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Coronation Street and Butterflies actor Andrew Hall dies aged 65

Coronation Street and Butterflies actor Andrew Hall dies aged 65

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Andrew Hall, known for his roles in Coronation Street and BBC show Butterflies, has died aged 65. The actor-turned-director, who has enjoyed a varied career, died on Monday after a short illness.Mr Hall first made an appearance on television screens playing Russell in well-loved sitcom Butterflies from 1978 to 1983, before appearing as Marc Selby in Corrie in 2011.He appeared in a number of UK soaps including Eastenders, Brookside, Hollyoaks and Casualty, and most recently played the Gentleman in sci-fi series Blood Drive. Related Articles A tweet from his management group InterTalent Rights said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our client and friend Andrew Hall who sadly passed away on Monday after a short illness.“Andrew was loved by audiences for hi
Aladdin: How Disney found its leading characters

Aladdin: How Disney found its leading characters

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You might think the lead character in Aladdin is... well, Aladdin. But not according to the end credits of Disney's new live-action remake.Unlike the animated 1992 original, the genie is the first name seen in the new cast list - which is understandable given that Will Smith is the biggest name in the project by some distance.Disney has opted for two relative newcomers for the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine - in the shape of Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. It was reported at the time of casting in 2017 that around 2,000 actors and actresses had been reading for the two roles over several months."The casting process was intense," Massoud tells BBC News. "I've been watching this film since I was a kid, and when I saw the audition notic...
BREAKING: Alabama 3 band member and Sopranos theme tune composer Jake Black dies

BREAKING: Alabama 3 band member and Sopranos theme tune composer Jake Black dies

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Alabama 3 bandmember Jake Black has died, his bandmates have confirmed. The musician, who co-wrote the song used as the theme tune for The Sopranos, died a few days after performing at Highpoint Festival in Lancashire. It has been reported Black was taken ill just hours after he played a show with his band on Friday.Black's bandmates confirmed the news today on their official Facebook account. The statement read: “Early this afternoon, on a beautiful summer’s day, our friend, comrade and spiritual teacher, Jake Black AKA The Very Reverend D.Wayne Love, passed over to the higher ground. “After a magnificent performance at the Highpoint Festival in Lancashire, D.Wayne in his supreme wisdom, decided it was the appropriate moment for his ascencion into the next le
Rita Ora finally reveals her true feelings for Liam Payne

Rita Ora finally reveals her true feelings for Liam Payne

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Since arriving on the music scene in 2012, Rita, 28, has been linked to countless men.Bruno Mars, Rob Kardashian and A$ AP Rocky are all reported to have fallen for the Let You Love Me songstress' charms as well as David Beckham’s best mate David Gardner and Travis Barker.However, she had only officially dated Calvin Harris, Andrew Wyatt and Ricky Hilfiger.Most recently she was linked to Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield. Related Articles The duo are thought to have called it quits at the start of the year leaving her heartbroken.Now the Anywhere songstress, who has a song called Cashmere on her new album about leaving an item of clothing at a one night stand's house, has admitted she isn't in the right place to settle down.Rita said: "If it's too difficult, that really confirms it's jus
Eurovision: Is Brexit to blame for the UK’s latest flop?

Eurovision: Is Brexit to blame for the UK’s latest flop?

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The UK finished in last place at Eurovision on Saturday, despite the best efforts of singer Michael Rice. The talent show winner has reportedly blamed a Brexit backlash, as have some disgruntled British Eurovisionophiles.Rice told The Sun that even Gary Barlow or Elton John would have finished last this year.But it's now a decade since the UK has earned a place in the top 10 and more than 20 years since the last win - a losing streak that stretches back long before the EU referendum was a twinkle in David Cameron's eye.So can we really blame politics? And what other factors are at play? Here are five possible reasons the UK flopped - and keeps flopping.1. BrexitIf Europe thought the UK was sticking up two fingers in its direction...