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A museum in Banksy’s home city has been caught selling a hugely popular print of one his artworks without permission.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – which was once “taken over” by the elusive street artist – had been doing a roaring trade in its £5 prints of the Angel Bust, selling a copy every minute at one point.

But a buyer contacted Banksy’s agent on Monday to find they were unauthorised.

The museum has since apologised and withdrawn the prints from sale.

Steve Hall, a Banksy fan from Asheville, North Carolina, USA, was disappointed to learn his purchase was unauthorised and cancelled his order.

He said: “I sent an email to Banksy’s website to find out if the Angel Bust print sold by Bristol Museum was authorised by Banksy.

“This was their response: ‘Absolutely not, they were printed without our permission.’”

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Banksy, an anonymous street artist from Bristol, created the angel sculpture with a tin of pink paint tipped over it for a takeover of the museum in 2009.

Hundreds of thousands of people queued to see Banksy versus Bristol Museum after the artist transformed it into a menagerie of “unnatural history”.

He left the statue when the exhibition closed.

The print was available for some time but sales surged after it went on sale in the US and Japan – with as many as 1,000 sold in a single day.

A spokesman for Bristol City Council, which runs the museum, said: “We own the artwork in question and had been granted permission to produce the image in our guide to the art gallery published last autumn.

“It was assumed that this would allow us to produce prints, however, having contacted Banksy’s management we were told that this was not the case.

“As a result we have taken the decision to withdraw all prints from sale and offered full refunds to any customers.

“We have apologised to Banksy and would like to offer our apologies to any customers who felt misled by this sale.”

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The attack, which happened minutes after this picture was taken, left 90 people at the venue dead

A French broadcaster behind a controversial film about the 2015 terror attack on the Bataclan in Paris says it will be shown at some point.

In December, France 2 said the fictional love story, That Night, would be postponed until survivors and victims’ families had been consulted.

Now, a spokesman has told the BBC the film will see the light of day.

Ninety people were killed when terrorists stormed a gig played by US band Eagles of Death Metal.

The film was postponed after Claire Peltier, whose partner David was among those killed, called for the “scandalous” film to be shelved.

Her petition to block the film has been signed by more than 46,000 people. She said it was too soon for “such a painful” story.

‘Taken aback’

On Tuesday, the France 2 spokesman told the BBC the film had now been finished.

Before a transmission date could be set, the station’s management and production teams would have to review the film and consult again with associations representing victims of the attack.

According to Deadline, the film is understood to centre on a fictional romance between a single mother and an Afghan refugee who meet on the night of 13 November as they rescue survivors of the attacks.

Zoe Alexander, whose brother Nick was killed at the Bataclan, told the BBC she was “slightly taken aback” when she first heard about the film.

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Nick Alexander was one of ninety killed in the terror attack

“I think it’s inevitable that the story will be told or dramatised in some way,” she added. “I think it’s kind of important that it’s told and that we don’t forget what happened – the horror of the event – but it felt very soon to me.

“There’s still an ongoing legal process in France, there are people in custody and I’m surprised that it was considered to go ahead before it has reached a conclusion.”

US rock band The Eagles of Death Metal were performing to around 1,500 people when masked gunmen stormed the venue, firing at the band and their fans.

It was one of several co-ordinated attacks in the French capital that left 130 people dead.

‘Could be traumatic’

Last month, France 2 said the film was still being edited, adding: “No transmission date had been fixed for the film… which has not yet been seen by the station’s management.”

“I think for a lot of the people who were there, the survivors who are still undergoing therapy dealing with PTSD, ownership of what happened to them is part of their recovery, regaining control over their story,” said Ms Alexander – who has been instrumental in organising a series of peace concerts in memory of her late brother.

“I think if that control is taken away from them, it could be quite a traumatic event, it could be quite damaging.”

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The Bake Off singing cakes, Hey Duggee and Shaun the Sheep have all been nominated for the British Animation Awards.

Ethel Ernest and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt have also received nominations for the awards, which will be held on 15 March.

Videos for Sir Elton John and Katie Melua tracks are among those in the running for the music category.

The awards are held every two years and are now into their 22nd year.

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The Great British Bake Off’s singing cakes animation ran as a trailer ahead of last year’s Channel 4 series, and received a mixed reaction from fans.

The advert showed cakes, pastries and breads singing to a rendition of We All Stand Together – originally by Sir Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus.

It’s nominated for best animation in a commercial and will face competition from the BBC’s The Supporting Act – which was part of its Christmas campaign.

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John Thomson voices the role of three different characters in Scream Street: King Niles

Cold Feet actor John Thomson is nominated for best voice performance for his role in Scream Street: King Niles along with Vera actress, Brenda Blethyn, for her work on Ethel Ernest, which is based on Raymond Briggs’s graphic novel about his parents.

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Raymond Briggs’ other work includes The Snowman and Father Christmas

The animation is this year’s most nominated film and is in the running for four awards. Its competition in the best long form category includes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, adapted from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic children’s book.

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Actress Olivia Colman is one of the voices on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

In the best music video category, Katie Melua’s Perfect World, Mr Jukes’ Leap of Faith and Sir Elton John’s Rocket Man are in the running for honours.

The animator behind the latter music video comes from an Iranian asylum seeker who made his way to France by foot and spent six months in the Calais migrant camp known as The Jungle.

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Majid Adin’s Rocket Man animation features a man travelling from his home country to London – and the loneliness he feels once he arrives.

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Shaun the Sheep faces competition from The Amazing World of Gumball

In the best children’s series category, Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep is nominated, as is The Amazing World of Gumball and Dennis Gnasher Unleashed.

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The popular CBeebies cartoon Hey Duggee is voiced by Alexander Armstrong

Fans of CBeebies will be happy – its shows monopolise the pre-school category with nominations for Hey Duggee, Twirlywoos and Sarah Duck.

Winners will receive an award shaped like a sheep – a reference to the British Animation Awards’ acronym (The BAAs).

A spokesperson for the BAAs said: “Every individual award given out on the night has been created by a different animator and are all unique artworks.”

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Wilson started out as a writer before turning to directing

Hugh Wilson, the director of the first Police Academy film and the creator of US sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, has died aged 74.

Born in Miami in 1943, his other films include The First Wives Club, Guarding Tess and Blast from the Past.

Wilson started out as a comedy writer on Bob Newhart and Tony Randall’s 1970s TV shows and was originally hired to “punch up” Police Academy’s script.

Wilson agreed on condition he could also direct the film.

Filmed in Toronto, the 1984 original followed the fortunes of a mismatched group of misfits training to become police officers.

It went on to spawn six sequels and a TV series.

Police Academy: Where are they now?

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  • Steve Guttenberg played reluctant recruit Carey Mahoney, a role he reprised in three sequels. He went on to star in such films as Cocoon and Three Men and a Baby and was recently seen in HBO series Ballers.
  • Kim Cattrall played Karen Thompson, a bored socialite who joins the academy to see a different side of life. The actress went on to play Samantha Jones in Sex and the City but recently ruled out appearing in the show’s third big-screen outing.
  • Former American Footballer Bubba Smith played the aptly named Moses Hightower in six Police Academy films. He died in 2011 at the age of 66.
  • Michael Winslow played Larvell Jones, an academy trainee capable of making sound effects with his voice. The self-described “voicetrumentalist” reprised his role in all six sequels and the TV series and continues to perform as a stand-up comedian and voice artist.
  • George Gaynes played bumbling Commandant Lassard in all the Police Academy films. He went on to appear in further films including Wag the Dog and Just Married before dying in 2016 aged 98.

WKRP in Cincinnati, Wilson’s first success, depicted life at a struggling radio station unsettled by the arrival of a new programming director.

The original show ran from 1978 to 1982 and was nominated for 10 Primetime Emmys. Initial ratings were low, but it later became a huge hit in syndication.

Wilson’s last directorial credit was 2004 baseball film Mickey, but he continued to teach screenwriting at the University of Virginia.

According to family friends, he died at the weekend at his home in Albemarle County, Virginia, after an illness.

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Allen has never been prosecuted over Farrow’s claim he assaulted her in 1992

Dylan Farrow says she feels “outrage” after “years of being ignored, disbelieved and tossed aside”.

Woody Allen’s adopted daughter has appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about her sexual assault claim against the director.

In what is her first TV interview, Farrow says she is “hurt” and “angry”.

The 32-year-old has repeatedly accused Allen of molesting her when she was seven – claims the director has always denied.

Farrow expressed anger at the suggestion she was simply caught up in the Hollywood #metoo campaign, saying: “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down? Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt?

“Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage… after all these years of being ignored, disbelieved and tossed aside?”

The excerpt, in which Farrow was visibly emotional, was a preview of a longer interview, which will be aired on Thursday.

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Farrow, now 32, was adopted by Mia Farrow when she was two weeks old

The interview was filmed on Monday at Farrow’s home in Bridgewater, Connecticut.

Farrow discussed why it was the right time for her to do a television interview after years of claiming Allen had abused her.

“All I can do is speak my truth and hope – hope that somebody will believe me rather than just hearing,” she said.

‘Fabrication’ claim

Allen was investigated over a 1992 claim by Farrow that he sexually assaulted her at the family’s Connecticut home.

Prosecutors did not charge the film-maker and he has always denied the allegations, which he claims had been fabricated by his former partner Mia Farrow.

In 2014, Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter alleging she had been molested by Allen – but he responded to the claims calling them “untrue and disgraceful“.

More recently, in a series of tweets posted ahead of last week’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Dylan Farrow reiterated her claims that Allen was a “predator”.

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Chalamet said he would donate his salary to charities including Time’s Up

A number of actors have distanced themselves from Allen as Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal continues.

They include Timothee Chalamet, who announced this week he will give his salary for appearing in Allen’s next film, A Rainy Day in New York, to charity.

Chalamet claimed: “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film.” His co-star, Rebecca Hall, also donated her fee to charity and said she “regretted” her decision to appear in the film.

However, Alec Baldwin, who worked with Allen on Alice, Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, said the “renunciation of him and his work” was “unfair and sad”.

“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states” – New York and Connecticut – “and no charges were filed,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

Sexual misconduct in the film industry has been a hot topic since last October, when a number of women came forward to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of harassment and rape.

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Rock singer Andrew WK is to pay a speeding fine incurred by a fan who drove too fast while listening to one of his songs.

Luke Mitchell was driving down the M4 when he got carried away listening to Music’s Worth Living For on Daniel P Carter’s Radio 1′s Rock Show.

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Andrew WK, referencing his 2001 song Party Hard, replied: “The price of partying.”

He then offered to pay the £100 fine because “he was responsible”.

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Thames Valley police, who issued the fine, then also chimed in.

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Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West have become parents to a baby girl, delivered via a surrogate.

Kardashian West announced the news on her official website, in a post that revealed the weight of the newborn was seven pounds and six ounces.

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” wrote the reality TV star.

“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give.”

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She said her other two children, four-year-old North and two-year-old Saint, were “especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

Kardashian West previously revealed she had decided to use a surrogate after doctors warned of serious health risks if she became pregnant again.

Kim’s sister Khloe confirmed in December that she was pregnant with her first child, while it has been widely reported their half-sister Kylie Jenner is also expecting.

In her post, Kardashian West said the new arrival – whose name is not yet known – was born on 00:47 on Monday.

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Presenter Maya Jama is joining BBC Radio 1 as the new host of Greatest Hits on Saturdays, while the Sunday show will be presented by Jordan North.

Greatest Hits presenter Matt Edmondson moves to afternoons and will be joined by a celebrity co-host each week.

Alice Levine moves from the afternoon to join Dev on Weekend Breakfast.

At a time when pay equality is under scrutiny at the BBC, Radio 1 confirmed Alice and Dev will earn the same – as will Maya and Jordan.

Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt and Mollie King from The Saturdays will be among the first to join Matt on his show.

Maya Jama, who has been presenting since 2014 on MTV, 4Music, Channel 4 and ITV, will also join Scott Mills’ show on a Friday.

The 23-year-old says she’s “so happy” and cannot wait to start.

“I’m sure I can learn a thing or two from Scott and I’m beyond excited to have my own show on Radio 1,” she said.

Scarlett Moffatt and Mollie King both say they enjoy listening to Matt on the radio.

“To present alongside him is going to be so much fun,” Scarlett said.

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Mollie agrees: “I’m so excited, we’re going to have a blast, bring it on!”

“I can’t wait to work with Mollie and Scarlett, not to mention the ‘reveal-them-and-you’ll-be-immediately-fired’ list of amazing names we have lined up,” Matt said.

Alice Levine makes way for Matt’s new show by moving from the afternoon to join forces with Dev on Weekend Breakfast.

The duo have done a bit of presenting together and both have had success away from the station in 2017 – Alice with her comedy podcast and Dev as a Celebrity Masterchef finalist.

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Jordan North had some practice filling in on Greatest Hits in September.

Talking of Maya and Jordan joining the station for their own shows, controller Ben Cooper said: “It’s brilliant to welcome the next generation of superstars to Radio 1.”

And he thinks celebrities like Scarlett and Mollie getting involved will “give an exciting jeopardy to live radio at the weekend.”

The changes come into effect from 24 February.

Radio 1′s new weekend schedule:


6am-10am – Radio 1′s Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice

10am-1pm – Radio 1′s Greatest Hits with Maya Jama

1pm-4pm – Matt Edmondson and a celebrity co-host

4pm-7pm – Radio 1′s Dance Anthems with MistaJam


6am-10am – Radio 1′s Weekend Breakfast with Dev and Alice

10am-1pm – Radio 1′s Greatest Hits with Jordan North

1pm-4pm – Matt Edmondson

4pm-7pm – Radio 1′s Life Hacks with Cel Spellman and Katie Thistleton

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The star of Oscar-tipped drama Call Me By Your Name has announced he is giving his entire salary for appearing in Woody Allen’s next film to charity.

“I don’t want to profit from my work on the film,” wrote Timothee Chalamet on Instagram.

The 22-year-old is one of a number of actors who have distanced themselves from Allen over historic accusations that he molested his adopted daughter.

Allen, 82, has repeatedly denied the claims and has never been prosecuted.

Chalamet, who was nominated for a Bafta last week for his role in Call Me By Your Name, worked with Allen last year on the director’s forthcoming film, entitled A Rainy Day in New York.

Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall also have roles in the Amazon Studios production, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Last week, Hall said she now regretted her decision to appear in the film – adding that she had donated her salary to the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund.

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Rebecca Hall previously worked with Allen on his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona

In his post, Chalamet said he would be giving his salary to Time’s Up, RAINN (Rape, Abuse Incest National Network) and the LGBT Community Centre in New York.

The actor said he wanted “to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve”.

“I have, to this point, chosen projects from the perspective of a young actor trying to walk in the footsteps of more seasoned actors I admire,” he wrote.

“But I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job.”

In Call Me By Your Name, Chalamet plays a gifted music student who embarks on a romance with an older man while holidaying in Italy.

The New York-born actor can also be seen in Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age story about a precocious teenager’s relationship with her mother.

Gerwig, who worked with Allen on his 2012 comedy To Rome With Love, has also expressed regret for accepting a role from the Oscar-winning film-maker.

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Greta Gerwig and Griffin Newman are among others to express misgivings about the director

“If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” she said last week. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.”

Last year, actor Griffin Newman said he “deeply regretted” taking a role in A Rainy Day in New York and that he had been “a coward” for not turning it down.

Yet not every Hollywood actor has disavowed Allen, director of such Oscar-winning films as Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters and Midnight in Paris.

Alec Baldwin, who worked with Allen on Alice, Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, said the “renunciation of him and his work” was “unfair and sad”.

“Woody Allen was investigated forensically by two states” – New York and Connecticut – “and no charges were filed,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

He described working with Allen as “one of the privileges” of his career.

‘Time up for my predator’

Allen was investigated over a 1992 claim by his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, that he sexually assaulted her at the family’s Connecticut home.

Prosecutors chose not to charge the film-maker and he has always denied the allegations, which he claimed had been fabricated by his former partner Mia Farrow.

The allegations resurfaced last week ahead of the Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles in a series of tweets posted by Dylan Farrow.

“No predator should be spared by virtue of their ‘talent’,” she wrote, adding that she would be watching the ceremony “to see if now, finally, time is up for my predator too”.

Wonder Wheel, the film Allen made before A Rainy Day in New York starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, will be released in the UK on 9 March.

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Witness produced one top five single, Chained to the Rhythm, but follow-ups Bon Appetit and Swish Swish faltered

The boss of Capitol Records says he’s had “tough conversations” with Katy Perry following disappointing sales of her latest album, Witness.

Perry released her fourth album last June but, despite appearances at Radio 1′s Big Weekend and Glastonbury, it failed to catch on with fans.

It entered the UK charts at number six, after selling 16,153 copies. To date, it has sold less than 60,000.

All of Perry’s previous albums sold more than 500,000 copies in the UK.

Her best-seller is Teenage Dream, which earned four platinum discs, representing sales in excess of 1.2 million.

“It’s an interesting story,” said Capitol Records’ Steve Barnett. “I love her and have forged a great relationship with her.”

He said the four-year gap between Perry’s third and fourth albums had damaged fans’ “engagement” with the star.

“And so you sit down and have tough conversations with her and management,” he told Variety.

“As successful as you’ve been, you learn. Personally I’ve learned more from our mistakes than our successes and I believe our artists are in the same category as that.”

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Perry is currently in the middle of her Witness world tour, which has fared better than the album it’s named after.

The lavish, fun-filled show made $28.1 million (£20.4 million) last year – despite the odd technical malfunction – and is set to hit the UK in June.

Perry will also make her debut as a judge on American Idol in March – and Barnett said she’d already started to plot a musical comeback.

“She has a plan, and we have a plan, and I feel good about it.”

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