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  1. Birdman wins seven prizes at Critics' Choice Movie Awards
  2. 'Not enough women' in news and current affairs
  3. Owner of a disputed Caravaggio loses court battle

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By Genevieve Hassan and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

That's it for another jam-packed news week. This Sunday sees the Critics' Circle Film Awards in London, so we'll bring you news of the all winners after the ceremony. Join us then and see you Monday!

Be a Voice coach

The Voice judges


The Voice has returned to BBC One, you can play along at home with the show's
new app and decide if you would spin your red chair during the blind auditions.

Here's a guide to the app explaining what it's all about, and a
sneak peak from Saturday's episode.

Other news

Sarah Brightman

Some other stories you may have missed today:

  • British opera singer Sarah Brightman has
    missed the start of the space training which will allow her to travel to the International Space Station in October.
  • Top Gear's executive producer
    says the BBC "does not trust" the show after 2014 proved to be its "annus horribilis".
  • A private collection of work by artist Jack Vettriano
    could fetch up to £1.2m when it is sold at auction in Edinburgh this Spring.
  • An exhibition about Britain's World War One air services
    has been unveiled at RAF Museum Cosford in Shropshire.
  • The artist behind the Tower of London poppies installation
    has been given an honorary degree by the University of Derby.

Michael Keaton - Get involved

Tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Some reaction from you on Birdman star Michael Keaton falling off stage at the Critics' Choice Awards:

Bryan Leger

tweets: "Batman Falls Off Stage: Shoelaces tied together by Joker."


tweets: "Bet he still made it look cool. HE'S BATMAN!"

Sound of Song

Louis Armstrong

If you're a music lover and around at 21:00 GMT tonight, why not tune into BBC Four's new series

Sound of Song exploring the birth of recorded music.

Here's a clip from the episode showing how early recordings were made on a wax cylinder.

Composer and musician Neil Brand, who presents the series, is also writing an article every week to accompany each episode. You can read his first piece


And if you're out partying tonight, you can always catch up on the iPlayer at the weekend.

All white

- BBC Newsbeat

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit's Milan Neil Amin-Smith

has told Newsbeat he's not too comfortable with "all white boys" leading this year's Brit nominations.

"It seems a bit weird and a problem. I think there is something that needs talking about there," he said.

See the full list of nominations.

Soumission tops French chart

- The Guardian

Michel Houellebecq's controversial new novel Soumission, in which France is governed by the "Muslim Fraternity" party, has shot to the top of the country's bestseller lists with a first-week sale of more than 100,000 copies.

Read the full story.

Female Stormtroopers?

Lizo Mzimba

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

As I

mentioned on Twitter, I spotted this morning that actress Amybeth Hargreaves's
page on casting site Spotlight has been updated to say she's playing a female Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I wonder if six foot tall Amybeth is a Stormtrooper in her own right - or if perhaps she's a filming double. There have also been unconfirmed rumours Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie is playing a senior Stormtrooper in Episode VII.

Whatever turns out to be the case, with this apparent confirmation of a female Stormtrooper and a glimpse of John Boyega's black Stormtrooper in the teaser trailer, fans will be pleased to see the Empire embracing diversity!

May the diverse workforce be with you.

Kermode Uncut

BBC Radio 5 live

After the US DVD cover of Pride was edited to remove the references to gay and lesbian storylines, Mark Kermode looks at other films which have been misrepresented by their advertising.

You can watch his blog via the "key video" tab at the top of this page, or

on his blog page.

By presidential appointment

David Oyelowo

Best picture Oscar contender Selma is to receive a special screening at the White House later today. The cast and crew of the film - depicting the 1965 march led by Martin Luther King in Alabama - are expected to attend.

Maybe British actor David Oyelowo, who stars as Dr King, will wear this rather splendid jacket he wore to the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, which is lined with quotes from the civil rights leader himself.

Critics' Choice

More about the Critics' Choice Movie Awards last night - almost 30 awards were handed out, including categories in the frequently overlooked action and sci-fi/horror genres. You can see the full list of winners


But everyone was talking about triple award-winner Michael Keaton, who

fell off the stage after his last acceptance speech and was ably caught by Ethan Hawke. Unfortunately the incident wasn't caught on camera, but he re-enacted it in the press room after. "I took the Birdman flying thing way too far," he later joked.

Michael Keaton and Ethan Hawke
Getty Images

Opera sings Hebdo chorus

Opera de Paris
Opera de Paris

Last night saw the first performance at the

Opera Bastille since last week's terror attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In tribute, the company dedicated its performance of Don Giovanni to the victims of that attack, and the others that followed, performing Va, Pensiero from Verdi's opera Nabucco, a chorus in praise of unity, freedom and resistance.

You can see the performance on the

opera's official Dailymotion channel. Va, pensiero starts around 4'30".

Soggy bottom

Taking paper-folding to new heights, a giant 12ft (3.7m) origami boat made of almost 100m of paper

has been launched on a lake in south London. It can only carry one person at a time though, so no romantic trips for two, unfortunately, unless you want a soggy bottom.

Origami boat
Mike Buck

Clarkson bricks it

Lego Top Gear

Top Gear comes back on 25 January and, to celebrate, the cast have been rendered in Lego for a new trailer.

In the clip,

which appears on YouTube, James May is struggling to find his hair and the Stig is just a disembodied head.

Given the controversy surrounding the show's Christmas special, you suspect BBC bosses would prefer the presenters to be made of plastic bricks all the time.

Caravaggio update

More details on the story we brought you earlier about the former owner of a disputed Caravaggio losing his battle for compensation from Sotheby's, claiming they were negligent in advising him of its worth.

Sotheby's maintain the painting is not by the artist, while the High Court ruled the auction house had reasonably come to the view the quality of the painting "was not sufficiently high to indicate that it might be by Caravaggio".

Read more on the story


Charli's surprise

Charli XCX
Getty Images

Pop star Charli XCX got her first Brit nomination last night, when her single

Boom Clap was shortlisted for best video.

"I'm surprised, if I'm honest," she told the BBC News website, "because the video is me in a boat".

"It happened very quickly and not a lot of thought went into it, but sometimes that's when you get the best results."

What Charli doesn't realise is that the nominees for best video are decided by the number of times a song has been streamed on YouTube.

At the time of writing, the three minute Boom Clap video has been watched 126,101,316 times. Cumulatively, that's 711 years.

An unflattering screenshot follows.

Boom Clap
Charli XCX / YouTube

Gandalf is Sherlock

- Empire Magazine

Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes
Film company

Empire Magazine has the first on-set image of Sir Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's movie Mr Holmes.

Based on Mitch Cullin's 2006 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, the movie finds Sherlock retired and living as a bee-keeper, frustrated by his diminishing powers of reasoning.

"There's not a deerstalker in sight,"

writes Owen Williams. "It's not that sort of Holmes film."

Sundance London cancelled

- Screen Daily

Sundance London, the UK offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival, will not take place in 2015 after US organisers decided not to return for a fourth year.

A spokesperson for Sundance Institute said: "We loved connecting with the vibrant community of filmmakers and audiences in the UK, and following a successful three years with The O2, we continue to explore our options for Sundance London.

"Though we are not confirmed to host public events in London this year, we hope to be able to return very soon."

Read more here.

Alternative movie posters

Over at The Shiznit, they have made some alternative posters for some of this year's Oscar-nominated films, under the headline: "If movie posters told the truth". Here are a couple of our favourites, but you can see the full collection

on their website. Warning: Website contains strong language, probably not suitable for work. Or children.

The Shiznit
The Imitation Game
The Shiznit
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Shiznit
The Shiznit

Are the charts relevant?

- The Guardian

As Clara Amfo prepares to take over the BBC Radio 1 chart show on Sunday, Peter Robinson of Popjustice looks at the state of the Top 40.

"There's a sense that even as the official charts slowly adapt to changing times, they could be losing the battle to stay relevant,"

he writes in The Guardian.

Harvey for West End

Maureen Lipman and James Dreyfus
Gregg Stone

A production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey, is to transfer to the West End in March. Notting Hill star James Dreyfus plays Elwood P Dowd - the affable man who has a six foot invisible rabbit for a friend - with Maureen Lipman as his sister, Veta. The show will run at the

Birmingham Rep,
Malvern and
Richmond Theatres from 6 February, before transferring to the
Theatre Royal Haymarket on 17 March.

James Stewart famously played the role of Elwood in a 1950 big screen version of the play and went on star in the Broadway and London revivals in the 1970s.

Caravaggio ruling

The former owner of a painting said to be by Caravaggio has lost a court case over the work. Lancelot William Thwaytes had sued Sotheby's - who sold it in 2006 for £42,000 after they told him the work was by a follower of the artist.

However the painting is now believed to be an original, worth about £10 million. Mr Thwaytes argued Sotheby's had been negligent. More information shortly.

Samosa Boy!

- Geeta Pandey

BBC News, Delhi

Indian artist Rajkamal Aich has created a series of artworks depicting popular food items like samosas, jalebi and laddoo as superheroes. Samosa Boy's special power is throwing his deep-fried pastries, which explode when they come into contact with chutney. You can also see Misti-Doi Man, Idlii Man and Jalebi Woman

in our interview with the artist.

Samosa Boy
Rajkamal Aich

Oscar nominations - Get involved

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

There's been lots of reaction from you about yesterday's Oscar nominations - a lot of it about the merits of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Erik Jensen emails:

"My wife and I watched Grand Budapest Hotel and agree it was tripe! Possibly the most over-rated film of all time. However it's bound to do well at the Oscars this year because the competition is of similar quality. Here's hoping 2015 brings some better cinematic entertainment."

Carl Harris emails:

"How anyone can say The Grand Budapest Hotel is utter tripe is beyond me. Great film, and a great performance from Ralph Fiennes. Should have been nominated for best actor!"

Tina Pheasant emails:

"What a ridiculously funny dark and entertaining film. I laughed very loud and Ralph was spot on. So pleased to see it get nominated."

Snoop grandpa

If you're of a certain age, this may make you feel old - rapper Snoop Dog has become a grandpa at the age of 43. He made the announcement

on Twitter and posted a video of his son, Spank - that's just a nickname - and his grandson, Zion.

Overnight ratings

Death in Paradise

BBC soap

EastEnders was the most watched programme last night according to initial figures, with an average 7.5 million viewers.

BBC One drama

Death in Paradise drew 6.7 million, which is slightly down on the series opener last week of 6.9 million. This is all before time-shifted viewing is taken into account though - i.e if you watch it on iPlayer or record it for later.

On ITV, comedy

Birds of a Feather picked up some more viewers with 4.4 million watching - up from 3.6 million the previous week (including ITV+1 figures).

Women in news

There are "simply not enough" women in news and current affairs broadcasting,

a House of Lords committee says.

"Despite the fact that women make up just over half the population, they are under-represented, both as staff and as experts, in news and current affairs broadcasting," Lord Best, chairman of the communications committee said.

He added the BBC should do more because of its "special status" and its "dominance" as a news provider.

Thunderbirds are...1D?

Thunderbirds are Go

Lots of chat on social media about how the new-look Tracy brothers resemble One Direction.

ITV have released the first image from the forthcoming series Thunderbirds Are Go, featuring fraternal quintet Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John standing in front of Tracy Island.

The remake uses a blend of computer-generated animation technology and traditional live action models, with Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike providing the voice for Lady Penelope.

So which one is Harry Styles?

Lego winners

Fresh from the Oscar nominations, last night saw stars gather for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Birdman scooped seven prizes, with Boyhood winning best picture - but more on the winners later.

Despite being overlooked by the Academy, The Lego Movie won best animated feature. It's writer and director Chris Miller later

tweeted a picture of their subsequent party, saying: "Celebrating our #CriticsChoice award with magnum of Lego champagne. Don't feel the effects just yet."

Lego celebrations

Get involved

Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter, BBC News

Morning all. Did you have any thoughts about yesterday's Oscar and Brit Awards nominations bonanza? If so, get in touch and let us know. Also is there anything else you want to share from the world of arts and entertainment? Drop us a line! Email us at or tweet


Good morning!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Happy Friday! Welcome to our end of the week live page. It may have been a busy news day yesterday with both the Oscar and Brit Award nominations, but we'll still be bringing you all the latest news in the world of arts and entertainment. So keep this page handy on your phone (or sneakily on your PC at work - although we obviously don't condone this...) for all the updates.