A reunion of The Kinks could be on the cards to mark a half-century milestone for the band.

The group's frontman and chief songwriter Ray Davies said the reunion was as "close as it's ever been to happening".

The 69-year-old, his guitarist younger brother Dave and original drummer Mick Avory - the three surviving original members - all told Uncut magazine they are keen to get back together for the 50th anniversary of their debut release this year.


Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is "mid-way" through writing a novel after the success of his memoirs, which topped the best-seller charts last year.

The singer, whose hits with the Manchester group include Shakespeare's Sister, took part in a question-and-answer session on a fan website called True To You and also revealed that he came close to recording a duet with David Bowie.

Morrissey's memoir, called Autobiography and published by Penguin Classics, outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the best-seller charts in its first week. The book saw the famously private chart star disclose details of how his first relationship with a man came in his 30s and grumble at length about the injustices of a court case concerning the royalties from his former band.


Dame Judi Dench has admitted she once mooned Harvey Weinstein in a restaurant.

The 79-year-old Philomena star claims after working with the producer on eight films she owes her big-screen career to him. Harvey has previously revealed the British actress once showed him a tattoo of his name on her behind after he refused to believe she had had it tattooed there.

Asked about the incident, Dame Judi, who had asked a make-up lady to write his name on her behind beforehand, told The Hollywood Reporter: "I'm so glad that that's universal news, I'm really glad. I once said to him 'I have your named tattooed on my bum'. He laughed and was, well, quite embarrassed, actually. It's quite difficult to embarrass Harvey, but I did!"


A Liberal Democrat MP has been barred from Mumsnet after revealing the identities of other users and inadvertently publishing the name of an Italian woman whose baby was taken from her after being forced to have a Caesarean section.

John Hemming said his account on the popular internet forum had been suspended and he had been "put on the naughty step" after breaching its rules.

The MP for Birmingham Yardley reportedly admitted making some posts on the site after drinking alcohol, telling other members: "I am not sober, but I am right." On his blog, he insisted the messages that got him kicked off had been made while sober.


Brad Pitt has received his second Producers Guild of America (PGA) award nomination for 12 Years A Slave.

The Hollywood star, who was nominated in 2012 for Moneyball, was recognised along with director Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, and Dede Gardner.

Though The Wolf Of Wall Street secured a nomination, the PGA did not name director Martin Scorsese or star Leonardo DiCaprio among the producers nominated for the honour, only citing fellow producers on the film Riza Aziz, Emma Koskoff and Joey McFarland.


BNP leader Nick Griffin has been declared bankrupt but insisted he will continue as a member of the European Parliament and run for re-election in May.

A listing at the Insolvency Service showed Mr Griffin was declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown County Court. Mr Griffin tweeted: "Being bankrupt does not prevent me being or standing as an MEP. It does free me from financial worries.

He went on: "A good day! Party funds are not affected in any way. Our campaign in May will be our most professional yet and I will be lead candidate in the North West. I am now turning the experience to the benefit of hard-up constituents by producing a booklet on dealing with debt. No surrender." Mr Griffin will be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in one year, on January 2 2015, in accordance with the Insolvency Act.

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