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Summary

  1. EastEnders 30th anniversary reaches its climax
  2. Stars gear up for the Academy Awards

Live Reporting

By Ian Youngs and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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Until next time:

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

That's all for now - thanks for visiting. We'll be back on Sunday with live coverage of the Oscars ceremony from around 23:30 GMT so please come back then. In the mean time, have a great weekend.

Actor hurt in crash

Ben Woolf
Getty Images

Actor Ben Woolf, who has appeared in FX network's American Horror Story, is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Hollywood last night.

Woolf has played the characters Meep and Infantata in the TV horror drama.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said he was hit by a passing car on Hollywood Boulevard.

Mark Ruffalo - Oscar hopeful

@MarkRuffalo

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No matter the nominee, nor how slight a chance of winning, nor how little it means to them, they still fantasise their name being called."

Craig Zadan - Oscar script

@craigzadan

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Just arrived, just in time #Oscars script... direct from writing team. Here we go! Sorry can't share it with anyone."

Oscars script
Twitter

The Oscar ceremony producer has also been

tweeting pictures of rehearsals with host Neil Patrick Harris at the Dolby Theatre.

Neil Patrick Harris
Twitter

6 Music hits the north

Newcastle and Gateshead will be abuzz with good music when BBC radio station 6 Music's second festival kicks off tonight.

Mogwai
BBC

Sleater-Kinney, The War on Drugs, Mogwai (above) and Interpol get the event under way in Newcastle before the music moves to the Sage Gateshead on Saturday and Sunday.

As well as being broadcast on 6 Music itself, you can follow the action

on their website and the red button.

There's also

a good Guardian preview looking at whether the region's relative distance from the rest of the British music scene is a good or a bad thing.

Fifty Shades of SpongeBob:

USA Today

SpongeBob Squarepants
AP

It's a parent's nightmare - you take your children to the cinema to watch the latest SpongeBob Squarepants early in the morning and the projectionist accidentally puts on Fifty Shades of Grey instead.

That's what happened in Loveland, Colorado (yes, that's the town's real name) earlier this week.

Instead of seeing SpongeBob and his pals try to save a secret hamburger recipe, they had the opening scenes of the erotic R-rated film.

After the mix-up was noticed, the screen went blank and kids' movie trailers started showing until the right film was found.

Read the full story.

Zombie takeover:

The Stage

Generation of Z: Apocalypse
Generation Z

Zombies are taking over a London department store - well, there will be an "immersive" theatre production set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world at least.

The Stage reports Generation of Z: Apocalypse - which was seen in Edinburgh last year - will be staged in the basement of the former Wickhams store in east London from April to July.

Brave audience members will need to "navigate their way" through an "apocalyptic wasteland".

Read the story.

Oscar rankings:

Slate

Best films
Film co

The are 60 films nominated in total across all the categories at this year's Oscars, and one man has watched them all.

For the past two years, New Yorker Joe Reid has set himself the task of watching each and every one - including the documentaries and shorts - and this year he has created a list ranking them all.

See how many of the best picture nominees are in the bottom 10 and which movie he chooses as his top pick on

The Slate.

EastEnders - your views

Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk

A lot of you have got in touch with your reaction to the big EastEnders reveal - and the fact a peak of 11.9 million people tuned in to watch. Almost all of it was negative though.

  • Lou tweeted: "I think it was more to see if they 'stuffed it up' live!"
  • Mimi: "Won't get that many viewers again, stupid ending."
  • Wayne Briggs: "Sorry watched for first time in years, never again."
  • Glynis Elliot: "And what a let down it was. A ten year old lad not strong enough to kill his sister twice his size with a box."
  • Rather Be Surfing: "So that means over 52.4 million had more sense and watched something else!"
  • Hannah: "Apparently it was the most tweeted about soap ever! That's probably because of us."

Kanye's world

Kanye West has given another entertaining interview - expounding on subjects from race and class to his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and his wife Kim Kardashian's naked photoshoots.

In the hour-long appearance on New York hip-hop station Power 105.1 FM, he also explained his recent stage invasion when Beck won album of the year at the Grammys.

Kanye West and Beck at the Grammys
AFP

"I was completely hypocritical," he said. "The other day I went to dinner with Taylor Swift and ironically they were playing the Beck album.

"Maybe they did it on purpose so I could finally hear it. I was, like, man, this is kinda good!"

You can

watch the full interview.

TV round-up

Here's a round-up of some TV news you may have missed:

Ricky Martin
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  • Pop heartthrob Ricky Martin is to judge Simon Cowell's new reality TV show La Banda,
    People reports.
  • Tom Hanks will be the first guest when British comedian James Corden takes over The Late Late Show on on CBS on 23 March.
    From Twitter.
  • A disco-era trailer has been released for the final season of Mad Men. Watch on
    Watch on Time.
  • HBO has ordered a pilot of a new period drama from Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant,
    Variety reports.
  • Leo Zlotoff, who created 1980s series MacGyver, has given his backing to a competition to find ideas for a remake with a female engineer as the lead character. See
    TheNextMacGyver.com.

Oscar countdown

Who will walk away with the golden statuettes in Hollywood this weekend?

Chocolate Oscars
AFP

Well, these particular Oscars (above) are made of chocolate and will be given to all the guests at Sunday's ceremony.

The BBC's LA correspondent Alastair Leithead has been speaking to the official Oscars chef - as well as taking a look at who might get their hands on the real trophies.

Watch his video report.

'Lost' Sherlock story

The Daily Telegraph

A Scottish historian has unearthed a "lost" Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (below) in his attic, according to

the Daily Telegraph.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Getty Images

Conan Doyle wrote the short story for a charity pamphlet to help raise funds for a new bridge in Selkirk, Scotland, in 1904, after the previous bridge was washed away in a flood, according to the paper.

The story is titled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar.

Read the full story.

Gallery boss departs

Sandy Nairne leaves his role as director of the National Portrait Gallery today after a 12-year tenure that saw its annual attendance rise by more than 500,000 to two million.

The London gallery

tweeted: "Sandy will be much missed by all our staff and supporters and we wish him the very best of luck for the future."

Nicholas Cullinan - who started his career as a visitors' assistant at the National Portrait Gallery - will take over.

Sandy Naine
NAtional Portait Gallery

I'll be back - in Imax:

Slashfilm

Terminator Genisys
Presser

Arnie fans are in for a treat when Terminator Genisys is released on 1 July - the film is to be given the Imax treatment.

Not only will you be able to see the action in jumbo size, it'll be 3D too.

An Arnie fansite has also posted two script reviews - both of which are positive, which will delight hardcore fans of the franchise.

Read the full story.

Mancunian Maverick:

BBC Arts

Tony Wilson
BBC

Glibly dubbed "Mr Manchester", Factory Records founder and Granada TV personality Tony Wilson defied easy summary.

On what would have been Wilson's 65th birthday, Paul Morley attempts to distil what it was to be Anthony H Wilson.

Read the full story.

Freeze!

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Frozen
AP/Disney

Police in Kentucky have issued a (tongue-in-cheek) arrest warrant for Elsa from Frozen on suspicion of spreading her icy powers across the state.

"As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous," they tweeted. "Do not attempt to apprehend her alone."

Read the full story.

Out with a bang

Fans of TV comedy Two and a Half Men have seen the show's finale in the US after 12 series. Spoiler warning - stop reading if you don't want to know what happened.

Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen
Getty Images

Four years after wild-living actor Charlie Sheen (above right)

was fired from the show, fans speculated on whether he would come back for one last appearance.

"For the record, he was offered a role," the show's creator Chuck Lorre (above left) has revealed

on his website.

But Sheen declined. Instead, producers found a body double and dropped a grand piano on him. Then a grand piano dropped on Lorre himself.

What a way to go out.

Dermot dances

Dermot O'Leary
PA

Dermot O'Leary has been limbering up ahead of his 24-hour dance marathon for Comic Relief on 12 March.

The presenter might be having second thoughts about his feat though: "When I came up with the idea for this event I was in the middle of the dancefloor on holiday, where you never want the dancing to end.

"Now I'm back in the freezing cold UK with a few less disco lights and a lot more bruises - and it doesn't seem quite as appealing! I'm going to need all the support I can get from the public to keep me going!"

Watch Dermot prepare for his day of dance.

Fashionably famous

London Fashion Week has kicked off, and last night Naomi Campbell staged a star-studded catwalk show titled Fashion for Relief to raise money for the fight against Ebola.

Here are some of the famous faces who graced the runway.

Naomi Campbell
AP

Naomi Campbell

The Duchess of York
PA

The Duchess of York

Katie Price
PA

Katie Price

Pixie Lott
PA

Pixie Lott

Dame Vivienne Westwood
Reuters

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Mr Bean for Maigret

Rowan Atkinson
Toby Hancock/Rex

Actor Rowan Atkinson - known for his comic creations Mr Bean and Blackadder - is changing direction to play French detective Jules Maigret in new dramas on ITV.

Atkinson will play the pipe-smoking sleuth in two films set in 1950s Paris.

"I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years and I'm very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in its history," he said.

Maigret was created by writer Georges Simenon and has been played on UK TV over the years by Sir Michael Gambon, Richard Harris and Rupert Davies.

Orchestral plans

Could London get a brand new concert hall to attract the world's greatest musicians and conductors?

That prospect has moved a step closer today after the government and mayor of London

commissioned a feasibility study.

Simon Rattle
Getty Images

The news comes after Sir Simon Rattle, one of the world's most eminent conductors,

told the BBC London did not have a "proper" concert hall.

If it did, he may be tempted to come back home from his current job with the Berliner Philharmonic.

EastEnders' ratings hit

Bobbie Beale
BBC

Last night's TV ratings are in, and the two episodes of EastEnders were each watched by more than 10 million people - making them the most watched programmes of the year so far, according to

UK TV Ratings on Twitter.

The 19:30 GMT episode on BBC One was seen by an average of 10.8 million viewers, according to the overnight ratings, while the 21:25 flashback episode was seen by 10.3 million.

They were the soap's highest overnight figures since Christmas Day 2010, according to

Digital Spy.

Read more on this story.

Benedict's Hamlet in cinemas

One of the hottest tickets in London theatre this year is to see Benedict Cumberbatch playing Hamlet at the Barbican from August.

If you can't get a ticket, there's good news. The play will be screened in cinemas across the UK (and beyond) on 15 October as part of the National Theatre's NT Live scheme.

Find out more

on NT Live.

Red carpet rolled out

Hollywood is getting ready for its biggest night of the year - the Oscars on Sunday night.

There was a scare on Thursday when a man was arrested after emerging from his car holding a propane canister near the venue. But it turned out to be a false alarm.

It has not interrupted preparations - here are some photos from outside the Dolby Theatre.

Oscar preparations
Reuters
Oscar preparations
Reuters
Oscar preparations
Reuters
Oscar preparations
AFP
Oscar preparations
AFP

JJ Abrams on Star Wars:

BBC Radio 5 live

Director JJ Abrams has been speaking to BBC 5 live about Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. But he's giving very little away.

JJ Abrams at the Oscar Wildes
Getty Images

"There are a ton of rumours some true some false," he said. "We obviously do the best we can just to preserve the story for the audience but it doesn't always work."

You can

listen to the interview on the 5 live website.

Abrams was speaking at the Oscar Wildes - an award ceremony that intends to bring together the Irish and US film communities before the actual Oscars.

Read more on this story.

Tribute to comedy writer

Actress Amy Poehler is among those who have been paying tribute to Parks and Recreation writer and executive producer Harris Wittels, who has been found dead at the age of 30.

Harris Wittels and Amy Poehler
Getty Images

"Today, I lost a friend," said Poehler, who stars in the comedy series, as she picked up an award from Variety magazine. "I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction."

Wittels also performed stand-up comedy and wrote for other TV shows including The Sarah Silverman Program and Eastbound and Down.

Aquaman makes a splash

Director Zack Snyder

has tweeted the first photo of Jason Momoa as Aquaman from the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League movies.

Zack Snyder on Twitter
Twitter

Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas, who can breathe under water, swim at high speeds and telepathically communicate with sea life.

The film franchise will see him appear with Superman, played by Henry Cavill, and Batman, played by Ben Affleck.

Radio 2 alarm

Chris Evans was forced to evacuate his BBC Radio 2 studio while on air this morning after a fire alarm.

Chris Evans on Twitter
BBC

"We have a situation here at Radio 2... we just have to go off the air for a while," Evans told listeners.

But Chris and his crew were allowed back in half an hour later and resumed the show just before 08:00.

"Thankfully nothing's wrong here, nobody's injured, nobody's harmed in any way," he said.

"David Walliams has just arrived and was shown to the muster point outside. Jack Savoretti and his band were outside as well. We thought about doing the show right there."

Kathy's back!

Gillian Taylforth
Kieron McCarron/BBC

Perhaps a bigger surprise than the identity of Lucy's killer was the sight of Kathy Beale on EastEnders last night.

Kathy, played by Gillian Taylforth, had been thought to be dead for more than a decade after a car crash in South Africa.

EastEnders reaction

Last night's EastEnders revelation seems to have been met with a mixture of excitement and disbelief.

"Let's hope he gets off with a caution and EastEnders sweeps the board at the soap awards," was the verdict of

The Sun's TV critic Ally Ross.

"This wonderful week of compelling live specials has delivered gripping telly," wrote

The Mirror's Kevin O'Sullivan.

And here's some reaction from Twitter.

EastEnders reaction from Twitter
Twitter

Get involved

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

What did you think of the revelations on EastEnders last night? Worth the build-up or a twist too far? And as Hollywood prepares for its big night, who would you like to see walk away with the Oscar statuettes this weekend?

Get in touch and let us know your views on today's news or send us any stories you've seen. Tweet

@BBCNewsEnts or email
entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk

Happy Friday

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

Good morning - welcome to Friday's rolling coverage of news from the world of entertainment and arts. We'll be catching up on the dramatic events in Walford as EastEnders' 30th anniversary storyline came to a climax last night, and warming up for this weekend's Oscars, among other things. Stay tuned!