Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC editor defends report

Image copyright PA The BBC might have faced criticism had it not reported that Sir Cliff Richard was being investigated by police, a senior editor has told the High Court. Gary Smith said the singer’s fame meant the BBC could have been accused of not reporting a matter of public interest. He said inquiries into Jimmy Tarbuck, Max Clifford and Rolf Harris had been reported without any legal complaint. Sir

Why the snobbery about superhero films?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Avengers Infinity War is the latest in the series Stars of Avengers: Infinity War have defended superhero films against snobbery from some Hollywood quarters. Last week, Zoe Saldana spoke about “elitists” who accuse the cast of “selling out” with the films. “I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist. “They look down

New Zealand’s Hawera Cinema bans pyjamas and onesies

Image copyright PA Image caption The cinema is located in the small town of Hawera A cinema in New Zealand has banned people from wearing pyjamas, onesies and dirty boots to screenings, in a move designed to raise dress standards. Hawera Cinemas said in recent months it had seen an increasing number of patrons attending in nightwear. It announced the ban in a Facebook post, adding the clothes did not

Shania Twain apologizes after saying she would have voted for Trump

The Canadian said on Twitter that she did not “hold any common moral beliefs” with Trump and regretted appearing to endorse him in an interview with the Guardian that was published Sunday. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” the newspaper quoted her as saying. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns in searing new season

In its debut, the series benefited from fortuitous timing, providing a nightmarish look at women forced to bear children for the rich and powerful that tapped into the ongoing battle over abortion rights while in ways anticipating the #MeToo movement. The series also capitalized on its arresting imagery, with memes about silent women in matching red cloaks seemingly sprouting up everywhere. Still, “The Handmaid’s Tale” had more than the zeitgeist

Long-running folk festival cancelled – with no refunds

Image caption The Proclaimers were among the bigger names to have played the Beverley Folk Festival A long-running folk festival has been called off this year after the firm that runs it went bust. Beverley Folk Festival, a non-profit-making organisation run by volunteers, said it had lost its “primary source of funding”. Organisers said they were unable to refund advance tickets. Weekend tickets cost £110. The festival started in 1984

London Marathon: Masterchef semi-finalist Matt Campbell dies

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Matt Campbell on the right was running his second marathon in two weeks A Masterchef semi-finalist has died after collapsing during the London Marathon, it has been confirmed. Matt Campbell, 29, collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and died later in hospital. He appeared on the BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals in December 2017, and had been running the race – the hottest on record –

Avicii’s ex-girlfriend posts tribute: ‘I love you Tim’

Image copyright Getty Images Avicii’s ex-girlfriend has posted a tribute online following the sudden death of the Swedish DJ. The 28-year-old, otherwise known as Tim Bergling, died in Oman and it’s not yet known what the cause of death was. Emily Goldberg wrote that during the two years they were together he was her “closest confidante”. She uploaded pictures of them together on her Instagram account as well as an

Taylor Swift ‘stalker’ breaks into her house and takes nap

Image copyright Reuters Taylor Swift’s New York home has been broken into by a suspected stalker who took a nap at the property. Police say 22-year-old Roger Alvarado was arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing. He was arrested at the same address in February after allegedly breaking the front door with a shovel. Taylor wasn’t at home at the time of the break-in, but has recently

Shania Twain apologises after saying she would vote for Donald Trump

Image caption Twain also revealed to The Guardian that she had been abused as a child Shania Twain has apologised after saying she would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 US election. The Canadian singer, who cannot vote in the US, told the Guardian she appreciated the President’s honesty. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she said. “Do you