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Girlfriends review: Kay Mellor introduces a gaggle of women you’d love to know in real life

The writer’s new show – starring Miranda Richardson and Zoë Wanamaker – promises to be real and glorious and fun. Plus: Miriam Margolyes goes on a Big American Adventure

All any of us wants, really, particularly at stressful times, is for people to tell us stories. We gather round the glowing screen instead of a fire at night now, but the fundamental need doesn’t change. And here is Kay Mellor, just when we need her. The creator of Band of Gold, Fat Friends and my eternal favourite Playing the Field is set to see us through half a dozen dark winter nights with her new collection of roiling plotlines about a gaggle of northern women you would give your eyeteeth to know in real life, entitled Girlfriends (ITV).

The announcement that Mellor’s latest creation would be about and star three women over 50 literally made the News at Ten. Let us sigh,
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Lesley Sharp webchat – your questions answered on football, female roles and lipsyncing with David Tennant

Currently starring in Simon Stephens’ version of The Seagull, Lesley Sharp talked about creating characters with Mike Leigh, teaming up with Suranne Jones, writing her first novel – and the joy of animated caterpillars

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Thanks very much - great questions! It's been lovely. Farewell!

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maxine64 says:

Hi Lesley, I love everything you’ve done, you’re an inspiration. What has been your favourite thing so far, and is there something you’re longing to do but haven’t yet?

Actually, The Seagull is one of the things I've longed to do for a very long time. Going on stage is always a process that causes anxiety and nervousness. You don't know whether you'll end up with something you can wholeheartedly commit to for the length of time you've got to perform it. This has been one of those moments that is intensely pleasurable - the play,
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Alex Rodriguez Calls J. Lo a ‘Great Mother and Great Friend’ as He Discusses Their Relationship and Family Dynamic

Alex Rodriguez Calls J. Lo a ‘Great Mother and Great Friend’ as He Discusses Their Relationship and Family Dynamic
Alex Rodriguez is in, what he calls, the “second act” of his life with more focus on his loved ones, including girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.

“Jennifer is an amazing person. She’s the hardest working … She’s got like 10 jobs,” the retired Yankees star, 42, told Nightline‘s Sara Haines during an interview that aired on ABC Tuesday evening.

“Look, she loves sports. She’s an athlete herself,” Rodriguez continued. “She’s a great mother, great daughter, great friend. She’s just someone that … she’s fun to be around.”

Aside from analyzing plays on Fox Sports and guest appearing on Shark Tank,
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Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her Boxing Skills As Alex Rodriguez Gives a Tour of His New Gym

Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her Boxing Skills As Alex Rodriguez Gives a Tour of His New Gym
Who better to test out the equipment at Alex Rodriguez‘s new gym than the fitness queen herself, Jennifer Lopez?

The singer got a personal tour of Rodriguez’s new Ufc gym in Miami after missing the opening on Aug. 10 for work. Lopez tried out the dumbbells and a few machines before hitting the boxing ring to show off her skills.

The Shades of Blue star said that she picked up the sport to prepare for the show.

“I always liked it,” Lopez said. “It’s always been a tough workout.”

Rodriguez talked about how excited he was to show
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Alex Rodriguez ‘Can’t Wait’ to Show Girlfriend Jennifer Lopez His New Miami Gym!

Alex Rodriguez ‘Can’t Wait’ to Show Girlfriend Jennifer Lopez His New Miami Gym!
J-Rod loves to sweat together!

Alex Rodriguez welcomed fitness buffs to his new gym in Miami on Thursday night and was accompanied by his two daughters, Natasha, 12, and Ella, 9, as well as his mother, Lourdes.

While his actress girlfriend Jennifer Lopez was out of town working, the retired Yankees star, who is dedicated to a disciplined fitness regimen, is eagerly awaiting the day she can exercise with him at his new Ufc (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Gym.

“Jennifer and I work out together, and I can’t wait to bring her here to my new gym,” Rodriguez, 42, looking fit and handsome
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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Spend Saturday Cozying Up While Cheering on the Yankees

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Spend Saturday Cozying Up While Cheering on the Yankees
Jennifer Lopez‘s kick-back Saturday included baseball and her beau.

The 47-year-old songstress teased a relaxing evening with her new man on Instagram, sharing a photo of her white sneakers resting casually on a man’s own set of kicks that appear to belong to retired Mlb pro Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez.

“#SaturdayVibes,” Lopez captioned the image, which showed the couple’s crossed legs and a TV showing the New York Yankees, Rodriguez’s former baseball team, taking on the Baltimore Orioles.

Although the Yankees fell short to their opponent, “J-Rod” seem to be going strong.

The athlete, 41, recently confirmed their
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Back to Work! Jennifer Lopez Shares Sexy Selfie from Studio Recording Session

Back to Work! Jennifer Lopez Shares Sexy Selfie from Studio Recording Session
She’s still Jenny from the block!

Busy mom, singer, and actress Jennifer Lopez is back in the studio, she shared on Instagram Sunday. In the stunning selfie, the entertainer is seen rocking headphones while situated in front of a microphone.

“Back at it … ” Lopez, 47, captioned the moment, in which she’s dressed in a fitted white tank and sporting her brand-new honey highlights.

The Shades of Blue star didn’t specify what she was recording, but the session quite possibly could be for her upcoming Spanish language album with ex-husband Marc Anthony.

“At first I was like, “We’re
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‘Teen Wolf’: Playing the Field

[This is a review of Teen Wolf season 4, episode 5. It contains Spoilers.]

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This week on Teen Wolf, murder comes to the lacrosse field (again) and more layers of the serial murder mystery get pulled back, though unfortunately the magical Aztec de-ageing closet from the first couple of episodes still has yet to be explained. Picking up from last week’s revelation that certain members of the student body are actually highly-trained assassins who have come to town in order to cross names off a list of targets, ‘I.E.D.’ opens with yet another unfortunate werewolf getting picked off by decapitation expert Violet and her lacrosse-playing boyfriend, Garrett.

Such a gruesome murder calls for a big board with bits of red tape connecting potential victims and suspects ...

Click to continue reading ‘Teen Wolf’: Playing the Field
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Channel 4 film and drama controller Tessa Ross joins National Theatre

Channel 4 has announced that Tessa Ross is to stand down as controller of film and drama.

Ross will join the National Theatre as chief executive, replacing Nick Starr from November.

She will work alongside outgoing director Nicholas Hynter before fully taking up the role in April 2015, with Rufus Norris replacing Hynter.

Lisa Burger will remain as the Nt's chief operating officer.

Tessa Ross joined Channel 4 back in 2000, before becoming head of Film4 in 2003. She was later appointed controller of film and drama in 2008.

During her time at Film4, she was involved in developing and financing films including 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire, The Last King of Scotland and The Iron Lady.

She was previously head of drama at the BBC's independent commissioning group, launching shows such as Clocking Off and Playing the Field.

Ross was also on the National Theatre's board from 2011 to 2014, and was previously a governor
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James Ellis obituary

Actor who played Bert Lynch in BBC police drama Z-Cars and appeared in shows ranging from Doctor Who to Nightingales

The actor James Ellis (also known as Jimmy), who has died aged 82, was the longest-serving original cast member of the hugely popular BBC television series Z-Cars. When Z-Cars began in 1962, it represented a major change in the way the police were characterised in fiction. The BBC police series Dixon of Dock Green had been running for seven years, with Jack Warner playing the understanding, avuncular police constable Dixon. Z-Cars, by contrast, had the actors Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor making cynical remarks about the death of a murdered police colleague whose funeral they were attending, and Ellis, as Constable Bert Lynch, hearing from a colleague how he beats up his wife, without doing anything about it. Z-Cars attempted to show how moral anarchy in the rundown industrial area of the
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

James Ellis obituary

Actor who played Bert Lynch in BBC police drama Z-Cars and appeared in shows ranging from Doctor Who to Nightingales

The actor James Ellis (also known as Jimmy), who has died aged 82, was the longest-serving original cast member of the hugely popular BBC television series Z-Cars. When Z-Cars began in 1962, it represented a major change in the way the police were characterised in fiction. The BBC police series Dixon of Dock Green had been running for seven years, with Jack Warner playing the understanding, avuncular police constable Dixon. Z-Cars, by contrast, had the actors Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor making cynical remarks about the death of a murdered police colleague whose funeral they were attending, and Ellis, as Constable Bert Lynch, hearing from a colleague how he beats up his wife, without doing anything about it. Z-Cars attempted to show how moral anarchy in the rundown industrial area of the
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Niall Horan: The Mystery Girl In His Cuddly Photo Revealed

The 1D world exploded on Nov. 9 when a pic of Niall getting Very close to a girl surfaced on the internet. But do Directioners need to worry about Niall’s new gal pal? Maybe not!

Niall Horan, 20, was spotted with a mystery brunette at his nephew Theo’s christening on Nov. 9, and speculation immediately arose that Niall may have been using the family gathering as a way to introduce his latest hook-up. But the One Direction member’s family is now clearing things up. On Nov. 11, Niall’s mom revealed who the lucky lady is — and why he’s “disgusted” by the rumors (and after learning the truth, you might be too).

Niall Horan On Mystery Girl: She’s My Cousin!

Well this is awkward. The cute brunette who Niall was spotted hugging at his nephew’s christening isn’t his girlfriend — she’s his cousin. Niall’s family was
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Miley Cyrus & Future Release ‘Real & True’ — Listen

After much anticipation, Miley and Future officially released their smooth-sounding slow jam on Nov. 5. So light a few candles, listen here, and tell us who you think Miley’s singing about!

Miley Cyrus has the biggest party song and breakup song of 2013, and now — with the help of rapper/singer Future – she’s released a contender for the best love song of the year. Miley and Future’s collaboration, “Real and True,” hit the internet on Nov. 5, and Miley’s never sounded better.

Miley Cyrus & Future Release ‘Real & True’

As the headliner of the slow jam, Future takes most of the spotlight in the song, while Miley splits time with another featured singer, Mr. Hudson – but she still manages to stand out.

The romantic, futuristic beat is perfectly paired with Miley’s clear vocals, truly showcasing her talent. She also hits some really high notes in the track that we
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Miley Cyrus: Why She Does Not Want To Date Benji Madden

Even though HollywoodLife.com told you Miley hooked up with Benji, we’ve learned that there’s one major reason why she doesn’t want this rocker to be her boyfriend. Keep reading to find out the shocking reason!

Miley Cyrus isn’t crying over Liam Hemsworth, she has her sights set on other Hollywood hunks. But despite a steamy night with Good Charlotte star Benji Madden, HollywoodLife.com can reveal that Miley isn’t in the market for a serious relationship.

Miley Cyrus Dating Benji Madden?

It turns out Miley loves the single life because she’s able to do “whatever she wants.” Even though we told you that “sparks flew” between the couple, it’s very unlikely that you’ll see them become an official item.

“They will probably hang out again but nothing is planned or set in stone,” the source tells us. “She doesn’t want
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Miley Cyrus & Benji Madden: See The First Pic Of Them Hooking Up

Get it, girl! Miley is just bein’ Miley and playing the field and that includes hooking up with Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden. See the pics that have everyone talking!

Miley Cyrus is definitely loving the single life — and why shouldn’t she? On Oct. 31, the 20-year-old was spotted kissing Benji Madden at West Hollywood nightclub Bootsy Bellows. Now, a new photo reveals their steamy hook up session!

Miley Cyrus & Benji Madden’s Sexy Hookup Pic Take Our Poll

“The hookup 100% happened as they met each other that night, so the sparks flew instantly and they for sure went home together, so draw your own conclusions from that,” a source told HollywoodLife.com exclusively about Benji, 34, and Miley’s night together.

In the new photo, you can see Miley and Benji in the car together, sitting close together. The “Wrecking Ball” singer was trying to hide her face (we still
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Miley Cyrus: Why Benji Madden Could Be Perfect For Her Right Now

Could it be more than a one night stand? After Miley and Benji got hot and heavy — and even went home together — on Halloween night, Oct. 31, a source close to Miley tells HollywoodLife.com Exclusively that the Good Charlotte rocker may be the perfect rebound boyfriend!

Miley Cyrus, 20, wasn’t looking for a relationship, but she may have stumbled into one anyways! The “We Can’t Stop” singer was spotted making out with Benji Madden, 34, on Oct. 31, and it may be more than just a random hookup — believe it or not, a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that they’re actually pretty good for each other!

Miley Cyrus & Benji Madden: Good Together?

Miley’s just trying to play the field right now (and she’s doing a pretty good job), but the source says that “she loves boys and being in love so it may be hard to do!
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Miley Cyrus Flirts With Romeo Miller In Sexy Pic — Did They Hook Up?

Does Miley have a new man? The singer posed for a steamy pic with Romeo that sure makes it look like the two have something going on!

Ever since Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemswoth called off their engagement, she’s been linked to several sexy guys — and now her latest possible conquest is rapper-actor Romeo Miller a.k.a. Lil Romeo (remember him?)! He posted a flirty photo of the two on Oct. 29 that has all but confirmed reports that the pair have been hooking up.

Miley Cyrus Poses for Sexy Photo With Romeo Miller

Miley and Romeo have been dodging reports for a while now that they’ve shared some hot and heavy hookups, according to Media Takeout. And Romeo certainly didn’t put any rumors to rest when he posted a flirty photo on his Instagram of himself holding Miley close while he’s shirtless and showing off his amazing,
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Miley Cyrus & Benji Madden: Steamy Hookup Details Revealed

She’s just being Miley! During a wild Halloween night out, the ‘We Can’t Stop’ singer was spotted making out with Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden, HollywoodLife.com has learned Exclusively that even more happened!

On Oct. 31, Miley Cyrus, 20, and rocker Benji Madden, 34, were spotted sharing a kiss at West Hollywood hotspot Bootsy Bellows. But how far did their hookup go? HollywoodLife.com has the Exclusive scoop!

Miley Cyrus & Benji Madden Make Out At Halloween Party

Miley, who was wearing her sexy Lil’ Kim costume, and Benji instantly hit it off after they were introduced to each other at Adam Lambert‘s Halloween Party Powered by Ciroc — so much so that they went home together after! A source told HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “The hookup 100% happened as they met each other that night, so the sparks flew instantly and they for sure went home together, so draw your own conclusions from that.
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Miley Cyrus: It’s Good You’re Playing The Field After Your Breakup

Miley, being single is fun! After breaking up with Liam Hemsworth, you should date as many guys as you want right now. Here’s why.

Miley Cyrus is just a young 20-year-old girl. She’s got her entire life ahead of her. When you’re young and getting over a breakup, the best way to heal a broken heart is to get back out there and date — and that’s exactly what Miley is doing. So good for her!

Miley Cyrus: Good For You For Playing The Field After Your Breakup

Miley has wasted no time getting back out there after announcing that she called off her engagement with Liam Hemsworth in Sept. 2013. Most recently, the songstress was allegedly spotted locking lips with Benji Madden.

Miley (who was dressed as Lil’ Kim for a Halloween) was reportedly introduced to Benji, 34, through a mutual friend at Adam Lambert‘s Halloween Party Powered by Ciroc,
See full article at HollywoodLife »

Robert Pattinson Trying To Reclaim His Life After Kristen Stewart Breakup

If Rob could turn back time, he might reconsider dating Kristen Stewart and starring in ‘Twilight’, a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. Since then, Rob’s personal life has become a media firestorm and he hates that he can’t leave his house without being hounded by the paparazzi.

Robert Pattinson may not be ruling out a reunion with Kristen Stewart, but for the time being, he wants some sense of a normal life — away from Twilight, K-Stew, 23, and the media firestorm that accompanies it.

Robert Pattinson After Kristen Stewart Breakup — Trying To Reclaim His Life

“Rob’s trying to reclaim his life after splitting up with Kristen. He loves that Twilight was huge and he’s set for life because of it, but he’s resentful of the media firestorm that descended on his personal life. He’s the kind of guy who wants to quietly chill with his
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