Damon Albarn accuses government of having zero empathy for arts: ‘Football alone does not sustain my soul’

Damon Albarn has called out the government over its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Blur frontman and brains behind Gorillaz condemned politicians for focusing on football and commerce instead of the arts. Speaking ahead of a series of virtual Gorillaz concerts, the 52-year-old said the current government has “no empathy with the arts”, which he called “an essential part of British culture”. “We live in a pretty f****** miserable...

Rachel Stevens hints at appearing on The Masked Singer

Pop star Rachel Stevens has revealed she would love to perform on 'The Masked Singer'.

From Messiah to Jonas Kaufmann: the best classical Christmas albums of 2020

This year’s heap of Christmas albums is smaller, but the balance has shifted: plenty of novelty and baroque discovery from outstanding choirs, only one (in this selection) in the special seasonal celebrity-tinsel-cringe category. First up: a covetable new recording of Handel’s Messiah (Pentatone), the traditional Christmas work despite its Passiontide credentials, with spirited, lean performances from the Rias Kammerchor Berlin and Akademie für...

Strictly's James Jordan fears public don't like Maisie Smith 'because she's a woman'

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional James has said that he 'doesn't get' why people don't like EastEnders star Maisie

Strictly's Craig drowned out by boos from pros as he tells them to 'shut up'

YouTuber HRVY and professional Janette Manrara left Strictly viewers utterly stunned this evening with their impressive dance for Musicals Week

Monster Hunter pulled from Chinese cinemas over racial slur

It doesn't look like it's coming back anytime soon.

Cynthia Erivo lands next lead role in movie about African princess Sarah Forbes Bonetta

"She is indeed the forgotten princess, forgotten no more."

Strictly's male pros get in drag for opening dance

The professionals delighted fans when they got into drag to embody the queens from the classic 1994 musical on Saturday's live show.

Tess Daly reveals husband Vernon Kay's drastic I'm a Celebrity weight loss

Tess Daly has told her social media followers just how much weight Vernon Kay lost during his I'm a Celeb stint

Gwen Stefani rocks a mullet in unbelievable throwback photo

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani delighted fans

The Mandalorian season 2's latest episode has a Marvel Easter egg

Not the kind of egg Baby Yoda would eat.

Love Island's Olivia Bowen looks totally different as she debuts new brown hair

Love Island's Olivia Bowen is barely recognisable in an Instagram selfie snap alongside husband Alex Bowen in which she sports brunette tresses and a fringe

I'm a Celebrity 2020 achieves staggering viewing figures for first final in Wales

Moving the show was a risk – but it worked.

Kim Kardashian's $60million mansion receives most incredible Christmas makeover

SKIMS founder Kim Kardashian delighted fans when she shared photos of her Whoville-themed Christmas decorations on Instagram

Everything you need to know about Strictly's Bill Bailey: age, wife, net worth and more

All about Bill Bailey: how old is the Strictly star, is he married and how much is he worth?

'Strictly' fans can't get enough of Johannes Radebe in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' sequins and heels

Strictly Come Dancing viewers have gone wild for Johannes Radebe after an opening number that featured him leading a trio of male dancers dressed in sequins and spike heels. As usual, the pro dancers performed Saturday night’s opening routine, but for the first time ever it starred three of the male dancers - Radebe, Gorka Marquez and Giovanni Pernice - in sequinned outfits, make-up and high heels, dancing with some of the other men in the group...

Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor was told she'd never make it as an actress

James Argent looks back on 'near fatal overdose' on birthday last year as he marks 11 months of sobriety

Former TOWIE star James Argent has recalled his "near fatal overdose" on his birthday last year after marking being sober for 11 months.

Whitney Port rocks a brown tracksuit while on a coffee run in LA

The Hills star Whitney Port, 35, steps out in Los Angeles for a coffee run rocking a cozy brown tracksuit for a casual Friday outing. The podcaster and fashion buff looked effortlessly stylish

Heidi Klum's daughter keen to follow in mum's supermodel footsteps

Amazing images: The best science photos of the week

Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.

The Godfather Part III gets a new cut and a new title – The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

It’s not just superheroes that are getting a new edit. Thirty years on from its release, The Godfather Part III The post The Godfather Part III gets a new cut and a new title – The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone appeared first on CityAM.

Now Hear This: The HU, Bastille, Abra Cadabra, Jany Green and Shiv, plus spotlight artists The Snuts and Patricia Lalor

It’s the last column of 2020, and what a year it’s been. Maybe I have the pandemic to thank, but Spotify Wrapped claims I listened to more new artists than ever this year, and more music in general. There have been countless new releases, whether that’s albums, singles or soundtracks. Next week I have to go through all of it, all over again, when The Independent puts together its Albums of the Year list. For now, though, there’s more than enough...

Tom Cruise wants to become the first Hollywood star to film in SPACE

The Top Gun actor, 58, is reportedly looking into the possibility of shooting a scene beyond Earth's atmosphere as part of the final two instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford appear in ITV Christmas ad despite This Morning axe

Former This Morning regulars Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were seen in ITV Daytime's star-studded Christmas advert which also showed Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid puckering up for a kiss under the mistletoe

Lily Collins 'totally surprised' by marriage proposal

Jennifer Garner just shared a bikini video she swore she would never post

13 Going on 30 star Jennifer Garner amazed fans when she shared two very different bikini body videos on Instagram and the results were hilarious

One to watch: King Hannah

Lessons in how to set tables don’t often feature in bands’ creation myths, but that was the catalyst that brought the core members of Liverpool’s King Hannah together. Guitarist Craig Whittle had first seen Hannah Merrick singing at a college band showcase. “I remember Hannah playing a song solo, just guitar and vocals, and I was blown away,” he told When the Horn Blows. But it wasn’t until several years later, when they were co-workers in a bar...

The Morning Show season 2 casts The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies is joining the Morning Show team.

M Ward: Think of Spring review – a spectral tribute to Billie Holiday

West coast singer-songwriter Matthew Ward stalks Americana circles in many guises; as solo artist, guitarist to Norah Jones, collaborator with the likes of Arcade Fire, and half of pop duo She & Him. He records only in analogue, and his restless yet obsessive nature – this is his 11th solo album – means there are always fresh, left-field pastures in which to gambol, and unusual guitar tunings to master. Arriving mere months after his recent...

Mutya Buena blasts female pop stars on Instagram

Chart-topping star Jennifer Lopez "can't sing", according to Mutya Buena.

Ant McPartlin makes rare comment on relationship with Anne-Marie Corbett

The TV presenter gave a glimpse into his home life with girlfriend Anne-Marie during I'm A Celebrity…

Brendan Cole says he's 'entitled to opinion' in row over 'irresponsible' face mask post

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole has hit back after he was accused of sharing an 'irresponsible' message about the use of face masks in curbing the spread of coronavirus. The dancer remains defiant and insists he's entitled to his opinion

Viggo Mortensen: ‘The criticism of Green Book is based on a load of bulls***’

Viggo Mortensen is railing against the fate of Green Book. Peter Farrelly’s feelgood film seemed to have reached the Hollywood pinnacle when it picked up the Academy Award for Best Picture last year. Set in segregated Sixties America, it told the true story of the burgeoning friendship between a black classical pianist and his bigoted Italian-American driver. Mortensen himself was nominated for Best Actor. But, he tells me, bleakly, “It’s become...

Strictly fans blown away by incredible pro-dance opener for Musicals Week

Viewers at home had the best reactions while watching the opening group performance on Strictly's quarter-final...

'Christmas depends on it': Bill Bailey under pressure to make 'Strictly' final as mates bet on him

Bill Bailey is under pressure to save Christmas for his mates, who are betting on him to triumph in Strictly Come Dancing. The comedian has surprised BBC One viewers with his skills in the ballroom, winning high scores with his dance partner Oti Mabuse. Read more: JJ Chalmers going for war wound surgery after Strictly He has been the dark horse of the competition for many, but Bailey told The Sun that there was a lot riding on him getting to the...

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman: stars of the perfect whodunnit, thanks to its ultimate plot twist

For some peculiar reason, and let’s just call it the spirit of 2020, I am really enjoying watching rich people suffer, on TV at least. It is an increasingly popular and extravagant genre, its property porn leanings masking serious sadism when it comes to inflicting trauma on the ineffably wealthy. You came for the coastal vistas, you stayed to see these people’s lives fall apart in murder, betrayal and those gigantic glasses of wine that moneyed...

Strictly's Janette Manrara visibly emotional as she celebrates first-ever quarter-final

The professional dancer and singer HRVY performed a gorgeous American Smooth and received heaps of praise...

The Sixteen: A Choral Odyssey review – an inspired journey through music and history

The Sixteen made a smart decision in choosing Simon Russell Beale as guide to their online A Choral Odyssey, a series of filmed performances in different venues. The actor, who was a boy chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral and no doubt could sing a ground bass if required, managed to play the curious innocent. No breathless presenter enthusiasm from him. Instead, in the face of glorious music, superbly sung by this much-loved vocal ensemble,...

Phillip Schofield 'heartbroken' after former Joseph colleague dies

The This Morning star, 58, took to Twitter to pay tribute to Kate Young, who was a musical director of the hit musical Joseph, which he starred in from 1992 to 1997.

Yungblud's Harry Styles crush

Yungblud has revealed that he has a crush on popstar Harry Styles and finds the singer "gorgeous".

Celebrity Ex in the City: not even Covid can stop this dating show cringefest

There is never a moment Calum Best isn’t on the 12th floor of some sushi restaurant, winking at a girl in full glam who got an hour-and-a-half train from Kent to be here. That is just a fact. Yes, sometimes, Calum Best does other Calum Best-adjacent things – flexing in the mirror of a prestige gym while wearing a snapback, for instance, or putting his arm round the hot, heavy shoulders of Wayne Lineker – but, more or less, Calum Best exists...

Kim Kardashian showers love on 'baby Saint' on his fifth birthday

Kim Kardashian showered love on her 'baby Saint' on Instagram as he celebrated his 5th birthday this Saturday. The 40-year-old reality star posted a heartwarming Instagram album.

Robin Williams documentary Robin's Wish lands January 4 UK release date

Robin's Wish takes a closer look at Robin's last few months and a life changing health diagnosis.

Madonna's son dances inside kitchen of her $23million dollar mansion - and he's incredible

Madonna's son, David Banda, showed off moves that rival his mother's

Strictly Come Dancing star Jamie Laing tipped to be next contestant to get the boot

Strictly reaches its quarter final tonight - as the nation mulls over who have a flutter on - Mirror Online casts an eye on what the bookies make of this weekend's shows

HRVY wants gig on the West End after Strictly as he continues to build dream home with cinema room

EXCLUSIVE In his OK! online column this week, HRVY tells us all about breaking Strictly Come Dancing records with a perfect score last weekend, building his own home and how he'd love to be on the West End.

Andrew Lloyd Webber reflects on impact of COVID-19 in Strictly cameo

The world-renowned composer, 72, took part in a special opening for the dance competition show on Saturday night.

Jake Owen engaged

Country music star Jake Owen is engaged to Erica Hartlein - the mother of his 20-month-old daughter Paris Hartley.

Margot Robbie could be about to reunite with Brad Pitt for period Hollywood drama

Emma Stone left the project from the La La Land director