Alternative Miss World contest – the night where bizarre is beautiful

Image copyright Philippe Vogelenzang Image caption Andrew Logan’s theme for this year’s contest is Psychedelic Peace It’s outing number 14 this weekend for Andrew Logan’s unclassifiable extravaganza the Alternative Miss World contest. The first event in 1972 was at his flat in London. This weekend it returns to the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. The contest is a bizarre combination of an extremely rude, very camp Christmas panto and a

Milkman sales soar after Man Booker Prize win

Image copyright PA Image caption Milkman tells a story based during the Troubles Belfast-born author Anna Burns has seen sales of her Man Booker Prize-winning novel Milkman grow by ”more than 1,000%” since being shortlisted. The book’s publisher Faber has printed up to 100,000 copies since the award was presented on Tuesday night. By Friday morning it was sold out in a number of book stores in Northern Ireland. It

Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis reboot gets mixed reviews

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jamie Lee Curtis attended the Los Angeles premiere for Halloween on Thursday The Halloween reboot, which sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her role as Laurie Strode, has received mixed reviews from critics. The 2018 version marks the 11th instalment in the horror series, which began in 1978. The reviews, which have been published ahead of the film’s release on Friday, range between two and

Peaky Blinders: Hunger Games star Sam Claflin joins cast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sam Claflin has starred in The Hunger Games and Me Before You Sam Claflin will join the Peaky Blinders cast for the show’s fifth series, the BBC has confirmed. The Hunger Games star said he “couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show”. The 32-year-old also praised screenwriter Steven Knight and described the production of the show as “consistently brilliant”.

How U2’s technology is changing concerts for the better

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAdam Clayton shows us around (and through) U2’s 30-metre long “barricage”. “The two things you can’t have up here are vertigo and a need for stability.” U2 bassist Adam Clayton is giving me a tour of “the barricage”, a 29-metre long, double-sided LCD screen that the band climb inside of every night of their Experience and Innocence tour. The walkway spans the

Biffy Clyro’s Simon: Guitars are ‘an extension of my personality’

Image copyright Getty Images “I came into guitar from a really odd angle, and I didn’t really want to learn to play it like other people,” says Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil. “It wasn’t something to get good at – it was just an extension of my personality.” Whatever he did to get good at guitar, it’s paid off. Simon is the first ever winner of the Fender Play award at

Keira Knightley bans daughter from watching certain Disney films

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Keira Knightley at the Elle Women in Hollywood event Keira Knightley says she has banned her three-year-old daughter from watching Disney films whose portrayal of women she disagrees with. Edie Knightley Righton is not allowed to watch Cinderella or Little Mermaid. Knightley told Ellen DeGeneres that 1950’s Cinderella “waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t! Rescue yourself. Obviously!” She said of

The Conners’ TV audience slumps by 43% minus Rosanne

Image copyright ABC US TV viewers failed to flock to new Roseanne spin-off The Conners, which has suffered a 43% fall in ratings. The show – which follows Roseanne being cancelled after she posted an offensive tweet – debuted on US channel ABC with 10.5 million on Tuesday. Rosanne had returned to TV in March with 18.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. The new series stars the show’s other

Harvey Weinstein accuser told to delete phone files

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex One of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers was told by police to delete any files from her phone that she wanted to keep private, prosecutors have admitted. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the complainant was told by a detective to “delete anything she did not want anyone to see”. Mr Weinstein’s lawyer said the development “undermines” the case. The

Emma Bunton to host the US version of Bake Off

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emma Bunton presents the Heart radio breakfast show with Jamie Theakston Spice Girl Emma Bunton is the new presenter of the US version of The Great British Bake Off. The Great American Baking Show will return to TV in the US later this year with Paul Hollywood returning as judge. Baby Spice said it was her “dream job. Christmas time, eating cake and having