LiveEntertainment Live: 8 December 2015

LiveEntertainment Live: 8 December 2015

Kev Geoghegan Arts and entertainment reporter We use JavaScript to ensure we can give you the best experience on our website. JavaScript is not supported in your browser. For a better experience, enable JavaScript or redirect to the No JavaScript version of the page. At the age of 82, Sir Michael Caine has pretty much received every acting accolade that glitters under the sun. This weekend, though, he’ll accept another: the Honorary Award of the European Film Academy president and board. “We have come to the decision that we are long overdue on paying special tribute,” said EFA president Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland, chairwoman of its board. “This recognition to an outstanding film personality is coming from the bottom of our hearts.” Only two others – Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira and French actor Michel Piccoli – have previously received the honour. Sir Michael will be in Berlin on Saturday to collect his award – as will Charlotte Rampling and Christoph Waltz, this year’s other special award recipients . More than 80 book critics from outside the UK has been polled by the BBC to create a list of Britain’s best novels. Of the top 10 books, six were written by women – while three of the male entries come from a single author. Actor Norman Reedus, who plays fan favourite Daryl on The Walking Dead, was apparently bitten by a fan during a convention in New Jersey. According to TMZ , the 46-year-old was attending a ‘Walker Stalker’ event when a woman attempted to bite his chest.He was not injured by the bite, and luckily had left his crossbow at home. With his new conservationist’s facial sprouting, the former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has been sharing his thoughts on wining the battle against climate change. The ex-wife of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has written an open letter asking fans not to glorify the tragedy of his death.  The singer – who was found dead on his tour bus last week – had battled addiction for many years. Mary Forsberg Weiland is the mother of his teenage children Noah and Lucy.Here are some excerpts from the letter. You might ask, ‘How were we to know? We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he’d been drug-free for years!’ In reality, what you didn’t want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn’t remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood. I won’t say he can rest now, or that he’s in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you’re a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don’t give up. Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it – use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream. Comedian Steve Coogan has been telling BBC Breakfast how he was caught up in Storm Desmond while visiting his home in Coniston, Cumbria. The Alan Partridge star was forced to spend a night in his car as he waited for a friend to come to his aid. Pop star Sia Furler was the special guest on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning, where she talked about writing songs with Adele, Pink and Beyonce. Of all of her collaborators, she reserved the highest praise for Katy Perry – who she described as “a weirdo in the best way”. “We laughed so much I gave myself an asthma attack and started barking like a seal,” the star told Nick Grimshaw. Sia also talked about her own music – and how she had lowered the pitch of her current single, Alive, in order to sing it without mistakes on Sunday’s X Factor show. Kanye West and his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, have named their new baby son Saint. The baby’s name was announced on Kardashian’s website with a short post that read: “Saint West. 12.05.15. 8 pounds, 1 ounce.” Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon is among those who supports one scientist’s controversial theory that there is a hidden portrait beneath the Mona Lisa. I’m sceptical. It’s perfectly common for an artist to overpaint an image as it is for a client who’s commissioned that artist to ask for changes. So it’s not surprising that there are those underpaintings on the Mona Lisa. The data that the technology generates is open to interpretation, which needs to be analysed and corroborated by the academic and curatorial community, and not just an individual. This is the world’s most famous painting which, like a celebrity, always makes for a good story. But in this case I think caution is required. London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire is to close its doors for at least two weeks for “essential maintenance work”. Manchester rockers The Courteeners were forced to abandon their gig on Friday night, with frontman Liam Fray tweeting the news. He later tweeted that a structural problem at the venue was “a lot worse than first thought”. The Grade II listed O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a 112-year-old theatre designed and built for musical entertainment and variety. A much-loved and iconic venue, it hosts over 180 events per year, attracting some 250,000 visitors. We continually invest in all of our theatre venues. Safety and amenities for our customers and staff is paramount and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this unexpected maintenance and repair may cause. We are undertaking remedial works and aim to be fully open within a matter of weeks. A list of events scheduled up to 20 December that have been affected by the closure are listed on the Academy Music Group website . For the first time ever, US singer Billy Joel is to play at Wembley Stadium in north-west London. The 66-year-old star, known for such hits as Piano Man, Uptown Girl and We Didn’t Start the Fire, will on 10 September – his first London gig since 2013. Joel has played a monthly show at New York’s Madison Square Garden since January 2014, a residency he is set to continue through to May 2016. Sad news today from Emmerdale, with the announcement that Shirley Stelfox – the English actress who played Edna Birch on the ITV show for the last 15 years – has died at the age of 74. John Whiston, ITV’s creative director of serial dramas, is among those to have paid tribute. The family here at Emmerdale are deeply saddened by Shirley’s passing, it is hard to imagine Emmerdale without her. We offer our condolences to Shirley’s family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously. According to Associated International Management, Stelfox – who was married to actor Don Henderson for 18 years – died at home on Monday with daughter Helena by her side “following a short battle with cancer”. Outside of Emmerdale, she appeared opposite Julie Walters in 1987’s Personal Services and was also seen in such TV favourites as Common as Muck, Keeping Up Appearances and Making Out. Here’s a picture of her in the latter show with Melanie Kilburn (left) and Margi Clarke. It seems cheap enough – two Australian dollars (that’s 96p to you and me) for a private Ed Sheeran peep show experience. Rubbish jokes aside, a French scientist is claiming one of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest works may not be who people think she is. Although scholars can’t be 100% sure of her identity, it is widely believed the famous portrait is of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant.  But Pascal Cotte claims his use of reflective light technology shows there is another portrait hidden underneath the masterpiece – of a different woman. The Louvre museum in Paris, where the famous work hangs, has not yet commented on his claims, which will be outlined in full in a TV documentary. A trailer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Netflix’s upcoming sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 Oscar-winner, has been released in advance of its release next year. Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as warrior woman Yu Shu Lien in the English-language follow-up, which also features Hong Kong superstar Donnie Yen and a lot of high-kicking, sword-wielding stuntmen. It may not be as prestigious as the £25,000 Turner Prize, won last night by design ensemble Assemble, but we thought we’d bring you the winner of the annual Turnip Prize anyway. The Turner-spoofing award went to Dismal And by “Bonksy” – a plank of wood featuring a glum face on an ampersand, drawn with a marker pen. The piece – a parody itself of Banksy’s Dismaland “bemusement park” in Weston-super-Mare – was one of 69 entries this year. “I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create this work,” said organiser Trevor Prideaux. Jesse Hughes, lead singer of rock band Eagles of Death Metal, has paid tribute to Irish band U2 for inviting them to join them on stage in Paris last night. Hughes, whose band’s gig at the Bataclan concert venue was targeted in last month’s Paris attacks, said EODM intend to return to the city again in the new year.  We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for everything our brothers in U2 did for us in the aftermath of the November 13 attacks. They reminded us that the bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock ’n rollers cannot either… and we never will. We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock ‘n roll with so many of the beautiful people – nos amis – of this great city. Thank you to Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam, thank you to their wonderful management, thank you to France, and thank you to everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016. See you again in February, Paris. Lazarus, a musical sequel to David Bowie’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth featuring some of the British singer’s best-known songs, has received a qualified welcome from critics following its New York opening on Monday. The Hollywood Reporter said the New York Theatre Workshop’s sold-out show was “a tad pretentious but always fascinating “, while The Guardian called it “unapologetically weird… and oddly intriguing “. The New York Times said Ivo van Hove’s production had “transfixing moments” and a “ravishing-sounding band”, but criticised Bowie and Enda Walsh’s script for its “flat-footed, literal-minded exposition and cryptic collegiate dialogue”. Former Dexter star Michael C Hall (pictured above with Sophia Anne Caruso) plays the lead role of Thomas Newton, the alien Bowie played in Nicolas Roeg’s original film. In the past, the Turner Prize has been been won by paintings, pottery, films, installations and sound exhibits. Now architecture can be added to that roster. A regeneration scheme for derelict houses in Toxteth in Liverpool has won Britain’s leading contemporary art award. The £25,000 prize went to London-based architects and designers Assemble, who have overhauled 10 houses in the area. US rockers Eagles of Death Metal have tweeted their “heartfelt thanks” to U2 and “the wonderful people of Paris” following their appearance in the French capital last night at the second of the Irish band’s two rescheduled concerts. It was an emotional return to the city for EODM, whose concert at the Bataclan concert venue on 13 November was stormed by gunmen during the Paris attacks. “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago and we would like to offer them ours tonight,” said singer Bono at the end of U2’s gig at the AccorHotels Arena. The Turner art prize was won by a group of architects this year. Good thing or bad thing? Please get in touch with us by tweeting @BBCNewsEnts  or emailing entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.   The weather outside may be frightful, but where we are is delightful. So since we’ve no place to go, let us bring you another live page full of news from the world of entertainment, arts and culture. Today we’ll be taking a look at the rave reviews David Bowie’s been getting for his new New York stage musical, gauging reaction to this year’s Turner art prize winners and reporting on Eagle of Death Metal’s appearance at U2’s concert last night in Paris.
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Lazarus, a musical sequel to David Bowie’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth featuring some of the British singer’s best-known songs, has received a qualified welcome from critics following its New York opening on Monday. The Hollywood Reporter said the New York Theatre Workshop’s sold-out show was “a tad pretentious but always fascinating “, while The Guardian called it “unapologetically weird… and oddly intriguing “. The New York Times said Ivo van Hove’s production had “transfixing moments” and a “ravishing-sounding band”, but criticised Bowie and Enda Walsh’s script for its “flat-footed, literal-minded exposition and cryptic collegiate dialogue”. Former Dexter star Michael C Hall (pictured above with Sophia Anne Caruso) plays the lead role of Thomas Newton, the alien Bowie played in Nicolas Roeg’s original film. Lazarus continues until 17 January.
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