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Summary

  1. Music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight arrested for murder
  2. Coverage of Sir Cliff Richard raid nominated for RTS award
  3. Robbie Coltane admitted to hospital after falling ill on flight
  4. Author Anne Enright appointed first Laureate for Irish Fiction

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By Mark Savage and Neil Smith

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye January

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter

And that's it for today's coverage. Have a great weekend and join us on Monday for February's first live page.

We'll bring you all the half-time action from the SuperBowl and begin the countdown to the Baftas and Grammys, both of which take place on 8 February.

Until then, goodbye!

Idina limbers up

Idina Menzel
EPA

Idina Menzel, the voice behind Frozen's Let It Go, is getting ready to sing the US national anthem at this weekend's SuperBowl in Phoenix, Arizona.

"It's the pinnacle. It's a milestone in my career," says the Broadway star, who grew up watching American football "every Sunday with my dad".

Whitney Houston, she went on, had set the gold standard for singing The Star-Spangled Banner back in 1991.

"There was just something so beautiful that was coming from her that day," she said.

You can hear Whitney's rendition

on YouTube.

This year's SuperBowl can be seen in the UK on Sky Sports 1 HD and Channel 4.

Massive 'Waves'

via Twitter

The BPI tweets that "the summer anthem

Waves by @MrProbz has gone 2x Platinum!" - meaning sales in excess of 1.2 million copies.

Other records certified this week include Luther Vandross's greatest hits, which receives a gold disc, and Sia's 1000 Forms of Fear, which gets a silver one.

Wilson 'loses' Lana

Brian Wilson and Lana Del Rey
Getty Images

Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced his 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, for April.

It features an all-star cast, including Zooey Deschanel, Kacey Musgraves and Nate Ruess from pop band fun.

Conspicuously missing from the line-up, though, is Lana Del Rey whom,

Wilson said last summer, had sung with him on a track called Last Song.

"It was a timing thing," a spokesman for Wilson

told Pitchfork. "He wanted her to come back in to do more work, but scheduling didn't allow."

Playwrights in their natural habitat

David Hare in his writing room
Simon annad

A new photographic exhibition will give a rare glimpse of British playwrights in the places where they work and find inspiration.

We're quite taken with Sir David Hare's writing room - although how he stops getting distracted by all those books is a mystery.

There's a full gallery of the images

here.

Cartoon capers:

Design Taxi

Yoyo the Ricecorpse image
Yoyo the Ricecorpse

London-based artist Yoyo the Ricecorpse (yes, you read that right) has started a project where she interacts with cute cartoon animals on the streets of the city.

The fantastical creatures are designed to bring a smile to your face - although heaven knows what would happen if you came across one in real life.

Read more about the project

here or follow the
artist's Tumblr page.

Yoyo the Ricecorpse image
Yoyo the Ricecorpse

Hoffman prize launches

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Getty Images

A new theatre prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that "exhibit fearlessness".

The $45,000 (£30,000) Relentless Award is funded by the National Enquirer, which falsely reported that Hoffman had a gay affair with his friend, David Katz.

Katz, who is himself a playwright, came up with the idea after settling a libel case over the article.

It will recognise a new play, placing special emphasis on works from first-time playwrights and under-represented voices.

"I noticed that most of the big playwriting awards - ones that have substantial money and attention - are mostly for established writers,'' Katz said.

"The idea was that this would be something for a writer who is probably not yet part of the community".

Hoffman died in February 2014 from a drugs overdose. He was 46.

Country queen

Miranda Lambert
Reuters

Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen by notching up eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

The star, who already has 18 of the awards to her name, is up for album of the year, female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.

The rest of her competition in the latter category is male - Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and duo Florida Georgia Line.

The ACM Awards, which turn 50 this year, will be held on 19 April. Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton, will be the host.

Who's calling?

David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson
Getty Images

Harry Potter star David Thewlis is to play the title role in a new BBC TV adaptation of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls.

Thewlis, who can currently be seen in Oscar hopeful The Theory of Everything, will play Inspector Goole in a cast that also includes Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson.

Filming begins next month in Yorkshire, with the show to air later in the year.

Dissolve the ENO?

The Daily Telegraph

The English National Opera is said to be "in crisis" after losing both its chairman and its chief executive in a matter of days.

With a power vacuum at the top, and a broken business model, "there must be a strong case now for dissolving the entire organisation and starting again on a completely different basis," says the Telegraph's opera critic, Rupert Christiansen.

Singling out artistic director John Berry for criticism, Christiansen says it is "hard to imagine any competent manager in their right minds" would be prepared to work with him in the future.

Read the article here.

Double Dragon

Piers Linney
BBC

Just a week after Kelly Hoppen announced she was leaving Dragons' Den, her fellow investor Piers Linney has also announced he's stepping down.

"I have had a fantastic experience on Dragons' Den and feel honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to such an iconic and long-running TV show and to have been the first Dragon with Afro-Caribbean heritage," he said.

"It is now the right time for me to move on, although entrepreneurship and diversity are two of my greatest passions so I will continue to focus my energies on supporting both."

Kermode 'hates' star ratings:

Den of Geek

Mark Kermode
BBC

Film critic Mark Kermode says he "hates star ratings" and has struck a deal whereby he doesn't have to provide them for his reviews in The Observer.

"Film criticism isn't to do with passing judgement on something," he says. "It's to do with writing about something.

"The older you get, the more you tend to write about films, rather than pass judgement."

However, Kermode says he's forced to provide stars when his columns go online "because if I didn't, somebody else would".

"Online they need star ratings because statistically it helps attract traffic, and if I didn't do it, somebody else would. But I don't like them.

"One of my plans at one point was to give everything three stars."

Read the full interview.

Madonna: Artists need to rebel

Madonna
NRJ

Madonna has been speaking to France's NRJ about her new album - and, specifically, why she called it Rebel Heart.

"We live in a time when artists aren't encouraged to be rebellious," she said. "We don't encourage the artists of today to speak their minds, to express their opinions, to take risks.

"It's important to call attention to the idea that being rebellious is a part of art - an important part of it. But it's also important to add the word 'heart' because it's not just being rebellious for the sake of being rebellious."

The star also confirmed she plans to tour her new record, but has no firm plans for the show just yet.

"I have some ideas but I've been very focused on finishing the record, doing the first video [and] preparing for the Grammys," she said.

Watch the video here.

Poet gets political:

Radio 5 live

George the Poet
Rex

Spoken-word artist George the Poet says the "hyper-sexual, hyper-masculine, criminal" image of black men "poisons a community".

The musician, who came fifth in the BBC's Sound of 2015, says their representation is "very manufactured" and "doesn't reflect the situation on the ground".

"At what point do we stop and say, 'all of this effort that we're putting into selling this identity to children... are we putting the same effort into developing these children, cultivating them, harnessing their interests?'"

Listen to the interview.

BreakingBreaking News

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is arrested for murder in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed one person near Los Angeles, police confirm.

Read more.

Old Arnie vs New Arnie

Terminator Genisys
Paramount

Who's best: old Terminator or new Terminator? Well, a new trailer for Terminator Genisys lets us compare them side by side, like brands of washing powder.

The trailer, which will screen during the SuperBowl, sees an aging T-800 machine face off against the younger model, appearing in the nude, as in the first Terminator film.

Both characters are played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's been digitally de-aged to look like his younger self.

He also gets to say "I'll be back."

Watch the trailer here.

Peake-a-boo

Maxine Peake in Hamlet
Jonathan Keenan

Maxine Peake's portrayal of Hamlet received rave reviews at the Royal Exchange in Manchester last year.

The production sold out quickly - but for those of you who couldn't get a ticket, there is hope at hand.

Sarah Frankcom's cross-gender production has been filmed and will be screened in cinemas from 23 March.

Watch a trailer here.

Spoiler alert: Hamlet dies at the end.

Ghostbusters cast approved:

The Hollywood Reporter

Ernie Hudson
Getty Images

The new, all-female Ghostbusters cast has been given the seal of approval by original 'buster, Ernie Hudson.

The actor, who played Winston Zeddemore in the 1984 movie and its sequel, issued a statement saying: "Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts... phenomenal!"

It's something of a turnaround for the star, who previously told the Daily Telegraph an all-female cast would be "

a bad idea".

"I hope that if they go that way at least they'll be funny, and if they're not funny at least hopefully it'll be sexy," he added.

Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy will be joined by Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in the new film, due out in July 2016.

Read the full story.

Sweet dreams

Jeff Bridges
AP

Actor Jeff Bridges has recorded an album which he hopes will help insomniacs!

The Sleeping Tapes sees him talking over "relaxing sounds and other stuff to help you get some rest". But its quirkiness means it's not quite as relaxing as the Big Lebowski star may have imagined.

All proceeds go to the charity No Kid Hungry. Listen and see how he recorded it

here.

Sheldon Cooper is God:

New York Times

Jim Parsons
Reuters

Jim Parsons, star of The Big Bang Theory, is to play God in a new Broadway comedy.

An Act of God is based on 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, by David Javerbaum - a former head writer on satirical news programme The Daily Show.

Parsons has won four Emmys for playing The Big Bang's Dr Sheldon Cooper, a socially awkward scientist whose sense of superiority might befit a deity.

In one episode, he describes a group of colleagues by saying: "They were threatened by my intelligence and too stupid to know that's why they hated me."

Read the full story.

Poehler's Pudding

Amy Poehler
Getty Images

"I haven't seen so many smiling white faces since I took my top off at a mime convention."

Amy Poehler was on fine form as she received this year's Hasty Pudding woman of the year award at Harvard University.

The annual award is presented by the university's drama society - itself called Hasty Pudding - with previous recipients including Dame Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda and Julia Roberts.

Winners get to parade through Boston, before being taken down a peg or two in a "roast" by students.

Poehler, the successful star of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, was reminded of her underwhelming roles in films such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - and the fact that she'd never won an Emmy.

"I'd like to thank you, Hasty Pudding, for reminding me how hard it is to write funny jokes," the comedienne replied.

"When I was growing up in Burlington [a Boston suburb], Harvard University used to be a group of buildings we threw rocks at on our way to a real job.

"As I drove by and gave the middle finger to this place, I never knew that you guys would be giving me all this."

Amy Poehler
Getty Images

Police interview Suge Knight

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight has turned himself in to authorities for questioning, after a man died in an alleged hit-and-run incident.

In a brief statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his lawyer and was being interviewed by homicide detectives.

Read more here.

Coltrane falls ill on flight

Robbie Coltrane
Getty Images

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has been admitted to hospital in Orlando, Florida, after falling ill with flu-like symptoms during a flight.

His agent told the BBC that the star - who also played Fitz in TV detective series Cracker - was "resting" and would "be fine".

She also said that eyewitnesses who tweeted Coltrane had been drinking heavily were "not correct".

Read more on this story.

W1A fever

You'd think that a building full of journalists and TV executives would be blase when someone starts shooting a sitcom in their offices. But no.

"I've just seen Hugh Bonneville and he's eating a JAFFA CAKE," is the sort of starstruck reaction we've been hearing as W1A films its second series right here in Broadcasting House.

Staff and visitors have been posting their observations on Twitter. Here are some of the highlights.

W1a Tweets
Twitter

Never say Di:

Neil Smith

Arts reporter, BBC News

Tamzin Outhwaite in Di and Viv and Rose
Johan Persson

EastEnders fans will soon find out who killed Lucy Beale, as the BBC soap prepares to resolve its long-brewing whodunit.

One former Albert Square resident, however, has little to contribute to the mystery. "I have no idea," shrugged actress Tamzin Outhwaite last night when asked if she had a potential culprit in mind.

To be fair, the 44-year-old star has been away from Walford for 12 years and is more often to be found nowadays on the set of New Tricks.

She's also been treading the boards, notably in an acclaimed comedy drama - Di and Viv and Rose - that's just opened in the West End after two successful runs at north London's Hampstead Theatre.

Written, directed and performed by women, the play - about three friends who meet in college before growing up and apart - represents something of a statement in an industry

where even Jennifer Lawrence can't command the same pay as her male co-stars.

Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russell in Di and Viv and Rose
Johan Persson

"It's a massive thing to have a play on in the West End that's about and been created by women," agreed Outhwaite. "It's beautiful, it's wholesome... it's a wonderful thing to work on."

The actress has played the role of sporty lesbian Di since the play's inception and said it felt like "completing the circle" to bring it to London's Vaudeville Theatre.

Jenna Russell and Samantha Spiro join her in the show, which is

currently booking until 23 May. If you want to see Outhwaite in it, though, act fast - she'll be handing her role on to another actress after 28 March.

Enright is Irish laureate

Anne Enright
Getty Images

Lots of countries have a poet laureate - but a fiction laureate is rather more unusual.

However, Ireland has decided to reflect (and promote) its long literary tradition by creating such a post. Booker prize winner Anne Enright will be the first writer to fill it.

The author, whose books include The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz, was a "unanimous choice" and will spend the next three years lecturing, appearing at public events and writing new material.

She gets 50,000 euro (£37,500) a year for her troubles. By contrast, Britain's poet laureate, currently Carol Ann Duffy, traditionally receives a "butt of sack" (a barrel of sherry) and an annual stipend of £5,750 which she donates to the Poetry Society.

Read more on this story.

Scarlett Johannsson is concerned

Scarlett Johansson in the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel

A new TV spot has been released for comic book blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It mostly involves the cast looking very concerned about the threat of Ultron, an artificial intelligence project that decides the best way to protect the earth is to wipe out humanity altogether.

Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk
Marvel
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark
Marvel
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Marvel

Although the ad's tone is rather sombre, it does end with robots punching through walls and The Hulk kicking over a police car. So, business as usual, then.

You can watch it here.

RTS nominations

Aside from the Sir Cliff Richard report, here are the nominees in some of the other main categories at the RTS Awards.

Daily news programme of the year

  • Channel 4 News
  • 5 News
  • ITV News

Network news presenter of the year

  • Mark Austin - ITV News at Ten
  • Julie Etchingham - ITV News at Ten
  • Emily Maitlis - Newsnight

News channel of the year

  • BBC News Channel
  • CNN International
  • Sky News

News coverage - domestic

  • Independence Referendum - ITN for Channel 4 News
  • UK Floods - Sky News
  • Jihadi Terror - ITN for ITV News

News coverage - international

  • Gaza - BBC News
  • Ukraine - ITN for ITV News
  • Iraq Crisis - ITN for ITV News

Television journalist of the year

  • Lyse Doucet - BBC News
  • Matt Frei - Channel 4 News
  • James Mates - ITV News

Cliff report up for award

The BBC's controversial coverage of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's Berkshire home has been shortlisted for a major journalism award.

The reports have been shortlisted for "scoop of the year" at the Royal Television Society's journalism awards.

It goes up against Panorama's expose of "fake sheik" Mazher Mahmood, and BBC Northern Ireland's

interview with Maíria Cahill, who claimed she was raped by a suspected member of the IRA and was then forced to confront her attacker in a kangaroo court.

The BBC faced criticism earlier this month when it was revealed that coverage of the Cliff Richard raid had been submitted for the prize.

Red carpet glamour

Here are a few more images from this year's Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards, which took place in Sydney overnight.

Geoffrey Rush
Getty Images

Actor Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech, Shine) is president of the Academy.

Cate Blanchett
Getty Images

Cate Blanchett hosted the ceremony, at which horror film The Badabook won three prizes.

Rose Byrne
EPA

Actress Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids) won the trailblazer award for outstanding achievement. "I salute everyone in this room," she said in her acceptance speech.

Mia Wasikowska
Getty Images

Mia Wasikowska was nominated for the best actress award for her role in Tracks, but was beaten to the prize by Predestination's Sarah Snook.

David Gulphill
EPA

The best actor prize went to Aussie icon David Gulpilil for his performance in Charlie's Country.

Van Gogh portrait unveiled:

The Art Newspaper

Van Gogh portrait
AP

A rare portrait of Van Gogh (not the one above) has been discovered in an album of drawings by his friend, the French artist Emile Bernard.

Capturing the painter in a French cafe, it is one of the few depictions of the Dutchman by someone other than himself.

It has been published for the first time by

The Art Newspaper ahead of being shown at an exhibition at Germany's Kunsthalle Bremen.

Suge Knight sought

Marion Suge Knight
Getty Images

Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is wanted in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.

Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records with Dr Dre, allegedly drove his truck over the men outside a fast food restaurant, after an argument broke out on the set of a film about the rap group NWA.

Police stand near the scene in LA where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash
Reuters

Lieutenant John Corina, from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told reporters: "So far we have not confirmed it was him, driving the truck, although we want to talk to him, since the truck supposedly belongs to him.

"From the people we've talked to so far, and we still have more witnesses to talk to... it looked like it was an intentional act. So we're handling it as a homicide."

A lawyer for the artist said the incident was an accident, and that the man who died was a friend. Knight intends to surrender to the police, he added.

Read more on this story.

Merry Perry

Katy Perry
Reuters

"I feel like I'm dressed for the ball," deadpanned Katy Perry at a press conference for her SuperBowl half-time performance.

The Roar and Fireworks hit-maker teased fans with hints about her 12-minute act this Sunday, promising a "face-melting" surprise guest.

She added: "I'm probably the only person in Super Bowl history to bring a lion and sharks to the show."

You can

watch highlights from the star's press conference on the NFL's YouTube channel.

Lucas slams Hollywood:

Variety

George Lucas
Reuters

Star Wars creator George Lucas has mounted a surprising attack on Hollywood.

Speaking at a panel discussion at the Sundance Film Festival, Lucas said modern movies are "more and more circus without any substance behind it".

He denied his back catalogue had anything to do with it, arguing: "If you go into Star Wars and see what's going on there, there's a lot more substance than circus."

Read the full story.

Aussie awards

Cate Blanchett
Getty Images

Cate Blanchett hosted the snappily-named Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards last night.

Indie horror film The Babadook won in three categories - best direction, screenplay and film. Interestingly, it had to share the latter prize with Russell Crowe's World War One drama The Water Diviner after a split vote.

Good morning!

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to the last live page of the week - and of January. We'll be bringing you updates throughout the day from the worlds of entertainment, media and the arts.

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