Pirelli 2019 calendar: Gigi Hadid shot by Albert Watson

Gigi Hadid and Alexander Wang

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Gigi Hadid stars alongside friend Alexander Wang

Pirelli has announced the cast and concept behind their 2019 calendar, photographed by Albert Watson.

Gigi Hadid, Misty Copeland, Laetitia Casta and Julia Garner star as “women who are playing a movie character role”.

It is British-born photographer and Vogue regular Albert Watson’s first time shooting the calendar.

The tyre company’s calendar is known for its exclusivity and is given as a gift to customers and celebrities.

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Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III play dancers and lovers

Albert Watson, who was born in Scotland in 1942, has created many iconic shoots and famously took portraits of Steve Jobs and Alfred Hitchcock.

His photographs have appeared in many iconic publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, Time and Rolling Stone.

Watson has also shot for big fashion and beauty brands including Prada, Levi’s, Revlon and Chanel.

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Watson, shown on set with Gigi Hadid, famously photographed Hitchcock in 1973

His Pirelli shoots took place over 10 days in April in Miami and New York.

The calendar became an annual publication in 1963 but was discontinued in 1974.

It was resurrected 10 years later and has been published every year since.

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Misty Copeland plays an exotic dancer dancer in one calendar image

This year’s theme sees movie characters “on the road to achieving” or having “already achieved their goals in life”.

Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III appear as dancers and lovers, with Copeland also playing a dancer in a strip club.

Laetitia Casta acts as a painter who lives with her boyfriend, played by the dancer Sergei Polunin.

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Laetitia Casta plays a painter while Sergei Polunin plays her boyfriend

Actress Julia Garner, playing a botanical garden photographer who aspires to shoot portraits, is joined by model Astrid Eika.

Hadid plays a successful woman alongside her friend, the designer Alexander Wang. The two were shot in a flat in New York.

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Julia Garner was shot as a photographer in a botanical garden

The 2018 calendar was styled by Vogue editor Edward Enninful and based on Alice in Wonderland.

Speaking to the BBC last year, former fashion editor Caryn Franklin said the calendar was “a high-status platform for photographers of note to be given the space to promote their own aesthetic”.

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Demi Lovato ‘in Los Angeles hospital for suspected overdose’

Demi Lovato sings in New York in 2016

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The 25-year-old has sung about her struggle with addiction in the past.

Pop singer Demi Lovato is in a Los Angeles hospital after a suspected drug overdose, US media report.

The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly responded on Tuesday to a medical emergency in the Hollywood Hills, where Lovato lives.

TMZ reports the 25-year-old was found unconscious and treated at the scene with Naloxone, an anti-overdose medicine.

The Sorry Not Sorry singer was in a stable condition, US media report.

She was alert and breathing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Her spokesperson told the BBC: “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support.

“Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy.”

Lovato has struggled with substance abuse for years, and was feared to have relapsed in recent weeks.

Last month she cancelled her show at London’s O2 arena, announcing the news on Twitter hours before the concert was due to begin.

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In a single released last month, Sober, she sings: “Mommy, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore. And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor.”

The song ends with the lines: “I’m sorry that I’m here again, I promise I’ll get help/It wasn’t my intention, I’m sorry to myself.”

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The track release followed Lovato marking six years of sobriety in March this year.

She was due to complete the North American leg of her Tell Me You Love Me world tour with a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Thursday.

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Her fans say the singer’s battles with bipolar disorder, bulimia and addiction – often documented in her music – have helped them with their own struggles.

As reports of her condition spread, there was an outpouring of support on social media from other celebrities and musicians.

Within hours of the report, tens of thousands of people had tweeted the hashtag #PrayforDemi.

According to US health officials, 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day with more than 250,000 Americans dying over the past decade.

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Raised in Dallas, Texas, Lovato first entered the spotlight on the children’s TV series Barney & Friends.

She appeared alongside the Jonas Brothers in the 2008 Disney Channel movie Camp Rock.

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Lovato released her first studio album, Don’t Forget, in 2008.

In a YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, released last October, Lovato revealed her drug use began when she first tried cocaine at the age of 17.

“I felt out of control the first time I did it,” she said. “My dad was an addict and an alcoholic.

“Guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol because it fulfilled him and he chose that over a family.”

Lovato went to rehab for the first time in 2010.

“I wasn’t ready to get sober,” she said in the documentary.

“I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night”.


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Vanessa Kirby: From Margaret to Mission Impossible

Vanessa Kirby at the UK Premiere of 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' on July 13, 2018 in London

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Vanessa Kirby took to the red carpet at the UK premiere of Mission: Impossible – Fallout earlier this month

After watching her win a Bafta for her performance as Princess Margaret in Netflix series The Crown, it’s hard to imagine Vanessa Kirby without a tiara, puffing away on a cigarette.

But imagine we must, as she is now starring opposite Tom Cruise in the latest Mission: Impossible film as the White Widow.

And this time round, she plays the ruler of an entirely different world as a black market arms dealer.

She spoke to the BBC about swapping roles, Tom Cruise, her Emmy nomination and handing over the reins to Helena Bonham Carter.

Juggling two huge jobs

Kirby admits she didn’t know much about the White Widow at first because the script was built around the thrilling stunts we’ve come to know and love and was evolving all the time.

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Kirby (left) says Cruise (right) has a strong work ethic

She was still filming the second series of The Crown in London when she began travelling to Paris at night to shoot Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Kirby describes the White Widow as a “femme fatale-esque, criminal network boss”.

She says: “It was just a great challenge to try and play two completely different people and try not to be Margaret without a wig!

“It was just really lovely to join a big ensemble that’s been there since 1996.”

Learning the ropes from the one and only Tom Cruise

At the centre of this ensemble is Tom Cruise’s character, IMF agent Ethan Hunt.

Kirby says: “He’s played this really iconic, very loved character and he’s seen all the different incarnations of it… so to have someone at the centre of that is just really relaxing, it’s like: ‘Oh, cool, you know what energy works’ and there’s no uncertainty in the way.”

As well as bringing a sense of calm to the bustling set, Vanessa also learnt a thing or two from the Hollywood veteran.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth film in the series

“I learnt a lot about work ethic and discipline,” she explains.

“He’s just unbelievably present and energetic and enthusiastic and doesn’t let up for a second, he just loves making films.

“You just see the six-year-old in him that just absolutely loves movies and can’t believe he’s still making them in a way and that’s so lovely to be around.”

Kirby says she also picked up some health tips.

“I learnt how important physical fitness is and as an actor, to be really in touch with that, which I never even thought about before.”

As well as being an award-winning star, Cruise is also a part-time daredevil and often performs death-defying stunts in many of his films, including Mission: Impossible.

Fallout was no different and last year the actor made headlines for breaking his ankle during a stunt that saw him jumping between two high-rise buildings in London.

Director Christopher McQuarrie told the BBC that when he went to see Cruise shortly after the accident, the first thing he was asked by the actor was: “Did we get the shot?”

Good to know the A-lister has his priorities right. (And yes, they did get the shot).

On putting down her tiara

Kirby was in Paris when she found out she was nominated for the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. for The Crown earlier this month.

“It was a really surreal moment and very sweet and my friends were just much more emotional than I was.

“I had the best time of my life on that job, so I couldn’t ask for anything else really.”

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The first image of Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret was published last week

Kirby has now handed over the reins to Helena Bonham Carter, who will play the princess in the third season of the Netflix drama.

Kirby says she “couldn’t have thought of anyone better to take over”.

“She’s just made it so nice, she’s been so gracious and kind and thoughtful and mindful of it.”

Kirby adds: “She’s been texting me from set actually and I’ve heard she’s been doing little things that echo what I did in the first couple of series and stuff, so we feel really linked.

“You know when you just love a character so much and it’s so part of you, oddly, because the experience was so happy, it’s really cool to share it with someone,” she explains.

“It’s really unusual to do that because usually it’s such an individual thing, so to be able to talk about her [Margaret] with someone else so intimately is a real gift.”

Mission Impossible: Fallout is out in the UK and Ireland on 25 Jul.

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Ryan Reynolds wants a more LGBT Deadpool in future movies

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Ryan Reynolds says he hopes to explore Deadpool’s sexuality in future films in his superhero franchise.

The actor was speaking at San Diego Comic Con 2018 alongside actors from this year’s Deadpool 2 movie.

Deadpool 2 was the first superhero movie to show an LGBT relationship on screen.

His female X-Men sidekicks Teenage Negasonic Warhead and Yukio were seen as a couple in the film.

“I certainly think that this universe needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways,” said Ryan during the Deadpool 2 panel.

“The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do.”

He stopped short of confirming anything, saying that any exploration of Deadpool’s sexuality was just what he’d like to see in sequels.

“It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe,” he added.

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Deadpool 2 was the first major superhero movie to include an LGBT couple

In 2015, Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpool movie, confirmed the anti-hero would be pansexual in the X-Men universe.

“Pansexual. I want that quoted. Pansexual Deadpool,” he said in an interview at the time.

Pansexual is when a person is attracted to someone for their personality regardless of their sex or gender.

But this has yet to be explored on screen, with Morena Baccarin playing Wade Wilson’s love interest in the two Deadpool movies.

Superhero movies have been criticised for their lack of diversity.

But recently LGBT characters have been making more of a mark in superhero TV shows.

Transgender actress Nicole Maines has been confirmed to play the first trans superhero Dreamer in the Supergirl TV series.

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow featured two gay superheroes, Citizen Cold and The Ray, played by gay actors Wentworth Miller and Russell Tovey.

Marvel’s 2017 series Runaways featured an LGBT relationship between two female characters – Nico and Karolina – played by Lyrica Okano and Virginia Gardner.

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Your summer podcast guide: Why 2018 is the year of the ‘podcast boom’

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My Dad Wrote a Porno and Love Island are among the UK’s most successful podcasts

Whether driving the car, sat on a train, out running or doing the housework, more of us than ever before are choosing podcasts to keep us company.

The latest figures from Rajar suggest 6 million (11%) of us listen to a podcast each week.

That’s up from 3.8 million in 2016.

While that’s still a relatively low proportion of the population, it represents a 58% increase over a two year period.

But one of the key factors is the age of those listening. Recent research from podcast platform Acast suggests that podcast listeners in the UK tend to be millennials – with two thirds falling into the 16-34 age bracket. Of this group, 27% listen once a week, and 29% listen between two to four times a week.

What’s more, 21% of respondents in the Acast research, conducted by Ipsos MORI, said they had started listening in the last six months.

The popularity of podcasts with this elusive audience – which so many traditional broadcasters and media companies have failed to attract – may be one of the key drivers of the growing podcast market.

“This is the year podcasts have gone mainstream,” says Hannah Verdier, a freelance podcast reviewer.

“A couple of years ago it was still a really niche thing. It seemed to me that no-one really listened to podcasts outside of the London media bubble.

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Last year’s Love Island co-winner Kem Cetinay and Arielle Free host the Love Island: The Morning After podcast

“But this year feels different, and the last few weeks, in particular, they’ve really hit their stride.

“The one that has really exploded has been the Love Island podcast – it’s been on the top of the charts since it launched,” says Verdier.

“It’s now seen as essential to a brand to have a podcast as well as a website.”

‘A podcast boom’

Matt Deegan, who produces the podcast Love Island: The Morning After, says: “In the last six months a lot of new podcasts have emerged, so it would be fair to say it’s having a bit of a boom.

“We’re seeing lots of tweets and reaction to our podcast – many of which are from college students who say they are listening to a podcast for the first time.

“The successful podcast format has traditionally been the companion format – fan-made shows, for the likes of Westworld, West Wing etc.,” says Deegan.

“Spin-off TV shows have always been popular – like Big Brother’s Little Brother, and the same goes for podcasts. Love Island is the first UK television show to really go for it and I think they have been rewarded for it.”

Podcasts, as we know them, have been around for 15 years and gained some traction in the mid-2000s but seemed to take a blow from other online media content.

Rowan Slaney, who writes the Guardian’s Hear, Here podcast column, and is an audio content specialist at Google, says: “YouTube came along and since then everyone’s been pretty video-focused. And then slowly – mainly because American speech radio is awful – podcasts have been making a comeback.

“The UK has typically been behind the US in the podcasting stakes because the BBC makes good content and people don’t feel the need to go away and download different audio content,” she says.

“But now everyone has a podcast – and the BBC has had to start taking it more seriously too.”

‘True crime craze’

One of the landmarks on the podcast landscape was, of course, the podcast Serial. The first two seasons of the true crime hit have been downloaded more than 250 million times, according to Serial Productions.

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Serial is about the conviction of Adnan Syed for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee

“Serial was amazing,” says Slaney, “but you can’t attribute everything to that podcast. If it weren’t for the ongoing dedication of real audio fans, who had the interest in podcasts all along we would never have had a series like that. Serial kicked off a real true crime craze – and it’s still the most-listened-to genre.”

Deegan, who is also the co-founder of the British Podcast Awards, says Serial coincided with podcasts becoming much more accessible via smart phones.

“When it became a default app on the iPhone, perhaps four or five years ago, it meant more and more people clicking on it. And that was the same sort of time Serial came out – which was the first real podcast content hit.”

‘Game changer’

It wasn’t much longer before the podcast sensation My Dad Wrote A Porno came out. Hosted by Radio 1 presenter, Alice Levine – and two of her university friends, James Cooper and Jamie Morton – the podcast has been on the iTunes chart for more than two years. It recently went on tour with its live shows, selling out the Royal Albert Hall.

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The stars of the podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno, l-r: James Cooper, Jamie Morton and Alice Levine

“When My Dad Wrote A Porno came along, it was a game-changer,” says Hannah Verdier, “and others have realised there is a real market there with young, female audiences.”

Slaney agrees: “Everything is traditionally made for men. Young women are let down by most speech radio – there’s a real gap.

“Currently the only real route into audio is through the BBC and if you don’t fit into those six channels then there’s nowhere for you to be heard on mainstream media. But podcasting is a really exciting format, and anyone can do it – so it opens up the door to lots more content and more creativity.

“Now young women are making their own content that they enjoy. And the amount of black and non-white voices we’ve heard in podcasting has just exploded,” Slaney adds.

“They’re also voices that are not well served by traditional media, so it’s a means for ethnic minorities to get their voices heard.”

The Shout Out Network is one of a number of platforms supporting people of colour and actively encouraging women in podcasts. Wolves In The City, hosted by YouTuber Lee Gray, grime artist Karnage Kills and DJ Jay Jay Revlon, is just one of the podcasts they promote – which aims itself at gay black men exploring their sexuality in London.

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The team behind Wolves in the City

And celebrities have seen fit to get in on some of this action too.

“Probably in the last six to twelve months, we’ve seen a higher number of mainstream personalities getting into the world of podcasts,” Deegan says, “like Fearne Cotton, Ed Miliband, Jessie Ware along with a number of others.”

The success of some of these more recent podcasts has in turn informed the kind of radio that is now being commissioned.

“I think podcasts have opened radio’s mind,” says Deegan. “Radio 4 has commissioned a series of the Beef and Dairy Network, for example, a comedy which started out as a podcast.”

And Ed Miliband has sat in twice for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 following the success of his Reasons to be Cheerful podcast – currently number 16 on the iTunes chart.

“In short,” says Deegan, “podcasts have grown up.”

Podcasts to listen to now…

Hannah Verdier’s recommendations:

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Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine’s Dear Joan and Jericha is currently number two in the podcast charts

Dear Joan and Jericha – Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine pretend to be a pair of agony aunts and they’re quite rude and filthy. It’s got a really dry, observational humour. Very daring.

Gossip – about three friends who meet weekly to… you guessed it… gossip and freak out over the latest developments in their fictional suburban town, Golden Acres.

Dirty John – this is a good one for total podcast beginners. It’s an American true crime about a woman who meets a man on the internet. She thinks he’s a surgeon and then it all unravels…

Sandra – this is a bit more upbeat from Gimlet, one of the best podcasting companies in the US. Ethan Hawke plays a boss and Kristen Wiig plays an Alexa/Siri type character. Turns out Sandra is powered by real people though. Dark comedy drama.

Griefcast – this doesn’t sound fun, but trust me, it’s good. It’s very simple: just people talking about their experience with grief. It’s really honest but uplifting and a really nice listen.

Rowan Slaney’s recommendations:

Capital – a drama about a referendum won by 51% of the vote to bring back capital punishment. A dark comedy.

The Discovery Adventures – a good one for the family. It’s easy and fun, and you can go and visit some of the places that the episodes are based on.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text – two friends going through each chapter of Harry Potter, looking at the symbolism and language of all the books. Very well structured.

The Dollop – two comedians find the most ridiculous events in US history that shaped their country. Really well researched and funny.

How To Be A Girl – won the best international podcast at the British Podcast Awards. A mother and her transgender daughter talk to each other. It’s about how they navigate the world while she’s growing up and going through her transition.

Matt Deegan’s recommendations:

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The Times’ Emily Dean interviewed Alan Carr in her first episode of Walking the Dog

Where should we begin? – Esther Perell is a counsellor. You sit in a therapy situation with real couples.

The Tip-Off – behind the scenes of investigative journalism, how did they get the story?

Love Island – you should definitely listen to this if you like the show,

Pod Save America – Barack Obama’s old speech writing team, on the annoying things Donald Trump has done that week. Has turned from a very angry podcast, to more of a campaigning, fun podcast.

Walking the Dog – from The Times. Emily Dean interviews a celebrity guest each week while they walk their dogs.

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James Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy director fired over offensive tweets

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James Gunn has worked on the Guardians of the Galaxy films and the Avengers franchise

Disney has removed James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after a number of offensive social media posts resurfaced online.

The American filmmaker apologised after old tweets in which he appeared to joke about paedophilia and rape were unearthed and widely shared.

But Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced his sacking on Friday.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible,” he said in a statement.

“[They are] inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”

Gunn wrote and directed both of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, which starred the likes of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper.

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The first instalment was one of Marvel’s most successful films, making more than $771m (£540m) at the worldwide box office.

Gunn has also worked on the hugely-successful Avengers franchise.

There has been no immediate response from the filmmaker, but in a series of tweets posted on Thursday he addressed the controversy surrounding his old posts.

“I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” he said. “I am very, very different than I was a few years ago.”

“I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies,” he added.

The now-deleted posts first came to light when conservative news website the Daily Caller unearthed them.

A number of conservative pundits then shared the tweets and called for Mr Gunn to be dropped by Disney.

The director has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. Earlier this month, he accused the US leader of “treason” over comments he made at a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

It is not clear who will replace him on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was reportedly set to be filmed next year.

Liam Gallagher urges brother Noel to bring back Oasis

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Liam Gallagher has raised the prospect of re-forming Oasis in a tweet aimed at his brother and former bandmate, Noel.

Using strong language, the singer said he forgave his sibling and it was the time to “get the Big O back together”.

Hopeful fans may however be disappointed, as Noel Gallagher told the BBC in November that he would never play with his old band again.

Oasis split in 2009 after a row which began with Liam throwing a plum at his brother’s head.

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Noel (left) and Liam have traded insults ever since Oasis split in 2009

Liam appeared on Thursday to be keen to get the group back together, although he made it clear on Twitter that he wasn’t “desperate” but just thought “it’d be a nice thing to do”.

However, on Friday he tweeted: “I’ll take that as a no then,” suggesting he had not had a response from his brother.

Liam Gallagher has had chart success with his recent solo album while Noel is currently touring with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

When working together, the pair wrote and performed hits including Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back in Anger – which became a unifying song in the aftermath of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.

A crowd spontaneously started singing the song at a memorial event for the victims and Noel performed it when the arena reopened in September.

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Actress Roxanne Pallett in stock car crash

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Roxanne Pallett has been involved in a car crash

Roxanne Pallett is recovering in hospital after being involved in a car crash.

She was taking part in a stock car race at Hunmanby Raceway in North Yorkshire on Wednesday afternoon.

The 35-year-old was racing Ben Fry, her co-host on Minster FM’s breakfast show.

Pallett was airlifted to hospital after being cut from the race car, with footage recorded by local firefighters on social media.

According to The Sun, it took two hours to free her from the car, which she crashed into a concrete wall at high speed.

She is also said to be awaiting results of a CT scan and has “severe bruising and two sprained wrists”.

In a statement on Minster FM’s Twitter page, they wrote: “Unfortunately Roxy was involved in an accident yesterday. We wish her a speedy recovery and can’t wait to have her back in the studio and waking up North Yorkshire with Ben.

“Thank you for all of your messages wishing her well. Roxy and Minster FM appreciate your support.”

The actress and presenter is best known for playing Jo Sugden in Emmerdale from 2005 to 2008.

She has also appeared in other soaps, including Casualty and Waterloo Road.

Pallett has also starred in Soapstar Superstar and Dancing on Ice.

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Cliff Richard: Singer wins BBC privacy case at High Court

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Sir Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home.

High Court judge Mr Justice Mann awarded an initial £210,000 in damages.

The singer claimed the BBC’s reporting of the 2014 raid, which was part of an investigation into historical child sex allegations, was a “serious invasion” of privacy. He was never arrested or charged.

The BBC said journalists acted in good faith and it is considering an appeal.

Speaking outside the High Court in London, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs Fran Unsworth apologised to Sir Cliff and said: “In retrospect, there are things we would have done differently.”

But, she said, the case marked a “significant shift” against press freedom and an “important principle” around the public’s right to know was at stake.

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In his judgement, Mr Justice Mann said the BBC had infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights in a “serious” and “sensationalist” way.

He rejected the BBC’s case that its reporting, which included footage filmed from a helicopter, was justified under rights of freedom of expression and of the press.

Mr Justice Mann said a suspect in a police investigation “has a reasonable expectation of privacy” and while Sir Cliff being investigated “might be of interest to the gossip-monger”, there was not a “genuine public interest” case.

‘Choked up’

He awarded Sir Cliff £190,000 damages and an extra £20,000 in aggravated damages after the BBC submitted its coverage of the raid for an award.

The BBC must pay 65% of the £190,000 and South Yorkshire Police, which carried out the raid, 35%.

South Yorkshire Police had earlier agreed to pay Sir Cliff £400,000 after settling a claim he brought against the force.

At court, Sir Cliff told the BBC he was “choked up” at the judgement, adding: “It’s wonderful news.”

Fans supporting him sang the singer’s hit Congratulations as the judgement was announced.

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The 77-year-old singer took legal action against the BBC over broadcasts of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014.

Officers were investigating an allegation made by a man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff at an event at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane in 1985 when he was a child.


Analysis: ‘Dark day for news reporting’

By BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman

Today’s judgement is very significant.

The judge found it was not merely the BBC’s use of helicopter pictures which breached Sir Cliff’s right to privacy. The simple naming of Sir Cliff as a suspect in the police investigation amounted to a breach of his privacy.

It means, going forward, people who are suspects in police investigations, save in exceptional circumstances, are entitled to reasonably expect the matter is kept private and not covered by the media.

That is why the BBC is broadening this out and saying, in effect, this is a dark day for news reporting.

Looking at some of the police investigations covered in the past, the BBC points out that naming the suspects has sometimes resulted in additional complainants coming forward.


Standing alongside Sir Cliff outside court, his solicitor Gideon Benaim said the singer’s motivation was “not for personal gain” but to “right a wrong”.

Mr Benaim said Sir Cliff, who has sold 250 million records since he began performing in 1958, had “never expected his privacy and reputation would be tarnished in this way”.

He said his client had offered to settle earlier with the BBC for “reasonable” damages and an apology, but the BBC had been “defiant”.

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The case raised “serious questions”, he said, about the way BBC management scrutinises the work of its journalists and how the BBC focused on preserving an exclusive story rather than respecting Sir Cliff’s rights.

Sir Cliff told reporters he would not comment further now, adding: “It’s going to take a while to get over the whole emotional factor.”

Responding to the judgement, South Yorkshire Police chief constable Stephen Watson said he accepted the findings and the force accepted and apologised for its mistakes at a “very early stage”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to again offer our sincere apologies for the distress Sir Cliff Richard has suffered,” he added.

‘Creative limbo’

The judge said he would hold another hearing to determine further damages after the singer said his plans for “professional work” were “seriously disrupted” in the wake of the coverage.

He said that in the years leading up to August 2014, he had worked regularly, released a new album every 18 months or so and usually played a number of concerts.

But he said he had been left “in effect in creative limbo” for two years until prosecutors said he would not face any charges.

Sir Cliff claimed his right to privacy under the Human Rights Act had been violated while the BBC argued that the same act protects freedom of expression.

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Presenter Gloria Hunniford returned to the High Court to support her friend Sir Cliff

TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford, who told the trial her friend Sir Cliff felt “violated and betrayed” by the BBC’s report, returned to the High Court for the judgement.

She later told ITV’s Loose Women Sir Cliff spent £4m on his case.

Ms Hunniford said it was a “landmark case” which could “change the law completely”, meaning suspects have anonymity until they are charged with an offence.

Conservative MP Anna Soubry also called for a law change at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Citing what she dubbed “Cliff’s’ law”, Ms Soubry said: “Suspects should not be named by the media until such time as they are charged.”

In response, Theresa May said it was a very “difficult issue” and needed “careful judgement”.

“There may well be cases where the publication of a name enables other victims to come forward and therefore strengthen a case,” the prime minister said.

She also said both the police and media “have to recognise their responsibilities”.

Annabelle Neilson, muse for Alexander McQueen, dies

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Annabelle Neilson was best friends with Kate Moss

Annabelle Neilson, who was a muse for the the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, has been found dead aged 49.

She was best friend to model Kate Moss, who she met through McQueen, and was found at her Chelsea home in London on Thursday evening.

The model, socialite and star of the reality show Ladies of London became a muse for McQueen aged 22.

The Metropolitan police said that her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Born into an aristocratic family, she was introduced to Alexander McQueen in the 1990s by fashion stylist Isabella Blow.

Neilson said McQueen loved her immediately and they felt like they knew each other straight away.

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Alexander McQueen introduced Neilson to her close friends Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss

McQueen killed himself in 2010 and Neilson was said to be the last person to see him.

In an interview with The Daily Mail in 2015, she said she thought about him every day.

“He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen.”

She had been working on a book about her friendship with McQueen.

Through the designer she became friends with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and was often photographed partying with her A-list friends.

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Annabelle Neilson, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell paid tribute to Alexander McQueen at the Fashion For Relief Haiti in 2010

She told the Daily Mail that Moss “always looks out for me and I look out for her. We’ve got each other’s backs.”

“Kate is my best mate and I love her like a sister. Yes, she’s an icon but to me she’s just Kate.

“We fight over stupid things, then we kiss and make up. We share clothes, we share everything and her fame has never been an issue.”

She overcame a heroin addiction sparked by a vicious attack she experienced as a teenager while living in Australia.

In 2014 she joined Bravo TV’s reality show Ladies of London and stayed for two series.

In that time she also became a published children’s author with a series of books entitled The Me Me Me’s.

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Love Island: 2,600 complaints will not be investigated by Ofcom

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Ofcom has received over 2,500 complaints about a video shown to Dani Dyer on Love Island

Media watchdog Ofcom will not investigate more than 2,600 complaints about the treatment of Love Island contestant Dani Dyer.

The complaints related to a scene where Dyer was shown a misleading video of boyfriend Jack Fincham after his ex-girlfriend was brought into his villa.

An Ofcom spokesperson said they “understood” Dyer’s distress was upsetting for viewers.

But it considered “viewers are likely to expect emotionally charged scenes.”

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Dyer was seen crying in the beach hut after seeing the video of Fincham

The spokesperson said that the viewers’ concerns were “carefully considered” and that the audience was aware “scenes… have been engineered to test contestants’ relationships.”

The clips in question were aired on 1 July.

Dyer, who has been paired up with Fincham since the beginning of the series, burst into tears as she watched the video of Jack reacting as he saw his ex, Ellie Jones, arrive.

Although he did not give an overtly positive response to Jones’s arrival or make any mention of any romantic intentions towards her, Dani was visibly distressed.

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Viewers were shown her full reaction.

She said: “It always happens to me, as soon as I’m happy with someone, something happens to me, it’s like I’m not allowed to be happy.

“Imagine it’s some girl that he’s been recently seeing, he clearly has feelings if he was seeing her and now she’s in here.”

Speaking in the beach hut to camera, she said: “Jack looked so shocked in the video, saying ‘oh my god, oh my god’ – all right mate, do you want to say ‘oh my god’ one more time?

“I just knew it was too good to be true.”

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Love Island contestant Adam Collard was evicted earlier this month along with three other islanders

ITV have previously declined to comment on the complaints.

Ofcom also decided not to investigate scenes between Love Island contestants Adam and Rosie broadcast on the 19 and 20 June, after receiving several complaints.

The scenes between the couple caused charity Women’s Aid to condemn Collard’s behaviour and issue a warning about emotional abuse. .

“We carefully considered viewers’ concerns about the treatment of a female contestant by a male contestant on this established reality programme.

“While we appreciate this made for uncomfortable viewing for some people, we consider that viewers are likely to expect emotionally charged, confrontational scenes involving couples breaking up.

“Other contestants also expressed general disapproval in response to the male contestant’s behaviour.

“We did not, therefore pursue these complaints.”

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Lovebox review – Pharrell and Childish Gambino preach resistance

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“We stand for the resistance,” says Pharrell Williams, playing London’s Lovebox festival as US President Donald Trump makes his first official visit to the UK.

“They came to your country because they want to divide you but we don’t believe in that. We believe in inclusivity.”

The star was one of several US acts who urged UK fans to resist the rising tide of right-wing politics.

“We got to fight that stuff,” said Saturday’s headliner, Childish Gambino.

“I know it’s scary – because we know what happens to people who fight. But we got to stick together.”

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The star, whose provocative single This Is America is one of the most politically-charged records of the Trump era, also praised the protests taking place in the UK this weekend.

“You know, I lived in London for a whole year,” said the singer. “And I was very proud to see that big balloon.”

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Protestors flew a giant inflatable “baby Trump” over London as the US President visited the capital

His comments prompted huge cheers from the audience at the festival’s new home in Gunnersbury Park, a leafy estate in West London that was formerly home to the Rothschild family.

There was something odd about seeing the globe’s biggest hip-hop stars juxtaposed against the stately manor (and the M4 flyover) but great artists have the ability to transport you out of your environment to their own world.

Nobody did this better than US R&B singer SZA – whose nuanced, sophisticated stories of desire and insecurity summoned some elemental responses from her female fans on Friday afternoon.

Take, for example, Supermodel – a song about an ex who leaves her for a prettier woman, on which the singer asks “Why am I so easy to forget like that?”

Rather than sing along, some concert-goers screamed the words with barely-controlled passion – a sign of familiarity and solidarity with the pain being reflected on stage.

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SZA’s set was due to be a highlight of the weekend before it was cut short

Sadly for them, the star’s set ended abruptly after just four songs.

She had arrived half an hour late for her forty-minute set, apparently after getting caught up in the anti-Trump protests in central London.

Although she pleaded with stage managers to continue, they pulled the plug – and the audience yelled their disapproval as she was physically removed from the stage.

Fans were left wanting more from Streatham MC Dave, too… Even though he played a full show on the festival’s second stage.

The 20-year-old was literally left speechless by a crowd of devotees that spilled out of the tent into the surrounding field. He, apparently genuinely, forgot the first verse to 100M’s, leaving fans to fill in the gaps.

“That was insane,” he said afterwards. “In my three short years of performing, I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Back on the main stage, rap icons Wu Tang Clan were past their best, wheezing their way through former glories with all the energy and demeanour of car park attendants (a triumphant performance of Gravel Pit aside).

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Skepta brought out Lethal Bizzle and other members of the BBK crew for his set

They were shown up by the athletic virtuosity of Anderson .Paak and the visceral power of headliner Skepta, whose very arrival prompted a thunderstorm.

The crowd were instantly soaked but, by the end of a set of “bare bangers” (Skepta’s words), the dancing was so frantic that steam rose from the moshpit.

Even local residents joined in.

A scorching Saturday opened with the futuristic R&B star Kali Uchis, who brought out Jorja Smith to duet on Tyrant; while Outkast’s Big Boi delivered a dose of feel-good hip-hop during England’s World Cup playoff against Belgium.

“I know there’s a soccer game going on and y’all could be anywhere – so we appreciate you being here,” he announced.

New audiences

Lovebox was established in 2002 by dance act Groove Armada but, like last week’s Wireless festival, it has slowly and smartly refocused its line-up towards grime, hip-hop and R&B – drawing an audience that’s both younger and more engaged.

Unlike the crowds at Glastonbury or Hyde Park, who turn up for the experience as much as the music, these fans wanted to see and hear (and Instagram) their idols.

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Anderson .Paak’s good-natured enthusiasm was infectious

Pharrell’s band N.E.R.D got the tone just right – throwing in crowd-pleasing covers of Seven Nation Army and Kendrick Lamar’s (Pharrell-produced) Alright alongside the rabble-rousing beats of Rockstar and Lap Dance.

The star played ringmaster, conducting the moshpit and hauling fans (including one in a wheelchair) on stage, while the video screen flashed up messages like “bring the ruckus”.

Gambino was more relaxed – leaning on the supple funk of his Grammy-winning album Awaken, My Love as he strutted, shimmied, slunk and spun his way around the stage.

Even though he’s rarely troubled the UK charts, the audience knew the words to tracks like Sober, 3005 and the sublime Redbone off by heart.

Two new songs – Summertime Magic and Feels Like Summer – got their UK debut, and suggested his new album will substitute the caustic lyrics of This Is America for a more optimistic message.

“To be free, we must all be together,” he told the crowd, as the festival came to a close.

“And I love you.”

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