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  1. Berlin Film Festival opens
  2. BBC 6 Music tops two million weekly listeners for first time
  3. The Office named best TV show of past 20 years at Broadcast Awards
  4. INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs fingers in boating accident

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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Keily Smith

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So long, farewell

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter

That's it from us after another busy day in which we found out that Beyonce is singing at the Grammys, saw a host of UK actors celebrate the 'British invasion of Hollywood' and watched Sam Smith take an emotional stand in his new video, highlighting gay marriage equality.

If you want to share your thoughts on these or any other stories, get in touch by email or tweet us


We'll be back tomorrow when we'll have the latest from the Berlin Film Festival, the Celebrity Big Brother final and loads more.

RSC's new theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company is about to start reinstating its studio theatre, The Other Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon - ready to reopen in time for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016.

The new Other Place (the original was open from 1973-2006) will include a 200-seat flexible studio theatre built within the external steel structure of The Courtyard Theatre, two new rehearsal rooms, and a new home for the RSC's 30,000 piece Costume Store.

It will be a festival venue for RSC productions, with new work festivals taking place twice a year.

Read more on the RSC website.

Stars behaving badly

(left to right) Celebrity Big Brother finalists Katie Price, Katie Hopkins and Michelle Visage

Celebrity Big Brother comes to an end on Friday following another controversial series which saw two stars asked to leave due to their behaviour, and another walk out after being given a formal warning.

Media watchdog Ofcom has received 2,646 complaints about the latest series, many about the language used by the contestants. They are being assessed before Ofcom decides whether to investigate.

Late entrant Katie Price and Katie Hopkins are among the final five vying to win the show. Calum Best, Keith Chegwin and Michelle Visage complete the quintet.

Stolen artefacts recovered

Italian police have seized more than 2,000 stolen artefacts, after they busted a criminal gang operating throughout southern Italy.

The operation involved some 142 police searches in more than 20 Italian cities and towns. Three people have been arrested.

The investigation was launched after part of a fresco was stolen from the House of Neptune at the ancient Roman site of Pompeii. It is not known if the piece in question has been recovered.

Who's in the BBC?

Keith Lemon, Julia Stiles, Douglas Booth

Keith Lemon, Douglas Booth, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Julia Stiles and Eddie Marsan have all dropped into BBC HQ in London so far today, and they weren't allowed to slip under the radar either, thanks to a new site called

Who's in Today?

It's one of the trial digital projects being run as part of

BBC Taster for the next three months. As well as posting pretty pictures, they will also try and tell you what the stars were doing here, which is great if you're feeling nosy.

Have a look, follow them on

Twitter and let them know what you think.

'Bonkers' says Klass

Myleene Klass

Singer Myleene Klass has poked fun at mothers of schoolchildren who suggested other parents contribute cash to buy birthday gifts for their offspring.

The Classic FM presenter said she had received an email in which a parent said her daughters would prefer a "class birthday gift" and suggested a £10 donation.

Ms Klass described the request as "bonkers", posting her own mock email on her

Instagram account, asking for donations to buy a unicorn.
Read more.

Around the BBC

Here are some other stories from the BBC news website that you may have missed:

How much did you pay for your popcorn last time you went to the cinema? Too much according to a new YouGov poll and it's putting us off going.

Read our full story.


The band Public Service Broadcasting have been talking about their album, which samples rare archive material from the Cold War-era Nasa and USSR space race.

Read more.

Scottish Enterprise has confirmed it is considering a bid for a privately funded film studio in Scotland.

Read more.

And in case you missed it yesterday - Lego Doctor Who is finally coming!

Read more.

Show goes on

Actor Ted Robbins

Ticket holders who witnessed the on-stage collapse of comedian Ted Robbins during the opening night of Phoenix Nights are being invited back for a rescheduled date.

The star is said to be "on the mend" in hospital after what his sister Kate Robbins said was a heart attack.

The rescheduled date for the show, which is being staged in aid of Comic Relief, will be a matinee on 15 February.

"It was a very distressing night for all the people involved in the show and indeed the audience. The cast and crew would like to thank them for their patience whilst these arrangements have been made," said organisers.

Claire the fire-eater

Claire Richards in Get Your Act Together
Matt Frost

She mastered the high notes for Popstar to Operastar and now former Steps star Claire Richards has turned fire-eater for ITV talent show, Get Your Act Together.

Producers have released

a sneak preview of her flame-ingesting skills ahead of this weekend's show, when she'll go head to head with the likes of Nancy Dell'Olio, former politician Ann Widdecombe and TOWIE's Elliot Wright all trying out a new act of some kind.

It's on ITV on Sunday at 19:00 GMT.

Fifty Shades backlash

Fifty Shades of Grey
Universal Studios

Presale tickets for 50 Shades of Grey have been shifting fast, but not everyone's looking forward to seeing how Sam Taylor-Wood has brought the record-breaking book to life on screen.

The film starring Jamie Dornan as a wealthy businessman who introduces student Dakota Johnson to bondage sex has been banned in Malaysia, where the film board denied it a certificate calling it "more pornography than a movie",

according to Variety.

50 Dollars not 50 Shades

It has also sparked a Twitter campaign against domestic abuse in the US. The hashtag #50DollarsNot50Shades is urging people to donate cash to women's shelters instead of buying cinema tickets.

Suge Knight out of hospital

Former music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been released from hospital a day after being admitted with chest pains.

The 49-year-old - who founded Death Row Records - was released back into custody on Wednesday night, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He had complained of chest pains just after his court appearance on Tuesday, when he pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges.

Read the full story


Sam Smith on gay marriage:

via Twitter

Sam Smith video
You Tube

BBC Sound of 2014 winner turned global star Sam Smith has

posted his new video Lay Me Down online, along with a special message for his fans
on Twitter, explaining how he wanted to use the video to "make a statement" about gay marriage.

The video shows Smith as part of a male couple holding hands in a church as they get married in front of family and friends.

Sam Smith Twitter message
Twitter / Sam Smith

His full message reads: "Dear all. The Lay Me Down video holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in.

"This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all."

Watch the video.

Apes honoured:

The Hollywood Reporter

Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Hollywood has saluted its special effects heroes at the Visual Effects Awards - where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the big winner.

The Oscar-nominated film took three prizes including the top award for outstanding VFX in a VFX-driven feature and animated character, for Caesar played by Andy Serkis.

X-Men: Days of Future Past won two awards, for effects simulation and virtual cinematography, while Interstellar won the prize for best created environment. .

Sheep success

Shaun the Sheep

He might not say much, but Shaun the Sheep has become Aardman Animations' most valuable character.

You can read all about his dizzy rise from a Wallace and Gromit extra to the star of his own movie

in our feature.

Shaun the Sheep is in UK cinemas from Friday 6 February.

Eurovision's finest

Lordi and Emmelie De Forest

The BBC has confirmed four more acts have been

added to the line-up of the Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits - a special show commemorating the event's diamond jubilee which will feature reigning champion Conchita Wurst, Lordi and Denmark's Emmelie De Forest.

They include Irish singer Johnny Logan (pictured below in 1980) - who is known as Mr Eurovision and will perform a medley including his 1987 winner Hold Me Now - and Danish duo The Olsen Brothers.

Johnny Logan in 1980
Getty Images

The event takes place at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 31 March and will be broadcast around Europe, including on BBC One and Radio 2.

Swearing sidelined


Russian audiences will finally get to see the critically-hailed Leviathan, but

minus its vast amounts of swearing.

The film, which is nominated for the best foreign language Oscar, has proved highly controversial in its native Russia for its portrayal of corrupt officials.

It has escaped any cuts, but the sound is being dipped whenever there is swearing because there is a ban on bad language in films and TV.

However, the distributor says audiences "will find it easy to lip-read the swear words".

McKellen is Holmes

Ian McKellen in Mr Holmes
Film company


the first trailer featuring Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in new film Mr Holmes.

Set in 1947, he plays a Sherlock in his nineties who is working on his final case with a young confidant.

The film's one of the highlights of the Berlin Film Festival, which opens tonight.

Read our full story for more on what's to come.

British takeover

Benedict Cumberbatch in Vanity Fair film

Vanity Fair can't get enough of British acting talent this awards season and hot on the heels of their

Hollywood issue front cover (featuring five British stars), they've now released a special all-British edition and
a short film celebrating the "British invasion".

Shot by London-born photographer Jason Bell, the film comes in three parts including Preparing for War and Coming to America.

Keira Knightley in Vanity Fair film

Our favourite, Victory is Assured, features the stars recreating famous movie lines, including Felicity Jones, Dame Judi Dench, a lot of James Corden and Keira Knightley in a GIF-tastic recreation of that famous When Harry Met Sally moment (yes, that one).

Watch them. Warning: they do get a bit sweary, so be careful if you're easily offended.

Grammys: Beyonce's in:

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Beyonce's rumoured appearance at Sunday night's Grammys ceremony is now confirmed.


She'll be introducing Common and John Legend - who are singing Glory, the track they wrote for Martin Luther King movie Selma - by singing gospel song Take My Hand, Precious Lord.

Common said: "We're getting an introduction from the great Beyonce. That's a whole other level... I'm excited."

"Expect the spirit of what the movie is about, the spirit of what the movement is about, and the spirit of what Glory is about."

Read more.

Harper Lee statement

Harper Lee

Harper Lee's publishers have released a statement from the author,

following speculation over her health following the news there will be a sequel To Kill a Mockingbird author.

Lee says: "I'm alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to Watchman."

Meanwhile, answering questions over the author's sight, the director of publicity at Penguin Random House, Charlotte Bush revealed:

"Harper Lee still enjoys reading and uses a magnifying machine from the New York Institute for the Blind to read books, newspapers and documents."

Bespoke Baftas

HeyUGuys Bafta illustrations

To celebrate this Sunday's Baftas, the academy is getting in the mood with these beautiful bespoke artworks, one for each of this year's best film nominees.

They include Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything (pictured) and were created by by London design agency Human After All and artist Malika Favre. Tune into the Baftas on BBC One at 21:00 GMT to see which one takes the trophy home.

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Flintoff talks balls

Freddie Flintoff
Getty Images

He doesn't often make it on to the entertainment pages, but Freddie Flintoff's set to become the first cricketer to play the Edinburgh Festival.

Promising "lots of laughs", he's taking his hit podcast - Flintoff & Holcroft: Balls Out - on a live theatre tour later this year, chatting about his part in England's legendary 2005 Ashes victory and plenty of other stuff, including this year's Ashes.

Balls out live tour


runs from May to November. Freddie's new TV show - Flintoff: Lord Of The Fries - which is
about fish and chips (!) launches on Sky 1 on 13 February.

Office party

Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

Ricky Gervais

The Office has been voted the best TV show of the past 20 years at the Broadcast Awards.

Voted for by industry folk, other big winners on the night were EastEnders for best soap, Great British Bake Off for best factual programme, while Happy Valley collected best series/serial.

A special recognition award was presented to Match of the Day, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Fast & Furious 7

Paul Walker

The Fast & Furious 7 team has released a new trailer and it's packed with explosions, cars falling out of planes and women back-flipping in evening dresses. What more could you ask for?

The film - which is the last to feature the franchise's late star Paul Walker following his death in a car accident in November 2013 - is due in UK cinemas on 3 April.

"This time it ain't just about being fast", apparently.

Watch the trailer.

Good morning!

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

We're settling in for another day packed full of exciting titbits from the world of entertainment and the arts.

The Rajar figures are in and BBC Radio 6 Music has become the first digital radio station to reach more than two million weekly listeners. Not bad considering it started with just 154,000 back in 2003!

The Berlin Film Festival kicks off today with premieres from 50 Shades of Grey to the live action Cinderella to look forward to. Keep this page open on your phone or your computer for all the latest updates.