Showbiz

Best-selling novelist Anthony Horowitz almost gave up career over fear of 'going blind'

By Charlotte Oliver, October 15, 2013

Anthony Horowitz has revealed he almost gave up writing this year, after developing a serious eye condition that could potentially lead to blindness.

Mr Horowitz, 58, was advised by specialists to stop writing books, after untreatable cysts were discovered at the back of both of his eyes.

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Why Vanessa Feltz is sobbing ahead of Strictly performance

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Vanessa Feltz says reheasing the waltz for Strictly Come Dancing this week has made her want to cry.

The broadcaster and journalist has spent the week practising the dance with her partner James Jordan, for a performance on the BBC show tomorrow night.

She said: “The waltz is about love and loss. Just like everyone else, I have been through some tough times.

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Stephen Fry is 'evil', says anti-gay Russian politician

By Rosa Doherty, September 30, 2013

Stephen Fry has been labelled "evil" by Russian politician Vitaly Milonov over his views on gay rights in Russia.

Mr Fry criticised Russia’s anti-gay laws in March and called on David Cameron, Sebastian Coe and the International Olympic Committee to boycott the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics.

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Mixed fortunes for Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz in Strictly

By Charlotte Oliver, September 29, 2013

Strictly Come Dancing shimmied back onto television screens this weekend, with notable performances from contestants Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz.

Ms Riley and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev impressed the audience with their romantic waltz to Luther Vandross’s When I Need You.

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Maureen Lipman 'turned down' Strictly Come Dancing opportunity

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2013

Veteran actor Maureen Lipman turned down an opportunity to join Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Last week, the 67-year-old told the Loose Women panel that: "I turned it down, if anyone talked to me like that panel talk to those people, I'd bop them.

"I've worked hard all week to be this good, how dare you tell me my bum's fat? How dare you? I'd bop them."

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Family sitcom 'The Goldbergs' well-received in the US

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

The Goldbergs, ABC’s new Jewish family sitcom, premiered on US television last night to critical acclaim.

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Daniel Radcliffe denies he will take Freddie Mercury role

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe has denied rumours that he will replace Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic.

The Harry Potter star was widely reported to be lined up for the singing role after Mr Cohen pulled out of the film following creative differences with surviving Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz admit to Strictly nerves

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley have both admitted to feeling nervous about competing on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

The pair are among the 15 celebrities taking part in the BBC One dance-themed reality show.

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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters star of David pig protest

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2013

Jews in Manchester are angry that rock guitarist Roger Waters displayed an inflatable pig bearing a star of David during a concert, even though they warned the venue it would cause offence.

The Pink Floyd frontman, and well known supporter of a boycott of Israel, performed at the phones4u Arena Manchester last week as part of “The Wall” tour.

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Sylvia Young turns pop svengali

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

She established the national theatre school that trained chart-topping pop stars from Amy Winehouse to the Appleton sisters.

Now Sylvia Young has gone one step further and set up her own record label, Seymour Place Music, and formed a British band made up of four of her students.

But she insists media comparisons with music mogul Simon Cowell are well wide of the mark.

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