennant and Michael Sheen sign up for new Amazon drama

David Tennant and Michael Sheen sign up for new Amazon drama

Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been cast as the leads in the BBC/Amazon adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel Good Omens. According to Variety, the series will be set in 2018, with an apocalypse on the horizon. Sheen will play an angel called Aziraphale, while Tennant will star as a demon named Crowley. Amazon have yet to comment, but Sheen told Variety in a statement that Good Omens was one his “favourite…

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Taylor Swift wins assault case against DJ

Taylor Swift wins assault case against DJ

Pop star Taylor Swift has won a sexual assault case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a 2013 concert. He assaulted her by grabbing her bottom beneath her skirt during a photo shoot, a jury in Denver, Colorado, found. She was awarded a symbolic $ 1 (77p) in damages that she had sought. Mr Mueller had originally tried to sue the pop star, saying that her claims had cost…

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