Laurie receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria are to be awarded stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The brass stars emblazoned on Hollywood Boulevard honour personalities from music, film and TV for achievement in the entertainment industry.

Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Goldie Hawn and Chris Pratt have also been announced as star recipients.

They will be honoured at the famous landmark in Los Angeles in 2017.

Laurie, who was born in Oxford, is best known in the US for his lead role in the medical drama House – which ran from 2004 to 2012.

Longoria rose to prominence in 2005 when she played a leading role in Desperate Housewives, while Ryan Reynolds’s best known films include Deadpool and The Proposal.

Mark Ruffalo’s credits include Spotlight – which won the Oscar for Best Picture earlier this year.

Dwayne Johnson first became famous as his wrestling alter-ego “The Rock” – but later turned to acting and has recently appeared in San Andreas and Central Intelligence.

Musicians to be be awarded a star include Ice Cube, John Legend, and NSync – Justin Timberlake’s former boyband.

The group split up in 2002 but, until recently, held the record for the fastest-selling album in US history for their 2000 album No Strings Attached.

Adele’s 25 broke the record last year.

Actress and TV presenter Tyra Banks and Night Of The Living Dead creator George A Romero have also been announced as star recipients.

Mexican-American singer Selena will be posthumously honoured.

She was fatally shot at the age of 23 by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, in a motel in 1995.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said the Walk of Fame selection committee had received “hundreds of nominations” for the latest round of stars.

The committee’s chairman, Vin Di Bona, said the new inductees were “a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world”.

How do you get a Hollywood star?

  • To be eligible, you have to have been famous for at least five years and have what Di Bona describes as “unchallengeable” expertise in television, film, radio, live theatre and music. Reality TV stars are notably absent from the walk of fame.
  • All applications must include a written statement from the candidate, confirming they want one and that they would attend the unveiling ceremony if their application is accepted.
  • If the celebrity’s application is accepted, whoever nominated them needs to pay $30,000 (£22,400). The Chamber of Commerce says that half the cost goes into building the star, while the other half is used for upkeep – cleaning and so on.

How to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies aged 84

Pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore, who was a member of Elvis Presley’s original band, has died aged 84.

He died in Nashville on Tuesday after several months of poor health.

He is credited with helping Elvis shape his music that came to be called rock ‘n’ roll, and inspired generations of guitarists.

Moore was the last survivor of a Elvis’s original band which included Presley, bassist Bill Black and producer Sam Phillips.

As part of The Blue Moon Boys Moore backed Presley on many of his legendary songs including Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes and Jailhouse Rock.

Moore played his unique style on a Gibson Super 400.

Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones was one of those inspired by Moore. He once said: “When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I knew what I wanted to do in life.

“It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty.”

Born in Tennessee, Moore began playing guitar at the age of eight.

After a spell in the US Navy he turned to music and in 1954 while living and working in Memphis, he formed the country band The Starlite Wranglers, with Black.

That same year Phillips at Sun Records put him together with a young singer he had auditioned – Elvis Presley.

They worked together for 14 years and Moore was Presley’s first manager.

Moore also had a long working relationship with his friend Carl Perkins and also worked with artists including Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and Ronnie Wood.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and in 2015 he was placed at number 29 in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists list.

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Top Gear USA cancelled, BBC confirms

Top Gear USA has been cancelled, the BBC has confirmed.

The programme, broadcast on the History channel in the US, is a spin-off from the popular motoring series and not the version shown in the UK starring Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans.

Presenter Rutlege Wood first announced the news on Facebook – and suggested the show could return on a new channel.

“I’m not saying Top Gear is done, but it’s done for the immediate future on History,” he wrote.

Wood described co-presenters Adam Ferrara and Tanner Foust as “like brothers to me” and described working on the show as “a total dream come true”.

“The three of us will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit somewhere else,” he said.

Top Gear USA has been running since 2010 – racking up 72 episodes across six seasons.

A spokesperson for BBC Worldwide North America said: “History treated Top Gear USA with great care, and the show had a solid five-season contractual run with the network.

“We are fully committed to the hugely successful Top Gear brand – known all over the world – and have begun exploring new opportunities for the series in the US.”

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Strictly Come Dancing: New professionals join line-up

Three new performers will join Strictly Come Dancing’s line-up of professional dancers when the BBC One ratings winner returns in the autumn.

Russia’s Katya Jones, Spain’s Gorka Marquez and Ukraine’s Oksana Platero said they felt “privileged”, “excited” and “fortunate” to be taking part.

They and unconfirmed others will step in for Ola Jordan, Tristan MacManus, Kristina Rihanoff and Gleb Savchenko.

Aliona Vilani, who won last year’s show with Jay McGuinness, is also departing.

Platero previously appeared on Strictly’s US sister show Dancing with the Stars, where she danced for five seasons as Oksana Dmytrenko.

She also worked as a choreographer on US TV show So You Think You Can Dance, going on to marry one-time contestant Jonathan Platero.

Born Ekaterina Sokolova in St Petersburg, Katya Jones is the wife and partner of British dancer Neil Jones, one of Strictly’s choreographers.

She and Neil have won the World Amateur Latin Championships three times and became the World Professional Latin Showdance champions last year.

Gorka Marquez represented Spain at the World Latin Championships in 2010 and has toured internationally with stage show Burn the Floor.

Returning dancers this year include Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole and the husband and wife team of Kevin and Karen Clifton.

Russian dancer Savchenko, who appeared on last year’s show as the partner of TV presenter Anita Rani, said he was leaving Strictly “due to family commitments”.

Louise Rainbow, Strictly’s executive producer, said she was “delighted” with this year’s professional dancer line-up and was looking forward to “another brilliant and entertaining series”.

According to the BBC, more professional dancers “will be announced in due course”.

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Zola Budd and Mary Decker to reunite in documentary film

Zola Budd and Mary Decker are to be reunited in a new documentary for the first time since their famous collision at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

The two athletes had been competing in the 3000m women’s-track final – which Decker, who was running for the US, had been widely tipped to win.

But she fell after a collision with Budd, who was part of the British team.

Budd, who was born in South Africa and aged 17 at the time of the race, was later accused of tripping her up.

The crowd’s hostile reaction after Decker’s fall caused Budd, who famously ran barefoot and had been winning the race, to finish seventh.

Decker, who had fallen into the infield grass clutching her right thigh, was carried from the track in tears.

Budd had already received international attention after her application for British citizenship was fast-tracked earlier in 1984, in time for her to compete at the Los Angeles games.

As a South African, Budd would have been ineligible to compete as the country had been banned from international sport because of its policy of apartheid.

The new film will feature archive footage as well as new interviews with Budd, Decker and others who were close to the events leading up to the race.

On reuniting with Decker in the documentary, Budd commented: “I knew making this film would be opening up the black box in my mind which I haven’t opened since that day. I thought it was time.”

Decker added, “I still think about that race every day. Making this film has been cathartic.”

The 90-minute film, called The Fall, will premiere on Sky Atlantic on 29 July.

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Daniel Radcliffe 'not ruling out' Harry Potter return

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has said he would not rule out a return to the character, if the script was right.

“The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary,” the 26-year-old told the Radio Times.

“But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo [in Star Wars], and look what happened there.”

Radcliffe, who appeared in eight Harry Potter films, said he was “saying ‘No’ for now” but added he was “leaving room to backtrack in the future”.

The British actor will shortly be seen as a magician in Now You See Me 2, the sequel to the 2013 film about a team of bank-robbing illusionists.

In the film, out in the UK on 4 July, Radcliffe plays the card-sharp son of the character whom Sir Michael Caine played in the original.

The actor said it had not initially occurred to him that the film, which also stars Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, would invite comparisons with the boy wizard role for which he remains best known.

“I actually didn’t consider the connection to magic until somebody pointed it out to me,” Radcliffe is quoted as saying.

“They were like, ‘You are going to get loads of questions about magic again,’ and I went, ‘Oh, damn, I guess I am!'”

Ford, 73, was seen last year reprising his Han Solo role from the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A two-part continuation to JK Rowling’s Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, recently opened in London’s West End.

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Lena Dunham criticises Kanye West's 'disturbing' video featuring 'naked' celebrities

Girls actress Lena Dunham says Kanye West’s video for Famous, which features seemingly naked celebrities in bed together, is “disturbing”.

The 30-year-old star said Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Anna Wintour had been “reduced to a pair of waxy breasts”.

She also said it made her feel “unsafe and worried” for teenage girls.

It’s not known if the people in the clip are paintings or wax statues, but in some cases it appears to be the actual celebrity posing.

In a post on Facebook, Lena Dunham described the video as “one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory”.

Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Ray J

She wrote: “Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of disease.

“I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift, a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley.

“It makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films.”

George W Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby

Lena Dunham, who also writes Girls and produces the show, encouraged Kanye West to “make a statement” on fame and privacy but not at the expense of women.

“I can’t watch it, don’t want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies,” she wrote.

The rapper unveiled the video to Famous at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Friday, where thousands of fans filled the arena.

Forum in Inglewood, California

It features Kanye West in bed with his wife Kim Kardashian before the camera zooms out to reveal what appears to be wax figures of another 10 famous people asleep beside them.

They include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, former US president George W Bush, Chris Brown, Kim Kardashian’s former boyfriend Ray J and Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose.

It’s not known if the portrayals are paintings or wax statues, but in some cases it appears to be the actual celebrity posing.

Kanye West and Kendall Jenner

Image caption Kanye West and Kendall Jenner were at Tyler, the Creator’s fashion show for Made LA earlier this month

Explaining the video, which is only available on Tidal, Kanye West told Vanity Fair: “It’s not in support or anti any of (the people in the video). It’s a comment on fame.”

The imagery for Famous is inspired by artist Vincent Desiderio’s 2008 painting Sleep, which featured people in various states of undress sleeping next to each other.

He called Kanye West’s video “a tableau that was disturbingly familiar, rapturously beautiful and frighteningly uncanny”, in an essay published for W Magazine.

The track has caused controversy after the rapper included lyrics about Taylor Swift, saying that they “might still have sex” because he “made her famous”.

Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

In February, a spokeswoman for the singer said she’d told Kanye West not to release “such a strong misogynistic message” and she hadn’t been made aware of the lyrics.

A spokesperson for Taylor Swift told Newsbeat: “A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift.

“Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated.

“Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”

Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian called Taylor Swift a liar after the singer said she hadn’t given the rapper permission to use the controversial lyric.

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Spaghetti western star Bud Spencer dies

Italian actor and filmmaker Bud Spencer, who starred in a number of Spaghetti Westerns, has died aged 86.

He passed away peacefully on Monday in Rome “and did not suffer from pain”, his son said.

Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, was known among his fans as the “big friendly giant” of the screen because of his height and weight.

Spencer, who was also a professional swimmer, played in more than 20 films from the 1950s to the 1980s.

“He had all of us next to him and his last words were ‘Thank you’,” his son Giuseppe Pedersoli said.

In a tweet (in Italian), Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said: “Ciao #BudSpencer We loved you so much.”

Actor Russell Crowe tweeted: “RIP Bud Spencer. My heart goes out to your family.”

Spencer was born in the southern Italian city of Naples in 1929, but later moved to Rome, where he became a promising swimmer.

In 1950, he was the first Italian to swim 100m in under one minute.

He later abandoned his sporting career and began playing in westerns and comedy films, often alongside Terence Hill.

Spencer appeared in movies including Ace High, They Call Me Trinity and A Friend is a Treasure.

Spencer said he chose his name as a tribute to his favourite beer Budweiser and US actor Spencer Tracy.

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Chinese anger at Lady Gaga-Dalai Lama meeting

Chinese fans have reacted with outrage to Lady Gaga’s meeting with the Dalai Lama over the weekend.

Her social media posts about meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader on Sunday have led to online speculation over whether she will still be allowed to perform in the country.

Lady Gaga is one of, if not the most, popular western musician in mainland China.

Yet she has irked mainland fans by showing her support for the Dalai Lama, who many feel is a figurehead for Tibetan separatism.

The Dalai Lama says he now advocates a “middle way” with China, seeking autonomy but not independence for Tibet.

‘Has not considered Chinese fans’

Lady Gaga’s popularity in mainland China means that she is often a major talking point for entertainment and mainstream media there.

However, such media have been notably quiet on her 26 June meeting, meaning that it largely went unnoticed.

Some Weibo users have had their posts censored for sharing pictures of the singer’s Instagram post.

But fans have been determined to talk about it. More than 2,000 users have reacted to one prominent user MusicWars’s post about the story, calling for “rational views on the matter”.

Many have been quick to condemn Lady Gaga, asking whether she is “stupid” or “ignorant” on the subject of Chinese political sensitivity.

“She has not considered Chinese fans,” says -GeorgeLee-, receiving over 1,000 likes.

DIZzyF says “she has given up on the Chinese market” and Svaniscono7 accuses her of causing controversy to stay relevant in a waning market. “The political depths this turtle will go to, to stay ashore,” she says.

Yet lotusb defends her, saying “she should not be ashamed” and adding that some of her fans had “gone over the Chinese firewall” to find out why she met the Dalai Lama, and then tried to “painstakingly explain her reasons to other Chinese fans”.

“We should respect all of her choices,” he added. His comment received over 400 likes.

Other concerts cancelled

Many Weibo users are also speculating over whether Lady Gaga’s meeting will mean she is banned from performing in China in the future.

A number of western acts have had their gigs cancelled in the last year, purportedly because of their links to the Dalai Lama.

In April, pop singer Selena Gomez cancelled her August 2016 tour dates in Guangzhou and Shanghai, and rumours circulated that she had been forced to do so because of photos she shared on social media with the Dalai Lama.

Last September, Bon Jovi concerts in Shanghai and Beijing were also cancelled at the last minute, reportedly because the band featured the Dalai Lama in previous gigs.

And in July, a Dalai Lama tweet by one member of Maroon 5 was widely believed to be the reason for the American band’s cancelled Shanghai September tour.

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Prince and politics dominate at the BET awards

Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Roots, Erykah Badu and Sheila E were among the stars who performed tributes to Prince at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in Los Angeles.

Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams received a standing ovation as he accepted the humanitarian award.

He gave what the Washington Post called “one of the most memorable speeches in award show history”.

Samuel L Jackson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He praised Williams in his acceptance speech, calling him “the closest thing I’ve heard to a 1960s activist”.

In Williams’ speech he demanded equal rights and called for an end to police brutality against black people and white appropriation of black culture.

“A system built to impoverish, divide and destroy us cannot stand if we do,” he said.

“We know that police somehow deescalate, disarm and not kill white people every day so what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.”

“That brother is right and he’s true,” said Jackson, as he picked up his award.

“When you hear what he said, make sure you vote and you take eight more people with you to vote, OK? Don’t get tricked like they got tricked in London!” he said, seeming to refer to the EU referendum.

Another political moment saw R&B artist Usher performing in a shirt which had Don’t Trump America written on it.

The Prince tributes were started by Erykah Badu who sang The Ballad of Dorothy Parker from Sign O’ the Times.

Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly teamed up for the Prince/Apollonia duet from Purple Rain, Take Me With U.

They were then joined on stage by Jennifer Hudson who sang the song Purple Rain.

Janelle Monae performed Kiss, Delirious and I Would Die 4 U, Bilal sang The Beautiful Ones and Maxwell sang Nothing Compares 2 U.

The show finished with Prince collaborator Sheila E leading a 10-minute montage of Prince songs.

She was joined on stage by actor Jerome Benton, who starred in the film Purple Rain, and Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia.

They ended the show by raising a purple guitar in the air while flower petals fell from the ceiling.

Beyonce opened the show with a surprise performance of her song Freedom with Kendrick Lamar, dancing in a pool of water.

She won video of the year and the viewers’ choice award for her song Formation but had already left the ceremony to catch a flight to London for a concert so her mother Tina Knowles accepted the award on her behalf.

“I want to thank, first of all, her husband and her daughter,” she said.

Other winners included Taraji P Henson and Michael B Jordan, who won the acting awards.

Drake won best male hip hop artist and best group with rapper/singer/producer Future, but was not at the ceremony to accept the awards.

Newcomer Bryson Tiller beat Chris Brown and The Weeknd to win best male R&B/pop artist and also won best new artist.

Skepta won the best international UK act.

Muhammad Ali was also remembered at the ceremony by his daughter and Jamie Foxx, who starred in the 2001 biopic about the legendary boxer’s life.

The award show airs in the UK on BET on Tuesday at 2100 BST.

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