John Cleese to revive Fawlty Tower series with daughter

Comedy series Fawlty Towers is set to be revived after more than 40 years. John Cleese, who played Basil Fawlty, will be returning to write and star alongside his daughter Camilla Cleese. The two-series show, which featured on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979, followed the lives of Torquay hotelier Basil and his wife Sybil as they tried to keep their business and marriage afloat. The new series will explore how the dramatic and cynical Basil navigates the modern world. Castle Rock Entertainment announced on Tuesday it had closed a deal with Cleese to bring back the television series. The revival … Continue reading John Cleese to revive Fawlty Tower series with daughter

Beyoncé North America pre-sale begins with Ticketmaster under scrutiny

The first batch of tickets for the North American dates of Beyoncé’s world tour went on sale on Monday, with huge demand as expected. The star, who won a record-breaking 32nd Grammy Award on Sunday, has not held a solo tour since 2016. It is seen as the first major test for Ticketmaster since the company’s system was overwhelmed by demand for Taylor Swift tickets late last year. Ticketmaster apologised to Swift and her fans last month. The company tweeted an update ahead of the initial sales in which they said they had increased their defences since “scalpers will likely … Continue reading Beyoncé North America pre-sale begins with Ticketmaster under scrutiny

Viola Davis becomes an EGOT with Grammy Awards win

Viola Davis has become the 18th person to achieve the EGOT – winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award – as the Grammy Awards kick off in Los Angeles. Davis completed her collection by winning best audio book for her autobiography Finding Me. “I wrote this book to honour the six-year-old Viola,” said the star. “To honour her life, her joy, her trauma, everything.” The star won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2016 for Fences. Her Emmy Award recognised the TV drama How To Get Away With Murder, and she has two Tony Awards for her theatre work … Continue reading Viola Davis becomes an EGOT with Grammy Awards win

Beyoncé becomes the biggest winner in history at the 2023 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé has broken the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time, after collecting her 32nd trophy at this year’s ceremony. The singer made history as she won best dance/electronic album, for her euphoric dance opus Renaissance. In doing so, she overtook Hungarian-British conductor George Solti, whose record of 31 awards had stood for more than 20 years. “I’m trying not to be too emotional,” said the star, accepting the prize. “I’m trying to just receive this night.” She went on to thank her family, including her late uncle Jonny, who helped make her stage outfits before she … Continue reading Beyoncé becomes the biggest winner in history at the 2023 Grammy Awards

French actor who starred in Netflix series Lupin dies aged 56

Adama Niane played the role of assassin Leonard Kone in the Netflix show and the films Get In and Baise-Moi. Tributes have poured in for the actor following the news of his death. Actor Omar Sy who co-starred with Niane in Lupin shared a message on Twitter following the news of his death. He wrote: “I extend my deep condolences to the loved ones of Adama Niane, an immense actor alongside whom I had the chance and the pleasure of playing. “A man of rare benevolence… May his soul rest in peace.” Film director Olivier Abbou offered his condolences branding … Continue reading French actor who starred in Netflix series Lupin dies aged 56

Rock band ‘Television’ frontman Tom Verlaine dies at 73

Guitarist Tom Verlaine, who rose to fame in the 1970s New York punk scene as the frontman of rock band Television, has died at the age of 73. In their heyday, Television scored three UK Top 40 hit singles and were acclaimed for their albums Marquee Moon and Adventure. But they had more success in Britain than their native US and split in 1978. Verlaine’s death was announced by Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of long-time associate and collaborator Patti Smith. She did not specify a cause, saying that he died “after a brief illness”. Verlaine was considered one of … Continue reading Rock band ‘Television’ frontman Tom Verlaine dies at 73

Three people hurt during the filming of Netflix show

Three people received medical treatment during filming of a real-life Squid Game show but “claims of serious injury are untrue”, Netflix said. The game show, based on the South Korean hit series, is being filmed at Cardington Studios in Bedfordshire. The streaming giant said three people were treated for “mild medical conditions”. “We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew,” Netflix said. The show features 456 contestants vying for a $4.56m (£3.8m) prize. A spokeswoman for Netflix said medics were on set at all times and that it had “invested in all the appropriate safety … Continue reading Three people hurt during the filming of Netflix show

US rock legend David Crosby dies aged 81

Veteran US folk-rock star David Crosby has died aged 81, his representative has confirmed. He helped set up two major bands in the 1960s: The Byrds, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. He was renowned for his guitar-playing and vocal harmonies. His career saw him achieve the rare feat of being inducted to the revered Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Former bandmate Graham Nash expressed his “profound sadness”, despite the two men’s often “volatile” relationship. Crosby’s wife told showbiz site Variety that he died “after a long illness” while surrounded by family. “His legacy will continue to live on … Continue reading US rock legend David Crosby dies aged 81

US pro wrestling star Jay Briscoe dies aged 38

Professional wrestling star Jay Briscoe – whose real name was Jamin Pugh – has died aged 38. Several news outlets including Sports Illustrated reported that he was killed in a car crash in Laurel, Delaware but this has not been confirmed. Police plan to release more information about a deadly crash that occurred there on Tuesday night, a spokesperson told CBS News. Tony Khan, the CEO of All Elite Wrestling, announced Briscoe’s death. “Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away. Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he was a star in ROH [wrestling company Ring of Honor] for over 20 years,” … Continue reading US pro wrestling star Jay Briscoe dies aged 38

Netflix offers pay of up to $385,000 for flight attendant

Netflix is hiring a flight attendant for one of its private jets – with the successful applicant being paid as much as $385,000 a year. The streaming giant says it is looking for candidates with “independent judgement, discretion and outstanding customer service skills”. They should also be able to “operate with little direction and a lot of self-motivation.” Last year Netflix cut hundreds of jobs after a fall in subscriber numbers. “The overall market range for this role is typically $60,000 – $385,000. This market range is based on total compensation (vs only base salary), which is in line with … Continue reading Netflix offers pay of up to $385,000 for flight attendant

Fans in China rejoice as Marvel films return after apparent ban

After almost four years Marvel movies are returning to the Chinese box office, prompting joy from fans. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on 7 February, followed by Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania two weeks after. They will be the first Marvel films to play in Chinese theatres since Spider-Man: Far from Home in July 2019. Chinese officials have never explained why Marvel movies were blocked from screening in the country. But the apparent ban began at a time when tensions between the US and China reached a high amid a trade war. There was also no reason given by Marvel … Continue reading Fans in China rejoice as Marvel films return after apparent ban

Shakira diss track breaks Latin YouTube viewing records

A song by Shakira about her ex-partner Gerard Pique cheating on her has broken YouTube records. The video for Out of Your League has been watched more than 63 million times in 24 hours, making it the most-watched Latin song in that time period. Shakira, 45, separated from former Barcelona footballer Pique, 35, in 2022 after more than 10 years together. The pair also have two children together. This four-minute pop song is the first time Shakira and Argentinian producer and DJ Bizarrap have worked together. Shakira joins a hallowed list of Latin performers to break YouTube records – including … Continue reading Shakira diss track breaks Latin YouTube viewing records