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  1. New Star Wars trailer delights fans
  2. Wikileaks publishes Sony emails
  3. Sir Kenneth Branagh sets up theatre company

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By Genevieve Hassan and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

It's goodbye from us for another week. Be sure to come back bright and early on Monday morning to catch up on the weekend's news and the latest updates from the business we call show.

In the meantime, we'll sign off with this picture of a Japanese Boeing 787 bearing the design of Star Wars droid R2-D2, which will enter service this autumn.

May the Force be with you.

All Nippon Airways plane

Failed food challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow
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Gwyneth Paltrow's much-derided attempt to live off $29 (£16) - the equivalent of food stamps in the US - for a week failed after just four days, she's revealed.

She'd previously posted pictures of her shopping bag, which contained avocados, kale, rice and limes among other healthy items.

But writing on her

Goop website she admitted "we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black liquorice).

She added: "My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days - a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year."

We could understand breaking the challenge for a huge bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps, but liquorice?

Henry's Got Talent

Henry Gallagher

The weekend at this time of year can only mean thing - Britain's Got Talent.

Tomorrow night sees 12-year-old Henry Gallagher impress the judges with his original song, Lightning, written about a girl at school who doesn't notice him.

All together now - "Ahhhh!"

Watch Henry perform his song.

Young Dancer finals begin

Jacob O'Connell

The final rounds for the

BBC's Young Dancer 2015 kicks off later on BBC Four at 20:00 BST.

Tonight sees five dancers (including Jacob O'Connell pictured) compete in the contemporary category, hoping for a place in the grand final at Sadler's Wells.

The hip hop, south Asian and ballet finals will be broadcast over the next three weeks every Friday, with the grand final on Saturday, 9 May.

Empire date revealed


If you're as excited as us about the US hit drama Empire coming to the UK then stick 28 April in your diary.

The creative force behind it, Lee Daniels,

confirmed on Twitter the date it would hit E4.

The show, about a hip hop mogul and his family, has proved a juggernaut for Fox in the US, with audiences rising from 13.9 million for its pilot to 23.1 million for its first season finale.

Doctor Who movie?

Doctor Who

Wikileaks has published hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from Sony's cyber-attack last year.

Among the more interesting tidbits of information revealed included:

  • Discussions about a Doctor Who film
  • George Clooney's email address
  • Ryan Gosling wants to make a film of the video game BioShock
  • David O Russell bullying allegations
  • Jennifer Lawrence's many private jet flights

Read more on this story.

Culture and the election

What will the election mean for arts and culture?

With less than three weeks until polling day, Arts Council England has

put together the main parties' arts policies if you want to examine them in more detail.

Daredevil plundered by pirates



Netflix's new superhero series Daredevil has been illegally downloaded 2.1 million times since it was released on last Friday, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.

The only TV show pirated more during the same time period was HBO's Game of Thrones with 6.5 million downloads - however it includes all past four seasons of the fantasy drama.

Read more on this story.

Affordable art fever grips Asia

Art portrait

Asia has seen a boom in the art market in recent years, with Chinese buyers setting records at auction for paintings and sculptures.

The Affordable Art Fair, which first began in London in 1999, has now turned its sights to Asia to cater for the masses.

The fair's founder, Will Ramsay, says: "You don't have to be a squillionaire to buy art."

Watch the interview.

Book Night record

The Bookseller

A record number of institutions from prisons to hospitals are taking part in World Book Night, with 250,000 books being handed out at the event.

A total of 109 prisons and young offenders institutes as well as more than 2,000 schools, colleges, libraries and workplaces are giving away copies of the 20 titles on this year's list.

Among the titles are James Bowen's A Street Cat Named Bob, about a homeless man's relationship with a stray cat, sci-fi thriller The Martian by Andy Weir, Shin Dong-Hyuk's Escape from Camp 14 and Karl Pilkington's Moaning of Life.

The event, being held on 23 April to coincide with Unesco's International Day of the Book, encourages people to hand out books to people who would otherwise not read.

Read more on this story (subscription site).

Hasselhoff the survivor


David Hasselhoff and Jared Leto

Jared Leto wants the world to experience the power of David Hasselhoff and has shared the out of this world video for True Survivor.

The power ballad is the soundtrack to Kickstarter-funded martial arts spoof Kung Fury and looks every inch an '80s throwback.

Leto tweeted: "

Say THANK YOU for putting this in your life. Here you go...David Hasselhoff - True Survivor," and
added a link to the video.

Hasselhoff himself retweeted it and we think it will cheer up everybody's Friday, so thank you Jared and thank you Mr Hasselhoff.

Acting the part

Fans at the Star Wars Celebration, which is where the cast and crew unveiled the new trailer, have been getting in to the spirit of the event, dressing up as their favourite characters - some more instantly recognisable than others!

Star Wars fan
Star Wars fan
Star Wars fan
Star Wars fan

Ryan Gosling hair and film update

Ryan Gosling has made headlines twice today. First there is despair at how he has apparently

ditched "his beautiful dirty-blonde barnet" for his latest film The Big Short.

Ryan Gosling

The second, more interesting, news is the star is

in negotiations to star in the Blade Runner sequel.

No word yet on what role he'll play opposite Harrison Ford - who will reprise his role as Rick Deckard - but it's known the sequel will take place several decades after the 1982 conclusion.

Which is probably just as well as they'll need to explain Ford's greying hair...

Finding Neverland falls flat

Finding Neverland

Harvey Weinstein's debut as a Broadway producer has fallen flat after critics failed to be wowed by Finding Neverland.

The show, starring Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison with music by Gary Barlow, is based on the 2004 film and tells the story behind JM Barrie's creation of Peter Pan.

The show has gone though a difficult inception, having started life in Leicester in 2012 before Barlow and Eliot Kennedy were brought in.


The Wall Street Journal said the music was "an endless string of skim-milk pop-rock anthems", while Morrison "is insipid as Barrie".


The Guardian wrote: "Most of Barlow and Kennedy's songs are dull adult contemporary ballads, forgotten before they're even over."

Although the

Hollywood Reporter was equally critical of the songs, it did point out the show is likely to be "critic-proof" so could still attract big audiences.

Dressing up like a star

To mark this weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the trolley-bus drivers of Cleveland, Ohio, have been dressing up like a rock stars.

Among the music greats that turned up for work included Alice Cooper...

Alice Cooper lookalike


Prince lookalike

Lionel Ritchie...

Lionel Ritchie lookalike

And Tina Turner.

Tina Turner lookalike

Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Green Day are among the musicians being inducted on Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall.

Tessa Ross NT exit - analysis

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

When the National Theatre announced last year it had hired Tessa Ross as its new chief executive, it was considered by many to be quite a coup.

The National billed her as one part of its new dream executive team, along with the recently appointed artistic director Rufus Norris. They were taking over the theatre from the extremely successful Two Nicks - Hytner and Starr - whose partnership was different: Hytner was the boss.

That worked. Two creative producers sharing centre stage has not. The National will revert to the old system, and Rufus Norris will be the sole person in charge.

Star Wars trailer - your reaction

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Lots of you have got in touch to tell us what you think of the new Star Wars teaser:

  • Corny Che Wa tweets: "I am excited... fair play it looks awesome! Roll on December, that is a definite cinema visit for me."
  • TopTablePlanner tweets: "Luke's "my father has it" (present tense) line in the trailer has got me VERY excited!"
  • arcturanmegadonkey tweets: "Chewbacca should have grey hair. Other than that I'm excited."
  • Jaime Hood tweets: "If you are a child of the seventies and are not excited by this... then you are dead inside."

Nic Tinworth merely tweeted this picture:

Twitter image

Others have been less fussed though:

Branagh returns to the stage

Kenneth Branagh
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Sir Kenneth Branagh is setting up his own theatre company, with stars including Dame Judi Dench, Rob Brydon and Lily James set to perform in a season of plays.

Beginning with The Winter's Tale, The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company will take up residency at London's Garrick Theatre for a year in October.

If you're a fan of Sir Ken, you might want to pop along as he's set to appear in almost all of the productions being put on.

Read more on this story.

One ha ha ha...

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy admits he struggled to perfect his Russian accent for his role in the Soviet war drama Child 44, and resorted to kids' TV for inspiration.

"I watched Sesame Street. The Count [Von Count] speaks just like it and that's what I based it on," he joked at the London premiere last night.

"I couldn't get it off the ground at any point and thought that's the best I can do."

Suge Knight to stand trial

Suge Knight

A Los Angeles judge has ordered rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight to stand trial for murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men in a car park.

Following the hearing Knight was taken to hospital for an unknown medical emergency, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

It's the fifth time the Death Row Records co-founder has been taken from the courthouse to hospital during proceedings in the case.

Knight has pleaded not guilty to charges

Betty's leaving Emmerdale

Paula Tilbrook

Emmerdale veteran Paula Tilbrook is leaving the soap after 21 years playing Betty Eagleton.

No details about the character's exit have been revealed but Betty will be waved off next month, with her final scenes having already been shot.

Tilman was initially hired for just three episodes as an old flame of Seth Armstrong.

"I have been at Emmerdale for 21 years and I've loved every moment. Today is both the saddest and the happiest day of my life," she said.

"Happy because I've got everyone here with me but the sad part is I'm leaving. But there is a great atmosphere and it is nice to go out on a high."

Opposition debate ratings

Election debate

An average 4.3 million viewers watched the five-way debate between opposition party leaders on BBC One last night.

The audience for the hour and a half-long programme peaked during the last hour, when 4.7 million were watching.

ITV's debate two weeks ago between the seven main party leaders attracted a much bigger audience, with an average seven million tuning in.

Read the full story.

Leigh tackles Peterloo

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Mike Leigh

Mr Turner director Mike Leigh will return to the 19th Century for his next film, currently titled Peterloo, a drama about the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

The notorious massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 that had gathered in St Peter's Field in Manchester to demand political reform.

"There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre," Leigh said. "Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford."

Read the full story.

Star Wars - celebrity reaction

Celebrity fans of Star Wars have also been tweeting their excitement at the latest clip.

  • Kevin Smith tweets: "Printing my 'JJ Abrams Rescued My Childhood' t-shirt now. The new @starwars trailer made my Millennium with a Falcon."
  • Anna Kendrick tweets: "There's a new Star Wars trailer! EVERYBODY SHUT UP THERE'S A NEW STAR WARS TRAILER!" - me being professional on set today."
  • Josh Gad tweets: "My tears after hearing #Chewie We'reHome."
Josh Gad

Antebellum bus fire

Tour bus

Members of country group Lady Antebellum had a narrow escape when their tour bus caught fire on the way to Dallas.

Singer Hillary Scott was on board with her husband, tour manager and the driver when the coach went up in flames.

Posting on Facebook, Scott said everyone got off safely and thanked everyone who had come to their aid.

Lady Antebellum
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Zayn's solo outing

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Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik is to make his first public appearance since quitting as one fifth of One Direction.

He is down to attend the annual Asian Awards in London tonight, where music producer Naughty Boy is also expected to walk the red carpet.

It's rumoured there will be an announcement about Malik's solo music after the pair recorded in a studio together and a song was briefly uploaded to Soundcloud.

Read more.

Fans go nuts for new Star Wars trailer

Star Wars trailer

In case you've not already heard, a

new Star Wars trailer was released last night.

Fans have so far reacted positively to the new clip - here's a sample of Twitter comments:

Read more on this story.

Stage exit at National

Tessa Ross and Rufus Norris
National Theatre

Just six months in to the job, Tessa Ross has quit as chief executive of the National Theatre.

The appointment of the former Film 4 head last year was trumpeted as a "dream team" pairing with the new artistic director, Rufus Norris.

Announcing her resignation, Ross said the leadership structure had not worked and there should only be one person in charge - which will be Norris.

There is no animosity over the quick exit, and she will continue to work with the theatre as a consultant.

Read more on this story.

And the new host of X Factor is....

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack

We begin with the worst-kept secret of the past couple of weeks that Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are to take over hosting duties on The X Factor.

Murs has already been dropping heavy hints about his new job with newspaper interviews and

fancy arm signals.

ITV officially confirmed the news last night, with Simon Cowell saying the pair made "a brilliant double act".

Murs said he was "incredibly excited and proud", while Flack said she was "beyond excited".

Read more on this story.

Get involved!

Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

What do you think about the latest Star Wars trailer? Have you watched it a dozen times already? Does it make you more or less excited about the film's release in December? Could you care less?

Get in touch and let us know what you think about it - or about anything else in today's news for that matter. Tweet

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TGI Friday

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

We've nearly reached the end of another busy week, but stay with us all day as there's lots to talk about including the new Star Wars trailer, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack taking over X Factor and more from the world of entertainment and arts.

If you missed what happened yesterday,

take a look at Thursday's live page.