Entertainment news round-up: 9 – 15 April

Entertainment news round-up: 9 – 15 April

It’s been another busy week in the world of entertainment.

The first official photo of the new Bake Off line-up was released, University Challenge came to its nail-biting conclusion, the new editor of British Vogue was revealed and Sesame Street’s first autistic character made her debut.

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Here’s a round-up of some things you might have missed:

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The first official photo of the new line-up for The Great British Bake Off was released. Paul Hollywood (left) and Prue Leith (right) will judge, while Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding (centre) well serve as hosts

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Edward Enninful made history as he was hired as the new editor of British Vogue, taking over from Alexandra Shulman. He will be the first man to edit the magazine

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University Challenge came to a nail biting end this week – Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull have been the breakout stars of the current series, going viral on social media.

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Ed Sheeran settled a $20m (£13.8m) copyright infringement claim against him in the US, over his hit song Photograph. Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington claimed it had a similar structure to their song, Amazing, which was released by X Factor’s Matt Cardle in 2012.

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John Cleese had said there was ‘no way’ he’d work again at the BBC but now he’s signed up to star in the sitcom Edith, reuniting him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman.

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Tom Hiddleston won a Golden Globe for the Night Manager but this week he missed out on a Bafta nomination for the role. The Crown led the way with five nods, with Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Fleabag and Happy Valley up for three each.

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The first Sesame Street muppet with autism, Julia, made her debut on the children’s TV show in the US this week.

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It was announced that Jude Law will play young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, following in the footsteps of Richard Harris and Sir Michael Gambon, who shared the role of Harry’s headmaster in the Potter films.

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Comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, died of leukaemia at the age of 57. He starred on comedian Dave Chappelle’s show and also appeared in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket.

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Sylvester Stallone is suing film studio Warner Bros over profits he says he is owed from the 1993 film Demolition Man. He says Demolition Man made at least $125m at the box office, and under his deal with the studio, he is entitled to at least 15% of that.


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If You Have $40, You Can Get Gabrielle Union’s Exact Red Carpet Look

Thank you, Gabrielle Union for showing us how to shut down the red carpet without spending thousands of dollars. During a screening of The Fate of the Furious, the 44-year-old actress stepped out in a jumpsuit from New York & Company’s 7th Avenue Design Studio. It’s a classic look that includes a one-sleeve silhouette, belted waist, and wide-leg trousers. The best part: It only costs $80.

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And just when we thought the news couldn’t get any better, we discovered that Union’s favorite items on the brand’s website are currently 50 percent off, including this stunner. So you can easily channel the star’s elegant look for only 40 bucks. You might as well grab a couple more of the affordable designs while they’re still on sale. Check out our favorite options below.

VIDEO: Get Gabrielle Union’s Glossy Red Lips

Harry Styles single finally topples Ed Sheeran’s chart reign

Harry Styles single finally topples Ed Sheeran’s chart reign

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Harry Styles is the second One Direction star to top the singles chart

Harry Styles’s debut single Sign of the Times has broken Ed Sheeran’s 13-week spell at the top of the charts.

The One Direction star has achieved his first number one as a solo artist with this release – the first from his self-titled debut album.

His song sold 3,000 copies more than Sheeran’s, with just under 40,000 downloads and 3.5 million streams, the Official Charts Company said.

Sheeran’s Shape of You fell to number two, while his Galway Girl is at three.

The Official Charts Company added that Shape Of You is still the most streamed song of the week, with nearly seven million plays.

Styles, whose debut album is released next month, is the second member of One Direction to top the singles chart, after Zayn Malik managed the same feat in 2016 with Pillowtalk.

Top five singles
Artist Title
1) Harry Styles Sign of the Times
2) Ed Sheeran Shape of You
3) Ed Sheeran Galway Girl
4) Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson Symphony
5) Drake Passionfruit

Sheeran has also retained his domination of the album chart, with Divide still on the top spot, followed by Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s Human and then Chainsmokers with Memories – Do Not Open.

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Ed Sheeran still reigns supreme in the album chart

In its first week, Divide outsold the rest of the top 500 combined and became the fastest-selling album ever by a male artist.

Last month Sheeran also held 16 places out of the top 20 in the singles chart, including numbers one, two, three, four, five and six – not surprisingly, this was a chart first.

Top five albums
Artist Title
1) Ed Sheeran Divide
2) Rag ‘N’ Bone Man Human
3) Chainsmokers Memories – Do Not Open
4) Drake More Life
5) Take That Wonderland

The album chart also saw the return of Mike + The Mechanics, whose new release Let Me Fly is at number nine in their first offering since 1996.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi first trailer released

Audiences are getting their first look at The Last Jedi, as a trailer for the Star Wars film is released online.

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The movie follows on from The Force Awakens and will feature the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.

Many fans pointed out that it looks like, for a brief moment, Fisher makes an appearance in this new footage.

The trailer was unveiled at a Star Wars celebration in Orlando, Florida and amassed thousands of views online in just a few minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ

A new poster has also been presented to the public, which includes images of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey).

The Best Swimsuits to Create a Larger Bust

If you have a small bust (it’s ok–not all of us were genetically blessed in that area), a sure-fire way to fake the illusion of a larger cup size is with some good old-fashioned padding, though maybe not excessively so. Reach for bikini tops and one-pieces that come equipped with underwire to enhance small breasts. Not really into that? Patterned and embellished tops also do the job of adding more up there. From playful push-up one-pieces to floral-printed underwire bikinis, shop the six chicest swimsuits around that are best at creating boobs.

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See Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis's Cutest Couple Photos

Happy birthday, Jason Sudeikis! The funny man, who is married to the ever-lovely and just-as-awesome Olivia Wilde, turns 39 today. Best known for his decade-long stint on Saturday Night Live, the new dad boasts a successful career that has transitioned from TV to the big screen with his starring roles in Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers, among others. Acting aside, we can’t help but love the star, who shares an enviably adorable relationship with fiancee Wilde. Sudeikis gushed to us about the brunet beauty last year, saying, “She is a combination of everything that I love about women–she’s smart, strong, caring, beautiful, and as funny as anybody I’ve ever known. She just has it all.”

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Click here to see Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde’s cutest couple photos.

Beyoncé’s Stylist Marni Senofonte Collabs With Barbie to Create Stunning Looks

Ask Marni Senofonte, the Picasso behind Beyonce‘s iconic Lemonade and Formation World Tour looks, about her earliest memories of Barbie and she’ll say, “I remember cutting her hair.” She’ll also say, “I don’t remember how old I was. My parents were teenagers, and they had like no money. I just remember waking up on Christmas morning and seeing a stack of individually wrapped–maybe like 15–packages. My sister and I were so excited because my parents got us a whole bunch of Barbie clothes for us.” For the stylist and many other fashion creatives alike, Barbie is synonymous with the beginning of an unwavering love of fashion.

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VIDEO: Gigi Hadid’s New Barbie Doll Has Us Doing Double Takes

“I think it was because I was able to express and kind of put Barbie into anything. Any kind of ribbon that I had, or whatnot, I would play around with and make her shoes strap all the way up to her thighs… was like the first kind of object that I was able to express through clothing.” After a beat, Senofonte adds, “And I went to Catholic school. I had to wear a uniform my whole life, which was a nightmare for somebody like me. was a relief, it was therapy.”

Jump forward some years and you’ll find Senofonte creating looks for a myriad of frequently Best Dressed women. The newest name to her roster? It’s none other than the iconic Barbie, of course. Today, the highly-followed (we’re talking 1.7 million followers and counting) Instagram channel @BarbieStyle unveils the collaboration with Senofonte: a range of one-of-kind looks for a league of body, hair, and skin diverse fashion dolls.


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When asked about her inspiration for the designs, Senofonte references the Barbie Fashionistas line, a range of dolls offered in four varying body types (original, curvy, tall, and petite) and a multitude of skin tones and hairstyles, “When I saw all of these shapes and sizes–that alone was the inspiration. We have so many different sized women, and it’s like–especially the bigger women, they always feel like there’s nothing that fits them or makes them look cute. It was just so important to me with the Barbie collection to show a curvy woman or a shorter woman that it’s all possible.” And by it, she means making confident fashion choices. “I want a girl who is not necessarily small to say, ‘Okay, I could wear a crop top and I could wear jeans with big holes in it and fishnets underneath it and I am cute… everyone can have this. Everyone can do it. And everyone in every size–we can all be cute. It’s not just for a certain size or a certain color.”


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One look at the @BarbieStyle Instagram channel, and it’s likely you’ll find an endless wealth of lifestyle and fashion inspiration. From #ootd flat-lays to selfies featuring Gigi Hadid in doll form, Barbie shows us an aesthetically rich life. Senofonte hypothesizes why the channel is so engaging, “It’s entertainment.” She shares with InStyle, “It’s living vicariously through someone. Seeing visual inspiration is so important.” So in addition to doctor, dancer, and president, you can add social influencer to Barbie’s resume.

Oh, and thanks to the Barbie Fashionistas line and now the Marni Senofonte x Barbie collaboration, you can also add Advocate for Racial Diversity and Size Inclusivity to the list. Senofonte said it best, “We haven’t even scratched the surface yet as to what it really should be, but the fact that Barbie is making it the norm is the first step. She’s kind of always spearheaded the new norm.”

Though the dolls are not available for purchase at the moment, images of the full collection can be seen below or on the @BarbieStyle channel. From remixed denim silhouettes to ‘Victorian Punk’ looks reminiscent of Beyonce’s Lemonade costumes, scroll through to see every single look and exclusive design sketches from the Marni Senofonte x Barbie range.

6 Books to Read if You Loved Big Little Lies

If HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel Big Little Lies has had you glued to TV every week, and Sunday’s finale has sent you into a spiral of withdrawals, we’re here to help.

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Get stuck into this list of tantalizing reads that’ll have you saying “Madeline who?” in no time.