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Sia defends working with 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler after facing new criticism

Sia has said that she stands by her decision to feature 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler in her music videos and on tour, in the wake of new criticism. The singer-songwriter, full name Sia Furler, defended her continued use of teenage Ziegler after a Guardian article criticised her for using her as a “cypher since she broke up with fame”. The singer is known for keeping her identity protected by wearing a wig that disguises her face, choosing instead to cast Ziegler in the spotlight.
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I’m A Celebrity’s Iain Lee struggles with mud crabs in latest Bushtucker Trial

Iain Lee and Jennie McAlpine got dangerously close to toads, creepy crawlies and mud crabs during the Deadly Departure Lounge Bushtucker Trial on I’m A Celebrity. In scenes to be aired in Thursday’s show, the campmates are seen undertaking the latest timed challenge. Lee and McAlpine had to put their heads into a series of boxes, using only their tongue to unscrew and retrieve a plastic dollar. Animals hopped, wiggled and clawed around, making the task a difficult one to complete.
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First Dates couple Shaun and Greig announce engagement six months after meeting

A couple who were matched on season eight of First Dates have announced their engagement on Twitter. Greig Fairweather and Shaun Smith were paired on episode 10 of the season, which aired on June 20, and are now set to wed. Smith shared the news on Twitter: “I have some absolutely fantastic news for you all, sorry if I haven’t managed to speak to you over the weekend in person. Last week, I asked Mr. Greig Fairweather to marry me. “And he said yes! Beyond thrilled, happy and excited.
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Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson all paid tribute to Harry Styles' stepdad

Harry Styles' former One Direction bandmates have offered the star their support on social media, following the news that his stepfather Robin Twist passed away this week. Twist was married to Styles' mother, Anne, and lost his battle with cancer aged 57. Liam Payne was the first to offer his condolences to Styles and his family, sharing a snap of Robin and Anne on Instagram, captioned: "Harry my heart really goes out to you such an extremely sad day for us all who knew Robin. What a kind, ge
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Jennifer Lopez shuts down Photoshop accusations on Instagram

Jennifer Lopez has denied using Photoshop to alter her abs in a recent Instagram post. The 47-year-old had posted a bathroom selfie flaunting an enviably toned stomach, but a smudge on the mirror in front of her made it look like a chunk was missing from her left side. Hundreds of fans commented beneath the pic, accusing J-Lo of using Photoshop to digitally enhance her abs. Lopez, who will star in NBC's Shades of Blue for a third season, was quick to set the record straight. She replied: "Omg
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Miley Cyrus reveals she feels like a ‘genderless spirit’

Miley Cyrus has revealed she feels "genderless" during a television interview with ITV presenter Ross King. Appearing on ITV's Lorraine, the 24-year-old described herself as "weird". When King asked her to expand, Cyrus explained: “I’m weird because of many reasons. Hopefully this will become the new normal too I’m weird because I feel very genderless. I feel ageless." She continued, "I’m a spirit soul, not even divided by human beings or animals. I treat the planet with as much respect as pos
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Everything you need to know about Britain's Great Gay Buildings tonight on Channel 4

To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, Channel 4 will be airing a new season of programmes, including new show Britain’s Great Gay Buildings. The documentary will be just one of many topics covered by the new series 50 Shades of Gay, which will also report on gay politics, social life, culture and family life post 1967. Stephen Fry presents the show and is joined by seven recognisable faces from the gay community, who visit the buildings that have be
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Simon Cowell has released a heartbreaking video for his Grenfell Tower charity song

The music video for the Grenfell Tower charity single, coordinated by Simon Cowell, has been released. Stars including Robbie Williams, Rita Ora, Stormzy and The Who’s Roger Daltrey have lent their vocals to a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Over 50 singers worked on the project and are collectively called Artists for Grenfell. The song was played on UK radio stations for the first time on Wednesday morning and it has already claimed the number one spot on the UK
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Ghostbusters II actor Henry Deutschendorf passes away aged 29

Henry “Hank” J. Deutschendorf II, the actor best known for his role as baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II, died last week at the age of 29, after committing suicide. Deutschendorf shared the role in the 1989 film with his twin brother, William, who revealed in a remembrance post that Hank took his own life after battling schizoaffective disorder. Hank was reportedly found  at his home in California on June 14, by his brother. A medical examiner confirmed that the death was caused by hanging. Schiz
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New Game of Thrones trailer teases action-packed series seven

A second trailer for season seven of Game of Thrones has been released by HBO ahead of the series' return on July 16. The cast and crew have suggested that this season will be the show's second-to-last, which means we’ll have to ration our binge-watching, as it will run for just seven episodes. To make up for the shorter series, we will be treated to a finale that will run for 81 minutes, making it the longest Game of Thrones episode to date. HBO is dividing the final run into two mini-season
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Ron Howard to direct upcoming Han Solo film

Ron Howard has taken over as director of the as yet untitled new Han Solo film, Lucasfilm confirmed today. The American filmmaker previously worked with the production company on Willow in 1988. Howard has directed many well-known blockbusters including  Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon and Rush, while his movie A Beautiful Mind won four Academy Awards in 2002, including Best Picture and Best Director. The polymath has worked as the narrator and producer on television series Arrested
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My Wardrobe: Jessica Wright on summer style and going boho

When TOWIE first arrived on our screens in 2010, few people could have predicted quite how wild the British public would go for the exploits of the residents of Brentwood. And it’s not just their nightclub-hopping antics that have made an impression; the glamorous style of the show’s stars has taken the country by storm. Jessica Wright has been one of the most popular characters from the show and while we’re used to seeing her in full-on glam mode the reality star reveals there’s more to her st
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An exclusive look inside Caprice's wardrobe: Less is more

Caprice’s name precedes her. She doesn’t require an introduction, because there could only ever be one Caprice. We don’t know how she does it, but she manages to juggle being a businesswoman, model, and actress, as well as a mother. Not only that, but she pulls it all off without forgoing her impeccable style. When asked to describe it in her own words, she muses, “It’s changed over the years, but now, it’s quite glamorous.” We need look no further than her walk-in wardrobe for proof. It’s th
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Pretty pool slides to pineapples and pleats, what to shop for summer

Our lust for warmer weather is clearly reflected in this season’s wardrobe line-up. If you like piña coladas head for Edie Parker, where the pineapple is no longer just a cocktail ingredient but a key accessory too. Perhaps by adopting bright hues we can even coax the sun to join us in our summertime reverie. Once it finally rears its head, we can expect stripes – horizontal, vertical, or both – to follow suit. Going nautical is a failsafe choice for summer, and stripes don’t look out of pla
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How the runways are keeping clothes casual this season

What goes around comes around. Or at least, that certainly seems to be the case with this season’s latest sartorial offerings. Slips, a Nineties grunge staple, are being championed by the likes of Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Zara. Avoid venturing into risqué territory by plumping for longer designs and layering. Leave the rest to the imagination. We never thought we’d see the day where tracksuits turned high-end, but when Chloé, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta speak, we tend to listen. Typically se
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Graham Norton: Why we’ve waited this long for Zoolander 2

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Penélope Cruz take their seat on Graham Norton's red couch straight off the back of the Zoolander 2 UK premiere. Stiller - who plays Derek Zoolander - discusses the film's initially slow success: “When it first came out it was the opposite of ‘immediate hit,’ but over the years it’s developed this sort of cult following.” For avid fans, it’s hard to believe that the original hit screens in 2001, fifteen years ago. “We would probably have done a sequel straight aw
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Earth’s Greatest Spectacles: New England’s forests get the Midas touch

Earth’s Greatest Spectacles begins in New England, a north-eastern region of the United States, where the “Midas touch of fall turns entire forests golden”. Actor Domhnall Gleeson’s melodic Irish accent is the perfect backdrop to narrate. The trees and the forest’s inhabitants work together in an arduous process, which results in a breath-taking shock of fiery foliage that can be seen from space. Moose, chipmunks, rattlesnakes, and caterpillars are joined by beavers, ants, and humans in the l
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The Jump 2016: Tina Hobley dislocates her elbow and leaves the show

Tina Hobley is the latest star of The Jump to sustain an injury. She has been forced to quit the show after dislocating her elbow. The actress, 44, was practicing on a ski jump when crew members standing in the landing area broke her concentration. Channel 4 issued a statement: “Tina’s fall was caused by simple human error when members of the ground crew failed to clear the outrun. All those involved have been spoken to and extra procedures have now been put in place by the producers to ensur
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First Dates: Will Pascal the frog help Charli land her prince?

Ladies, it’s time to invest in a frog bag. This tip is inspired by Charli, who is paired with Scott in the First Dates restaurant this week. The plastic frog, with its highlighter green hue and neon orange eyes, is a great conversation starter. More than that, this deliberate accessory choice is made purely to see how guys react. Charli elaborates, “I’ve got a little test for guys on dates just to see if they’re embarrassed with me and that is this guy - Pascal.” If her date says, “Oh God, t
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Keeping Up with the Khans: The impact of immigration in Sheffield

Due to the current situation with Syrian refugees, Keeping Up with the Khans arrives during a controversial time for politics and global affairs. Coming from the makers of Benefits Street and Immigration Street, the series was filmed across 15 months in Page Hall, Sheffield and follows the lives of new migrants to Britain. Starting with refugees, viewers will additionally be introduced to Roma migrants and Pakistani and White British communities in consecutive episodes. Page Hall used to hous
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