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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to TV soap star Anne Kirkbride
  2. The Sun 'to scrap Page Three topless models'
  3. Coen brothers to head Cannes Film Festival jury

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By Genevieve Hassan and Neil Smith

All times stated are UK

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Thanks for joining us on another busy, yet sad, news day. You can still tweet us your views on today's stories @BBCNewsEnts. We'll return tomorrow morning at 08:30 GMT - see you then.

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There's been lots of reaction on Twitter about the quiet disappearance of Page Three in The Sun. Here's a sample:

Jessy: "Young women should not be thinking the most important asset they own is their physical appearance. #page3 encourages that."

James Carter: "Genuinely don't understand those people who wanted #page3 banned. Why?"

Paul Evans: "Wish I could defend #page3 without being criticised for it. #bringbackpage3."

Sophia Cannon: "One day I'll sit my daughter down and explain the vote, the pill, equal pay, sexual discrimination and #page3 - little battles women have won."

Page Three reaction
Twitter

No more Page Three:

The Guardian

Is The Sun's scrapping of Page Three topless models a victory for women? Nine of The Guardian's writers discuss how significant it is.

Read the full story.

Art sales continue to rise:

The Art Newspaper

Triple Elvis
Reuters

2014 was a record year for the world's leading auction houses.

Christie's auction total came in at $6.8bn (£4.5bn), up from its previous $5.9bn (£3.9bn) record in 2013, while Sotheby's achieved sales of $6bn (£3.95bn).

In November, Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis (above) became the

most expensive painting ever sold at a public auction, fetching $81.9m (£53.9m) at Christie's.

However, both institutions recorded a disappointing year in Asia - despite recently opening new branches in China.

Read the full story.

Know your Newsround presenters

Mzimba Connect
BBC

Our very own Lizo Mzimba was an answer on

last night's edition of Only Connect on BBC Two.

Currently the BBC's entertainment correspondent, he was one of four former Newsround presenters featured on the show's fiendishly difficult "connecting wall" round.

It might have been Lizo's first experience of being a quiz show clue, but he previously had to give the answers on a 2012 edition of Celebrity Mastermind, where his specialist subject was the George Smiley novels of John le Carre.

He came second.

New music from St Vincent:

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

St Vincent
Record label

The best record of last year, according to both the

NME and
The Guardian, was St Vincent's "beautiful", "warped" and eponymous fourth album.

But there's bad news for anyone who was prompted to buy it in the Christmas sales - it's being re-released next month with five new tracks.

The first of those, Bad Believer, has just premiered on the NME website.

Click here to listen.

Charli's world domination:

BBC Newsbeat

Charli XCX
Getty Images

Pop singer Charli XCX (Boom Clap, Fancy) has told Newsbeat she's been writing songs for Gwen Stefani's new album, although she remains tight-lipped on the finer details.

The 22-year old also said she wants to be recognised as both a songwriter and a pop star, insisting: "I don't see why I can't do both.

"You know, I write songs for people, I perform songs as well and I'm not trying to do one or the other. I'm just trying to like, take over the world, slowly but surely," she said.

Hobbit cup

via Twitter

Mashable

tweeted this brilliant picture of a coffee cup showing an extremely detailed drawing of Middle Earth. Surely this can't have been drawn on the cup by hand - if it was, then we salute you!

Hobbit cup
Twitter

Chewbacca in hospital:

The Hollywood Reporter

Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca the Wookiee in the Star Wars franchise, is in hospital with pneumonia.

The actor's wife, Angie Mayhew, posted a

message on the Reddit website on Monday to let fans know Peter will remain in the hospital for a few days but is expected to make a full recovery.

Presumably he's staying on one of its star wards. Get well soon, Chewie!

Writers' Guild awards

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
BBC

Fat Friends and Band of Gold writer Kay Mellor has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

The guild's annual awards - held last night in London - recognise TV, radio, films, plays, novels and video games.

Among the winners were the writers of BBC shows Happy Valley (pictured) and Holby City, as well as the screenwriters of British films Starred Up and Metro Manila.

See the full list of winners

here.

Roache on Kirkbride

William Roache and Anne Kirkbride as Ken and Deirdre in 2004
ITV

Coronation Street stalwart William Roache has been speaking about his friend and colleague Anne Kirkbride following the actress's death.

"Her comedy timing was second to none," said the actor best known for playing her on-screen husband, Ken Barlow.

"She was always good of good humour and full of love. She was a very, very beautiful soul.

"To have her as a partner for the last 40 years... I couldn't have been more blessed."

Watch the full interview here.

Mind the pay gap:

BBC Breakfast

Gemma Arterton and equal pay campaigners
EPA

Gemma Arterton, who is currently starring in a musical version of Made in Dagenham in London's West End, was on the Breakfast sofa this morning.

The British actress said women's rights had become one of her passions thanks to the production, which tells of the women who battled for equal rights at Ford's Dagenham car plant in Essex in 1968.

"Doing this show has opened my eyes," she said, going on to suggest there is still work to be done on the equal pay issue.

You can watch the full interview

here or by clicking the Key Video tab at the top of today's
live page.

Neeson takes top spot

Liam Neeson in Taken 3
Warner Bros

Liam Neeson's genteel family drama Taken 3 has

topped the UK box office chart for a second weekend in a row, with ticket sales worth £3.3 million.

It held off a challenge from Clint Eastwood's Iraq war drama American Sniper, which entered the chart at two with receipts of £2.5 million.

Down at number 10, the Met Opera made a respectable £463,000 from its live broadcast of Lehar's The Merry Widow, starring Renee Fleming.

Read our full report

here.

Around the BBC

Gordon Ramsay
Getty Images

Here are some other entertainment, arts and culture stories from around the BBC regions:

  • Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay
    has lost his High Court battle over being held personally liable for the rent on a pub he bought. (London)
  • The Lumiere light festival
    will return to Durham in November. (Tyne and Wear)
  • A public consultation into the
    future of library services in Kirklees has begun as the council looks to cut £2.5m from its budget by 2018. (Leeds and West Yorkshire)
  • The new chairman of Creative Scotland has said he is
    on a "learning curve" and is listening to the arts community. (Scotland)
  • Former Dragons' Den star Doug Richard has pulled out of becoming the new chancellor of Teesside University after
    being arrested on suspicion of rape. (Tees)

Coens for Cannes

Ethan and Joel Coen
AFP

Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen

are to head this year's Cannes Film Festival jury - marking the first time the jury chair role will be shared by two people.

The brothers won the festival's Palme d'Or award for Barton Fink in 1991.

"Presiding over the jury is a special honour, since we have never heretofore been president of anything," the siblings said in a statement.

"We will issue further proclamations at the appropriate time."

Coronation Street latest:

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

A BBC cameraman who has been to the Coronation Street set in Manchester reports that filming has been suspended and the cast has been sent home.

History book 'error':

The Bookseller

Japanese officials have requested a US author and his publisher remove historic references to Japan's wartime sex slaves from a history textbook.

The publisher of Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past by Jerry H Bentley and Herbert Ziegler, McGraw-Hill Education, has declined the request, according to a statement issued to the Wall Street Journal.

Diplomats from Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa) petitioned McGraw-Hill to change sections of a book used in American schools that refer to "comfort women", a Japanese euphemism for sex slaves used in the country's military brothels during World War Two.

In a statement to The Bookseller, Mofa made the request in order to correct "errors" in the book.

Read more here (subscription site).

Kirkbride the egalitarian:

BBC News Channel

Coronation Street director Terry Dyddgen-Jones has been paying tribute to actress Anne Kirkbride.

"She was a great egalitarian," he told the BBC News Channel. "She treated the production runners exactly the same as she treated the executives."

He said Kirkbride was "fiercely protective" of her Deirdre Barlow character, recalling a seduction scene where a producer had asked her to remove her trademark eyewear.

"I can't do that," she replied. "Deirdre doesn't exist without the spectacles."

Kylie + Giorgio:

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Giorgio Moroder video
Sony Music

This kaleidoscope of Kylies - Kylie-doscope? - comes from the new video for her collaboration with dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

Heavy on the vocoder, Right Here, Right Now is clearly inspired by Moroder's collaboration with Daft Punk on Random Access Memories.

It's taken from his new album, 74 is the New 24, which is out later in the year.

You can hear the

full track here and watch a 15-second teaser for the video
on YouTube.

Overnight ratings

Silent Witness
BBC

Last night saw BBC One's

Silent Witness overtake ITV's
Broadchurch in the battle of the crime dramas, according to overnight figures from Barb.

Silent Witness attracted an average 5.9 million viewers (up from 5.5 million last week), while 5.7 million saw Broadchurch (including ITV+1 and down from 6.1 million).

Eurovision stage revealed:

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Eurovision stage
ORF

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest may be four months away, but preparations are already in full swing.

Organisers have just released concept art for this year's stage, which will feature 1,288 LED pillars.

The 60th edition of the thigh-slapping, toe-tapping, vote-grabbing contest takes place in Vienna, Austria, after Conchita Wurst's victory last year.

LED, in case you didn't already know, stands for light-emitting diode.

Ask Ed:

BBC Radio 2

Ed Sheeran
AP

This Thursday, Ed Sheeran is playing an intimate gig from the BBC's Radio Theatre, to be broadcast on Radio 2, online and on the BBC Red Button.

Before the show, the singer will join Jo Whiley for a video Q&A and Radio 2 wants your questions.

  • Text: 88291 (Start your text with ED)
  • Twitter: @BBCRadio2 - use the hashtag: #R2EdSheeran
  • Email: InConcert@bbc.co.uk

Ed will also be on Radio 2 throughout the day.

Click here for more information.

Goodbye Page Three?

The Sun
PA

After years of protests from campaigners, The Sun newspaper will apparently

no longer feature topless models on Page Three.

The Times said it understood Friday's edition was the last to carry the images - although they will continue online.

The Sun wouldn't confirm the report, merely saying: "Page Three will be in The Sun tomorrow in the same place it's always been - between page two and page four."

Johnny Depp on song:

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson
Getty Images

He's played guitar for Oasis and Marilyn Manson, but Johnny Depp says actors who become musicians make him "sick".

"That whole idea for me is a sickening thing,"

he tells the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I've been very lucky to play on friends' records and it's still going," he is quoted as saying. "Music is still part of my life.

"But you won't be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won't ever exist."

Theatre awards:

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Maxine Peake and Suranne Jones
AFP/AP

The nominees for this year's Manchester Theatre Awards have just been announced, and the big battle is between Maxine Peake and Suranne Jones, who are up for best actress for roles in productions that played with gender at the city's Royal Exchange. Peake played Hamlet, while Jones starred in Orlando.

The Royal Exchange leads the field with 17 nominations, closely followed by the Bolton Octagon, which has 16 in artistic director David Thacker's final year.

See the full list of nominees here.

'Beautiful woman':

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Other stars of Coronation Street have also been paying tribute.

Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) called Kirkbride a "beautiful woman inside and out", while Les Dennis (Michael Rodwell) described her as "one of the true icons" of the soap.

Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow)

tweeted earlier she was "heartbroken at the loss of my friend and beautiful on screen mummy".

Read more tributes here.

Corrie co-star tributes:

BBC Radio 5 live

Anne Kirkbride's co-stars have been paying tribute on 5 live.

Brian Capron, who played Richard Hillman on the soap, said Kirkbride was an "enduring and iconic character who was full of fun".

Ian Puleston-Davies, who plays Owen Armstrong,

told Phil Williams she "oozed Coronation Street" and was "a colourful character on and off screen".

Owen Aaronovitch played Jon Lindsay, the con-man whose deceit led to Deirdre's imprisonment and provoked a nationwide campaign to get her released. The actor

also paid tribute, calling Kirkbride "a complete pro".

Stars pay tribute:

via Twitter

Anne Kirkbride tributes
Twitter

'Like losing a friend':

BBC Breakfast

Actor Nigel Havers and Coronation Street scriptwriter John Stevenson spoke to BBC Breakfast about Anne Kirkbride.

"It's like losing a friend, for everybody," said Havers, who has had a role in Corrie in recent years. "She was a totally lovely person, she really was."

Stevenson added: "She was not an awkward actress. She was one of the best script-learners I'd ever met. She could read it once and she knew it backwards. She never let you down."

You can watch the interviews in the key video section at the top of this page.

Anne Kirkbride tributes:

Daily Mirror

Coronation Street veteran Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth, said: "It's like the heart of the show has been ripped out because she was so well-loved by the cast and crew and by the millions of viewers who watched it.

"She was so lovely and I feel so sad. I'm so shocked because she had previously beaten illness and she showed such courage and spirit."

Read the full story.

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Good morning

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

We begin the day with the sad news overnight that actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in ITV's Coronation Street, has died. We'll bring you tributes from her co-stars and others as they come in.