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Names in the News February 2015


February 26 2015


Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith took home two awards each at the BRITs last night. See all the winners here

Lady Gaga has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming fifth season of American Horror Story: Hotel, as a series regular. 

James Brolin has reportedly joined CBS comedy pilot Life in Pieces.

Carole King has announced she will release a new greatest hits album ‘A Beautiful Collection’ on March 2. 

After much speculation that Jamie Dornan had pulled out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie franchise, he has confirmed that he will reprise his role for the sequel. 

ITV has commissioned a new programme called Big Box, Little Box which will see British families testing and reviewing a range of products over three days.

The Vampire Diaries actor Chris Wood has reportedly joined The CW drama pilot Cordon, alongside David Gyasi, which centres on the devastating aftermath of a deadly disease outbreak in Atlanta.


February 25 2015


Kanye West has been announced as a last-minute addition to the line-up at the Brit Awards tonight. 

EastEnders actor Ben Hardy has reportedly joined the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse,  his role is currently unknown. 

ITV is bringing back a revival of 1960s drama The Saint.

Glee star Naya Rivera has announced she is pregnant with her first child with husband Ryan Dorsey.

Jessica Chastain is to star opposite Chris Hemsworth in the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel. 

Mission: Impossible actress Paula Patton is to star in ABC’s new drama pilot Runner. 

Former X Factor finalist Kitty Brucknell has lost her bid to represent Moldova at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. 

Rob Schrab, who has directed the likes of Community, Parks and Recreation and The Mindy Project, will direct the upcoming Lego Movie sequel. 

Lost and Taken star Maggie Grace has been cast in new CBS pilot Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s critically-acclaimed  documentary of the same name. 



February 24 2015


The BBC’s long-running crime drama New Tricks is reportedly to end after its upcoming 12th series. 

ITV has confirmed that David Tennant and Olivia Colman will reprise their roles as Alex Hardy and Ellie Miller in a third series of Broadchurch. 

Ofcom will reportedly investigate Channel 4 docudrama UKIP: The First 100 Days after receiving 5,262 complaints, as well as 1,300 complaints to Channel 4.

Oliver Platt has reportedly joined the cast of NBC’s Chicago Med.

Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart has reportedly been added to CBS’s Supergirl alongside Melissa Benoist. 

Grazia have named Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, Malala Yousafzai, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Zoe Sugg the most inspirational women of the decade. 

Waterloo Road actress Melanie Hill has joined the cast of Coronation Street as Cathy Matthews, who will befriend Roy Cropper. 



February 23 2015


The 87th Academy Awards were being hosted by Neil Patrick Harris in Hollywood yesterday. See all the winners here

See all the winners from this weekend’s Razzie Awards here.  

After six seasons, Glee wrapped up filming it’s final season for good this weekend. 

Ariana Grande is to release her debut fragrance later this year. 

ITV are reviving the fictional French detective Maigret, played by Rowan Atkinson in a pair of two-hour films Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man, both set in 1950s Paris.

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive opened to 2.91 million viewers on ITV this weekend, while Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned to over 6 million viewers. 

According to data released by the Official Charts Company, Game of Thrones’ Season 4 has become the fastest-selling box set in the Official Video Chart in over a decade.



February 20 2015


Tom Hanks is confirmed to be the first guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden on march 23. 

Dannii Minogue has confirmed she is making a comeback to music later this year. 

Blur have announced their first studio album in 12 years. The Magic Whip will be released on April 27. 

Jules Knight, who has played Dr Harry Tressler in Holby City, is reportedly leaving the show to re-launch his music career with a solo album. 

Ewan McGregor is reportedly set to make his directorial debut with drama American Pastoral, in which he will also star alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning

Jay Hernandez is joining the cast of DC Comics movie Suicide Squad alongside Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Elizabeth Hurley stars as Queen Helena, a member of a fictional version of the British royal family in new series The Royals; which has been given a premiere date of March 25 on E! in the UK. 

Netflix’s upcoming series Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones has added The Originals actor Eka Darville to its cast. 



February 19 2015


Kristen Bell has reportedly joined the cast of Universal’s upcoming comedy Michelle Darnell alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklage.

Former Homeland actress Morena Baccarin is reportedly set to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Marvel’s Deadpool. 

Foo Fighters are the first act confirmed to head Glastonbury Festival this year. 

A newly discovered Dr Seuss book titled What Pet Should I Get will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28. 

Laura Marling has announced a new UK and Ireland tour throughout April and May, in support of her fifth album Short Movie.

Britney Spears has unveiled the latest range of underwear and swimwear from her Intimate Britney Spears lingerie line. 

‘Boom Clap’ singer Charli XCX has signed a modelling deal with Select Model Management. 



February 18 2015


Frankie Boyle has written a 2000 word essay on the subject of Offence and Free Speech. You can read it here.  

Thor actress Jaimie Alexander has reportedly been cast as the lead in NBC’s new drama pilot Blindspot. 

Scarlett Johansson has reportedly signed up to star in the movie adaptation of Jon Ronson’s book The Psychopath Test. 

Popular extreme assault course show Ninja Warrior is coming to the UK, hosted by Ben Shephard, Chris Kamara and Rochelle Humes on ITV. 

Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin has reportedly joined the cast of ABC’s untitled comedy pilot about basketball. 

Former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson’s single Ghost has gone platinum in America, having sold over one million copies. 

Whoopi Goldberg has reportedly joined ABC’s new comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine, which is based on the life of Jermaine Fowler. 


February 17 2015


With James Tindale leaving the upcoming tenth series of Geordie Shore, Chloe Eltherington and Nathan Henry will be joining the show.

Lady Gaga has announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend, The Vampire Diaries actor Taylor Kinney.

15 year old Brooklyn Beckham has been promoted to the Arsenal Under-18s side. 

Jimmy Page is to receive a one-off NME Rock’N’Roll Soul Award at the NME Awards on February 18. 

High School Musical choreographer Kenny Ortega is producing a new Spanish musical TV series called Bandolero. 

Madonna is confirmed to appear on a special edition of The Jonathan Ross Show – her first interview by Jonathan since 2003.

The Libertines will headline Ibiza Rocks’ 10th birthday party on July 22 as part of a series of summer shows. 



February 16 2015


Zane Lowe is leaving BBC Radio 1 after 12 years as he is moving to America with his family to work at Apple. Annie Mac will be taking over his weekday evening show starting March 9.

Sam Smith has returned to the top of the UK Albums Chart with his debut In the Lonely Hour, spending its sixth non-consecutive week at the position. 

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey has announced that she is pregnant with her second child. 

Professor Brian Cox is to host BBC One’s new show Forces of Nature, a new science programme which focuses on the wonders of the earth.

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry are to perform together under the band name Hollywood Vampires at Rock in Rio in September. 

Former X-Factor winner Sam Bailey has confirmed she has left Simon Cowell’s record label Syco. 

Fifty Shades of Grey debuted at number one at the US box office this weekend, becoming the second-highest February opening of all time behind Passion of the Christ. 


February 13 2015


Tributes are pouring in for Visage singer and New Romantic pioneer Steve Strange, who has passed away aged of 55.

Marvel has confirmed that Sopranos and Desperate Housewives actress Drea De Matteo has joined Agents of SHIELD. 

The Hobbit star Luke Evans is reportedly in discussions to join Message from the King. 

Newsnight presenter Evan Davis has been spotted shooting a cameo for the second series of BAFTA-winning BBC mockumentary W1A.

Cara Delevingne is to star in new movie Prime Mover, which is being produced by Elizabeth Jagger. 

Gaby Roslin will guest present on Lorraine next Monday to Friday. 

Broadchurch star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is to write and star in her own E4 comedy called Crashing. 

Focus co-stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie take on ‘Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car’ on Top Gear next week. 

James Franco has reportedly signed up to star in and produce JJ Abrams’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63.



February 12 2015


Will Smith has hinted at a return to music after revealing he has been in the recording studio with Kanye West

Ed Sheeran has teamed up with Rudimental for his next single Bloodstream.

After his success at the Grammy Awards this weekend Beck has experience a huge surge in sales of his latest album Morning Phase. 

Melissa Rivers has announced she will release a book in memory of her late mother Joan Rivers in May titled The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation.

John Cooper Clarke and Cerys Matthews have joined the line-up of the upcoming Howard Marks & Friends one-off show in London on February 27.

After his big wins at the Grammy Awards this weekend, Sam Smith is set to top the albums chart again with In The Lonely Hour. 

Nick Jonas has announced he will host the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. 



February 11 2015


ABC has reportedly ordered a pilot for medical comedy Dr Ken written by and starring The Hangover’s Ken Jeong. 

Chris Pratt, Jennifer Aniston and Kerry Washington have been added to the line-up of presenters at the 87th Academy Awards

Comedy Central have confirmed that after 17 years, Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show later this year.  

Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt has joined the cast of CBS pilot Life in Pieces, a single-camera comedy which follows the separate stories of various family members. 


Faithless have announced a one-off show at an “iconic open-air” venue in London this summer to celebrate their 20th anniversary. 

Former Skins actress Jessica Sula has been cast in ABC Family’s Recovery Road, based on Blake Nelson’s popular novel. 



February 10 2015


Joey Essex beat rugby player Mike Tindall to be crowned the winner of Channel 4’s The Jump last night. 

Pitch Perfect and Into the Woods star Anna Kendrick has revealed that she will take part in a special performance at the Oscars later this month. 

David Morrissey has been cast in a recurring role in the second series of Halle Berry’s CBS show Extant. 

Myleene Klass has launched her new lingerie campaign for Littlewoods. 

Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe under a new deal between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios, meaning he can now appear alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk in future films.

Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten have reportedly been cast in thriller Brimstone alongside Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska

StudioCanal has confirmed that a Paddington sequel is in the works. 

Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence’s ABC Family comedy Melissa and Joey has reportedly been axed after four seasons.



February 9 2015


Brit singer Sam Smith took home four awards at the Grammys last night. See all the winners from the ceremony here.  

Check out the winners from last night’s EE BAFTAs. hosted by Stephen Fry here.  

Bob Dylan has claimed his eighth number one album with Shadows in the Night, which topped the UK chart this weekend. 

Sir Michael Gambon, who is known for playing Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series, has revealed that he has ended his stage career because he now struggles to remember his lines.

The Voice UK’s viewer figures rose to 8.7 million this weekend. 

Ellie Goulding has claimed the fastest-selling single of 2015 with her Fifty Shades of Grey track Love Me Like You Do, which went to number on the UK chart this weekend. 


Law & Order, which was cancelled in 2010 after 20 years on air, is rumoured to be coming back to NBC for a 10 episodes limited run. 



February 6 2015


Comedian Mark Watson is to perform stand-up for 27 hours to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. The 27-Hour Comedy Marathan will take place at the Pleasance Theatre in London and will be streamed live on YouTube. 

Damon Wayans Jr has announced he is to exit New Girl after the fourth season ends. 

The first ever episode of EastEnders will be repeated later this month as part of the soap’s 30th anniversary. 

Charlie Brooks will play Sandra in Jonathan Harvey’s play Beautiful Thing, which is set to tour the UK for 18 weeks. 

70 year old former popstar Gary Glitter has been found guilty of several sexual offences dating back to the 1970s. 

ITV has commissioned the award-winning comedy Benidorm for an eighth series.  

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has added Tomorrow People actor Luke Mitchell to its cast. 



February 5 2015


Amanda Seyfried and Theo James are set to star in a new supernatural thriller called Black Lung. 

Kylie and Kendall Jenner have confirmed they are to launch a range for Topshop in the summer. 

Davina McCall has joined Comic Releif’s Danceathon at Wembley Arena on March 8, alongside the likes of Caroline Flack, Sara Cox and Rufus Hound.

U2 have added a fifth date to at The O2 in London to their upcoming 'iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour'. 

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are confirmed to present awards at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards.

Scott Eastwood is to appear in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy will premiere on BBC One on February 15. 

Sam Smith will perform with Mary J Blige at the Grammy Awards this weekend. 



February 4 2015


To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is to reportedly release Go Set a Watchman - a sequel to the 1960 novel on July 14 2015.

Lady Gaga has revealed that she is working with Sir Paul McCartney on new material. 

Rudimental have confirmed that Ed Sheeran features on their upcoming second studio album. 

Imagine Dragons have teamed up with Hard Rock Cafe to release a range of T-shirts and collectable pins for the Tyler Robinson Foundation.

Beyonce has teamed up with her trainer Marco Borges to start 22 Days Nutrition, which delivers healthy vegan meals to your door. 

Rita Ora and Jennifer Hudson will reportedly guest star as themselves in Fox’s Empire later this season. 

Castle star Nathan Fillion is reportedly set to cameo in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory.



February 3 2015


Mumford and Sons have been announced as the second headline act on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals 2015. 

The BBFC has given the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation an 18 certificate. 

Una and Ben Foden have announced the birth of their baby boy Tadhg.

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off returns on February 11 with celebrities including Alexa Chung, Jonathan Ross, Gok Wan, Michael Sheen, Chris Moyles, Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Lulu, Zoella and Dame Edna Everage

Heather Mills has shattered her prosthetic leg while training for The Jump this weekend – it was one of only four made in the world. 


Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have been added to the line-up of performers for CBS’s Stevie Wonder tribute concert, alongside Usher and Ed Sheeran

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast of Middle East spy thriller Damascus Cover alongside John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby. 

Carrie-Anne Moss has joined the cast of Netflix drama series Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones. 



February 2 2015


The Replacements have announced their first UK show in 24 years at The Roundhouse in London on June 2.

Taylor Swift has announced Haim as her special guests on selected dates of her 1989 world tour. 

Brian Wilson has announced his 11th solo studio album No Pier Pressure which is set for release on April 6. 

Netflix has reportedly acquired a documentary called Hot Girls Wanted, produced by Parks and Recreation’s Rashida Jones.

Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are reportedly attached to a remake of the 2011 French crime thriller Sleepless Night. 


Bradley Cooper’s American Sniper has held on to the number one spot at the US box office this weekend with $31m, taking it just short of $250m. 

The upcoming third series of E4’s My Mad Fat Diary is confirmed to be the last.

BBC One has confirmed that Last Tango in Halifax has been renewed for a fourth series. 

Mike Tindall, Max George, Jamelia, Dame Kelly Holmes and Vogue Williams have been confirmed for Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive. 




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