• BBC stars' pay to be revealed in annual report

    The pay received by the BBC's biggest stars is to be revealed in the corporation's annual report later. It is the first time this information will be made public. The review, to be published at 11:00 BST, will list the 96 stars who earn more than £150,000 a year. Altogether, their earnings total almost £30m. Only one third of the names on the list are women. BBC director general Lord Hall said it highlighted a need to "go further and faster" on gender issues. However, he stressed the corporation was "pushing faster than any other major broadcaster". Lord Hall said he wanted to close the gender pay gap and have equality on screen and radio by 2020, saying that over the last three years nearly

  • BBC reveals its highest paid stars and a major gender gap

    The BBC revealed the salaries of its entertainment stars and top journalists on Wednesday. The data, which was being published for the first time, betrayed an embarrassing fact: Women are being paid less than men. The highest paid personality was host and producer Chris Evans, who earned between £2.2 million ($2.8 million) and £2.25 ($3.3 million) last year. The British public broadcaster published the salaries of employees who earn more than £150,000 ($195,400) a year as part of its annual report. The disclosure was imposed by the government in order to improve transparency. The BBC has been forced to defend its pay practices and the gender gap. BBC director general Tony Hall said before the

  • Get to know 'Aladdin's' new stars

    The Egyptian actor was raised in Canada and had a small role as an Al Qaeda operative in a 2011 episode of "Nikita." His bigger break came when he was cast as Jared Malik in 2015 in the Teen Nick series "Open Heart." Massoud's character was known to be a bit of a jerk. The actor told Defective Geeks in an interview that people sometimes think he's a bit standoffish when they first meet him so he understood Jared. "It was like playing myself to the next degree and getting to explore that side of me," Massoud said. "Many people might watch the show and not like Jared at first glance but I've grown to really like him and understand there is more going on under the surface, like most of us." "Aladdin"

  • Noah: Trump and 'care' don't go together

    Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel ridiculed the Republican health care bill that was defeated in the Senate.

  • China cracks down on 'Winnie the Pooh'

    After "Winnie the Pooh" was compared to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country restricted use of the Disney character on social media.

  • A female Doctor Who embodies sci-fi's power to transform

    (CNN)In the story of the beloved sci-fi show, "Doctor Who," the lead character, the Doctor, survives by periodically transforming into a new physical form and personality, who is also then portrayed by a different actor. After the BBC announced Sunday that actress Jodie Whittaker, star of the British crime drama "Broadchurch," will be the 13th Doctor, disgruntled viewers immediately voiced their disapproval on Twitter. Chief among their complaints is that the Doctor is a Time LORD, not a Time Lady. If Michelle Gomez could win the affection of longtime fans with her eccentric and lovably-evil rendition of Missy, the female incarnation of the Master (another Time Lord and the Doctor's nemesis), then Jodie Whittaker should have the chance to portray the Doctor.

  • 'World first' statue of Jane Austen unveiled

    London (CNN)It's a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a novelist loved across the world. None more so than in the author's birthplace of Steventon, in southern England, where what's believed to be the first statue of the Pride and Prejudice author will be unveiled Tuesday. The life-sized bronze figure was created by sculptor Adam Roud as part of a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of the writer's death. Roud told CNN the statue of Austen, which he said was "my own interpretation of her," had taken nearly five months to complete.