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Fifty Shades Of Grey set for bumper opening weekend

Fifty Shades Of Grey set for bumper opening weekend

Tickets for the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie are selling fast.

Cinema chain Odeon claims the film, which is based on the popular novel by author E L James, is set to become the most pre-booked film in its history, with one ticket being sold every seven seconds.

Dakota Johnson, pictured here on the red carpet in a stunning dress and fetching pair of gloves , stars alongside Jamie Dornan.

She plays the role of college graduate Anastasia Steele who falls for a young business magnate called Christian Grey.

The movie is expected to get pulses racing when it hits big screens up and down the UK on February 13.

Odeon predicts the upcoming Valentine's weekend will be its busiest on record. It is therefore preparing 75,000kg of popcorn, 125,000 litres of ice cream, 450,000 litres of soft drinks and 29,000 hot dogs to meet demand.

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Ellie hits number one

Ellie hits number one

British star Ellie Goulding has beaten off competition from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars to claim the number-one spot on the iTunes chart.

The singer, pictured here performing in black tights , saw her track Love Me Like You Do going straight in at number one, having been released two weeks early due to popular demand.

The original release had been scheduled for February 15 but such was the demand for the song that the record label brought the date forward.

The song, which has been recorded for the the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, has already been viewed some 21 million times on YouTube.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are at number two in the charts with Uptown Funk, while Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is at three with Take Me To Church.

Outlines by Mike Mago and Dragonette are at five in the iTunes singles chart, while Karen Harding's song Say Something comes in at 10.

I'm A Ruin by Marina and The Diamonds comes in at 15, while Kodaline's new single Honest is at 21.

Another song for the Fifty Shades of Grey film, Earned It by The Weeknd, sits at number 24.

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Beyonce and Sheeran wow Wonder fans

Beyonce and Sheeran wow Wonder fans

It's a collaboration which many may not have anticipated but Beyonce wowed fans when she teamed up for a duet with Ed Sheeran at a Stevie Wonder tribute concert.

Beyonce - pictured in stylish tights on stage at the V Festival - was performing just nights after winning the gongs for the Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Surround Sound Album at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Sheeran, 23, left the 57th Grammy Awards empty handed but stayed in the City of Angels to pair up with 33-year-old Beyonce to sing a selection of Stevie Wonder's hits including Master Blaster. The singers were accompanied by US guitarist Gary Clark Junior.

Staged by US TV network CBS to celebrate the career of the 25-time Grammy winner, the Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute concert also included performances by Lady Gaga, John Legend, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett and Ariana Grande.

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Tim looks to make heroes out of Villans

Tim looks to make heroes out of Villans

Aston Villa's new manager says his relegation-threatened players can turn around their season if they lose their "fear factor".

Tim Sherwood was speaking on Monday after being appointed to succeed Paul Lambert as the Villans' boss.

Sporting a natty claret and blue Villa men's scarf , Sherwood took his first press conference with the Birmingham-based side languishing in the Premiership's bottom three.

But Sunday's FA Cup win over Leicester leaves the club in the all-important draw for the last eight. This is just one win away from a Wembley semi-final and only three victories from winning the tournament.

Sherwood, 46, said he wants less fear in his new side's play and also to get Christian Benteke, his star striker, more involved. If they do that, said Sherwood, all should be "fine".

Calling his acceptance of the post "a no-brainer", Sherwood looked forward to his first game in charge on Saturday, February 21 when Villa entertain Stoke City.

Album charts to include streaming

Album charts to include streaming

The Official Charts Company is to overhaul the album chart in this country to reflect the importance of streaming services like Spotify.

It is starting to incorporate streaming sales in its weekly tables, meaning that listens on Google Play, Deezer, Spotify and similar services will all count towards overall totals.

The company believes that the public will be slow to notice any marked difference to begin with.

Martin Talbot, the firm's chief, said early indications are that the move will have only a "modest" impact on the charts. But the streaming services' impact is likely to grow, he added.

Mr Talbot said the switch will boost its mission to collate the most reliable, updated and precise charts.

Taylor Swift, pictured in black tights , last year made the decision to pull of her songs from Spotify because she felt the streaming service did not value her music.

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Sam shines at 50 Shades premiere

Sam shines at 50 Shades premiere

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson stunned the crowds in a black sequinned dress as she arrived at the UK premiere of the much-anticipated movie in London on Thursday.

Arm in arm with her movie star husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 47-year-old Sam looked slim in the mini dress with black tights and sandals.

Kick-Ass star Aaron, 24, looked suitably smart for the occasion in a black suit at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, where crowds gathered to get a glimpse of Sam, Aaron and stars Jamie Dorman and Dakota Johnson. Also at the event was the author of the book the film is based on, E L James.

Sam and Aaron had flown into the capital following the world premiere of the film in Germany on Wednesday. It is only Sam's second full-length feature film. She met Aaron while filming her first movie, Nowhere Boy, which tells the story of Beatles singer John Lennon.

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Jasmine wows The Gunman premiere

Jasmine wows The Gunman premiere

Italian actress Jasmine Trinca looked stunning on the red carpet at the London premiere of The Gunman on Monday.

She joined the other stars of the film, including Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone at the star-studded event at the BFI South Bank cinema.

Among the other famous people watching the film were Penn's actress girlfriend Charlize Theron and models Amy Willerton and Casey Batchelor.

The film, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's book The Prone Gunman, is the story of ex-Special Forces soldier Martin Terrier (Penn) who has PTSD and wants to retire to settle down with the woman he loves. However, he has to flee around Europe to escape the clutches of the organisation that employs him. The film also stars Spanish actor Javier Bardem.

Penn, formerly married to Madonna and Robin Wright, has been together with Theron for just over year and it is rumoured that they are engaged and Penn wants to adopt Jackson, Theron's three-year-old son. He intends to settle down with his new family in Los Angeles.

Penn's fellow cast-member Jasmine Trinca looked superb in a figure-hugging black and gold dress, knee socks and black shoes.

Ben caps great night at NME Awards

Ben caps great night at NME Awards

Kasabian, Jamie T and Royal Blood took home eight trophies between them from Wednesday night's NME Awards.

The O2 Academy's prestigious event saw a galaxy of music stars descend on Brixton.

Royal Blood won both best live and new band categories. The rock duo's drummer Ben Thatcher, pictured here in a natty cap on a hat-spangled evening, and singer/bassist Mike Kerr also performed live.

Kasabian's three awards included best album and British band, while Jamie T also scooped a trio of honours, including best video and track.

Foo Fighters also got a look in, taking the international band award before revealing in their acceptance speech that they are to headline Glastonbury later this year.

Other winners included Suede, Jimmy Page and Jake Bugg.

Model Abbey Clancy also enjoyed proceedings, showing off her maternal curves after becoming pregnant for a second time. Sporting the minimalist look, the lightly made-up star wore a black mini dress, heeled sandals and tights.

Ken pays Hom-age to London's sausages

Ken pays Hom-age to London's sausages

No New Year celebration would be complete without bangers.

But the ones cookery king Ken Hom came searching for in London were of the meaty, not the firework variety.

Hom, pictured here wearing a trendy monochrome men's scarf , admitted on Chinese New Year's Eve (Wednesday, February 18) that he was carrying sausages in his luggage.

The 65-year-old told reporters that Chinese sausages made in the English capital are the best in the world.

Hom buys his wind-dried meaty treats from Chinatown and follows his mother's old practice of cooking them with rice and fried eggs.

He said he has been visiting this country for nearly three decades to take part in Chinese New Year's festivities.

Fish, noodles, duck and chicken are among his favourite dishes for the season.

Hom's secret of hosting a top New Year party is to cook a maximum of two dishes and enjoys plenty of champagne and wine.

He also divulged the reason for his on-screen calmness. He said cooking is not working, it is a relaxation.

Catwalk fun at fashion fundraiser

Catwalk fun at fashion fundraiser

Fashion is a serious business in London, but there was a much more light-hearted feel to Naomi Campbell's charity show on Thursday.

Just a day before London Fashion Week gets underway in earnest the supermodel held her Fashion for Relief catwalk event at Somerset House.

Among the famous people taking to the catwalk for charity was the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. There wasn't a hint of the usual kind of serious expression models put on as she grinned and grimaced in a black dress.

Also making their way down the catwalk were Alice Dellal, Alesha Dixon, Georgia May Jagger, Viktoria Modesta, Jade Parfitt, Katie Piper, Nicola Roberts and Bruno Tonioli.

Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and Versace were among the big name houses donating fashion. Another was fashion legend Dame Vivienne Westwood, who was held aloft on the catwalk wearing typically chic patterned tights .

In the crowd were Naomi Campbell's mum Valerie Morris and celebrity couple Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan.

Moore shows less during Oscar triumph

Moore shows less during Oscar triumph

The weather did its best to rain on the film industry's premier fashion parade, otherwise known as the Oscars.

But even the inconvenient elements could not prevent the stars coming out in all their finery at California's Dolby Theatre on Sunday night.

Most of the ladies opted to fly in the face of fashion, ditching the tights to show a bit of leg. But one woman who wasn't showing any leg at all best actress winner Julianne Moore.

The Still Alice star donned a Lagerfield-crafted strapless number, dotted with black accents and draping onto the floor. The 54-year-old red-head's white Chanel gown was complemented by a bun hair-do.

Moore, who played a character suffering with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, was spared the rain's worst ravages as organisers erected a canopy to protect the stars.

Elsewhere elegant whites, glittering silvers, beads and pearls were all the rage on the Tinseltown red carpet.

Boyhood actress Patricia Arquette, crowned best supporting actress, wore a gown from Rosetta Getty. She also squeezed into a tight black skirt and white bodice, while best actress nominee Marion Cotillard's gown was a Dior polka dot creation.

Could socks help us stop snoring?

Could socks help us stop snoring?

Socks could help us stop snoring and sleep better, according to a new report.

Long-haul flight socks, worn to prevent blood clots, might provide the solution according to Canadian scientists. They say that flight socks reduce fluid which accumulates in the lower legs in the daytime.

Toronto University researchers are recommending cut-down forms of medical compression socks. These are already in common usage throughout the NHS to help care for varicose veins.

Previous research has shown this fluid can ascend to neck regions, resulting in sleep apnoea.

This condition, which is snoring related, is thought to affect 3 million Britons due to fluid and fatty build-up in the neck.

It causes sufferers' neck muscles to collapse and their breathing to shut off for at least 10 seconds. The snoring sound is produced by air vibrating against soft, fatty tissue which blocks its way.

The socks work by keeping the blood moving, by squeezing the bottom half of the leg to prevent fluid accumulation.

Toronto's study split 50 men into two equal groups. The first wore flight socks for a fortnight at bedtime, the others wore normal socks.

Both sets were monitored for snoring and fluid movement. While the normal sock wearers noticed little change, the compression sock wearers enjoyed less fluid movement, as well as less sleep disruption.

Their disturbances reduced from 30-plus times each hour to just 15.

Sleeping experts believe the socks could complement traditional treatment. The study has been published in Sleep Medicine journal.

London welcomes House of Cards premiere

London welcomes House of Cards premiere

Comedian Ricky Gervais couldn't resist attending the world premiere of Season 3 of hit NetFlix drama House Of Cards last night, as he is such a huge fan of its star Kevin Spacey.

Gervais, a Hollywood actor himself, was pictured at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London with his long-term girlfriend, author Jane Fallon.

Also at the event were Spacey, who plays politician Frank Underwood and his co-star Robin Wright, who portrays his wife Claire.

Gervais is such a fan that he appeared in a 'Superfan' spoof advert, playing Spacey's character.

Ricky was in a blue jacket and jeans while Jane wore a black and white flowery dress and black tights on the red carpet, as they mixed with stars of the show ahead of the first showing of season three.

Season two ended with Frank Underwood as US President and his Chief of Staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) left for dead in the woods after Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan) struck him in the head.

There's something about Lady Mary

There's something about Lady Mary

Fashion was king at a leading lifestyle magazine's style awards this week.

Elle's London event brought the stars out in force, including Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Simon Cowell.

Lady Mary Charteris, wearing seductive tights also had something to make people sit up and take notice. The 26-year-old IT girl/model and DJ wowed the Sky Garden guests with a stunning set on Tuesday.

Lady Charteris, who wed rocker Robbie Furze in 2012, enjoyed herself in the capital's Walkie Talkie structure alongside some of the planet's other most recognisable fashion and showbiz celebs.

Swift won the night's major honour, scooping Elle's Woman of the Year gong. She arrived in a cheeky emerald green lace and satin dress from Julien Macdonald.

Smith, who presented Swift with her award, won Musician of the Year.

There were also awards for Simon Cowell (Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment), Cara Delevingne (Breakthrough Actress) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Model of the Year).

Solo award leaves Taylor so high

Solo award leaves Taylor so high

Taylor Swift could barely contain her joy after winning the top female award at this year's Brits.

The 25-year-old US songstress was quick to pay tribute to her UK friends, dedicating her best female international solo artist trophy to them.

Swift, who paraded the Brits stage in a short black number with black fishnet stockings , publicly sent a message to Ed Sheeran, saying that she loved him ... wherever he was.

She also thanked "Ellie", "Sam" and "Cara", saying she was fortunate to have them in her life.

Swift beat off her closest rivals Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, St Vincent and Sia to scoop the first Brit of her career.

The award at the capital's O2 Arena crowned an unstoppable 12 months of success for the Blank Space and 22 singer.

She cemented her claim to be possibly the world's biggest pop name with the release of US and UK chart-topping album 1989 and a raft of gigs at the O2.

Katy Perry set to go virtual

Katy Perry set to go virtual

Pop star Katy Perry is to get her own official game for mobile devices.

The American singer, who shot to fame with her single I Kissed A Girl in 2008, will be brought to life in digital form by developer Glu Mobile.

While both parties remain tight-lipped about what type of game it will be, it will definitely feature the voice, likeness and personality of the global superstar, seen here looking stylish in black tights , after she agreed a five-year licensing deal.

Glu Mobile is the company behind hit game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, based on socialite Kim Kardashian, which involves players attempting to become celebrities through a series of levels and challenges.

Even though it is free to play, it had made $74.3 million by the end of 2014 through in-app purchases of virtual currency.

Katy Perry's game, which is due for release on iOS and Android devices towards the end of this year, will more than likely follow in the same footsteps.

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Madonna set to light up the Brits

Madonna set to light up the Brits

Pop legend Madonna is to perform at the Brit Awards in London later this month two decades after she last sang at the ceremony.

The US star, seen here on the red carpet in black tights , tweeted a photo a Brit award and wrote she was looking forward to seeing her UK fans at the event.

She is expected to sing some of her greatest hits and tracks from her new album entitled Rebel Heart.

According to a source close to the singer she is looking for "maximum impact" and feels the Brits will give her the opportunity she is looking for.

She is famous for some racy and controversial appearances at awards ceremonies in the past, including kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera suggestively during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003.

Also performing at the Brits will be rockers Royal Blood, UK solo artists Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and George Ezra and US singer Taylor Swift.

Before Madonna comes to the O2 Arena for the 35th Brit Awards ceremony on February 25 she will be performing at the Grammys in Los Angeles this Sunday.

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Beatle joins Rihanna for latest video

Beatle joins Rihanna for latest video

Rihanna has teamed up with former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and rapper Kanye West on the video for her new track FourFiveSeconds.

The black and white video, which has been released online, shows all three clad in denim with Sir Paul on guitar.

And rumours are circulating that 26-year-old Rihanna, seen here looking stylish in fishnet tights , may tour with Kanye West, 37, later on in the year.

In 2008 Rihanna performed during West's North American Glow in the Dark tour.

The pair - along with Sir Paul - are set to appear at the Grammy music awards in Los Angeles on February 8, having headlined a concert before last weekend's Super Bowl.

Speculation is also mounting that Beyonce will team up with singer John Legend and rapper Common for a performance at the Grammys.

Their performance is set to form part of a tribute to Selma, the film following Martin Luther King's fight to win equal voting rights for black Americans.

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Julianne warms up for the BAFTAs

Julianne warms up for the BAFTAs

US actress Julianne Moore turned on the style in London on Thursday ahead of Sunday's BAFTA ceremony.

Arriving at a VIP screening of her new movie Still Alice, 54-year-old Julianne looked a million dollars on the red carpet outside the Curzon Mayfair Cinema and kept warm in the chilly London air in a jewelled black minidress, black tights and black boots.

Julianne is up against Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams and Felicity Jones in the British Academy of Film and Television Awards' Best Actress category.

Also at the event was newly married Star Trek actress Alice Eve, the daughter of Shoestring and Waking the Dead star Trevor Eve. Alice wore a warm brown trench coat over a black tunic and leather trousers.

Other members of the VIP audience included Blackadder star Tony Robinson, TV presenter Fiona Phillips, EastEnders actor John Altman and Inspector Morse and Lewis star Kevin Whately.

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Andy Murray and Kim Sears to wed at Dunblane hotel

Andy Murray and Kim Sears to wed at Dunblane hotel

Tennis star Andy Murray and his fiancee Kim Sears have set a date and venue for their wedding.

The British number one and Miss Sears will tie the knot at Murray's luxury hotel, near his home town of Dunblane, Scotland.

The pair are planning to get married on 11 April at the five-star Cromlix House Hotel, with only close friends and family expected to be on the guest list.

Murray and Miss Sears, pictured here looking glamorous in a pair of black tights , have been together since 2005. They met through Kim's father, Nigel, who is head of the women's section of the Lawn Tennis Association.

Despite a brief split in 2009, the pair have been inseparable for some time and Miss Sears is regularly in the crowd watching Murray in action.

The Cromlix House Hotel has its own chapel and was used by Andy's brother Jamie for his wedding in 2010.

Once the home of the Bishop of Dunblane, Andy Murray paid £1.8 million for the hotel in 2013 - the same year he won Wimbledon.

Following an extensive renovation project, the hotel was reopened early last year.

Murray's Mum Judy obviously approves of his relationship, describing Miss Sears as "the best thing to happen to Andy".

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