Arts news round-up
22 September 2014
BBC REDUCES STAR PAY BY £9.5M
The BBC has reduced its star pay by £9.5m, spending just over £203m in the past financial year on salaries for its presenters and "talent".
PALOMA FAITH AND SIGMA TOP UK CHART
British drum and bass duo Sigma have topped the UK singles chart with the track Changing, featuring Paloma Faith.
MAZE RUNNER RACES TO TOP OF FILM CHART
Science fiction film The Maze Runner has debuted at the top of the North American box-office with $32.5m (£19.9m).
CAPE FEAR ACTRESS POLLY BERGEN DIES AGED 84
Polly Bergen, the actress whose fictional family was terrorised by Robert Mitchum in the 1962 film Cape Fear, has died aged 84.
'NAKED PICTURES' OF KIM KARDASHIAN AND OTHERS 'LEAKED'
More pictures and videos which seem to show celebrities naked have been posted online.
ANGELINA JOLIE TO DIRECT IVORY POACHING TALE 'AFRICA'
Angelina Jolie has signed up to direct Africa, a film about celebrated conservationist Richard Leakey's battles with ivory poachers.
MODEL CARA DELEVINGNE LANDS KEY ROLE IN FILM
Fashion model Cara Delevingne is set to play a key role in a film adaptation of the novel Paper Towns, by John Green of The Fault in Our Stars fame.
CHER SUED BY DANCERS OVER RACE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS
A dance choreographer has sued Cher for racial discrimination claiming the singer stopped him hiring any more black dancers.
DENNIS WATERMAN TO LEAVE NEW TRICKS
Waterman is the last remaining original cast member, having joined the series at its inception in 2003.
APPLE VOTED UNITED KINGDOM'S COOLEST BRAND AS TWITTER SLUMPS
CoolBrands list sees Twitter drop out of the top 20 after three years, while Instagram made its debut at number 14
JACK THORNE: THE HARDEST-WORKING WRITER IN BRITAIN?
After his success with E4's Glue, Thorne is returning to the theatre with Hope, a drama at the Royal Court about local government budget cuts
DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL GETS A FROSTY FEEL
Nick Frost added to cast including Michael Troughton, son of the late Patrick Troughton, the second actor to play the Time Lord
QUEEN’S THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BOB CARLTON STEPPING DOWN AFTER 17 YEARS
Bob Carlton, who has been artistic director at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch for 17 years, is stepping down from the post in November.
LITTLE ANGEL WITHOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOLLOWING SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF ADAM BENNETT
Little Angel Theatre artistic director Adam Bennett has stepped down from the post after just nine months.
JANIE DEE TO STAR IN 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
Dee, who recently appeared in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre, will star in the production, which runs from February 5 to 28, 2015, with press night on February 6
BARBICAN AND GUILDHALL SCHOOL LAUNCH YOUNG PERSON’S TRAINING PROGRAMME
The Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama have launched a joint initiative that will see training opportunities provided to thousands of young people by 2020 and the introduction of a new discounted Barbican ticket scheme for those aged 16 to 25.
BRIAN BLESSED TO STAR OPPOSITE DAUGHTER IN KING LEAR
Brian Blessed is to play King Lear in a production of Shakespeare’s play in Guildford, which will also star his real-life daughter Rosalind as Goneril.