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  1. BBC spends 29% less on star pay
  2. Armani says Madonna is 'difficult'
  3. Blurred Lines made $16m profit

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By Genevieve Hassan and Neil Smith

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That's all, folks!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

It's time for us to shut up shop for the day, so thanks for joining us.

But be sure to return tomorrow, when we'll be bringing you news on the MTV Movie Award nominations and the new commission for the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

Kings of the charts?

Official Charts Company

Years and Years

The BBC's Sound of 2015 winners Years and Years are on track to knock Ellie Goulding off the number one spot with their new single, King.

The track is currently some 32,000 copies ahead of Goulding's sales for Love Me Like You Do.

Read the full story.

Bake and shake

Paul Hollywood, Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Mary Berry, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles and Ed Byrne

It's the final episode of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off tonight, where stars have been putting their baking skills to the test for charity.

Episode four sees Victoria Wood, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles and Kayvan Novak try to impress Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with tray bakes, crumpets and selfie cakes.

To get you in the mood,

watch a clip of the celebrities struggling with their technical challenge.

And once Bake Off is finished, why not stay tuned for

The People's Strictly for Comic Relief, in which three more thoroughly deserving Strictly Come Dancing superfans are thrust into the world of ballroom for charity.

Chasing Bond:

Sky News

James Bond scene
Sky News

Footage has emerged of a car chase through the streets of Rome, filmed for new James Bond movie Spectre.

The footage shows 007's Aston Martin being pursued through the Italian capital at night by a red Jaguar.

Other footage shows Bond's car racing along the banks of the River Tiber.

Watch the video.

Taylor fixes all


You have a baby and she won't stop crying. What do you do?

Apparently, you just have to put on Taylor Swift's number one hit Blank Space and it will solve all your problems. At least, it works for six-month-old Rosie.

Swift has declared it "THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN". She must be serious as she's using capital letters.

Watch the video.

Taylor Swift tweet

Ambridge latest

BBC Midlands Today weather forecast

Fans of Radio 4's The Archers will no doubt have been gripped by this week's storyline involving a flood in fictional Ambridge.

The soap's online team have been busy creating a

weather warning live page to accompany the drama, which has been giving real-time updates on the latest weather happenings and flood destruction as the story develops on air.

It comes complete with tweets from characters Fallon Rogers and Harrison Burns, as well as the Borsetshire Constabulary.

The best feature, though, is BBC Midlands Today's

weather forecast for the Ambridge area.

Oscar change afoot?

The Hollywood Reporter

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering a return to its former policy of having only five best picture nominees, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter.

The potential move, which is being pushed by a "significant fraction" of the Academy, would be a radical shift for the 6,000-member organisation and a tacit acknowledgement its six-year-old strategy of boosting the number of best picture nominees has failed.

Read the full story.

News to me


Hayley Atwell
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It was reported last week funnyman Stephen Merchant had been in a car crash with Captain America star Hayley Atwell.

It seems to be news to the British actress though, who has

tweeted: "Just been told that I've been in a car crash with Stephen Merchant. I was eating cereal in my pj's when I heard. I hope I'm ok."

British TV v US TV - Your views

Email or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Eva emails:

"British TV wins hands down for me every time for me. I find US TV trashy and superficial, can't watch it for more than five minutes.

"I also prefer BBC to all the other UK channels it has the best quality programmes for inquiring intelligent minds. If I sound boring and stuffy I don't care!"

Pauline MacLean

tweets: "From Canada - I look forward to the British shows I can get. Love the story lines and drama. They are not slow."

Peep show

Jake and Dinos Chapman

A pornographic artwork by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman that caused controversy when it was first shown 20 years ago has gone on display in London.

Bring Me the Head of... features two actresses playing with a severed head that has a phallic nose, but it can only be viewed through a peephole, to prevent under 18s seeing it.

Read more on this story.

Holiday celebrations

Billie Holiday

New York's famed Apollo Theatre is planning a number of events to commemorate the centenary of Billie Holiday's birth.

The blues singer performed at the Harlem venue more than 40 times and will be inducted into its Walk of Fame on 6 April.

Grammy-winning jazz singer Cassandra Wilson will also give

a special concert in tribute to Holiday on 10 April.

Up all night with Kanye

Kanye West
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Kanye West fans will be yawning today thanks to a "secret" gig in London last night that

did not kick off until 01:20 GMT.

The US rapper left a crowd including Radio 1's Clara Amfo and 1Xtra's Mistajam gasping with a high-energy set the latter said would "

go down in history".

It must have been refreshing to see Kanye own a stage rather than invade one, as he has been wont to do at awards shows of late.

Madonna, with whom he worked recently on her new album Rebel Heart, has suggested West "takes things too seriously" in this area and has advised him to take the occasional chill pill.

"Don't go to awards shows looking for justice,"

she told Rolling Stone. "That's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

"I never got too engaged with who wins awards or not, because I don't honestly think it's that important. So that part of him I can't relate to."

Quinto remembers Nimoy:

The Guardian

Leonard Nimoy with Zachary Quinto in 2009
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Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto has paid a moving tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, who created the iconic Mr Spock character that Quinto has since inherited.

He said Nimoy was a wise yet serious man who "inspired and influenced an entire generation" and who lived his life "beautifully and with such grace".

Read the full tribute.

Art in miniature


A new exhibition of works by Slinkachu - the artist best known for making miniature street installations with one inch-high (2.5cm) figures that are photographed and then "abandoned" - is to open at London's

Andipa Gallery from 13 March.

Miniaturesque will include 17 new images and a sculptural piece featuring more than 200 miniature figures in a recreation of the River Thames.

Williams' millions

Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and TI
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As the Marvin Gaye/Blurred Lines

copyright row rumbles on, it's been revealed Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams made more than $5m (£3.26m) each from the hit song.

The pair, along with rapper TI, are being sued for copyright infringement by Gaye's family, over similarities to his track Got to Give It Up.

Read more on this story.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on set


On Tuesday we brought you the first picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's upcoming film about the NSA intelligence leaker.

Now the actor has followed it up with a tweet he's labelled "

Oliver Stone's first selfie."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Oliver Stone

Poldark revisited:

BBC Breakfast

Eleanor Tomlinson and Aidan Turner in Poldark

Poldark, the BBC's adaptation of Winston Graham's historical novels about life in 18th Century Cornwall, was a huge hit with audiences in the 1970s.

Some might say it would be tempting fate to try and recreate that cultural milestone. But that has not stopped the BBC producing a new version of Graham's romantic saga that begins on Sunday on BBC One.

The Hobbit's Aidan Turner (pictured above with Eleanor Tomlinson) plays the brooding Ross Poldark in the lavish eight-parter, which also features the late Warren Clarke as his uncle Charles.

Tim Muffett paid a visit to the set last year, during which he spoke to Poldark actors old and new.

Watch his report.

Cape drama continues


Madonna's infamous fall at the Brit Awards continues to make headlines.

Giorgio Armani - who designed the cape the singer wore during her performance - has now waded in on the issue.

Madonna said the cape had been fastened too tightly, which caused her to tumble when a dancer failed to pull it away.

But the designer said: "The cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn't able to open it with her hands.

"That's all there is to it. Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult."


Read more on this story.

Who run the world?


Girls Aloud

Billboard has been celebrating girl groups this week. It kicked off on Monday with its list of the

Top 40 highest-charting girl group hits.

Now it has published its Top 20 most underrated girl band songs "of all time".

British acts Little Mix and the Spice Girls appear in the countdown, though it is Girls Aloud who end up topping it.

Read the full story.

British TV v US TV - Your views

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Celia Imrie
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We've had lots of responses from you on Celia Imrie's comments in Glamour magazine that British TV is boring compared to its US rivals.

  • Rebekah tweets: "Totally."
  • Evonne: "Both are just as rubbish."
  • Katri: "No! There is nothing like British TV."
  • Carol: "UK for factual and wildlife, US for escapism."
  • Keith King: "I would go mad having to suffer the amount of commercial breaks witnessed on US TV."
  • Tuula: "I watch less and less US TV. British TV is the only thing."
  • Jussi Tossavainen: "British TV saves many evenings in Finland too. Even ITV is SOO much better than Finnish MTV3."

Keep them coming!

Secret Lewinsky

Bill Clinton portrait

US artist Nelson Shank, who painted an official portrait of Bill Clinton in 2006, has revealed he inserted a secret reference to the former US president's affair with Monica Lewinsky in the picture.

The artist told the Philadelphia Daily News an apparently unexplained shadow in his piece was caused by a mannequin wearing a blue dress he had set up while working on the portrait - a reference to the famous dress Lewinsky wore during one of her trysts with Mr Clinton.

"It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him," Shank said.

Read the full story.

Music maker

Kinetic sculpture violin
Seth Goldstein

Meet Ro-Bow - a robot that plays the violin.

Retired engineer Seth Goldstein has created a "kinetic sculpture" that uses robotic fingers to play digital music files on the instrument.

BBC Click spoke to him about how he constructed the machine.

Watch the interview.

Tackling colonialism

Russell Tovey

Jimmy McGovern's latest BBC Two series, Banished, tells the compelling story of the first British convicts to be transported to Australia in the 18th Century.

The writer and its star, Russell Tovey, spoke to the BBC about making the drama, how Manchester doubled for Sydney and why the characters weren't allowed to say "don't", "isn't" and "can't".

Read the full story.

While you were sleeping

Here's a look at some of the entertainment, arts and media news reported overnight on the BBC News website.

  • Australia's High Court has upheld a ruling that a radio station broke the law by airing a hoax call to the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness. [
    Read more.]
  • Award-winning children's author Mal Peet has died aged 67, several months after being diagnosed with cancer. [
    Read more.]
  • Calvin Harris has been announced as the first headline act for Glasgow's Summer Sessions outdoor music event. [
    Read more.]
  • Commercial broadcaster ITV has reported a big rise in profits for 2014 - up 39% to £605m. [
    Read more.]

Talk of the Town

Chrissie Hynde

The Pretenders' singer Chrissie Hynde is to publish her memoirs in September.

Publisher Doubleday said it would offer a "strikingly intimate portrayal" of the punk rock scene of the 1970s and a "bitter-sweet" look back at the history of Hynde's band.

The 63-year-old performer said she hoped the book would "make people dance, have fun, possibly cry and maybe reach for a guitar".

Luther's back

Idris Elba

Prepare to get excited, Luther fans. Filming has begun on a new two-part special, set for screens this autumn.

Idris Elba posed for this snap while on set in London, where he said: "It's great we've been able to do this Luther special. John is so close to my heart, he's part of me.

"The fans won't be disappointed with his return - it's explosive and definitely goes up a gear!"

Producers have promised this will be "the biggest, scariest story yet" - though there is no mention of Ruth Wilson, so memorable as the psychopathic Alice Morgan, in its cast list.

Walliams separates:

The Sun

David Walliams and Lara Stone
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The Sun is reporting that comedian and author David Walliams has split from his wife, the model Lara Stone.

The couple married in May 2010 and have a son, Alfred, who is nearly two years old.

Read the full story (subscription site).

Goldblum returns for ID2:


Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is to reprise his role as computer expert David Levinson in Independence Day 2, director Roland Emmerich has confirmed.

Emmerich also announced that Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth will have a role in the sequel, while relatively unknown star Jessie Usher has been cast in the lead role.

Usher will play the son of Will Smith's character from the original 1996 film. Alas, Smith has not signed on to appear in the 2016 release.

Read the full story.

BBC star salaries

Susanna Reid

The BBC spent 29% less on stars earning more than £100,000 a year over the past five years, an independent review has found.

Overall spending on talent was down 15%, from £221m to £188m.

The review said the BBC's savings were down to a more relaxed approach to exclusivity, learning to let top stars leave - such as former BBC Breakfast host Susanna Reid - and generally paying less.

Read more on this story.

Get involved:

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Veteran actress Celia Imrie has lambasted British TV for being boring compared to its US rivals - do you agree? Do you prefer watching Homeland to Broadchurch? Or will you not hear a bad word said about British drama?

Get in touch and let us know - tweet

@BBCNewsEnts or email

Good morning:

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to Wednesday! It's another packed day in the world of arts and entertainment, so stay with us for news on Independence Day 2, the Tribeca Film Festival and Madonna's advice to Kanye West about attending awards shows.