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Names in the News April 2015


April 30 2015


EastEnders star Jessie Wallace will make her pantomime debut this Christmas as the Fairy Godmother in the White Rock Theatre's production of Cinderella in Hastings.

Capital's Summertime Ball has added Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Meghan Trainor and Sam Smith to the line-up.

Director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that the new Jurassic World is a direct sequel to Jurassic Park.

Blur are heading towards their sixth number one album with their first record in 12 years The Magic Whip, which is also outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined.

A new Dusty Springfield-inspired musical is coming to London's Charing Cross Theatre next month, which tells Springfield's story from the perspective of her childhood friend Nancy Jones.

Big Brother: Timebomb will launch on Tuesday May 12 at 9pm, live on Channel 5. 


Eve Harlow has reportedly joined the upcoming Heroes Reborn revival in a recurring role.



April 29 2015


Channel 5 has revealed that this summer's Big Brother will have a 'Timebomb' theme.

Ozzy Osbourne has said that Black Sabbath will make a final album and tour in 2016.


Jonathan Ross is fronting a new cookery panel show pilot for ITV called the Jonathan Ross Cookery Panel Show, which will see two teams of celebrities putting their knowledge of food to the test. 

The BBC has revealed that Rufus Hound will guest star as a character named Sam Swift in the new series of Doctor Who.


Lea DeLaria, who plays Big Boo in Orange Is the New Black has reportedly been upgraded to a series regular. 



April 28 2015


Michelle Keegan has been crowned FHM's Sexiest Woman In The World 2015, followed by Kendall Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence

Claude Littner, known for his role during the interviews stage of The Apprentice, will replace Nick Hewer as Lord Sugar's new advisor in the upcoming eleventh series of the show. 

VH1’s reboot of The Osbournes is reportedly no longer happening. 

The Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc will co-host the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals UK coverage for BBC Three alongside Nick Grimshaw. 

ITV’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire has been confirmed for a second series.


Showtime has confirmed that the upcoming fifth series of Homeland will see Carrie Mathison investigating a terror connection in Germany.

Independence Day 2 has cast Maika Monroe as its female lead – the love interest of Liam Hemsworth’s character and daughter of the President of the United States.


April 27 2015


Josh Groban has landed his first UK number one album with Stages - a collection of Broadway covers. 

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s Fast & Furious 7 track See You Again has held the number one spot on the UK single charts for a second week.

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has been spotted filming a cameo with Olivia Munn in Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s Zoolander 2.

Fast & Furious 7 has replaced Frozen to as the fifth highest grossing film of all time having now taken $1.32billion (around £869million) worldwide .

A new eight part reality series for E! which will follow Bruce Jenner’s gender transition is set to debut on July 26 at 9pm.

Will Mellor (Broadchurch), Arsher Ali (Silent Witness) and Leanne Best (Ripper Street) have joined the cast of the third series of Jed Mercurio's police drama Line of Duty.



April 24 2015


Stephen Mangan will replace Jeremy Clarkson as guest host of Have I Got News For You.

Former Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison's new show Judge Geordie is set to air on MTV from June 3 at 9pm.

Kellie Maloney is to star in a new one hour documentary for Channel 5 titled Frankly Kellie Maloney: No Going Back, where she will give unprecedented access to her gender transition.

The John Bishop Show is heading to BBC One for a full series with Lee Nelson, Doc Brown, Leona Lewis, Florence + the Machine and James Bay confirmed guests.

Tyler Perry has been cast as scientist and villain Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Insurgent star Theo James has been cast in dark comedy War on Everyone alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña.



April 23 2015


BBC Three's online move has been delayed and will continue to air as a broadcast channel until 2016.

James May has suggested he will not be returning to Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson.


The 27th annual Sunday Times Rich List of musicians has been revealed, with Sir Paul McCartney continuing to be the UK and Ireland's richest musician after adding £20m to his wealth over the past year. He and his wife Nancy Shevell have a combined wealth of £730m. 

Tinie Tempah is to play a one-off London show for Jameela Jamil's disability initiative at London's Troxy on July 1.

Vance Joy and Rae Morris have joined Ellie Goulding and John Newman as Taylor Swift’s opening acts for her headline show at Hyde Park on June 27. 

EL James’ husband Niall Leonard is to replace Kelly Marcel as writer for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel.



April 22 2015


Following his recent suspension from TOWIE, Dan Osborne will not be returning to the show.

Marvel's Daredevil has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.

John Malkovich has joined the cast of Deepwater Horizon alongside Mark Wahlberg, which is based on the 2010 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ben Stiller has revealed that Saturday Night Live actor Fred Armisen will star in Zoolander 2.


Stanley Tucci has reportedly joined the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, alongside the likes of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Sir Ian McKellen

Aziz Ansari is reportedly working on a new Netflix comedy series with Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur.

Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor and John Legend will perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards this month. 


April 21 2015


Ed Sheeran has become the second artist to hit 2 billion streams on Spotify, after Eminem.

The Groundhog Day stage musical will receive its world premiere in London at the Old Vic in June 2016.

Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer has been renewed for a fourth season.

American sitcom Full House is returning, almost 20 years after the last episode aired on ABC.

After almost 20 years since the last episode aired on ABC, US sitcom Full House is returning with a sequel on Netflix, titled Fuller House. 

Jon Stewart has confirmed his last day on The Daily Show will be on August 6.


Ben Stiller has confirmed that Titanic and Twin Peaks actor Billy Zane will be appearing in Zoolander 2.

Warner Bros has pushed back the release date of Pan starring Hugh Jackman for a second time, now being released October 9 instead of July.



April 20 2015


Paul Simon’s The Ultimate Collection has become the singer’s first UK number one album in 25 years.

See the full list of winners at this weekend’s Academy of Country Music Awards here.  

Top of the Pops is reported to be making a comeback, with Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton tipped as hosts.

Sky Atlantic has announced the second season True Detective will premiere in the UK on June 22, a day after its US premiere.

BBC Two has commissioned a new gardening competition show The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge, which will see garden designers compete to have their creations feature in this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Fast & Furious 7 has passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office in just 17 days, becoming the fastest live-action release ever to do so.



April 17 2015


Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are officially confirmed to replace Dermot O’Leary as hosts of The X Factor.

Ryan Gosling is reportedly in negotiations to join the cast of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2 alongside Harrison Ford.

US hip-hop drama Empire will premiere on E4 in the UK on April 28.

A fourth series of Friday Night Dinner has been ordered by Channel 4, with Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap all returning.

Giuliana Rancic has confirmed that she will appear on Fashion Police when the show returns to E! after its hiatus, although no new panellists have been confirmed.

David Harewood, Katherine Kelly, Neil Morrissey and Tobias Menzies have been cast in BBC One's TV adaptation of John le Carré's novel The Night Manager.



April 16 2015


The Vamps, Ella Eyre, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green, Conor Maynard and Only the Young will play shows at Thorpe Park this summer.

Girls stars Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet will lend their voices in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.

NBC has reportedly revived the Wizard of Oz-based drama Emerald City with a ten-episode order.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen has confirmed she is to retire from the catwalk after a 20-year career.

Hit US series Broad City will make its UK debut on Comedy Central on April 28 at 10pm.

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Charles Dance will appear on the audio version of TR Richmond's crime novel What She Left.  

Avengers: Age of Ultron star Cobie Smulders will return to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD again this season as Maria Hill, a SHIELD agent-turned-Tony Stark adviser.


April 15 2015


YouTube stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes are to get Madame Tussauds waxworks.

Caroline Flack will present the new-look Love Island which returns to screens on ITV2 later this year.

Chris Evans has confirmed that a TFI Friday's special will air on June 12 with a 90-minute episode, to celebrate the Channel 4 show's 20th anniversary.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will reportedly voice superhero Titanium Rex in a new animated web comedy Supermansion.

Dexter actress Rya Kihlstedt has reportedly joined the cast of Heroes Reborn.

Claymation comedy series Celebrity Deathmatch which originally aired on MTV for four years between 1998 and 2002, is being revived by MTV2.

Bill Paxton will play famed anti-Grand Theft Auto campaigner Jack Thompson in BBC Two’s new drama opposite Daniel Radcliffe.



April 14 2015


Former Eurovision singer Ronnie Carroll has sadly passed away following a short illness, aged 80.

Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, The Drifters and Mary Wilson of The Supremes have announced their 'Legends Live Tour 2015', playing dates in the UK in October.

Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead) has quit as director of Wonder Woman due to ‘creative differences’ with Warner Bros.

Netflix's How to Train Your Dragon original series Dragons: Race to the Edge will be available worldwide from June 26.

Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Jemaine Clement are joining Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Bill Hader in Disney and Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of the Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn has been cast in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse as the mutant Psylocke.



April 13 2015


See all the winners from last night’s Laurence Olivier Awards, hosted by Lenny Henry, here.  

Kylie Minogue has announced Years & Years, Mika, Foxes, Bright Light Bright Light and Ekkah will be joining Chic with Nile Rodgers and Grace Jones as special guests for her headline show at the Barclaycard British Summer Time event on June 21.

The Fault in Our Stars picked up Movie of the Year at this year's MTV Movie Awards. Check out all the winners here.  

The Official Charts Company has launched the UK's first ever weekly vinyl charts: the Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 and Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 will be published online every week.

Jon Bon Jovi will reportedly act as executive producer on new reality series If I Wasn't a Rock Star, which will see musicians return to their hometowns and think about how things would have turned out had they not found success in the music industry.

The Incredibles director Brad Bird has stated that he has begun writing the script for the film’s sequel.


April 10 2015


Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly in talks to star in the BBC Two's Grand Theft Auto drama.

Jeremy Clarkson has backed out of guest hosting Have I Got News for You on April 24.

Ryan Gosling is to star in Guillermo del Toro's reboot of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, based on a Disneyland theme park attraction.

The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie has been added to the lineup for T in the Park this July.

Boy George will reportedly star in his own reality show which comes from the team behind Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

OneRepublic, Rudimental, Example, Passenger and Foy Vance will open for Ed Sheeran on different nights for his three-night stint at Wembley Stadium this summer.

Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are reportedly set to direct The Flash movie for Warner Bros.



April 9 2015


The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie is on course for number one with his debut single Lost Stars, which is also set to become the highest-charting single from a Voice UK winner.

Florence + the Machine have announced Ship to Wreck as the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

Sky Atlantic has recommissioned arctic thriller Fortitude for a ten-episode second series.

Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker have joined the cast of Ang Lee's war drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which is based on Ben Fountain's 2012 novel.

The Mindy Project’s Ike Barinholtz has joined the cast of Suicide Squad alongside Will Smith.

Joe Manganiello will appear in Netflix's upcoming Pee-wee Herman film which is being produced by Judd Apatow.

Rooney Mara has joined the cast of true-life story Lion alongside Dev Patel.

Peep Show actor David Mitchell will reportedly play William Shakespeare in a new BBC Two sitcom.



April 8 2015


Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec has confirmed Michael Trevino will be leaving The Vampire Diaries along with Nina Dobrev.

Hit US series Empire, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson, is to air on E4 in the UK this spring.

The nominees for this year's House of Fraser BAFTA Television Awards have been announced. See here.  

Joey actress Andrea Anders has reportedly joined the cast of CBS pilot The Half of It.

The nominations for the first 5 major categories at the Billboard Music Awards 2015 have been announced. See here

Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde are to reprise their roles as Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy in a third Tron movie.



April 7 2015


After six years playing the lead role of Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev has confirmed she is leaving the show. 

Bruce Jenner will be the subject of an ABC News special hosted by Diane Sawyer on April 24. 

David Lynch has confirmed he will not be involved in the Twin Peaks revival. 

Frank Ocean will release his new album and his own magazine in July.

Fall Out Boy will perform at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards this month. 

James Gunn has confirmed that Karen Gillan's alien villain Nebula will be returning for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. 

Ricky Gervais's new comedy film Special Correspondents will premiere on Netflix worldwide in 2016.

Sky Ferreira has announced her new album will be titled Masochism.




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