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  1. Woody Allen signs up for his first TV project, for Amazon Prime
  2. Ken Morley apologises after getting kicked out of Celebrity Big Brother
  3. First performers announced for the Grammy Awards

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Woody Allen reaction

Woody Allen quote

Woody Allen's move to TV has taken Twitter (not to mention Allen himself) by surprise.

Time columnist

James Poniewozik tweets: "Not a lotta details about the Woody Allen series on Amazon -including the title, which is for now 'Untitled Woody Allen Project.'"

Robin Wauters of Techcrunch adds: "Amazon Studios has managed to sign Woody Allen. Quite a score."

New York comedian Adam Nover quips: "Woody Allen will be creating a TV series once he figures out how to hook his typewriter up to the internet."

Hans Wermhat simply adds: "Glad to see Woody is excited and fully prepared for this new show."

Stars Wars' lucky escape

- USA Today

Star Wars fans rejoice - George Lucas says he initially wanted to direct the next instalment of the sci-fi franchise himself, then thought better of it.

The director, whose prequel trilogy is widely derided,

told USA Today that Disney's offer to buy LucasFilm in 2012 helped make his mind up.

"It's better for me to get out at the beginning," he said. "I can just remove myself."

Woody Allen for TV?

Woody Allen

Amazon has signed up Woody Allen for his first TV project,

the FT reports.

The company said it had signed up the Annie Hall and Blue Jasmine director to make a series for Prime, its rival to Netflix and Blinkbox.

Brilliantly, Allen is quoted as saying: "I don't know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I'm not sure where to begin."

Garth Brooks beats Elvis

- Rolling Stone

Garth Brooks

Country star Garth Brooks has outsold Elvis Presley in the US, becoming America's most successful solo artist in terms of album sales.

Rolling Stone reports that he's shifted 135 million albums - but he's still far behind The Beatles, who are on 178 million.

Coronation Street crash

Coronation Street's minibus crash

ITV have released a trailer for next week's dramatic minibus crash, which leaves a number characters' lives hanging in the balance.

The staff of the Underworld factory will be caught up in the horrific accident after setting off on a work outing in a minibus driven by Steve McDonald.

Some reports have suggested a major character will be killed off in the episode - but Corrie bosses are remaining tight-lipped before the broadcast next Monday.

You can see the trailer here.

Ken Morley apology

Former Coronation Street star Ken Morley has apologised "unreservedly" for his behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother.

The actor was thrown off the show for using "unacceptable language", including repeated use of the word "negro".

Speaking on ITV's Loose Women, the 71-year-old said he had used "an outdated expression", but denied he was racist.

"I apologise unreservedly to everybody who watched that programme," he said.

"It was banter in an odd situation, but I understand entirely I've upset a lot of people."

Brian Harvey destroys discs

Brian Harvey
YouTube / Brian Harvey

Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey has destroyed his collection of platinum discs, apparently in protest at the music industry.

The pop star posted a video on YouTube (which we won't link to, because of the language) showing him smashing an award for 1 million record sales against a dustbin.

"That's what I think of your [expletive] music industry," he says, after the discs are destroyed.

A second video, posted later, shows him tidying up the mess he's created because "I'm a peaceful person and I pick my rubbish up".

"I can be angry and tidy," he notes.

The bizarre incident comes a month after Harvey, who sang hits including Stay Another Day and House Of Love, turned up at 10 Downing Street with a ring binder and

demanded to see the Prime Minister.

Groucho's rock connection

Alice Cooper and Groucho Marx

Ahead of a Marx Brothers season at the BFI, rock star Alice Cooper tells us about his unlikely friendship with comedy legend Grouch Marx.

"Groucho was the ringleader of the brothers, sort of like the lead singer in a band. So I obviously really related to him."

Read the full story here.

Booker rule changes

Bookseller Magazine

The Bookseller

Changes to eligibility rules for the Booker Prize have upset book shops,

reports The Bookseller.

Previously, a nominated book had to be available in print within 10 days of the longlist being announced.

But new rules,

announced on Monday, merely state the publisher "must make the novel available for sale as an e-book", without a time frame being specified.

Simon Key, of London's Big Green Bookshop, called the change "pathetic".

Via Twitter

Kate Beard writes: "Best thing I've seen on Facebook all day: 'I thought Ariana Grande was a font.'"

More Grammy announcements

Following Madonna's announcement earlier, the Grammys have revealed some of the other performers taking to the stage at this year's ceremony.

AC/DC, Eric Church, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran will all sing their songs for an audience of half-interested industry onlookers on 8 February.

Mel C's new job

Asia's Got Talent

Former Spice Girl and "I Turn To You" hitmaker Mel C has got a new job...

She's just been announced as one of the judges on Asia's Got Talent, a spin-off from ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

It now means Simon Cowell has hired all but one of the Spices as judges in his ever-expanding empire of talent shows (Victoria Beckham, he's coming for you next).

Mel C's fellow panellists are Canadian songwriter David Foster, pop star Vanness Wu and singer Anggun, formerly a judge on Indonesia's X Factor.

'Damn fine coffee' refilled

Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks

Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper in the new series of cult TV show Twin Peaks, it has been announced.

Read more here.

Iggy Azalea injunction

Billboard Magazine

Iggy Azalea
Getty Images

Iggy Azalea has been granted an injunction to stop an ex-boyfriend distributing her early songs,

Billboard reports.

According to court documents, Maurice Williams "downloaded the entire contents of Azalea's personal computer", including unreleased master recordings, before they split up.

Azalea scored an international hit last year with the pop-rap crossover Fancy.

Via Twitter

Madonna at the Grammys

Madonna is the first performer to be confirmed for the 2015 Grammy Awards, which take place next month.

The pop star, who recently rushed out several tracks from her new album Rebel Heart following a series of leaks, made the announcement on her Twitter account.

Madonna's tweet
Madonna / Twitter

Golden Globe candid shots

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Aniston
Ellen von Unwerth
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Aniston

Fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth set up a sparkly curtain at Sunday's Golden Globes, capturing candid images Hollywood's A-list as they stepped off stage.


posted the results to Instagram - here are a few of the highlights.

Katie Holmes
Ellen von Unwerth
Katie Holmes
George Clooney
Ellen von Unwerth
George Clooney
Salma Hayek and Kevin Hart
Ellen von Unwerth
Salma Hayek and Kevin Hart
Ruth Wilson
Ellen von Unwerth
Ruth Wilson

Creative industries booming

The UK's creative industries are now worth £8.8m an hour to the economy, according to figures released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Film, TV, music, video games and literature were worth a total of £76.9bn to the UK in 2013, accounting for 1.7 million jobs, the report said.

However, growth appears to be slowing. The number of jobs in the creative industries grew by 1.4% in 2013, down from 8.6% in 2012 and 8.9% in 2011.

The full report is

available on the DCMS website.

Big Brother ratings

It's only five days old, but the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother

has resulted in a police caution for common assault and complaints over racist and sexist language.

The scandals haven't hurt viewing figures, though. Overnight ratings show that 2.4 million people tuned in to Monday's show, putting Channel 5 ahead of BBC Two and Channel 4 between 21:00 and 22:00 GMT.

However, the audience is roughly the same as in previous years, suggesting that it's mostly core fans tuning in, despite the press coverage.

Almodovar's West End blessing

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Pedro Almodovar
Press release
Pedro Amodovar later attended the after-party at the Gladstone Library

Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar joined the cast of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown for the curtain call at the show's opening night in London's West End on Monday.

The musical, at the Playhouse Theatre, is based on Almodovar's Oscar-nominated 1988 black comedy.

He told me there was a "huge difference" between the West End End production and the original Broadway version that flopped in 2010.

"In Broadway it was too big. Here they they've got the real dimension for the play," he said.

"There are two songs taken away and two new songs and I think they are wonderful. The rest of the music sounds completely different."

Tamsin Grieg
Press Release
Tamsin Grieg had never sung on stage professionally before starring in the musical

Tamsin Greig, making her stage singing debut in the show, said having Almodovar watching was "a little bit like having Shakespeare in the audience".

"You know that someone is there to whom the story is connected. He's such a generous spirit. It doesn't feel overwhelming or terrifying. It just feels like you want to walk with him."

Henry Moore studio recreated

Henry Moore in his studio
Getty Images

London's Gagosian gallery says it will recreate artist Henry Moore's famous maquette studio as part of an exhibition next month.

Moore, who died in 1986, is best known for his large-scale bronze sculptures. But many of those pieces started life as casts of stones, shells, bones and animal skulls, which he picked up while out walking.

A facsimile of the studio where he made those casts, in Perry Green, Hertfordshire, will be installed at the Gagosian's

Henry Moore: Wunderkammer - Origin of Forms from 9 February.

Visitors will also be able to compare those tiny casts to two of his monumental works, Relief No. 1 (1959) and Upright Motive No. 9 (1979).

Golden Globes ratings dip

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Getty Images

Sunday's Golden Globe Awards ceremony was watched by 19.3 million people in the US, down 8% on last year's audience of 20.9 million.

But hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can take heart in the fact that their

opening monologue - which made several close-to-the-knuckle jokes about Bill Cosby - has racked up a further 3.5 million views on YouTube.

Producers of the Oscars will have paid particular attention to the Globes' viewing figures.

Last week, a

memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter revealed they were concerned about their own ratings in a year where nominations were likely to "focus on art films rather than major blockbusters that have mass appeal".

The Prodigy return

The Prodigy
The Prodigy

Dance anarchists The Prodigy have returned with a new single, Nasty.

Featuring Keith Flint's typically unhinged vocals, it

premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show last night.

"It felt really direct and it's undeniably us," said the band's mastermind, Liam Howlett, on the decision to release the song as the first taster of their album The Day Is My Enemy.

"We know it's going to rock live."

You can see the fox hunting-themed video

on YouTube.

Ultron trailer music

- Buzzfeed


its review of the Age of Ultron trailer, Buzzfeed points out that the creepy music is a slowed-down version of I've Got No Strings from Disney's Pinocchio.

Charlie Hebdo quandary

Je Suis Charlie sign
AFP / Getty Images

This week's edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will show a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign.

Most British publications have declined to reprint the picture. BBC 5 live is asking what you would do if you were a newspaper editor.

Tweet them on

@bbc5live or see the other ways to
get in touch.

Poetry winner on Eliot

- BBC Radio 4 Today

Poet David Harsent, who

won the TS Eliot Prize last night (at his fifth attempt), has been speaking on the Today programme.

The 72-year-old said he was "first drawn to poetry when I was 12 or 13 and read the

Border Ballads".

But he was also "entranced" by Eliot's work, in particular The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, which begins:

Let us go then, you and I

When the evening is spread out against the sky

Like a patient etherized upon a table

Harsent commented: "There begins modern poetry, there begins modernism."

China's disappearing cleavage

The Empress of China

China's most popular television drama has been re-edited to get rid of the plunging necklines featured in the show.

The Empress of China was mysteriously taken off the air last month after its star's low-cut dresses prompted a flurry of chatter on social media.

Now it has returned to screens - but fans are furious at the changes, saying the costumes are an authentic representation of ancient Tang dynasty dress.

Our reporter John Shudworth has been looking into the outcry.

Watch his report here.

Age of Ultron trailer

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel / YouTube

A second full trailer has arrived for Marvel and Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Out in April, the star-studded superhero movie is a follow-up to the third most-successful film of all time, but this time around the tone seems a lot darker.

"I'm going to tear you apart from the inside," declares the chief villain, which is quite a disturbing thought over your morning croissant.

The YouTube blurb also gives us our first proper synopsis of the plot: "When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron."

Plus, there are explosions and stuff.

Watch the trailer here.

From the newspapers

A few stories from this morning's press:

  • Senior executives at Channel 4 could lose their bonus payments if the broadcaster fails to meet new diversity targets, which require that every programme features at least one person from black, Asian or minority communities. [
    The Guardian]
  • Visitors are being challenged to identify a cheap £120 painting that's been hung among the old masters at the East Dulwich Picture Gallery. [
    The Independent]
  • Boyhood may have picked up the Golden Globe for best film on Sunday, but if it repeats the feat at the Oscars, two of its producers won't be allowed on stage to collect their award. [
    The Hollywood Reporter]
  • And finally, Caroline Flack is still carrying around the glitterball trophy she won on Strictly last month. [
    The Mirror]

Good morning!

Mark Savage

BBC News entertainment reporter

Welcome to our live coverage of the world of arts, film, TV, music and culture for Tuesday 13 January, 2015.