Bosses behind Doctor Who have based the British sci-fi show's new title sequence on graphics put together by a fan. Graphics expert Billy Hanshaw from Leeds, England made the sequence as a training exercise for his job and uploaded the clip on video sharing website YouTube.com.
The piece caught the attention of the TV show's boss Steven Moffat, who decided to use Hanshaw's work to create the new official version.
Moffat says, "Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube. I happened to cross it, and it was the only new title idea I'd seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, 'Okay, we're going to do that one'."
The sequence will air when the new series, starring Peter Capaldi as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord, begins on 23 August (14).
Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatles star George Harrison in a new memoir. The Dream Weaver and Really Wanna Know You hitmaker will publish Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison in October (14).
A press release announcing the new book reads: "Dream Weaver is ultimately a story of a spiritual journey and Gary's lifelong friendship with George Harrison. At 33, Gary Wright was at the highest point in his career. His album, The Dream Weaver, had been on top of the charts for months with two hit singles - Dream Weaver and Love is Alive - and during the summer of '76, he was part of a massive arena tour with Peter Frampton and Yes.
"Earlier, while still living in England, he recorded music with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, B.B King, and George Harrison, who would later become one of his best friends.
"In Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Wright illuminates key moments in his journey and offers an insider’s look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms. Wright details how he formed the legendary rock group Spooky Tooth, and how his close friendship with 'The Quiet Beatle' began and developed over the years as they wrote songs together, pondered philosophical issues, and journeyed to India."
Australian pop star Peter Andre was startled when a pregnant fan went into labour while he was chatting to her at a signing. The Mysterious Girl hitmaker was in Bury St Edmunds, England on Saturday (26Jul14) to promote his new women's fragrances, Forever and Forever Young.
He was talking to a fan while signing a perfume bottle when she suddenly went into labour.
Andre wrote on Twitter.com, "So yesterday I was signing bottles of my perfume and as I was talking to this lady, she went into labour ... she now has a beaut (beautiful) baby. Wow... So my perfume can officially put you in labour."
The singer urged the fan to come forward, and the new mum, named Claire Reynolds, shared a picture of her son and told Andre, "meet baby harry (who) went into labour at ur (sic) perfume signing 2day (sic) in Bury."
Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat fears movie and TV writers are facing a tidal wave of leaks as technology has made it impossible to keep plotlines secret.
A rough cut of Peter Capaldi's highly-anticipated debut as the Time Lord in the cult sci-fi show emerged online this month (Jul14), six weeks before the episode was due to air.
It came after several scripts for upcoming Doctor Who episodes also leaked on the Internet, and writer Moffat admits it is useless to try to prevent leaks - so he merely hopes fans won't spoil the fun by viewing episodes of the show before they are ready.
Moffat tells WENN, "There isn't any way to handle it. There isn't. What do I do? Just say to everybody bring their hard drives into (London's) Leicester Square and put them in that skip? What am I going to do?"
"I tell you what I did, I sat in my house and went 'Oh nooo, bugger'. There's nothing else I could do. Hope. That's my official policy. Let's all really hope."
Annik Honore, the girlfriend of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, has died after a long illness, according to French reports. Curtis' former bandmate Peter Hook also announced the sad news during a concert in Nottingham, England on Thursday night (03Jul14).
Honore, 56, was said to be the woman who inspired Joy Division's seminal song Love Will Tear Us Apart.
She always maintained her romance with the British singer was "childish" and "platonic", insisting Curtis never cheated on his wife Deborah with her.
Ian Curtis committed suicide in May, 1980 at the age of 23.
Rocker Peter Gabriel has paid tribute to Bobby Womack following the soul legend's death on Friday (27Jun14). The Across 110th Street singer was billed to headline Gabriel's WOMAD festival in England at the end of the month (Jul14).
The former Genesis star, who co-founded the world music event, says, "I'm very sad to learn of Bobby Womack's death. We were very proud to be having him closing this year's WOMAD Charlton Park. His songs and his voice have been so much a part of the fabric of so many musical lives.
"He was a soul legend and will leave a big hole."
Other celebrity tributes to Womack have been posted by Ronnie Wood, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and Damon Albarn, who helped to revive the soul veteran's career by inviting him to join the Gorillaz in 2010.
Actress Calista Flockhart has jetted to England to be by her husband Harrison Ford's side as he recovers from an ankle injury. The 71-year-old movie star was airlifted to John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford earlier this week (ends13Jun14) after breaking his ankle while filming on the set of the new Star Wars sequel at Pinewood Studios.
Reports suggest Ford was crushed by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft which his character Hans Solo pilots.
A spokesman for Ally McBeal star Flockhart has confirmed the actress is en route to the U.K., but insists she was already planning to travel there to visit her husband.
Star Wars bosses insist filming on Episode VII will not be affected by Ford's injury.
The actor is among a group of stars from the original Star Wars trilogy appearing in director J.J. Abrams' new film - Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew are also filming scenes in the U.K.
Country music legend Dolly Parton took time out of her busy tour schedule this weekend (07-08Jun14) to hand deliver the one millionth book from her global reading initiative to a child in Liverpool, England. The Jolene hitmaker has teamed up with officials at Britain's Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) to provide free books every month for pre-school kids as part of her worldwide Imagination Library programme, and she was on hand on Saturday (07Jun14) to present a Braille copy of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit to five-year-old Dylan Manifold.
The event marked a big milestone for Parton's charity as it was the first book for blind and partially-sighted children her project had supplied in the U.K. and it was the organisation's one millionth offering to kids around the world, according to the BBC.
The singer says, "(I'm) delighted the RNIB are part of the Imagination Library so that even more kids have the opportunity to develop a love of books for the earliest possible age."
Parton launched the Imagination Library in her native Tennessee in 1996 and expanded it to the U.K. in 2007. The programme is also in action in Canada and Australia.
The star kicked off the European leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour in Liverpool on Sunday (08Jun14).
British thespian Kenneth Branagh is the new darling of the New York theatre scene after winning rave reviews for his "epic" and "breathtaking" stage debut in the Big Apple. The actor/director took his production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth across the Atlantic after launching it in Manchester, England last summer (13), and the curtain went up at the Park Avenue Armory's Drill Hall on Thursday night (05Jun14).
Branagh, who co-directed the show with Rob Ashford and stars alongside Alex Kingston, has won rave reviews for his turn as the tragic Scottish king and for the immersive production. Peter Marks of the Washington Post calls the show "epic", adding, "Forget the pesky glasses. You want a movielike experience in 3D? Feast your eyes on Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford's breathtakingly visual new staging of Macbeth."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney praises the "sensational" stage set and describes the production as a "medieval, mystical blockbuster that combines superlative, fuss-free classical theatre acting with muscular storytelling, visceral physicality and propulsive rollercoaster pacing. Oh, and lots of mud."
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News gave the show five stars out of five, writing, "Any Macbeth rises or falls on the actor in the title role. Silver-tongued, sexy and deft with a sword, Branagh oozes charisma and carnality as his Macbeth murders his way to the throne - and his undoing. It's about time Branagh graced New York audiences with a flesh-and-blood Shakespeare star turn. It was worth the wait."
The New York Times' Ben Brantley writes, "This is the summer blockbuster that we wait for every year and too seldom find at the multiplexes, one of those action-packed, spectacle-drenched shows that sweep you right into their fraught, churning worlds and refuse to release you until the lights come up - and maybe not even then."
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has been added to the cast of the new Star Wars movie. The 12 Years A Slave star joins Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in Episode VII, which began shooting at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England on 16 May (14).
Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie will also join the cast for the much-anticipated film, which is set to hit theatres in December, 2015.
Announcing the new casting news on Monday (02Jun14), producer Kathleen Kennedy says, "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."