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  1. Bill Cosby receives standing ovation at Canada show
  2. James Bay comes second in the BBC's Sound Of 2015
  3. Punk band find stolen painting

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By Genevieve Hassan and Mark Savage

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

That's all for today. We'll be starting a little bit earlier tomorrow morning at 07:15 GMT to announce the winner of the BBC's Sound Of 2015.

Then from 07:30 GMT the Bafta Film award nominations will be announced, so come back and join us then as the nominees are revealed live, with reaction from the lucky few.


The return of

Celebrity Big Brother to Channel 5 was watched by an average 3.3 million viewers last night according to overnight figures. It's higher than the launch show of the last series, in August last year, which was watched by 2.3 million people before catch-up services were included - but the same as series 13 (13!) in January 2014.

Putting the color in Technicolor

Footage from independent feature film The House on Pine Street

Ever wondered what a film colourist does?

This article, on the Design Taxi blog, gives a great insight into how movie images are manipulated in the post-production phase.

Story of Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf
BBC Sport

How did Meat Loaf find fame? There's a

special programme on BBC Four tomorrow to tell you all about it - it will even include stories from his high school friends.

Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell is on at 21:00 GMT. In the meantime,

here's a clip to whet your appetite.

Swift success

Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift's album 1989 has

topped the US Billboard chart for an eighth non-consecutive week. She has another three weeks to go to beat her second record, Fearless, which spent 11 weeks at the top in 2008 and 2009.

The Brits are riding high in the Billboard 200, too - Ed Sheeran's X climbed from seven to three, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour rose from 11 to seven.

Jessica vs Russell

Jessica Chastain, Russell Crowe
AFP / Reuters

Gladiator star Russell Crowe got into bother earlier this week when he told women in Hollywood to act their age.

"To be honest, I think you'll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48 still wants to play the ingenue,"

he told The Telegraph, in an interview which prompted a furious backlash.

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) was more bemused than angry, though,

telling Cosmopolitan Magazine: "Russell keeps getting his foot stuck in his mouth".

"There are some incredible actresses in their 50s and 60s that are not getting opportunities in films," she said.

"For someone to say there are plenty of roles for women that age ... [that] is not someone who's going to the movie theatre."

Charlie Hebdo to return

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

will go to print next week, in defiance of Wednesday's apparent militant Islamist attack.

Columnist Patrick Pelloux said the decision showed that "stupidity will not win".

Best-selling DVDs

Game of Thrones
Press release


Official Charts Company tweets: "Shocker! @GameOfThrones is the ONLY TV boxset in the list of 2014's best-selling DVDs".

The top 40, revealed on the

Official Charts website, is topped by Disney animation Frozen, which has sold more than four million copies.

  • 1) Frozen
  • 2) The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
  • 3) The Lego Movie
  • 4) The Hunger Games - Catching Fire
  • 5) Mrs Brown's Boys - D'Movie

Jack O'Connell interview

BBC Radio 1

Jack O'Connell
Channel 4

Former Skins star Jack O'Connell was nominated for Bafta's

Rising Star Award yesterday. But he tells BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat he couldn't have broken into acting if he'd had to pay his own way.

"I had no drama school training. I came up through a workshop in Nottingham and then the funding got cut. The only money I ever had to pay out was for train fare."

Read the

full interview here.

Cavern Club owner dies

Ray McFall, the man who booked The Beatles at his legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool,

has died.

He booked the Fab Four for a lunchtime gig in 1961. The band went on to play 292 times in the basement venue.

Sound Of 2015 - Get involved

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Uoody tweets about Sound Of 2015 runner up James Bay: "Just listened to his Scars tune loved it great song."

Lego Pompeii

Lego Pompeii
Nicholson Museum

Michael Turner, curator at Sydney's Nicholson Museum, unveils the institution's latest exhibit

on Twitter: "Here it is! #LegoPompeii. It's enormous!"

The installation, made by Ryan McNaught (pictured) goes on display from Saturday.

Stolen art recovered

Wendy and Me
George Rodrigue

After finishing a gig in New Orleans, punk band Stereo Fire Empire found this George Rodrigue painting propped against a wall.

Worth $250,000, it had been stolen from a local gallery 10 hours earlier.

Read about their "Scooby Doo adventure"


Writers Guild awards

Guardians of the Galaxy
Film company

Guardians of the Galaxy received

a surprise nomination by the Writers Guild of America for its adapted screenplay award. The Marvel film competes against The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Gone Girl and Wild.

Other films nominated in the original screenplay category include Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash.

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Ebony Welsh tweets about 50 Shades of Grey's R rating: "Much more of a reason to watch it. Would have been a waste of time and money if the movie wasn't like the books.

Miller for Cabaret

Actress Sienna Miller is to

replace Emma Stone as Sally Bowles in the Broadway musical Cabaret. The star will take over the role on 17 February.

Into the Woods gala

James Corden, Emily Blunt, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep

The cast of Into the Woods attend a gala screening of the film in London. The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical based on the Brothers Grimm fairytales is released in the UK on Friday.

Read our feature on the film to find out why Anna Kendrick says the music in the film "kicked my ass".

Elvis's 80th

BBC Radio 4 Today

Elvis Presley

Today is what would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday and fans around the world have been marking the occasion. Singer Suzi Quatro

told the Today programme she had wanted to be like Elvis since she first saw him on TV when she was six years old. "He had such an engaging voice he had something that pulled you in as a person," she said.

Fifty Shades rated R

50 Shades of Grey trailer
Universal Pictures

In unsurprising news, erotic drama 50 Shades of Grey has been given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The MPAA said the film's "strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behaviour and graphic nudity" made it unsuitable for minors. The R rating means children under 17 require an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and quite a lot of rope, the film has yet to be certified for UK release - but you can

watch the (slightly racy) trailer here.

Hasty Pudding

Amy Poehler

Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has been named

woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals - the oldest theatrical organisation in the US.

Handed out since 1951, it's "bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment".

Poehler follows in the footsteps of Dame Helen Mirren, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard and Claire Danes, who have all received the pudding pot.

She'll lead a parade - usually accompanied by men in drag - through the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 29 January.

Marco Polo renewed

Marco Polo

Netflix has renewed it's big budget TV series

Marco Polo for a second series. The first season received
mixed reviews from critics, although most only watched the
first few editions when the whole 10-episode series was released in one go last month.

If you've not seen it, you can

read our interview with the drama's creator, John Fusco, to find out more.

More awards please!

Kit Harington
Getty Images

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has lamented his show's lack of recognition at awards time. "I always think [we] should get more nominations,"

he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat.

The fantasy drama is nominated for best drama series at the Golden Globes this weekend. It faces stiff competition from The Affair, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife and House of Cards though.

The show has only ever won one award at the Globes - best supporting actor for Peter Dinklage in 2012.

Theatre sold for £1

York Theatre Royal

York's Theatre Royal

is to be sold to a conservation trust for £1, mid-way through a £4.1m redevelopment.

The York Conservation Trust will invest around £450,000 for the theatre's roof and other external repairs.

The theatre is currently in the midst of panto season. It's production of Old Mother Goose - which has a hefty custard pie budget - has received

glowing reviews.

I'll be back

A new image of the T-800 from the upcoming Terminator Genisys has been released by Paramount. As all Terminator fans will know, the T-800 is the model of killing machine Arnie plays in the franchise - he's a bit more shiny now.


The film is due for release this summer, but in the meantime, you can get excited with the

teaser trailer or the
living poster previously released. What's a living poster? Think "better quality animated gif".

Apocalypse Slough

Broadcast magazine reports Sky 1 has commissioned a new 10-part series called Apocalypse Slough.

As the title suggests, the comedy-drama takes place in Slough as an eight-mile-wide comet threatens to wipe out all life on planet Earth.

Sony hack

The Interview poster

The FBI says it's confident North Korea was

behind the Sony Pictures cyber-attack last month because material was posted from servers used exclusively by the North Koreans. Yesterday Sony confirmed the film
will be released in the UK on 6 February.

Via Twitter

BBC 6 Music News


"N.E.R.D. release first new music in nearly five years for new @SpongeBob Movie - Squeeze Me"

You can hear Pharrell and co's song

on YouTube.

People's Choice pictures

Here's a few of the more colourful images from the ceremony.

Melissa McCarthy and Kevin Hart
Getty Images

After Melissa McCarthy won favourite comedic actress, Kevin Hart used three selfie sticks to ensure he captured the moment from all angles.

Ellen DeGeneres and Betty White
Getty Images

TV host Ellen DeGeneres presented 93-year-old Golden Girls star Betty White with the favourite TV icon award.

Ben Affleck
Getty Images

"I've been called a lot of things in my life but I'm not sure if humanitarian is ever one of them," said Ben Affleck when he was presented with the favourite humanitarian award, praising his work in providing aid to help improve the lives of the people of Eastern Congo.

Anna Faris
Getty Images

Ceremony host Anna Faris got carried away with a dance troupe while on stage.

People's Choice Awards

Robert Downey Jr and Jennifer Lawrence both picked up two People's Choice Awards last night for their acting efforts. Although J-Law wasn't at the ceremony, the Iron Man star paraded his two shiny trophies. You can see all the winners on the

People's Choice website.

Robert Downey Jr
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Artists react to Hebdo attack

Lucille Clerc image
Lucille Clerc / Instagram

Dozens of artists paying are paying tribute to the victims of yesterday's deadly attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Among them is graphic designer Lucille Clerc, who posted the above image

to his Instagram page late last night. It was later picked up by
an account run by fans of graffiti artist Banksy - and has erroneously been attributed to him in some quarters (including, briefly, this quarter).

Many cartoonists have used the phrase "Je Suis Charlie" in drawings they have created in commemoration and solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.

This video compiles the highlights.

Big Bang Theory Bonanza

Big Bang Theory

The cast of The Big Bang Theory were practically unrecognisable at last night's People's Choice Awards. So much facial hair...

The sitcom won three awards - favourite network TV comedy, favourite TV show, and favourite comedic TV actress for co-star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

Presumably the cast now feel vindicated for holding TV network CBS

to ransom for a pay rise last year.

Bill Cosby show

Micah Luxen

BBC News reporter

Bill Cosby
Rex Features
Bill Cosby hadn't performed a live show since November

The sweatshirt draped on his chair read Hello Friend. His oversized shirt read the same. He was the Bill Cosby the crowd knew from decades of feel good entertainment. He made faces, and jokes that were laugh-out-loud funny - talking for the most part about his family relationships.

"To this day, I don't like my brother in my room, touching my stuff. 'DO NOT ENTER','' Cosby motioned. "And my brother is 72 years old."

After a standing ovation, one audience member told the BBC, the show was everything he hoped it would be. But outside, it was bitterly cold.

Read more about

what happened at the show.

Bill Cosby show

Bill Cosby received a standing ovation

at his show in Canada, his first after a string of cancellations following a number of sexual assault allegations against him. However there were protesters outside Kitchener's Centre in the Square carrying signs saying "shame on you".

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Mark Savage

BBC News entertainment reporter

Julian Stockton tweets about James Bay: "I bet under his hat, his hair is the spit of Dave Hill from Slade".

Dave Hill

James Bay has since favourited the tweet. Nice to see he's got a sense of humour about himself...

Sound Of 2015

James Bay

Singer-songwriter James Bay may have been named the Brits Critics' Choice, but he has come second in the BBC's Sound Of 2015.

The 24-year-old says he wants to prove he deserve all the accolades he's received, though: "It's a big old world, and there's probably people going "well I think so-and-so should have won it". So I want to show my worth."

You can read more about the singer, and his hat,

in our interview. You can also watch a video with him in the key video bar at the top of this page.

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Morning and welcome to a news packed Thursday. We'll be bringing you all the latest updates in the worlds of arts, entertainment, media and culture so stay tuned.