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Westworld: Series premiere draws 3.3m viewers to HBO

Westworld: Series premiere draws 3.3m viewers to HBO

Westworld has become HBO’s most-watched series premiere for almost three years, attracting 3.3 million viewers. The futuristic epic based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie debuted in the US on Sunday evening. The figures, reported by Variety, take into account those watching live TV as well as people viewing on HBO’s streaming platforms. It makes Westworld […]

Elena Ferrante: Journalist defends unmasking ‘anonymous’ author

Elena Ferrante: Journalist defends unmasking ‘anonymous’ author

An Italian journalist who published the true identity of the “anonymous” author Elena Ferrante has said he did so because she is “a public figure”. Claudio Gatti published a story in the New York Review of Books outing the author, who writes under a pseudonym, as Italian translator Anita Raja. He said: “Millions of [Ferrante’s] […]

Amanda Knox Netflix documentary gets mixed reviews

Amanda Knox Netflix documentary gets mixed reviews

A new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, which explores the Meredith Kercher murder case, has received mixed reviews. Miss Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted and imprisoned for the 2007 murder of Miss Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Surrey. Both spent four years in prison but were cleared of murder last year. The LA […]

Niall Horan releases debut solo single

Niall Horan releases debut solo single

One Direction star Niall Horan has surprised fans by releasing a solo record, called This Town. The acoustic ballad is the first fruit of his new record deal with legendary US label Capitol Records. The star split from Simon Cowell’s Syco label earlier this month, but fans were not expecting new material to follow so […]

Daniel Craig ‘still first choice for Bond role’

Daniel Craig ‘still first choice for Bond role’

The makers of the James Bond films want Daniel Craig to remain in the 007 role, one of their executive producers says. Callum McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds, said Craig was “absolutely the first choice” of series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. “I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” […]

Eurovision Song Contest overhauls voting rules

Eurovision Song Contest overhauls voting rules

New rules have been announced for the Eurovision Song Contest in the biggest change to voting since 1975. In previous years each country’s jury and public votes were combined and announced in one go. Now the votes will be split with each country’s jury vote cast first, and votes from viewers in all countries combined […]

Star Wars prosecuted over Harrison Ford injury

Star Wars prosecuted over Harrison Ford injury

The production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted over the incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg. The actor was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon in June 2014. The Health And Safety Executive has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production […]

Theatre hanging: Raphael Schumacher declared brain dead

Theatre hanging: Raphael Schumacher declared brain dead

Raphael Schumacher, the Italian actor who was accidentally hanged during a live theatre performance, has been declared clinically dead. Schumacher, 27, was re-enacting a hanging scene during an interactive performance in Pisa, when a spectator realised the stunt had gone wrong. The actor, who had been in a coma since Saturday night, has subsequently been […]

David Bowie equals Elvis’s chart record

David Bowie equals Elvis’s chart record

Three weeks after his death, David Bowie has lodged 12 albums in the UK top 40, equalling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977. The Starman’s swansong, Blackstar, spent a third week at number one, with Best of Bowie, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust all in the Top 10. Adele remained at two, while […]

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