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Simon Cowell producing graphic novel adaptation The Fifth Beatle

5 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest news coming out of Cannes, it is being reported that Im Global and Simon Cowell’s Cyco Entertainment are teaming up for an adaptation of Vivek J. Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle, which is based upon the life of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Tiwary will write the script, and produce alongside Cowell and Im Global chief Stuart Ford.

“The mission of The Fifth Beatle has always been to sing the unsung story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant and inspiring visionary behind the Beatles, so I am thrilled to expand his legacy Into film,” said Tiwary, with Cowell adding that: “I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein – and his story. He played a huge role in The Beatles’ incredible success – and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told.”

According to THR, the project will follow Epstein, who »

- Gary Collinson

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‘X-Factor’ Producers Hit With $2M Lawsuit By Contestant; Says Performance Was “Altered”

11 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sally Hessnice may have not been judged worthy to go very far on The X-Factor by Simon Cowell and gang two years ago but the singer isn't ready to exit stage left just yet. She filed a multi-claim complaint today against producers FremantleMedia North America, Cowell’s Syco Television and Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2 million in damages. Hessnice claims that her audition performance shown on the Fox show back in September 2013 was strategically altered "to… »

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Britain's Got Talent: 10 teasers about the final episode of auditions

15 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Time has flown by, but the Britain's Got Talent auditions come to an end tonight. Yes, we get to see a few more hopeful acts, and then it's time for the judges to make some all-important decisions about who could make the live shows.

But what can you actually expect from tonight's show? Well, we've put together 10 little teasers about what's coming up later...

1. The first act on stage is a group of male tap dancers - one of whom works as a topless club promoter (and you might just get to see why).

2. "The lederhosen is spot on."

3. Simon Cowell suggests that one act is "bitter" before they've even started their audition.

4. There's a dog act with a difference - but the audition does begin with the pooch weeing on a fire hydrant.

5. If you don't like hearing the buzzers go off, you might want to leave the room »

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Simon Cowell: 'I'm not sitting there in the dark thinking about firing Louis Walsh'

22 May 2015 4:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Simon Cowell really doesn't know what's going to happen with Louis Walsh on The X Factor.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the Britain's Got Talent judge said that Walsh's heavily-rumoured departure "is what it is".

Cowell explained: "I said to Louis, 'With you Louis, I don't know what's going to happen'. I'm not sitting there in the dark going, 'You know what, today I'll fire Louis'. It is what it is, you know?"

The mogul added that it sometimes "irritates" him that people don't recognise he's not the only person deciding Walsh's fate.

"It does irritate me sometimes thinking, 'I'm not the only person making this decision'," he said.

Cowell also spoke about Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's bickering past, saying "there was always going to be a clash".

"They've never liked each other those two," Cowell said. "[When Cheryl was in Girls Aloud] he was their manager. Now Louis managing a girl band, disaster, »

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Amanda Holden: 'I'll get Simon Cowell back for Call or Delete Bgt firing prank'

22 May 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Simon Cowell will probably regret pranking Amanda Holden, as her method of revenge sounds rather unique (and painful).

Earlier this year, Cowell phoned his fellow Britain's Got Talent judge during the Call or Delete segment of Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio 1 show, and told her he was going to replace her with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Speaking with fellow guest Grimshaw on tonight's (May 22) Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Holden revealed that she would be getting her own back, but not on the radio.

"I will but not on your show," she said. "I have an idea. You know he has procedures and he has colonics? I'm going to be the person that does it.

"He will be lying on the operating table and I'll be there with a tube to go right up. 'Hello Simon, are you ready for your procedure?' Right up!

"That's the only thing I can think of »

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Nick Grimshaw hasn't been in X Factor talks, but would "love" to do the show

22 May 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Nick Grimshaw has admitted that he would "love" to play a part in the new series of The X Factor.

The DJ and broadcaster has been tipped to join the 2015 judging panel, but confirmed that he hasn't had any formal discussions about the role with Simon Cowell or show producers.

Grimshaw, who appears alongside Britain's Got Talent judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon on Alan Carr's talk show tonight, said: "I feel like everyone's been up for this job - Robbie Williams, Demi Lovato.

"I saw this week they were like, Dolly Parton. Who will it be, Nick Grimshaw or Dolly Parton? Obviously give it to Dolly - although I would love to do it."

When Holden suggested there was room for both on the X Factor panel, Grimshaw added: "Yeah, come on - me and Dolly. Yeah I would [be interested]. I love the show."

Carr then asked Grimshaw if he'd "heard anything from Simon, »

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Simon Cowell wants son Eric to work for him

22 May 2015 2:34 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Simon Cowell wants his son to work for him. The 55-year-old music mogul has started thinking about what job he can give to his 15-month-old child Eric - his son with partner Lauren Silverman - when he's old enough as he wants to give him an ''apprenticeship''. In an interview on 'Good Morning Britain', the Syco record label boss said: ''I always believe in that apprentice thing, where you learn from other people and that's what I would say to him which is absolutely start at the bottom and you get to find out who you like and how you communicate with people and that's what I would say to him. And be kind to animals.'' Making a joke about setting his son to work in ''seven or eight years'', Simon admitted he would like Eric to work behind a desk rather than in front of a camera. He said: ''Yes, »

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The X Factor 2015: Everything we know so far including the judges, auditions and rumours

21 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The X Factor is still a few months away, but that doesn't mean we don't know anything about what to expect when it rolls back into town. In fact, we've been getting a few snippets here and there, so read on for everything we know so far about the new series!

When is it back on television?

We don't have a confirmed date for The X Factor's return yet. That won't be announced until much nearer the time, but we'd bet it will start in August - it has for every other series apart from the first. In fact, series 11 began on August 30, while series 10 kicked off on August 31. If we're taking that general ballpark as a guide, we'd guess Saturday, August 29 - but it could be a week or so earlier, as the last two years have had the latest launches since series one.

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Simon Cowell's Ultimate DJ show to go on air in spring 2016

21 May 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Cowell’s partner in the show reveals the news during an event in Ibiza

For every One Direction, there has been a Chico – now Simon Cowell will be hoping his search for new DJing talent will turn up the new Calvin Harris, rather than the voice of hospital radio in Lincolnshire.

The impresario’s new TV talent show, Ultimate DJ, will launch in spring 2016, Music Week reports. Cowell’s business partner in the project, Patrick Moxey, confirmed the news during an event in Ibiza.

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Animal Logic sets up Canadian base

20 May 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Animal Logic is expanding so quickly that its Sydney headquarters and the pool of visual effects and animation artists in Australia aren.t big enough to accommodate the workload.

Hence the move to launch Animal Logic Vancouver, a 450,000 square feet (41,806 square metres) facility which will exclusively handle animated films for Warner Bros.

Located in the city.s Yaletown creative precinct, the studio will open in September and by mid-2016 will have 300 employees, the vast majority locals.

Animal Logic CEO and co-founder Zareh Nalbandian tells If he is making a considerable investment in the facility but he has the financial comfort of a 3-picture deal with WB which will entail four years of production.

The Lego Movie sequel, written by the creators of the original hit, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will begin production in January. It.s the feature directing debut of Rob Schrab (Community, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project »

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

20 May 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing is still months away, but the rumours about which celebrities could be taking part this year are really starting to heat up now - and they've been going since January. So it felt like a good time to start to put together all the speculation we've heard to see if we can figure out who'll be hitting the ballroom in the new series.

Whether these stars actually end up donning Lycra and glitter remains to be seen, but these are the most likely according to the rumours we've heard lately...

Ayda Field

Who? Actress (and Robbie Williams's wife)

The rumour: Ayda is the first person we spotted being linked to this year's Strictly... all the way back in January, less than a month after last year's series finished! Apparently, she was approached for the show last year but had to pull out because she became pregnant. »

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Louis Walsh v Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: A history of hilarious insults, from X Factor to Twitter

20 May 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Could Simon Cowell not take a day out of his hectic schedule to (lightly) bang Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's heads together?

The bickering pair, who should know better, just cannot let bygones be bygones as they publicly entered their latest war of words.

Walsh seems to be at his most content when he's shooting his mouth off about the star, recently igniting their age-old feud by describing her as "lazy" and irrelevant" during his latest interview.

Cheryl took the bait and claimed Walsh - who previously dressed up as the popstar for a laugh - must have "some kind of an obsession" with her, and advised him to use his mouth to "say something positive". Which seems unlikely...

Even Simon Cowell has commented on their spat and likened the pair to Tom and Jerry.

Fighting like cat and mouse, we take a look back at the pair's very »

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Louis Walsh v Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: A history of hilarious insults

20 May 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Could Simon Cowell not take a day out of his hectic schedule to (lightly) bang Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's heads together?

The bickering pair, who should know better, just cannot let bygones be bygones as they publicly entered their latest war of words.

Walsh seems to be at his most content when he's shooting his mouth off about the star, recently igniting their age-old feud by describing her as "lazy" and irrelevant" during his latest interview.

Cheryl took the bait and claimed Walsh - who previously dressed up as the popstar for a laugh - must have "some kind of an obsession" with her, and advised him to use his mouth to "say something positive". Which seems unlikely...

Even Simon Cowell has commented on their spat and likened the pair to Tom and Jerry.

Fighting like cat and mouse, we take a look back at the pair's very »

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Louis Walsh v Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: A history of hilarious insults

20 May 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Could Simon Cowell not take a day out of his hectic schedule to (lightly) bang Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's heads together?

The bickering pair, who should know better, just cannot let bygones be bygones as they publicly entered their latest war of words.

Walsh seems to be at his most content when he's shooting his mouth off about the star, recently igniting their age-old feud by describing her as "lazy" and irrelevant" during his latest interview.

Cheryl took the bait and claimed Walsh - who previously dressed up as the popstar for a laugh - must have "some kind of an obsession" with her, and advised him to use his mouth to "say something positive". Which seems unlikely...

Even Simon Cowell has commented on their spat and likened the pair to Tom and Jerry.

Fighting like cat and mouse, we take a look back at the pair's very »

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Simon Cowell on Louis vs Cheryl: 'I wish they'd fight more on The X Factor'

20 May 2015 1:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Simon Cowell wishes Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh had been more feisty with each other on The X Factor.

The music mogul weighed in on their latest war of words, which saw the 'I Don't Care' singer hit back on Twitter after Walsh described her as "lazy" and "irrelevant".

The X Factor Judges' Ladder: Who will be on the 2015 panel?

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Cowell didn't seem surprised about the row, and likened the pair to Tom and Jerry.

"There was always going to be a clash, they're like Tom and Jerry these two," he said. "I wish they'd fight more on the show actually. Why do it on Twitter?"

He went on to joke: "What we should do is invite Louis down every week just to argue with Cheryl!"

It appears that Walsh won't be appearing alongside Cowell on this year's X Factor, but the door is reportedly open for a future return. »

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Louis tips Nick Grimshaw for The X Factor: 'Simon has him in mind'

19 May 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Louis Walsh has tipped Nick Grimshaw to be a success on The X Factor if he joins the show.

The BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show show host has been tipped to join the 2015 judging panel, potentially as Simon Cowell's replacement for Walsh who could be on his way out.

"Grimmy is amazing. I think he and I would be really good fun on the panel," Walsh told Heat.

"I think Simon's got Grimmy in mind, definitely. It's something he's talked about seriously - he's thinking three boys and Cheryl on the panel."

Walsh, who also called Cheryl Fernandez-Versini "lazy" and "irrelevant" in the same interview, added: "Viewers want arguments between the judges, they want passionate people.

"Even this is all just a game - every year, who's going to get the job and who isn't?

"Either way, he hasn't called me up and told me I'm fired! I've had 11 years »

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Simon Cowell has his sights set on the TV leaders' debates: 'I'd produce it in a heartbeat'

19 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

What does Simon Cowell have in mind for the country's next televised leaders' debates? Hint: it involves trap doors and fires.

The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent creator said that he'd love to have the opportunity to produce the election debates, and that they would involve clap-o-meters, music and walk-ons.

"I'd do it in a heartbeat! 100%," Cowell told Radio Times. "I'd have walk-ons, music, fire... and a trap door if people didn't like what they said.

"And I'd definitely have a clap-o-meter. I am deadly serious. I really would love a chance to do that!"

Cowell recently took on the film adaptation of graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, with Syco Entertainment serving as a co-producer on the Brian Epstein biography.

The mogul is also working on a new DJ-based talent competition called Ultimate DJ, which Cowell says will treat electronic music with "respect". »

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Simon Cowell takes on The Fifth Beatle comic book movie

19 May 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon Cowell has taken on the adaptation of graphic novel The Fifth Beatle to film.

Syco Entertainment will serve as a co-producer on Vivek J Tiwary's acclaimed Brian Epstein biography, reports Variety.

It centres around the Beatles manager, who discovered the now iconic band in 1961. Sir Paul McCartney said of him that "if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian".

Epstein died in of a drug overdose 1967 at the age of 32.

"I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein - and his story," said Cowell in a statement. "He played a huge role in The Beatles' incredible success - and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever.

"Yet his story has never been fully told. Also, like everyone across the world, I have so much respect for The Beatles and their music. So to be given the chance to be involved in this project was one I just could not pass up. »

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David Walliams 'hit on' Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

19 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

David Walliams ''hit on'' Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. The 43-year-old comedian - who recently split from his model wife Lara Stone - has confessed to trying it on with the 'Parachute' hitmaker when she first started out in Girls Aloud in 2002. When questioning his 'Britain's Got Talent' co-star Simon Cowell on his favourite TV judge, Simon - who has worked with Cheryl, 31, on 'The X Factor' - confessed he loves appearing alongside the brunette beauty, before David admitted having tried his luck with the star. When asked to name his favourite judge, Simon said: ''Okay, let me do it in order: »

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Simon Cowell to make The X Factor Judges' Houses live?

19 May 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Simon Cowell wants to make the Judges' Houses stage of 'The X Factor' a live show. The 55-year-old music mogul has ordered a shake up of the ITV singing competition and has reportedly suggested the popular stage of the show be aired live in a bid to make it more exciting. A source shared: ''Cowell wants to increase the drama and tension of the moment contestants are told they've got through. ''Judges' houses has always been one of the most talked about and watched parts of the series, and one idea being discussed is to make these episodes live. It would be an »

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