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Regina King has defended casting Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X. The ‘One Night In Miami’ director has opened up on her decision to get the British actor – who portrayed Barack Obama in ‘The Comey Rule’ – to play the civil rights leader during a fictional meeting with Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Muhammad Ali. Speaking to Reggie Yates during a BAFTA masterclass this week, King said: “In my opinion, I feel like the best actor for the role should play the part; the actor that truly understands the role that they’re playing. “And of course I had my own moments of thinking, ‘How are people going to [react]?’ because, as you say, this conversation is going on and it’s been going on. “But up until that moment, if I was moved by a performance, I really don’t care where a person’s from because as an audience member, to me,…

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John David Washington was not “concerned” about the 12-year age gap between him and his ‘Malcolm & Marie’ co-star Zendaya. The 36-year-old ‘Tenet’ star and the 24-year-old ‘Euphoria’ actress play the titular filmmaker and his girlfriend in the upcoming drama for Netflix. And John has insisted Zendaya is a woman beyond her years and has “far more experience” in the movie industry than he does so he’s been “learning” a lot from her. He told Variety: “I wasn’t concerned about it because she is a woman. “People are going to see in this film how much of a woman she is. She has far more experience than I do in the industry. I’ve only been in it for seven years. She’s been in it longer, so I’m learning from her. I’m the rookie. “I was leaning on her for a lot. “Some of the stories she’s shared about what she’s…

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Angus Young says Axl Rose didn’t write any new music with AC/DC when he was Brian Johnson‘s live replacement. The Guns N’ Roses frontman stepped in to replace the ‘Highway To Hell’ rockers’ lead singer for the remaining shows of their ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’ in 2016, after he was forced to take a break from performing on doctor’s orders due to progressive hearing loss. However, despite suggestions that the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ hitmaker had been in the studio with the Australian rock legends, the band’s guitarist has insisted they never collaborated on new tunes with Axl. Angus told Rolling Stone: “Nothing really came out solid. I know that he has a lot of things he’s involved in. I don’t even know if you would say it was music. But he had a lot of things that he was involved in.” Asked if they worked on any songs,…

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Gwyneth Paltrow says one of the positives of the coronavirus pandemic is that everyone has “taken care” of themselves “better”. The Goop founder, 48, has admitted she believes people will look back on these unprecedented times and realise how much more “balanced” they have become “mentally, spiritually and emotionally”. She said: “It’s a crazy time but I think it’s been wonderful to actually see how many have become curious about how to take better care of themselves and how to feel more balanced — mentally, spiritually, emotionally. This has forced so many of us to be quiet and introspective, to tune into our bodies in a way we haven’t normally. I think we will look back and one of the silver linings of this time is that we all tuned in a little and take care of ourselves better.” The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ star – who has stepped away from acting…

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Matty Healy would like to play some “intimate” gigs later in the year if “small shows” are allowed. The 1975 have just cancelled all of their touring commitments for 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, the ‘Love It If We Made It’ hitmaker has since said he would be the first to hit the stage if the government gives the green light for performances with a limited audience to go ahead this autumn or winter. He wrote on his Instagram Story: “If COVID does clean up a bit and ‘small shows’ are available in like the autumn or winter I will definitely do that s***. “One or two intimate small shows (if possible!)” Matty and co were due to play gigs in Europe, the US and London’s Finsbury Park. In a statement announcing their decision to scrap their tour dates, the band said on social media: “We are…

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Gwen Stefani “really looked up to” Madness growing up. The No Doubt singer has revealed that one of her first introductions to the ska genre that her band were part of the resurgence of in the 1990s, was the ‘Baggy Trousers’ hitmakers from Camden Town in London. Gwen – who grew up in California – is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column as saying: “I was 17 when my brother was getting into these ska bands and discovered music from England and this band called Madness and would bring all their records home. “When we got into Madness it felt like underground weird music and they really sang about their culture and Camden Town, and we really looked up to England and London – that music and Stiff Records. That led us into reggae and all the ska acts and they united in a scene.” The ‘Don’t Speak’…

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Cerys Matthews is set to release her new album, ‘We Come From The Sun’, this week. The 51-year-old Welsh singer – who was the founding member of popular rock band Catatonia – worked remotely with field recordists and musicians across the globe and Hidden Orchestra, the solo project of Joe Acheson, on the upcoming collection, which documents the “sound journey” of poetry about “Genesis: birth, heritage, a journey about to begin”. Last year, 10 UK poets – MA.MOYO, Raymond Antrobus, Lemn Sissay, Liz Berry, Anthony Anaxagorou, Adam Horovitz, Cia Mangat, Imtiaz Dharker, Kim Moore and Kayo Chingonyi – recorded pieces from their own works at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London for the project, which is released on January 15 via Decca Records. And the singer-songwriter and broadcaster has revealed she hopes to create a series of albums in the same vein. Cerys said: “I’ve always been in awe…

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Yungblud has “nearly finished” an entire album in lockdown. The ‘Mars’ hitmaker has been “mad-creative” amid the global health crisis with touring off the cards for now and hinted it might not be too long before his fans get a follow-up to December’s chart-topper, ‘weird!’. He told fans on Instagram Live this week: “I’m in the studio. We’ve been locked down here. I’ve been so mad-creative! I’ve literally nearly got another album done, which is just f****** mental. I can’t wait for you to see.” Yungblud – whose real name is Dom Harrison – released his debut album, ’21st Century Liability’, back in 2018, and recently shared how he feels he’s evolved over the last couple of years. He said: “I don’t have to hide behind an insecure anger like there was on my first album, ’21st Century Liability’. “I’m a lot more reasonable than I used to be instead…

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Emma Bunton doesn’t think she would have “dealt” well with being a teenage Spice Girl in the age of social media. Baby Spice was just 19 when the girl group formed and she has opened up about how “frightened” she was the first time someone got a camera phone out to take a picture of her at a nightclub. The 44-year-old singer admitted it would be “completely different” if she and the ‘Viva Forever’ group – which is also comprised of Geri Horner, Mel B, Victoria Beckham and Melanie C – were starting out today, because of the scrutiny stars face on sites like Twitter and Instagram. Speaking on a Vodafone-sponsored episode of Clemmie Telford’s ‘Honestly’ podcast, Emma admitted: “Being a Spice Girl then and now would have been completely different. “I was just 19 when it [the band] started and I don’t know how I would have dealt with…

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‘No Time to Die’ is facing another delay. The hotly-anticipated James Bond flick has already seen its release pushed back twice due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now reportedly facing a delay until autumn as the health crisis continues. Deadline report that the possible new adjustment came from regional Dutch newspaper BN DeStem, in which cinema owner Carlo Lambregts stated that the film had been pushed back until November. According to separate sources, promotional partners have been told of the delay to the 007 flick but are yet to be given a specific date. The movie, which will mark Daniel Craig‘s final appearance as the iconic spy, was one of the first blockbusters to delay its release when the pandemic first hit. It had been set for release in April 2020 before being pushed back until November 2020. A further delay was then announced that delayed the launch until…

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