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  1. More tributes as Leonard Nimoy's funeral is held
  2. Will Smith whips Fifty Shades of Grey at US box office
  3. BBC director general warns about 'reduced' corporation

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By Genevieve Hassan and Ian Youngs

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That's all folks

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Sadly that's all for today, but come back tomorrow for all of Tuesday's entertainment news.

In the mean time, I'll leave you to have a look at a video montage that Oscar nominee

Mark Ruffalo tweeted of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy in character as Spock. It's fascinating.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock

Ishiguro's new 'love story'

BBC Radio 4 Today

Rebecca Jones and Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in 10 years, tells of an elderly couple on a journey to find their lost son in a semi-mythical post-Roman Britain.

But the author dismisses the suggestion that it's a purely fantasy novel and describes it as more like a love story.

Ishiguro spoke to arts correspondent Rebecca Jones about the inspiration for the book.

Listen to the interview.

Star Wars character confirmed


Lizo Mzimba

Entertainment correspondent

One more character name appears to have been confirmed for the new Star Wars film, with Maisie Richardson-Sellers's official Spotlight page saying she plays a character called Korr Sella.

The name had been added to the film's IMDB page some weeks back, but as anyone can edit the website's pages it was unclear how accurate the information might be.

As only actors/actresses and their agencies control their Spotlight pages, this appears to be confirmation of the character name.

Ayckbourn's 79 not out

Sir Alan Ayckbourn is not slowing down - the 75-year-old playwright will premiere the 79th play of his career at his home theatre in Scarborough this summer.

Alan Ayckbourn

Hero's Welcome follows a war hero called Murray, who stirs up trouble when he returns to his home town.

It will open in September as part of the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 60th anniversary celebrations.

The season will also see the return of two plays that started life at the venue - the stage adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black and Tim Firth's Neville's Island. Find more info on

the theatre's site.

1.21 gigawatts in Lego

Back to the Future in Lego

Ever wondered what Back to the Future would look like in Lego? Now you can find out, thanks to some clever chaps who have recreated the famous moment where Doc Brown sends Marty back to 1985.

Watch the video. Thanks to our Twitter follower
@VickiSmithFilm for sharing.

Iggy Azalea arrested

Trouble video
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OK, not really.

The Australian rapper is being collared by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson in the video for her new single, Trouble - a summery, piano-driven ditty that's her most mainstream record to date.

The video sees Azalea tricked into being the getaway driver for a bank heist, then breaking her boyfriend out of prison and getting into a high-speed car chase.

Watch the video.

Brooks booked

Mel Brooks
Press release

Mel Brooks, the man behind Blazing Saddles and The Producers, is coming to London for his first ever UK solo show on 22 March.

One of the few people ever to achieve an EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award), he will share his memories of a career in showbusiness - hopefully including the night Sid Caesar

dangled him out a window for writing a bad joke.

"I am thrilled to bring this introspective retrospective of my life and career to the West End stage," Brooks said.

"It will be an evening the audience will never forget - whether they want to or not!"

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.


Olly Murs

Pop star Olly Murs recently spent the morning busking in London's Covent Garden. Not because he's down on his luck - his most recent album just went platinum - but for a dare.

He spent two hours being transformed into "Frankie the busker", complete with prosthetic nose, luxurious beard and a questionable fake accent for a stunt on Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast show.

But how much did he raise? You can find out by

watching the video.

Writer's role:

The Independent

Michael Frayn

Tom Stoppard was wrong to suggest audiences were

too stupid to understand his plays, according to playwright Michael Frayn, who added it was up to the writer "to make things clear".

"I don't think it is right to blame the audience - it's a question of making it all plain in the writing," Frayn said.

"You always get a surprise at what an audience does understand and what they don't get - I'm a very stupid audience member."

Read the full story.

Bennett's barbs

Alan Bennett

Radio 4's World At One turns 50 this year, and the programme is asking well-known figures to nominate "50 things that make Britain great".

Today, it was playwright Alan Bennett's turn... and his choice was typically barbed.

"What I think we are best at in England, better than all the rest, is hypocrisy," he told presenter Martha Kearney.

"Take London. We extol its beauty and its dignity, and at the same time we are happy to sell it off to the highest bidder.

"We glory in Shakespeare, yet we close our public libraries."

Listen to the whole interview.

Austria's problem with Maria

The Sound of Music
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With The Sound of Music celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it turns out the musical has not always been appreciated by Austrians.

Although tourists flock to Salzburg to see the locations made famous in the musical, few Austrians have seen the movie or know its songs.

Georg Steinitz. who worked on the film as a local assistant director, spoke to the BBC about making the musical and why Austrians are puzzled at its success.

Read more on this story and
watch Julie Andrews talking to Michael Parkinson about creating the famous opening shot.

SNL IS controversy

Dakota Johnson
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A Saturday Night Live sketch starring Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson has caused a furore on Twitter.

The skit featured Johnson saying goodbye to her father, apparently leaving for college, but it later transpires she is actually joining Islamic terrorist group IS.

Some tweeted the subject was "

no laughing matter".

Read more on this story.

Chic are back

Nile Rodgers
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Disco legend Nile Rodgers has teased the first track from his band Chic's first album for 23 years.

He has posted an instrumental version of I'll Be There

on YouTube. It's dedicated to his former bandmate Bernard Edwards, who died in 1996.

Needless to say, the song is exceedingly funky, and has similarities to Sister Sledge's Lost in Music (which Nile and Bernard wrote and produced). Nile says he'll release the full song in a few days.

Celebrating Ol' Blue Eyes:

BBC Breakfast

Frank Sinatra Jr and BBC Breakfast hosts

To mark 100 years since the birth of Frank Sinatra, his son is performing a series of concerts around the UK.

Frank Sinatra Jr told BBC Breakfast his father would find the fuss being made about his centenary "the funniest thing in the world".

Watch the interview.

Jessie J's dinner drama



To the girl who stood next to me in the super market for a good 5 minutes talking about me on the phone convinced it wasn't me. *In Australian accent* "But why would she be in here, don't people like her have people to do stuff for her?"

"It was me and yes I could hear you talking mean about me. It was entertaining. And I often buy food in super markets and then go home and cook it for my team. How diva of me. And I had flip flops on in the rain and no makeup on. Dun dun duuuuuuun!"

Jessie J instagram post
Instagram/Jessie J

What Anna and Elsa did next:

BBC Newsbeat

Frozen Fever

If you're a big Disney fan, you'll no doubt be excited at the new Frozen short which sees Elsa and Anna return to the big screen.

Frozen Fever is being shown in cinemas ahead of Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella which is out later this month, but Newsbeat caught a special screening yesterday.

Read the review.

Funny for money

Mark Watson

On Friday, we told you about Mark Watson's 27-hour comedy marathon for Comic Relief.

He completed it over the weekend, when he was joined on stage at The Pleasance Theatre in London by a host of celebrities including Russell Brand, Sarah Millican, Rufus Hound and Jennifer Saunders.

His mammoth effort saw him raise £78,257 on the day.

Watch the highlights - including a clip of actress Gillian Anderson attempting to shave a rather hairy man's back.

Tintin for sale

Around 300 Tintin books, storyboards and original drawings are to go under the hammer this weekend at Sotheby's in Paris.

You'll need deep pockets to buy some of the items though - one of cartoonist Herge's drawings from 1938 is valued between 430,000 and 480,000 euros (£313,000-£350,000).

Tintin artwork

Whiplash vs The Muppets:

The Huffington Post

Huffington Post

After JK Simmons won his Oscar for playing a strict music teacher in jazz drumming film Whiplash, it was only a matter of time before the spoofs began.

This time, Fletcher meets his match with Animal from The Muppets - but is he rushing or dragging?

Watch the video.

French museum theft

Fontainebleau castle

Fifteen "priceless" Chinese artefacts have been stolen from the Fontainebleau castle south of Paris.

French authorities said the King of Siam's crown, which was presented to Emperor Napoleon III during a visit from the Siamese ambassador, was among the items taken.

The theft took place in "one of the most secure parts of the castle, equipped with alarms and surveillance cameras", police said.

"We think they were very determined, knew exactly what they were looking for and worked in a very professional manner," Jean-Francois Hebert, who runs the Fontainebleau castle, added.

Gaga takes the plunge

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga plunged into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan yesterday during a fundraising event for the Special Olympics.

The pop superstar was among 4,500 people who braved air temperatures of around -7C (20F). More than 85% of the lake is currently covered in ice,

NBC Chicago reported.

She was joined by her fiance Taylor Kinney (below) as well as actor Vince Vaughn.

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
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Lady Gaga

The case for the BBC


The BBC is live-tweeting director general Tony Hall's speech on the challenges of public service broadcasting.

"If we didn't have a BBC funded by a licence fee, such is the world we face, we'd have to invent it,"

Lord Hall has said.

Follow the live tweets.

Vulcan farewell

The funeral for Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy took place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The star was laid to rest in a private traditional Jewish ceremony for close friends and family.

Meanwhile, fans paid tribute to the actor at a comic book convention in California, while Nasa released this picture of astronaut Terry Virts giving the Vulcan salute from the International Space Station.

Astronaut Terry Virts

Read more on this story.

Madonna on tour


Fresh from her unfortunate stumble at the Brit Awards last week, Madonna has announced an international tour to support her latest album Rebel Heart.

Beginning on 29 August in Miami, the star will tour North America before heading to Europe in November. She'll play four dates in the UK - 1, 14, 16 and 20 December in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow respectively.

Tickets go on sale on 16 March.

See the full list of tour dates.

Weekend news

Ed Sheeran (left) and Sam Smith
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In case you missed it, here are some of the stories that made headlines over the weekend:

  • Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood have taken the top spots in the first UK album chart to count streaming data alongside sales. [
    Read more]
  • A lack of film roles for actresses in their 50s is "a disaster" and the situation is unlikely to change, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas has said. [
    Read more]
  • A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities is to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. [
    Read more]
  • EastEnders is going to introduce its first transgender character. [
    Read more]
  • A dress "resembling" the $150,000 (£97,000) outfit worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars that was stolen has been recovered, Los Angeles police have said. [
    Read more]

BBC warning

The BBC's director general Tony Hall is to give a speech later warning a BBC "reduced in impact and reach" will leave Britain "diminished".

"I believe we need and we will need what the licence fee - in whatever form - makes happen more than ever," Lord Hall will say.

Read more on this story.

Will Smith on target

Still from Focus

We kick off with news from North American box office, where Will Smith's con-man film Focus topped the chart - with Fifty Shades of Grey slipping to fourth place.

Focus only took $19.1m (£12.4m) in it's first three days though - a far cry from the $77m Smith commanded in the opening weekend for I Am Legend in 2007.

Here are the top five films:

  1. Focus - $19.1m
  2. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $11.8m
  3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - $11.2m
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey - $10.9m
  5. The Lazarus Effect - $10.6m

Read more on this story.

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Entertainment reporter

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

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