The Last Ship, a musical written by Tyneside singer-songwriter Sting, is to close on January 24.Read the full story ›
Cinema fans across the region will head to Sunderland in January for an international film festival.Read the full story ›
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's husband has accepted a payout from Bauer Media over an "upsetting" Heat magazine article that speculated about their "secret" wedding.
Businessman Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married the 31-year-old singer and X Factor judge - better known as Cheryl Cole - in July, brought proceedings for invasion of privacy and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 against the publisher at London's High Court.
The four-page article claimed that Mr Fernandez-Versini's wife had paid for her wedding ring and that her mother was to live with the couple, his solicitor, Callum Galbraith said.
The upset and distress caused by the article was compounded by the fact that Mr Fernandez-Versini, 33, had sought to avoid the media's glare, Mr Galbraith told Mr Justice Dingemans.
The article, published in August, also contained inaccuracies which the magazine did not put to him in advance of publication, the solicitor said.
He added that the publishers now accepted that the article amounted to an unjustified intrusion into Mr Fernandez-Versini's private and family life.
Bauer Media has apologised and agreed to pay him damages and contribute to his legal costs.
Neither Mr Fernandez-Versini nor his wife were at the hearing.
Renowned music photographer Mick Hutson has launched an exhibition featuring his most recognisable photos from the most iconic celebrities.Read the full story ›
Ben Haenow won X Factor 2014 last night, but Irish judge Louis Walsh had Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell down as his pick to win.
The 23-year-old from Norton was delighted with the news:
OMG I can't believe Louis Walsh predicted me to win X Factor! ? crazyyyyyy! ?
Every year before the start of the series the four judges and presenters make their predictions:
- Mel B: Andrea Faustini
- Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: Lauren Platt or Stereo Kicks
- Louis Walsh: Stereo Kicks or Kerrianne Covell
- Simon Cowell: Jay James or Stereo Kicks
- Dermot O’Leary: Lola Saunders
- Sarah-Jane Crawford: Stereo Kicks
Comedy fans on Teesside will be happy to know that Jimmy Carr has added a third date at Middlesbrough Town Hall. The extra date is on Sunday 9 August.
The news comes after Dara O Briain adding an extra date earlier this week.
Fans of Walt Disney's Frozen are in for a treat when the multi-award winning film premieres on Middlesbrough’s Big Screen this weekend.
You will be able to see the award-winning movie for free on Saturday, December 13 at 2pm, at Centre Square.
People are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the film.
A second Frozen screening will take place on Saturday, December 20, at 2pm.
Limited seating will be available on a first come, first served basis, and fans are being advised to dress with the winter weather in mind and bring their own blankets.
Children from Hotspur Primary and Byker Primary are performing a Christmas nativity play on selected days this week and next. It's using animals at Ouseburn Farm in a musical play written by local educational company, Grumpy Sheep.
School-children from Newcastle have been performing a special version of the nativity play... surrounded by live animals! Dorothy Ellis, who works at Ouseburn Farm, says it's wonderful to see it come together:
Rap star Nicki Minaj will launch The Pinkprint Tour in Europe starting March 16th 2015 before arriving at the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on Friday 10th April 2015.
The tour also features special guest Grammy Award-nominated Trey Songz.
Tickets go on sale 9:00am this Friday, 12th December.