Adele tops post-Glastonbury album chart

Adele’s 25 has shot back to the top of the album chart after experiencing a 231% sales surge following her headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

Her third album’s long-awaited release on streaming services has also helped it claim a 13th week at number one.

In the singles chart, Drake’s continued dominance saw One Dance become the third longest-running number one ever.

Only Bryan Adams and Wet Wet Wet have spent more consecutive weeks in the top spot than the Canadian rapper.

Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You spent 16 consecutive weeks at number one in 1991, while Wet Wet Wet enjoyed a 15-week reign with Love Is All Around in 1994.

One Dance, already the longest-running UK number one single of the digital era, has now spent 12 straight weeks fending off all comers.

Drake has more cause to celebrate thanks to Too Good, his collaboration with Rihanna, which rose two places this week to number three.

French producer Kungs came between Drake’s two top five tracks. Kungs’ remix of Cookin’ On Three Burners’ 2009 track This Girl held steady at two.

Rihanna made another appearance at four with her Calvin Harris collaboration This Is What You Came For, while Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling dropped two places to five.

Adele sat just beneath him in this week’s countdown, with her her Send My Love (To Your New Lover) track jumping nine places to make its Top 10 debut at six.

Top five singles
1) Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla One Dance
2) Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners This Girl
3) Drake ft Rihanna Too Good
4) Calvin Harris ft Rihanna This Is What You Came For
5) Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop the Feeling
Source: Official Charts Company

In the album chart, two other acts experienced a sales boost off the back of their high-profile appearances at Glastonbury.

Coldplay, who closed the event on Sunday night, saw their A Head Full of Dreams album climb three places to two.

ELO’s greatest hits compilation All Over the World, meanwhile, climbed four places to three following Jeff Lynne’s appearance in the festival’s Sunday afternoon “legends” slot.

Rick Astley’s 50 dropped a place to number four, while Beyonce’s Lemonade album jumped five places to number five.

Neil Young’s environmentally-themed live album Earth was this week’s highest new entry, making its chart debut at 14.

Top five albums
1) Adele 25
2) Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
3) ELO All Over the World – The Very Best of
4) Rick Astley 50
5) Beyonce Lemonade
Source: Official Charts Company

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Oscars: New Academy member 'will judge on merit'

The organisers of the Oscars have invited a record number of new members to vote in next year’s ceremony, in response to the #OscarsSoWhite furore.

John Boyega, America Ferrera and Idris Elba are among 683 industry figures who have been invited to join the Academy.

It follows criticism of a lack of diversity at this year’s ceremony where all the acting nominees were white.

Several famous faces boycotted the Oscars in February in protest at the lack of nominees from ethnic minorities

One of the new members, British casting director Shaheen Baig – whose credits include a number of high profile films and TV series, including Brighton Rock, Locke and Peaky Blinders – tells the BBC she plans to judge films purely on merit.

How does it feel to be invited to join the Academy?

It’s a real thrill, and it feels like an achievement for everybody. There are a lot of young actors that have been invited and it must be so exciting for them as well.

It feels like a recognition of your work and your place in the industry. I just hope I can use my vote responsibly, wisely and creatively.

How were you first approached?

I was contacted by the head of the European division of the Academy to ask if I’d be interested in joining.

It wasn’t something I’d thought about before – I’m a member of Bafta already, but never thought I’d be a member of the Academy.

You have to fill out a form and get people to second you. Then it all goes off to LA and I didn’t hear anything for a couple of months. But then I got an email in my inbox saying “Welcome to the Academy,” so it’s kind of amazing.

There was of course a very big campaign to open up the Academy and make their membership much broader, but I wasn’t given a specific reason as to why I was chosen. I think they just wanted new members, and I think the European division has become a bigger entity too – more visible.

Do you think the invitation of new members is a response to the #OscarsSoWhite movement?

In many ways, yes – it would be impossible not to respond to what happened this year, but I feel they have tackled it head on, and I think it’s brilliant to have so many women invited into the Academy.

And the diversity issue, having more people of colour, I think that’s essential – and that’s something that if it wasn’t there before, they are trying to put right now.

I am really happy the #OscarsSoWhite movement happened, because the issue of diversity in our industry is a huge and hot debate at the moment, and I think it’s really important that all awards ceremonies take on board and reflect the society we live in. I think it was a very important thing to happen.

I think there’s still some way to go – but we’re in a better place now than we were this time last year.

How will you use your vote – do you judge on merit or do you hope to give more of a voice to under-represented films and actors?

I always vote on merit, whether I’m voting for the Baftas or anything else. And I hope members will be presented with choices that are really diverse, so whatever the longlist or shortlist is, the voters are presented with a broad and well thought-out selection.

How much impact do you think the new members will have on next year’s nominations list?

I’m sort of fascinated to find out! I think it is a very interesting mix of people they have invited in. In terms of ages, ethnicity and background, it feels very varied, which is great. And hopefully that will be reflected in the nominations.

The Oscars have been criticised for putting forward the same bunch of people every year, so hopefully what will happen is we’ll start to see fresh talent pushing through.

Do you feel daunted by the number of films you’ll have to watch?

There’s not enough hours in the day! It is really hard, but I’ve done it before for the Baftas and the BIFAs. And for everybody that has done that, you sort of enter a twilight zone of lots of screenings.

Do you think there’s more to be done in the coming years to increase the diversity of the members?

Yes, absolutely, and I hope that they push on in this vein. Start as you mean to go on. What they’ve done this year has been brilliant, and I hope that continues.

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Oscars: New Academy member 'will judge on merit'

The organisers of the Oscars have invited a record number of new members to vote in next year’s ceremony, in response to the #OscarsSoWhite furore.

John Boyega, America Ferrera and Idris Elba are among 683 industry figures who have been invited to join the Academy.

It follows criticism of a lack of diversity at this year’s ceremony where all the acting nominees were white.

Several famous faces boycotted the Oscars in February in protest at the lack of nominees from ethnic minorities

One of the new members, British casting director Shaheen Baig – whose credits include a number of high profile films and TV series, including Brighton Rock, Locke and Peaky Blinders – tells the BBC she plans to judge films purely on merit.

How does it feel to be invited to join the Academy?

It’s a real thrill, and it feels like an achievement for everybody. There are a lot of young actors that have been invited and it must be so exciting for them as well.

It feels like a recognition of your work and your place in the industry. I just hope I can use my vote responsibly, wisely and creatively.

How were you first approached?

I was contacted by the head of the European division of the Academy to ask if I’d be interested in joining.

It wasn’t something I’d thought about before – I’m a member of Bafta already, but never thought I’d be a member of the Academy.

You have to fill out a form and get people to second you. Then it all goes off to LA and I didn’t hear anything for a couple of months. But then I got an email in my inbox saying “Welcome to the Academy,” so it’s kind of amazing.

There was of course a very big campaign to open up the Academy and make their membership much broader, but I wasn’t given a specific reason as to why I was chosen. I think they just wanted new members, and I think the European division has become a bigger entity too – more visible.

Do you think the invitation of new members is a response to the #OscarsSoWhite movement?

In many ways, yes – it would be impossible not to respond to what happened this year, but I feel they have tackled it head on, and I think it’s brilliant to have so many women invited into the Academy.

And the diversity issue, having more people of colour, I think that’s essential – and that’s something that if it wasn’t there before, they are trying to put right now.

I am really happy the #OscarsSoWhite movement happened, because the issue of diversity in our industry is a huge and hot debate at the moment, and I think it’s really important that all awards ceremonies take on board and reflect the society we live in. I think it was a very important thing to happen.

I think there’s still some way to go – but we’re in a better place now than we were this time last year.

How will you use your vote – do you judge on merit or do you hope to give more of a voice to under-represented films and actors?

I always vote on merit, whether I’m voting for the Baftas or anything else. And I hope members will be presented with choices that are really diverse, so whatever the longlist or shortlist is, the voters are presented with a broad and well thought-out selection.

How much impact do you think the new members will have on next year’s nominations list?

I’m sort of fascinated to find out! I think it is a very interesting mix of people they have invited in. In terms of ages, ethnicity and background, it feels very varied, which is great. And hopefully that will be reflected in the nominations.

The Oscars have been criticised for putting forward the same bunch of people every year, so hopefully what will happen is we’ll start to see fresh talent pushing through.

Do you feel daunted by the number of films you’ll have to watch?

There’s not enough hours in the day! It is really hard, but I’ve done it before for the Baftas and the BIFAs. And for everybody that has done that, you sort of enter a twilight zone of lots of screenings.

Do you think there’s more to be done in the coming years to increase the diversity of the members?

Yes, absolutely, and I hope that they push on in this vein. Start as you mean to go on. What they’ve done this year has been brilliant, and I hope that continues.

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Poet Sir Geoffrey Hill dies aged 84

British poet Sir Geoffrey Hill has died aged 84, his wife has confirmed.

Alice Goodman said her husband died “suddenly, and without pain or dread” on Thursday evening.

Sir Geoffrey was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University until last year, and best known for Mercian Hymns, his 1971 collection of prose poems.

Jacqueline Norton, Senior Commissioning Editor for Literature at Oxford University Press, praised his “poetic genius”.

“We’re very saddened by the news of Geoffrey Hill’s death, but also grateful to have worked with him,” she said.

Award-winning writer

“His fierce intelligence will be much missed.”

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy told The Guardian: “He was, in poetry, a saint and a warrior who never gave an inch in his crusade to reach poetic truth.”

Sir Geoffrey Hill was born on 18 June 1932.

He studied English literature at Oxford University and graduated with first class honours.

Sir Geoffrey released his first collection of poems, For the Unfallen, in 1959 – and went on to publish more than 20 volumes of poetry over his career.

He became Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry in 2010 – a position he held for five years.

His accolades include the Faber Memorial award and the Whitbread Award for Poetry.

He was knighted in 2012 for services to literature.

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Sir John Hurt pulls out of Sir Kenneth Branagh Entertainer play

Sir John Hurt has pulled out of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s production of The Entertainer, on advice of his doctors.

The 76-year-old had been due to play Billy Rice, the father of Sir Kenneth’s character Archie, in John Osborne’s play about a music hall performer.

Sir John said he had been hospitalised recently with an intestinal complaint and had been told it was “too soon… to undertake [an] arduous stage role”.

“It is therefore with great sadness and disappointment that I must withdraw.”

The actor went on to wish director Rob Ashford “and the entire company [his] very best wishes for a happy and successful production.”

The Entertainer is the last play in Sir Kenneth’s year-long residency at London’s Garrick Theatre, on 20 August.

A spokesperson for the company said Sir John’s replacement ” would be “announced in due course”.

In a statement, the actor said he was following doctors’ advice despite being “much improved and on the road to a full recovery” following his recent hospitalisation.

The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien, The Elephant Man and The Naked Civil Servant, was diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer.

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Lindsay Lohan vows to turn on Kettering's lights after twitter row

Lindsay Lohan has agreed to turn on the Christmas lights in Kettering this year following an “offensive” tweet about the town on EU referendum night.

MP Philip Hollobone invited the actress to the town to make up for her tweeting “#REMAIN Sorry, but #KETTERING where are you” during the count.

The US actress, who backed Remain in the referendum, has since tweeted that she would be happy to attend.

Mr Hollobone, who backed the Leave campaign, said it was “fantastic news”.

‘Hope she means it’

Speaking in the House of Commons Conservative MP Mr Hollobone said her tweet implied that she had never heard of Kettering and said it also implied that no-one had heard of the town – before listing the town’s accolades.

He added that by turning the lights on she would redeem her political reputation.

Miss Lohan replied: “Direct message me about your offer. Would be happy to light the Christmas tree in #Kettering.”

In response to the tweet Mr Hollobone said: “Let’s hope she means it. If she wants to come to Kettering and turn the lights on she would be made very welcome.”

Miss Lohan emerged as an unlikely EU referendum pundit on results night with a series of social media posts in which she has pleaded with Britain not to leave the European Union.

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Gemma Arterton to play Joan of Arc on London stage

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton will play Joan of Arc later this year in a London production of George Bernard Shaw’s 1923 play St Joan.

The 30-year-old, recently seen as Nell Gwynn on the West End stage, will play the teenaged warrior from 9 December to 18 February at the Donmar Warehouse.

Arterton, who starred in 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solace, told the Daily Mail that Shaw’s play had “a lot of soul”.

Yet she admitted that she was not “the obvious choice” to play the title role.

“It’s not the type of thing I usually play,” the actress told the Mail’s Baz Bamigboye. “My characters have usually got a bit more sass.”

Notable past Joans include Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dame Joan Plowright and Jean Seberg, who played Shaw’s martyred heroine on film in 1957.

Arterton was nominated for back-to-back Olivier awards for her roles in Nell Gwynn and West End musical Made in Dagenham.

The Gravesend-born actress also played the title role in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London in 2014.

Josie Rourke, the Donmar Warehouse’s artistic director, said she was “thrilled” to be directing the “luminous and compelling” Arterton at the Covent Garden venue.

Other plays in the theatre’s 2016 autumn season include One Night in Miami, which recreates a real-life encounter in 1964 between boxer Cassius Clay, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American Football player Jim Brown.

Rourke said the recent death of Muhammad Ali – the name Clay adopted in 1964 – had given Kemp Powers’ 2013 play “a new and added poignancy”.

One Night in Miami, to be directed by actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, runs at the Donmar from 6 October to 3 December.

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Silver Clef Awards: One Direction named best live act

One Direction have been named best live act at the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the second time.

The group beat Adele, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran to win the award, despite currently being on a break.

One Direction scored more than 60% of votes to take the prize – the only award at the ceremony to be voted for by the public.

Other winners this year include Olly Murs and Florence Welch – who have won best male and best female respectively.

The awards ceremony takes place on Friday afternoon, but all the winners have been announced in advance.

One Direction said: “Thank you to all our fans for voting. Our live show is so important and it is amazing for this to be recognised… for the second time.”

Elsewhere, Lionel Richie has been announced as the winner of the top honour – the Silver Clef Award.

Jess Glynne has won best newcomer, while Craig David has scooped the innovation award.

Patti Smith will take home the outstanding achievement prize and Jeff Lynne will win the icon award.

Andre Rieu is set to be announced as the winner of the classical award and Hozier wins the international award.

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Spectre violence sparked most complaints to BBFC

Spectre generated the most complaints to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in 2015, the ratings body has revealed.

The James Bond film, which was rated 12A, received 40 complaints that focused on its scenes of violence.

Released last October, it featured Daniel Craig’s 007 battling a criminal syndicate.

Other films that generated public feedback to the BBFC included Kingsman: The Secret Service and Minions.

According to the BBFC’s annual report, published on Friday, Spectre’s distributor sought advice on how it could secure a 12A classification during the film’s post-production.

“One scene involving an eye-gouging was slightly too strong for the company’s preferred 12A classification,” the report said.

“We therefore suggested reductions to this scene. What remains in the classified version of the scene is a brief implication of what is happening, with only limited visual detail.”

Another scene, showing the bloody aftermath of a suicide, was similarly reduced.

The BBFC added that a separate torture scene involving a “larger-than-life hero” like Bond contained a “lack of detail” that made it acceptable for a 12A rating.

‘Stretched on a rack’

Kingsman: The Secret Service, which starred Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine, generated 38 complaints.

Many concerned the level of violence in the 15-rated comedy spy thriller, particularly during a fight scene in a church.

The BBFC said it saw a version of the film before it was complete and “offered advice” on how to achieve the distributor’s desired 15 rating. Otherwise, it pointed out, the film would have been classified 18.

“While there are some strong moments of violence in the film, they are relatively brief and do not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury to the extent they require an 18 classification,” the BBFC said.

U-rated animated comedy Minions received 16 complaints. They mainly concerned a scene set in a medieval-style torture dungeon.

“The Minions are stretched on a rack, where it is apparent that they do not come to any harm, and this develops into them slipping unharmed through a noose and playing with the gallows,” the BBFC said.

“The scene takes place in an unrealistic, comic and slapstick manner which is likely to be familiar to young viewers, who expect the Minions to survive.

“The realistic risk of harmful imitation is very low indeed.”

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Spectre violence sparked most complaints to BBFC

Spectre generated the most complaints to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in 2015, the ratings body has revealed.

The James Bond film, which was rated 12A, received 40 complaints that focused on its scenes of violence.

Released last October, it featured Daniel Craig’s 007 battling a criminal syndicate.

Other films that generated public feedback to the BBFC included Kingsman: The Secret Service and Minions.

According to the BBFC’s annual report, published on Friday, Spectre’s distributor sought advice on how it could secure a 12A classification during the film’s post-production.

“One scene involving an eye-gouging was slightly too strong for the company’s preferred 12A classification,” the report said.

“We therefore suggested reductions to this scene. What remains in the classified version of the scene is a brief implication of what is happening, with only limited visual detail.”

Another scene, showing the bloody aftermath of a suicide, was similarly reduced.

The BBFC added that a separate torture scene involving a “larger-than-life hero” like Bond contained a “lack of detail” that made it acceptable for a 12A rating.

‘Stretched on a rack’

Kingsman: The Secret Service, which starred Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine, generated 38 complaints.

Many concerned the level of violence in the 15-rated comedy spy thriller, particularly during a fight scene in a church.

The BBFC said it saw a version of the film before it was complete and “offered advice” on how to achieve the distributor’s desired 15 rating. Otherwise, it pointed out, the film would have been classified 18.

“While there are some strong moments of violence in the film, they are relatively brief and do not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury to the extent they require an 18 classification,” the BBFC said.

U-rated animated comedy Minions received 16 complaints. They mainly concerned a scene set in a medieval-style torture dungeon.

“The Minions are stretched on a rack, where it is apparent that they do not come to any harm, and this develops into them slipping unharmed through a noose and playing with the gallows,” the BBFC said.

“The scene takes place in an unrealistic, comic and slapstick manner which is likely to be familiar to young viewers, who expect the Minions to survive.

“The realistic risk of harmful imitation is very low indeed.”

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