Ariana Grande cancels concerts after Manchester attack

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Image caption Grande had been due to play two shows in London later this week

Ariana Grande’s concerts at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday have been cancelled following the Manchester suicide bombing.

On Monday, 22 people were killed and 64 injured when a bomber detonated a device as people left Grande’s show at the 21,000-seater Manchester Arena.

A statement said the US singer’s Dangerous Woman tour would be suspended until 7 June.

It added that Grande, 23, wanted to pay “proper respects to those lost”.

As well as two dates in London, concerts in Belgium, Poland and Germany have been cancelled.

Grande’s management said: “We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.

“Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together.”

After the attack, the singer posted her condolences on Twitter, saying: “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

The singer returned to her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, on Tuesday in a private plane. It is hoped that the tour will continue on 7 June in Paris.

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Children were among the dead in the Manchester attack, which targeted the foyer of the arena.

Greater Manchester Police said it believed 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a former city student, had blown himself up.

The attack has led to the UK terror threat being raised to critical – its highest level, which means an attack may be imminent.

Police say they are hunting a network of people over the attack, and have made five arrests in the UK.

Cancelled Dangerous Woman tour dates

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Image caption Ariana Grande, pictured in June 2016, has been on a European tour
  • 25 May: London, England, O2 Arena
  • 26 May: London, England, O2 Arena
  • 28 May: Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpalais
  • 31 May: Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena
  • 1 June: Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena
  • 3 June: Frankfurt, Germany, Festhalle
  • 5 June: Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion

Refunds will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase for the cancelled shows, tour promoter Live Nation said.

The first victim of Monday’s bombing to be named was 18-year-old Georgina Callander, a devoted fan of Grande.

The health and social care student had posted a message to Grande on Twitter before the event, which read: “SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU TOMORROW.”

On her Instagram page the Lancashire resident also had a picture with the actor-turned-singer, which had been taken in 2015.

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Image caption Georgina Callander (L) with Ariana Grande in 2015

Other public events have been cancelled in London in the wake of the bombing.

Chelsea Football Club cancelled their open-top bus, Premier League victory parade, which was due to take place on Sunday.

The London premiere of the new Wonder Woman film, due for 31 May, has also been cancelled.

Warner Bros said it would not be proceeding with press junkets or a red carpet event “in light of the current situation”.

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Ariana Grande cancels UK shows after bombing


The US singer was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday and Friday, but has cancelled those dates and five others in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

::LIVE: The latest updates on the Manchester attack from the Sky News team

Her management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland,” a statement said.

“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.

“Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirms the police are investigating a terrorist 'network'

Video:Police confirm ‘a network’ under investigation

:: Manchester music fans will not give in to terror

It is unclear whether the star will fulfil the remaining dates on the European leg of her world tour, due to start in Paris on 7 June, then visiting Portugal, Spain and Italy before heading to Brazil, Japan and Thailand.

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Grande, 23, said she was emotionally “broken” by the terror attack after her show at the Manchester Arena, tweeting: “from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”


from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.

β€” Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017

The singer is believed to have flown back home to Florida on Tuesday.

Sky News has discovered suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who targeted the show, had links to an Islamic State cell which operated in Manchester, and knew one of the terror group’s most prolific recruiters.

His father and brother have both been arrested in Libya.

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Rihanna and Lupita Twitter joke lands film deal


The deal was sealed at the Cannes Film Festival, and will see the pop star and the Oscar-winning actress starring alongside each other in a crime caper film.

In 2014, Rihanna and Lupita were pictured looking suspiciously cool at the Paris Fashion Week.

The photo prompted one user to comment that the two stars “looked like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker”.

I’m down if you are @rihannahttps://t.co/vwHBWeCbFZ

β€” Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017

Others commented that it should be made into a movie, and Nyong’o tweeted to Rihanna to say “I’m down if you are” earlier this year.

The rest is social media history.

I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL

β€” Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017

Fans are now speculating over who could direct the crime caper, with Selma director Ava DuVernay named as a favourite.

After Lupita and Rihanna confirmed, journalist Mikelle Street tweeted to DuVernay: “Your turn.”

@MikelleStreet@rihanna Lights set. Camera’s up. Ready to call action for these #queens. πŸ‘‘ pic.twitter.com/NVgqpFeTnu

β€” Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017

The director responded with a picture of Rihanna wearing a crown, and the words: “Lights set. Camera’s up. Ready to call action for these queens.”

Rumour has it that Rihanna will play a con artist who tricks men, while her brilliant co-conspirator, played by Nyong’o, orchestrates the heists.

While it is yet unclear how faithful the movie will be to the online joke, Netflix has already bought its rights after what Entertainment Weekly called a “dramatic negotiation” at the French Riviera.

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Tim Roth drunk and vengeful in new series


Dramatic mountain landscapes provide the backdrop for the new 10-part Sky Atlantic series.

Helmed by British director Rowan Joffe, the series stars Roth and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks.

“As a movie screenwriter I saw Tin Star as an opportunity to author an epic piece of cinema in the long-form series format,” Joffe said.

“This means vast landscapes, classic themes, complex characters on dangerous journeys – and performances of the highest calibre.”

The series sees Roth’s police chief confronted with the brutal and mysterious murder of a member of his family.

His obsessive quest to find the truth drives a story about love, corruption, grief and revenge.

Tin Star will be Sky Atlantic’s fourth original serialised drama to premiere this year.

It follows Idris Elba and Freida Pinto’s Guerrilla, the recent return of Twin Peaks, and the crime caper Riviera – which opens in mid-June.

“We know our original content is highly valued and a reason why customers choose and stay with Sky,” saidGary Davey, the company’s Managing Director of Content.

Tin Star will be available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV later this year.

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Morrissey criticises ‘bullet-proof bubble’ May


The former Smiths frontman, who grew up in Manchester, shared a post on his Facebook page aimed at Prime Minister Theresa May, the Queen, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

“Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental,” he wrote.

“For what reason will this ever stop?”

Morrissey, who is known for his political views and vegetarian militantism, said Theresa May lives “in a bullet-proof bubble” and “evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues”.

“Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us’,” he said.

“That means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”

Theresa May

Video:Theresa May condemns ‘callous terrorist attack’

He then goes on to criticise the London and Manchester Mayors, for their reluctance to condemn Islamic State, or “say what we all say in private”.

“Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb,” he wrote.

“Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an ‘extremist’. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?.”

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Video:Burnham: ‘This was an evil act’

Not even the Queen escaped the wrath of the musician, who called public praise for her words “absurd”.

“The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press.”

“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private,” he added.

“Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”

Morrissey grew up in Manchester, where he formed the Smiths with Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce.

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Top Gun sequel to take flight next year


The word comes from Maverick himself, actor Tom Cruise couldn’t hold his breath and broke the news live while on a promotional tour for his new monster movie The Mummy.

“It’s true. It’s true,” he told an Australian morning show presenter when asked about rumours of a possible follow-up.

“I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year,” he added.

“It’s happening, it’s definitely happening.”

The original Top Gun, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by the late Tony Scott, received mixed reviews but was a huge commercial hit and eventually became a cult classic.

Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2. pic.twitter.com/vA2xK7S7JS


The film catapulted Cruise to the ranks of Hollywood’s elite and has since, according to die hard fans, warranted a sequel.

Rumours that it could be happening first emerged when Bruckheimer tweeted a photo of himself with Cruise in January last year, saying: “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend Tom Cruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2”.

When asked about it, Cruise simply said the two were “trying to figure it out”.

Now that it is “definitely happening”, fans are starting to wonder what the plot will involve.

Top Gun 2 is just three hours of maverick sitting in a windowless room staring at a monitor showing the feed from a drone camera

β€” Mazel Tov Cocktail (@AdamSerwer) May 24, 2017

With Scott dead, Anthony Edwards’ Goose out of the picture and Val Kilmer recovering from cancer, will the movie be basically “Maverick staring at a monitor showing the feed from a drone camera”?

“Top Gun 2 is about Maverick returning to the Navy because he’s the only one who can get an old version of powerpoint to work,” one user wrote on Twitter.

“Tom Cruise battles rude United Airlines flight attendants on a cross country flight,” wrote another.

Top Gun 2: Tom Cruise is now a teacher at Top Gun school and all the students are drones. he’s the only actor in the movie

β€” Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) May 23, 2017

“Tom Cruise is now a teacher at Top Gun school and all the students are drones. he’s the only actor in the movie,” said LA Times correspondent Matt Pearce.

Others just expressed their wishes to see the iconic volleyball scene return but this time with “grumpy old men”.

Whatever Bruckheimer and Cruise are cooking up, just “remember, boys… no points for second place”.

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‘Nobody does it better’: 007’s tribute to Moore


In a reference to the theme of Sir Roger’s The Spy Who Loved Me, Craig posted a photo of the pair in tuxedos with the caption “Nobody Does It Better – Daniel”.

Sir Roger – who played the role of James Bond seven times – had previously said that while he thought Sir Sean Connery had been the greatest Bond, fans were “lucky” to have Craig as the current star of the franchise.

:: Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies at 89

Sir Sean Connery also issued a statement in memory of his old friend, whom he “will miss”.

“I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing, we had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter,” he said.

“I will miss him.”

Pierce Brosnan – who like Craig starred as Bond four times – also paid tribute to his predecessor describing Sir Roger as “magnificent”.

In a post on Instagram, Brosnan wrote: “Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning.

“You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humour for years to come.”

:: Tributes to ‘debonair citizen of the world’

Former Bond girl, Jane Seymour, who starred with Sir Roger in 1973’s Live And Let Die, remembered him as being “funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him”.

Fondly describing him as “my Bond”, she said “Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be”.

Among Sir Roger’s Bond films were Moonraker, A View To A Kill and The Man With The Golden Gun.

Moore was the longest-running Bond in 007 history
Image:Moore was the longest-running Bond in 007 history

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson said: “On the screen, he reinvented the role of James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma and humour.

“In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world.

“He was a loyal and beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched.

Sir Roger’s knighthood was given for his humanitarian work, his main focus for many of his final years.

He is survived by his three children – Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian – and his wife Kristina.

A private funeral will be held for Sir Roger in Monaco in due course.

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Barrymore arrest detective’s evidence challenged


Mr Lubbock, a father of two, was found unconscious in the TV star’s pool after a house party in March 2001.

He died at the scene and was found to have Class A drugs in his system and severe injuries consistent with sexual assault.

Mr Barrymore, who was arrested unlawfully in 2007 and never charged, has always denied any wrongdoing.

The 65-year-old Strike It Lucky star is now suing Essex Police after suffering “devastating damage to his career”.

In court, Mr Barrymore’s QC, Hugh Tomlinson, criticised the evidence that the officer leading the investigation used to justify the arrest.

On the subject of timings, Mr Tomlinson attacked the investigation’s ‘windows of opportunity’ analysis which highlighted a period of around five minutes when Mr Barrymore was alone on the night of Mr Lubbock’s death.

“So, in that five minutes, or more or less, Mr Barrymore approached Mr Lubbock for sex, then raped or seriously assaulted him, then killed him?” he asked the court.

He went on: “The ‘windows of opportunity’ analysis is built on shaky foundations, isn’t it?”

Gareth Wilson, the officer who ordered the arrest, insisted on multiple occasions that there was “an opportunity shortly before [Mr Lubbock] is dead that Mr Barrymore is able to carry out the offences”.

When asked for his theory of what happened, Mr Wilson said: “My working hypothesis of what happened on that evening is that Mr Barrymore left the bedroom [where he was with two friends] and, in that time, Mr Lubbock was raped and murdered.”

Essex Police agrees that the arrest in 2007 was unlawful on a technicality.

The force admits that a procedural error meant the arresting officer sent to bring the comedian in was not given enough grounds for suspicion as he had not been a part of the investigation.

However, the force is arguing in court that its case against Barrymore in connection with the death at his home in 2001 was strong enough for an arrest.

It only wants to pay him ‘nominal damages’ of Β£1 instead of ‘substantial damages’ that could amount to Β£2.5m.

Mr Wilson was also asked in court how Mr Barrymore could have conceivably carried out the attack in such a short space of time without any change in appearance or behaviour.

The officer said: “It’s absolutely possible.”

Mr Barrymore’s legal team has spent the first two days of the hearing attempting to pick apart the evidence that officers built their arrest on.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Stuart-Smith offered his own criticism of one piece of evidence in particular, saying on Monday that it was “double double hearsay”.

When pressed on several occasions that there was no direct evidence suggesting Mr Barrymore was guilty, Mr Wilson agreed, but repeatedly came back to his justification for the arrest, saying: “We did a thorough investigation into the movements of the people at that house.

“We have the ‘windows of opportunity’ document that indicates that Mr Barrymore and two others had the opportunity to do it.

“We had pathologists giving evidence to suspect that a criminal act has taken place.

“Yes, we have some hearsay evidence. But when combined, it does build a picture and that’s how I looked at it; as a combined picture.”

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Tributes to ‘debonair citizen of the world’


The James Bond star, who famously portrayed 007 in seven films, died following a “short but brave battle with cancer”, his family said.

Sir Sean’s fan Twitter page described the man who eventually followed him as James Bond as ‘a great man and debonair citizen of the world.’

Sir Sean himself issued a statement, saying he will “miss” Sir Roger, whom he enjoyed a long friendship “filled with jokes and laughter”.

“I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing, we had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter,” he added.

“I will miss him.”

“My condolences to the family of #RogerMoore@sirrogermoore 007

A great man & debonair citizen of the world. #RIP

You will be missed.” pic.twitter.com/xUIodbZtKh

β€” Sean Connery 🍸 (@SeanConneryUK) May 23, 2017

Sir Michael tweeted that he is devastated to have lost his oldest and closest friend.

I am devastated today at loosing one of my oldest and closest friends ROGER MOORE, my world will never be the same again.

β€” Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) May 23, 2017

Singer Michael Ball, who was also good friends with the veteran actor, wrote: “My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind”.

My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind. #ROGERMOORE

β€” Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) May 23, 2017

R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.

β€” Boy George (@BoyGeorge) May 23, 2017

Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor paid tribute to Sir Roger’s dedication to charity.

“Thank you, Roger for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years,” he said.

“You introduced me to UNICEF over a decade ago and have been an inspiration to all of us.

“I hope that together we’ll continue advocating for the plight of children everywhere, whose most basic rights are still being denied.

“You’ve shown that we all have the power to make a change to the lives of the most vulnerable children.”

Saddened to hear Sir Roger Moore has passed away. James Bond should never die.

β€” Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 23, 2017

Saddened @sirrogermoore passed today. Had a great chat about acting & life 6 mo. ago. Generous and kind. RIP Mr. Bond pic.twitter.com/kVd92inLNr

β€” Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) May 23, 2017

Oh no.

As if today wasn’t already sad enough.

RIP Sir Roger Moore, 89.

A wonderful actor & lovely man. pic.twitter.com/MHi2A6jvTQ

β€” Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 23, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber also paid tribute to his work for UNICEF and tweeted: “Farewell dearest Roger.”

Comedian David Walliams said: “Farewell to #SirRogerMoore He was a hero as @007 on screen & a hero for @UNICEF in real life. The perfect gentleman.”

Boy George wrote: “R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.”

Russell Crowe tweeted that he “loved him”, adding: “At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar. My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy. Added intrigue to my persona.”

Roger Moore , loved him

β€” Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017

Farewell dearest Roger. All our love, Andrew and Madeleine

β€” Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) May 23, 2017

Actress Mia Farrow said: “Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts w his family & friends. He will be missed too by UNICEF.”

Indie film director Edgar Wright wrote: “RIP Sir Roger Moore. My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot. Farewell.”

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston also shared a photo of the pair together and commented: “Saddened @sirrogermoore passed today. Had a great chat about acting & life 6 mo. ago. Generous and kind. RIP Mr. Bond.”

TV presenter Gary Lineker wrote: “Saddened to hear Sir Roger Moore passed away. James Bond should never die”.

The ultimate James Bond… so sad to hear that Roger Moore has passed away. Thoughts and prayers are with his family…πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ pic.twitter.com/2iU7pl78uG

β€” Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) May 23, 2017

RIP Sir Roger Moore. My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot. Farewell.

β€” edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 23, 2017

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Ariana Grande ‘broken’ after concert attack


The 23-year-old American singer was performing at the Manchester Arena on Monday night as part of her Dangerous Woman tour when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device.

Making her first comment since the attack, Grande said on Twitter she is “broken”.

“From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,” she wrote.

:: LIVE: Manchester Arena explosion


from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.

β€” Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017

Representatives for Grande have said she is physically “okay” following the blast, but TMZ has reported the singer will be suspending the remainder of her tour.

It has quoted sources close to the singer, saying Grande is “inconsolable”.

“Highly unlikely her gigs on Thursday and Friday at the 02 will go ahead,” Grande’s representatives told Sky News.

:: Ariana super-fan among 22 killed in attack


β€” Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 23, 2017

After the O2 gigs on Thursday and Friday, she is meant to perform in Belgium, Poland and Germany in the coming weeks.

Later this week, pop group Take That are also scheduled to play at the Arena, but have yet to announce whether or not the shows will go ahead.

“Out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night at The Manchester Arena, we have decided to postpone our show tonight in Liverpool,” they said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Meanwhile the O2 has decided to cancel its Star Wars event scheduled for tomorrow and extra security has been put in place for Professor Brian Cox’s show at the SSE Arena tonight.

Grande’s manager Scooter Braun tweeted “words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack”.

:: ‘Gut-wrenching’ – music stars react to Manchester Arena attack

“We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act,” he wrote.

“We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.

“We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

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Grande began her career as a 15-year-old in the Broadway musical, 13, and on the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious.

She then went on to release her solo debut album and is best known for her singles Problem, and Break Free.

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