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  1. Sixties pop star Dozy dies at the age of 70
  2. Transformers 4 leads Razzie nominations
  3. Will Gompertz meets Clint Eastwood

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Jimmy vs Robbie

- Daily Express

Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams' plans to revamp his mansion have not gone down well with his neighbour Jimmy Page,

the Express reports.

The Angels singer has applied for planning permission to add a lift and an underground swimming pool to his 46-room home in west London.

But Page, formerly of Led Zeppelin, has protested to the local council, saying the building work could cause "vibrations and possible structural" damage to his property.

Oritse goes solo

Oritse Williams video

Boyband solo career alert: former JLS star Oritse Williams has

put a new song on YouTube.

Called Waterline, the broody soul ballad first came to attention last year when Jay-Z's Life and Times

posted the audio, calling it "alluring" and "smart".

Crucially, though, the site did not name the artist behind the track, who was enigmatically referred to as O.W.S. (Oritse Williams solo?)

Today's video keeps the O.W.S. name - but the visuals give the game away.

Emergency grant

Hull Truck theatre's artistic director Mark Babych has been explaining why the venue needed a £250,000 emergency grant from the Arts Council England.

He told BBC Look North it needed the extra amount in 2013/14 to "steady the ship" after a period of financial difficulty and start preparing for Hull's year as UK City of Culture in 2017.

"The messages from previous cities of culture is you've got to start that work a lot earlier," he said.

"For years and years, this has been one of the worst funded theatres, and yet it's expected to be a flagship for the region, and that's what we want it to be. This money is about securing that future."

Read the full story.

Sky grows Fungus

Fungus the Bogeyman
Sky 1

Kid's character Fungus the Bogeyman is to be brought to life in a new TV series,

Sky1 has announced.

The four-part series will premiere this Christmas, with a script from Doctor Who writer Tom MacRae.

Raymond Briggs' book, originally published in 1977, inspired Sir Paul McCartney to write the song

Bogey Music (no, really).

And the Oscar goes to...

Jennifer Aniston in Cake
Film company

"If Jennifer Aniston has ever had a chance of winning an Oscar, it's got to be this year."

Arts correspondent Tim Masters

looks at the runners and riders ahead of tomorrow's Academy Award nominations.

Broadchurch court scenes 'nonsense'


Depictions of a murder trial in ITV's drama Broadchurch have been described as "legal nonsense" by a criminal barrister.

Nigel Pascoe QC said he could "practically hear the tears of the legal advisor" after producers made basic errors - such as failing to discharge the jury to allow for a legal argument and the coaching of witnesses.

"Defence Counsel certainly sounded good in court, slowing down her questions very well, but their relevance and admissibility stretched a point,"

he wrote on his blog.

The barrister concludes by saying he'll watch the show anyway - though overnight figures show Monday's episode attracted 6.1 million viewers, the show's lowest ever audience.

Perhaps there are a lot of disgruntled lawyers out there.

Stage design talent

- BBC Breakfast

Beyonce on stage

Have you ever thought about how much work goes into staging a concert, theatre production or live event? A new exhibition is shining a spotlight on British stage designers, calling them "the unsung heroes of live entertainment".

Tim Muffett went to meet some of the designers responsible for putting on some of the most high-profile events.

You can watch his video report here.

Commercial breakdown

- New Statesman

Audrey Hepburn

"The trend for using long-dead actresses to front campaigns aimed at female consumers is at best tasteless and at worst insidious," argues Karen Yossman on the New Statesman website.

She cites such recent examples as Audrey Hepburn advertising Galaxy chocolate and Marilyn Monroe, who died in 1962, being "hired" as the face of Max Factor.

Read the full article here.

Via Twitter

Ian Youngs

Arts reporter, BBC News

Handbags at dawn

Noel Gallagher and Ed Sheeran

"I can't live in a world where Ed Sheeran is headlining Wembley," Noel Gallagher

tells the NME.

"I can live in it," responds Sheeran

on Twitter. "It's really enjoyable."

Home announces first line-up

Ian Youngs

Arts reporter

Home Manchester

Manchester's new £25m arts centre Home is taking shape - it's billed as the biggest multi-artform venue outside London, and Manchester's answer to the Barbican or Southbank Centre.

It will have an art gallery, two theatres and five cinema screens, and will open in May.

The opening season line-up has just been announced and contains lots of bold contemporary and international shows.

The first play will be The Funfair, an adaptation of Kasimir and Karoline by Hungarian/Romanian writer Odon von Horvath.

It will be brought to the stage by Simon Stephens, who adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the National Theatre.

See the full programme at

BBC Song and Dance

The BBC has branded 2015 The Year of Song and Dance, with a series of new programmes and performances centred around music and choreography.

The season launches on Friday with Neil Brand's

Sound of Song on BBC Four.

Brand's series explores the secrets of popular songs, from Elvis Presley's "slapback" echo in Memphis to the tape loops used by The Beatles at Abbey Road.

Read more about the season here.

Lord Hall's speech

David Sillito

Media Correspondent

The language was stark. A moment of "high risk", the BBC in danger of being "diminished" and "stuck in an analogue cul-de-sac", unable to adapt to the rapid changes in digital media.

Tony Hall's speech expressed the fears within the corporation about what may happen in the forthcoming negotiations with the government over its next charter.

He said the BBC's independence would be under "colossal scrutiny" in the months to come and warned that some may use charter renewal to influence the way the BBC reports on politics in this election year.

The BBC, he says, will always address complaints but will resist what he called "naked bullying".

BBC at 'high risk'

Lord Hall

BBC director general

Tony Hall has given a speech addressing the challenges for the corporation this coming year, ahead of the general election and the subsequent negotiation of the licence fee.

He began by commenting on the Paris attacks last week, saying: "The murders in Paris were chilling. It was an attack on an idea, on liberty and free expression - and it must not stand."

Outlining his priorities, he said the BBC should strengthen the argument for its existence.

"The BBC is the cornerstone of public service broadcasting and a smaller BBC could undermine the whole system," he said.

He warned it was a moment of "high risk" for the BBC, with a real danger the corporation could be "diminished" or "stuck in an analogue cul-de-sac, without the freedom to reinvent itself and public service broadcasting".

Bjork's new album

Record company

"Ladies and gentlemen, I am very proud to announce my new album is coming out in March," announces

Bjork on Twitter.

"It is called: Vulnicura."

The album coincides with an exhibition dedicated to the Icelandic musician's life and work

at New York's MoMA.

Running from March to June, the retrospective will feature a narrative, co-written by Bjork, that combines both biographical and fictitious stories from the two decades since she issued her 1993 solo album Debut.

Bjork tweet
Bjork / Twitter

Dozy interview

BBC Wiltshire - via Twitter

"Dozy (Trevor Ward-Davies) of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich has died at 70. Last month he spoke to @SueDaviesBBC".

Listen to the interview on Soundcloud.

Old masters, new problems?

JMW Turner painting

It's the question that's puzzling many of this country's leading art galleries - how to make their Old Masters more central to modern cultural life?

BBC Radio News' Helen Whittle spoke to some people in the know about how to translate the appeal of galleries' so-called "blockbuster" exhibitions into an increased appreciation for their core collections.

Read her feature


Doctor Who filming begins

Doctor Who

Game of Thrones star Paul Kaye - known to many back in the day for his anarchic alter-ego Dennis Pennis - has joined the cast of Doctor Who, the ninth series of which has started filming in Cardiff.

The episodes currently being shot are a "creepy two-parter", written by Being Human's Toby Whithouse, said executive producer Steven Moffat.

He added: "Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman [pictured above] are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet!"

Kaye, who played Thoros of Myr in Game of Thrones, was tight-lipped about his new role, but dropped one intriguing hint.

"Peter is a perfect Doctor and I'm loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up."

Trevor Ward-Davies dies

Trevor Ward-Davies
BBC Sport

Trevor Ward-Davies, better known as the Dozy in 1960s pop group Dave, Dee, Dozy, Mick and Tich,

has died aged 70.

The band were one of the biggest-selling acts of the era, despite their cumbersome name, and spent more weeks in the UK singles chart than The Beatles.

Fans of Quentin Tarantino will also recognise their propulsive hit Hold Tight from the soundtrack to his 2007 film Death Proof.

You can watch the band

performing it on YouTube.

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"Clint Eastwood on BBC news... what a man,"

tweets hot dog cinema. "Great actor and fantastic director. One of the last great men of the movies."

Watch the interview here.

New David Mitchell book

- The Bookseller

David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell is writing a new short novel, inspired by a story he published on Twitter last year,

The Bookseller reports.

The Right Sort was a stand-alone story that inhabited the same universe as Mitchell's Booker-nominated novel The Bone Clocks.

Now he's decided to use the story as the basis for his next book, Slade House.

"It was a very welcome surprise," said Carole Welch, director of publishing house Sceptre. "We'd resigned ourselves to waiting a few years before being able to read the successor to The Bone Clocks."

Mitchell spoke to BBC arts correspondent Rebecca Jones about his Twitter experiment last year. You can hear their interview by

following this link.

Swift's surprise

- BBC Newsbeat

Taylor Swift
Record company

Pop star Taylor Swift has sent one of her fans $1,989 (her new album is called 1989, in case you missed the significance) allowing her to pay back her student loans.

"I'm still trying to find the words for how I'm feeling," said 25-year-old Rebekah Bortnicker.

Read more on the Newsbeat site.

Why was Selma snubbed?

- Los Angeles Times

Ava DuVernay

The film industry was taken aback when civil rights drama Selma was left out of this year's

Director's Guild nominations.

Director Ava DuVernay (pictured above) was considered a front-runner - but she lost out to the likes of Richard Linklater and Clint Eastwood in an all-male shortlist.

LA Times reporter Steven Zeitchik has attempted to explain the discrepancy.

"DuVernay is also one of the most accessible of the directors, engaging directly with fans and reporters on social media,"

he wrote.

"But when the DGA list came out Tuesday morning, she wasn't on it.

"Some pointed out that [Selma's distributor] Paramount didn't send screeners to the group - the voting period ran Dec[ember] 3 to Jan[uary] 12 and the studio did not have screeners ready until the third week of December."

News website

Mashable also notes that the Guild's 15,000 members are overwhelmingly male.

Thrones star 'becomes god'

Game of Thrones actress Amrita Acharia

Actress Amrita Acharia has been speaking about auditioning for Game of Thrones.

"It was very, very standard, via my agent, first year out of drama school,"

she told Nihal on BBC Asian Network.

"I don't think anyone realised how big it was going to be. I was just delighted to actually get a job."

Acharia's character, Irri, was killed off during season two. She's now starring in a stage play,

The Chronicles of Kalki, at the Gate Theatre in west London.

The actress plays Kalki, the new girl at a high school, who may also be the 10th incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

She said the key question in preparing for the role was: "How would a god view humans?

"The message, in terms of religion, is that there's more to the world than your little problems right here and now.

"We can't even begin to fathom the idea of infinity, and yet we worry about the tiniest things."

Avatar sequel behind schedule

Film company

James Cameron says the next Avatar movie has been delayed by one year

and will now be released in late 2017.

The director says the writing process has been "very involved" and the initial target date was too ambitious.

He is working on three sequels to the 3D blockbuster, which he plans to release over consecutive years.

Corden is quivering

James Corden

"Ok, so I guess this is actually happening,"

tweets James Corden about his new US chat show. "Oh god..."

The Gavin and Stacey star has been meeting the US media this week as he prepares to take over from Craig Ferguson - and his self-deprecating sense of humour seems to be going down well so far.

"We've been working on the show for four days and we have a staff of six," he

told reporters on Monday.

"We have almost no ideas."

Class is in session

The cast of Community
Press release

Cult sitcom Community will return in March,

Yahoo has announced.

The US show, about a group of friends who come together at a community college of questionable reputation, was cancelled by NBC last May.

Yahoo stepped in to save the series, commissioning a 13-episode sixth season.

But the internet company, which is making a concerted effort to boost its video content, has rejected the "box set strategy" of rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime, which release an entire season of episodes all at once.

It says Community will premiere with a double episode on 17 March, followed by a single episode every Tuesday.

Jungle Book delayed

- Variety Magazine

Concept art for The Jungle Book

Disney has pushed back its live action remake of The Jungle Book by six months,

Variety reports.

Directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, the 3D film features Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan and Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo.

Originally scheduled for October 2015, it will now be released on April 15, 2016.

The concept art for the film, pictured above, was unveiled just before Christmas.

Mark Wahlberg snubbed

Mark Wahlberg

Actor Mark Wahlberg has been dramatically snubbed at the Razzie Awards.

The former underwear model and Boogie Nights star was left out of the "worst actor in a movie" category, despite his film Transformers: Age Of Extinction receiving nominations in seven other categories.

Adam Sandler is front-runner for the worst actor prize. He has 10 prior nominations for the award and has won it three times.

Read more on the Razzies here.

Rush for Charlie Hebdo

Parisians queue to buy Charlie Hebdo
AFP / Getty

People have been queuing in the cold early morning to buy copies of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Three million copies are being printed - a week after Islamist gunmen murdered eight journalists at the magazine and four other people in Paris.

Some newsstands in Paris have already reported selling out.

Stock shortage sign at French newsstand

Read more on this story.

Clint speaks

Clint Eastwood

"I'm not a guy who's fond of the war in Iraq, but I'm always sympathetic to veterans."

Clint Eastwood spoke to BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz on last night's 10 o'clock news.

The Dirty Harry star discussed his new film, American Sniper, based on the memoirs of a US marksman, and reflected on the prevalence of violence in his filmography.

"Violence, unfortunately, will always be there," he said. "It's an important subject - what it does to people. Nothing changes.

"It's not a great tribute to mankind, but here we are."

Watch the interview here.

Brits news

Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Royal Blood will all perform at The Brits next month,

organisers have announced.

We already knew Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift would be taking to the stage - together? Who knows - and there are bound to be more announcements ahead of the ceremony.

The nominees will be revealed tomorrow night. Expect Sheeran, Swift and Sam Smith to feature heavily.

ITV will broadcast the nominations show, which will feature live sets from Jessie Ware and Clean Bandit, at 22:40 GMT on Thursday.

From the papers

A few stories that cropped up overnight:

  • Bill Murray planned to rush the stage and interrupt George Clooney's acceptance speech during Sunday's Golden Globes, but Clooney put a stop to it. [
    Page Six]
  • Happy Mondays star Bez has failed to register his new political party with the Electoral Commission. [
    The Independent]
  • Gone Girl star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher are teaming up again for a remake of Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train. [
  • French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishes its first edition since last week's terror attack.
    The Guardian tells you where you can buy a copy.
  • Ticketmaster is offering refunds for anyone who doesn't want to attend Bill Cosby's upcoming concert in Denver. Protests are being planned outside the venue, but the embattled star says the show will go ahead. [
    CBS News]

Good morning

Mark Savage

BBC News entertainment reporter

Welcome to Wednesday's Live page. We'll be looking at the build-up to the Oscar nominations, which take place tomorrow, and BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz will be reflecting on his chat with Clint Eastwood, aka The Man With No Name, aka The Man Whose Name Is Actually Clint Eastwood.

Opening hours are 08:30 to 15:00. All times are GMT.