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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 6 April
  2. Filming begins on fourth series of Sherlock
  3. Janet Jackson 'planning family'
  4. Thomas the Tank Engine given multicultural makeover
  5. Mark Rylance's BFG revealed in trailer

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By Steven McIntosh and Chris Long

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

It's been a busy old day in the world of entertainment news, from Hulk Hogan to Thomas the Tank Engine.

Sadly, that's just about it from us for today, but before we leave you, there's just time to bring you this clip of Dev Patel speaking to Steve Wright this afternoon on BBC Radio 2.

Dev's starring in a new film called The Man Who Knew Infinity - a true story about a mathematical genius named Srinivasa Ramanujan, who grows up in Madras but is admitted to Cambridge University during World War I. 

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:30. See you then.

Batman v Superman outshone by rival superheroes

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill
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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice received a mixed response from critics when it was released a couple of weeks ago.

Nonetheless, it went on take £27.8m in the UK to date - enough to make it one of the biggest movies of the year so far.

However, the film - which stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill (pictured) - looks set to miss out on a place in the top 10 biggest superhero films in UK history. 

The blockbuster saw its box office sales slump by 68% in only its second week in British cinemas. 

If audiences continue to fall at such a rapid rate, Batman v Superman stands little chance of joining the ranks of the UK's most successful superhero films. 

It would need to make more than £30.6 million to enter the top 10 - which includes Man Of Steel, Deadpool, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Avengers Assemble

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released last year, remains the biggest film of all time, having now made a total of £123m in the UK - beating the previous record-holder, 2012's Skyfall.

Beyonce sues over 'Feyonce' label

Beyonce
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Beyonce is suing a US company to stop it from selling merchandise branded "Feyonce".

Texas firm Feyonce Inc sells clothing and other items, such as mugs with the label, on its website.

The pop star claims the label is too near to her own trademarked name and confuses customers and fans and damages her reputation.

The singer also claims in court papers filed in Manhattan that the company has ignored her requests to stop.

Beyonce's complaint accuses the San Antonio company, and three individuals, of "brazenly" selling the Feyonce-labelled merchandise.

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Shakespeare to be celebrated at Edinburgh International Festival

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The work of William Shakespeare will feature strongly in this year's Edinburgh International Festival, to help mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death.

The three-week event, which will see over 2,400 artists from 36 nations perform, will feature three re-imaginings of Shakespeare's plays.

Theatre maker Thomas Ostermeier will rework Richard III with Berlin's Schaubuhne Theatre, while London's Cheek By Jowl will present a production of Measure For Measure that draws parallels to modern Russia.

The trio of shows will be completed by British-born director Dan Jemmett and his French-based company Eat a Crocodile's Shake, a five-piece re-working of Twelfth Night.

Shakespearean-inspired music from Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Berlioz, Strauss and Tchaikovsky will also be played in concerts at the Usher and Queen's halls.

Away from the bard, the organisers have also announced the festival, which runs from 5 to 29 August, will be launched on 7 August with Deep Time, a digitally-animated artwork projected onto the city's castle to a soundtrack of music by Glasgow rock band, Mogwai.

A cabaret residency by actor and singer Alan Cumming and a celebration of contemporary Scottish music - from post-punk to hip-hop - will also take place.

Take a look at the full programme here.

David Bowie dominates 2016 album charts

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Which albums have you bought or streamed so far this year?

There's a good chance Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Jess Glynne, James Bay and Little Mix have been staples of your playlist - as all of them are in the top ten bestselling albums of 2016 so far.

But there's one other artist who is dominating album sales this year.

After his death in January, David Bowie has seen a surge in album sales as fans snap up his latest album Blackstar (2016's second biggest seller), together with his greatest hits collections.

Read the full story and see the full top ten below:

Top ten chart of 2016's best selling albums
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Coronation Street star Beverley Callard on her battle with depression

Beverley Callard
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Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has revealed she is seeing a new doctor and has "hope" in her battle with depression. 

The soap star said on Twitter earlier this week that the medication she was taking had stopped being manufactured. 

A show source confirmed that she would be "taking time off" from her role as Liz McDonald in the long-running ITV drama. On Monday night, she confirmed to a fan on Twitter the latest update in her health battle. 

She said that her medication had been pulled from production as it yielded "no profit" and added: "Saw a new Doctor today. Got hope! X". 

Callard also told her followers: "Had a good day today, things are on the up! Thank you for being there!!!!! X" 

Earlier today, she appeared on ITV's This Morning programme and discussed her depression. Watch a clip of the interview below and read more on this story here.

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Russell Howard to host second stand-up series

Russell Howard
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Never one to rest on his laurels, Russell Howard is following up the announcement of his "biggest ever live tour" - which will see him play in the US, Europe and Australia after he's finished in the UK next year - with the news that he'll be hosting a second series of his Comedy Central show, Stand Up Central.

The comic, who saw the tenth series of his BBC Series, Russell Howard's Good News, go out last year, will perform new material and welcome some of comedy's best-loved performers to London's Electric Ballroom for the show, which goes on air in May.

Among those lined-up to join him on the bill are Peep Show's Isy Suttie and Father Ted's Tommy Tiernan, along with Jimmy Carr, Josie Long and Bridget Christie.

There'll be room for some newer names too, with BBC New Comedy Award winner Yuriko Kotani and Rhys James both due to take part.

For a taste of Kotani's work, here's some of the set that won her the 2015 BBC title, performed on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon.

Ibiza isn't happy with Mike Posner

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Mike Posner
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Ibiza. Home of Cafe del Mar, San Antonio Bay and a fair bit of Amnesia.

But tourist officials there want you to know there's more to the island than just 24-hour parties.

They're not happy about the remix of Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza, which is now number one in the Official Singles Chart.

With lyrics like "you don't want to be high like me", it describes a drugs comedown on the Balearic island in the Mediterranean.

It's been a big hit in Europe and the US, but the island's desperate to ditch its reputation for debauchery.

So now tourism director, Vicent Ferrer, has invited Mike Posner to "discover Ibiza", saying "we have much more to offer besides the nightlife which is known worldwide".

We have museums, beaches, culture, gastronomy. We have a wide offer but unfortunately, we have been typecast this way.

Vicent Ferrer

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Screenwriter and actor Barbara Turner dies

Barbara Turner
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Screenwriter and actor Barbara Turner, who penned the 2000 biopic Pollock, has died at the age of 79.

Turner, the mother of actor Jennifer Jason Leigh, was nominated for a Writers' Guild of America award for Petulia, a 1968 film starring Julie Christie.

She was born in New York City and married twice, to actor Vic Morrow and Iranian-born film director Reza Badiyi.

After acting in a number of plays and television series in the 1950s and 60s, she took up screenwriting.

In a 1995 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Leigh spoke of her mother's influence on her acting work, saying she had grown up "reading her scripts and getting my value off of what a good script was from them".

Actor Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Oscar for her role in Pollock, tweeted that Turner had been a "lovely, smart, kind lady".

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Video for new David Bowie single released

An animated visual interpretation of David Bowie's I Can’t Give Everything Away, taken from his final Blackstar album, has been released.

The song is already on the BBC Radio 2 and 6Music playlists, but now the album's designer Jonathan Barnbrook has created a lyric video to go with the song. Have a watch below.

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In case you missed it earlier, have a look at our story about how David Bowie's music has dominated the album charts for the first three months of this year, as his record sales surged after his death in January.

Filming of fourth series of Sherlock begins

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
BBC

It's time for Curly Fu and Peanut to get their thinking caps on again, as filming of the fourth series of Sherlock has begun.

The three new episodes popular drama - which drew viewing figures of 11.6 million for its Christmas special, The Abominable Bride - will see Sherlock Holmes wrestling with some fiendish plots, while his sidekick Dr Watson grapples with becoming a father.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the titular detective, said he was "genuinely thrilled" to be back filming the show, adding: "I can't wait for everyone to see season four. But you will have to wait... though not for long... and it will be worth it".

Mark Gatiss
BBC

Writer and co-star Mark Gatiss, who was snapped with the series clapperboard, said:  

Here we go again. Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street - and it always feels like coming home.

Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax.

Curly Fu and Peanut, by the way, are the names given to Holmes and Watson by Chinese fans - they refer to the Chinese pronunciation of their names.  

The Bridge creator says fourth series will be show's last

The Guardian

The Bridge
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Bad news if you're a fan of The Bridge - the creator of the Scandinavian drama has revealed the upcoming fourth season of the show will be the last.

The last series of the popular murder mystery starring Sofia Helin (pictured) was watched by 2 million viewers on BBC4, making it one of the most popular of the new breed of foreign dramas to come to the UK.

But, speaking to the Guardian, Hans Rosenfeldt said:

I think there will be a fourth one but that will be the last one. We have a storyline. It’s a different place where they start, a very different place.

Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of The Bridge

Hulk Hogan's lead lawyer discusses Gawker case

The Hollywood Reporter

Hulk Hogan with Charles Harder (right)
AP

Last month, a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $115m (£79m) after the gossip news website Gawker published a sex tape of the retired professional wrestler.

Mr Hogan's legal team argued the New York-based website violated his privacy and the video was not newsworthy.  

Now, the wrestler's lead attorney in the case, Charles Harder (pictured above, right) has written an article for the Hollywood Reporter, which tells the full story of how they won the case.

He describes Gawker's trial presentation as "miscalculated" and says the defence "inflamed the jury with their arrogance and defi­ance".  

Read the full article.

Thomas and Friends: Your reactions

Etienne of France
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There's one story in particular that's getting a huge reaction from you on social media today.

Earlier, we told you about how Thomas the Tank Engine was getting a multicultural makeover

Thomas and Friends: The Great Race, released next month, will see Thomas joined by engines from countries all around the world - so we'll see new characters from China, India, Belgium, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and France (the French engine Etienne is pictured above). 

We tweeted the story earlier from our account @BBCNewsEnts - and quickly got a lot of replies.

"This is just ridiculous! It's a classic children's story for goodness sake!" Sian said.

Mark agreed: "Seriously....? It's a purely innocent kids programme," he said, saying the "PC brigade" shouldn't be getting involved.

Some of you were in favour of the idea but had some reservations. Rebecca wrote: "I don't mind them adding trains from different cultures but judging by how they are designed are we not stereotyping?" 

But Sophie said it was "pathetic" that so many people on social media were against the changes.

And Richard had a suggestion for how the new American train could have looked:

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Miranda Hart to return to Call The Midwife

Miranda Hart
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Miranda Hart is to return to Call The Midwife for the Christmas special and the forthcoming sixth series, which is expected to air in 2017. 

The 43-year-old will reprise her role as midwife Camilla "Chummy" Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne after missing series five, which was broadcast earlier this year. 

A spokesman for Neal Street Productions, the company which makes BBC One's popular series, confirmed Hart's return in a statement:

We've been bursting to share the news that Chummy has now left the Mother and Baby Home and is heading back to Poplar for series six. We're thrilled to be once again featuring Miranda Hart and her fabulous blend of warmth, strength and vulnerability, as Chummy gets to grips with the medical and social challenges of the 1960s.

School of Rock given second series

Given that the film it is based on is one of the most successful musical comedies of all time, it shouldn't be a surprise that the School of Rock TV series has found a large audience among younger viewers on the Nickelodeon channel.

That said, even fans of Jack Black's 2003 turn as rock guitarist-cum-school teacher Dewey Finn will be impressed that four episodes into the new show, the channel has already commissioned a second series.

Deadline reports that the series has been drawing about two million viewers a week so the format, a mix of comedy and cast performances of popular and original songs, will stay the same for a second run.

Maybe its success will also lead to bigger stars appearing for guest slots - the show has already seen Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz take a turn in the classroom, as you can see from this clip:

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Janet Jackson announces she's 'planning family'

Last month, we brought you the news that Janet Jackson had postponed all of her UK and European tour dates.

Well - now we know why.

The singer has just posted a video on her official Twitter account, saying that she and her husband Wissam Al Mana are expecting their first child.

Watch the video below:

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Drake's Hotline Bling up for award at Webbys

The Webbys are the "leading international award honoring excellence on the internet" (their words, not ours) and, staggeringly, they're celebrating their 20th anniversary this year - who knew the internet had been going long enough to warrant two decades of awards?

This year's nominees - in numerous categories such as Best Visual Design - Function, Best Branded Editorial Experience, Best Copywriting, Best Home/Welcome Page and Best Use of Data Driven Media - have been announced, but the one that's really caught our eye is the list is The People's Webby.

Nominated in the category are messaging apps Snapchat, Slack and Whatsapp, streaming service Netflix and... Drake's Hotline Bling.

While the other four are all great, given the number of tributes and memes the Canadian singer's dad dancing has spawned, he gets our vote.

And in case you've forgotten how wonderful his moves were, here's the video - and some of the parodies it inspired:

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Read a full list of awards and nominees here.

Official Twitter account set up for The Smiths

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As far as Twitter credibility goes, getting a prestigious "blue tick" next to your name is about as good as it gets.

(Pedants will point out that it's actually a white tick on a blue background, but you get the idea.)

If you're blue-ticked on Twitter, it means the company has verified your account as being authentic - as opposed to the multiple fake or parody celebrity accounts that can be found on the social media site. 

So when our arts correspondent Lizo noticed that a new verified account was set up last night for The Smiths, it got our minds whirring trying to figure out whether the band might be gearing up for an announcement of some kind.

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A number of bands have used Twitter in the past to announce they're reforming. All Saints set up a Twitter account in December 2013, two years before they actually used it to announce that they were reuniting for a new album and tour this year.

So we thought perhaps the Smiths could be doing something similar. After all, the band are approaching their 30th anniversary of The Queen Is Dead, could they be planning to mark it in some way?

Alas, it appears not. The account has posted its first official tweet this morning, confirming that the account is merely a celebration of the band's music and history, rather than a platform to announce a new project:

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Mark Rylance's BFG revealed in new trailer

Academy Award winner Mark Rylance's latest role sees him swapping spy thrillers for snozzcumbers as the titular role in The BFG - and the new trailer for the film gives a first full look of him as the big-eared, big-hearted hero.

The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is the first big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's much-loved children's story - an animated TV movie was previously made, debuting on ITV on Christmas Day in 1989.

The trailer also gives glimpses of the other not-so-friendly and much bigger giants that the BFG lives alongside, including the Bloodbottler and the Fleshlumper, played by Trainwreck's Bill Hader and one half of Flight of the Conchords, Jermaine Clement.

Needless to say, the whole thing looks whoopsey-splunkers, as the giant himself might say.

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Reeves and Mortimer to return for new live shows

Reeves and Mortimer
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Bob Mortimer's health scare last year did more than just make him a married man - it also saw he and comedy partner Vic Reeves cancel the first leg of their 25th anniversary tour, The Poignant Moments.

So fans of The Bra Men, Mulligan and O'Hare, Wavey Davey, Judge Nutmeg, The Stotts and the rest will be happy to hear that the pair will be playing shows in the towns and cities that missed out this November and December.

The Poignant Moments had rapturous reviews across the country when the (originally) second leg played out earlier this year and Reeves said they "had forgotten how much fun it was" to do a live show, adding that they had "got such a great response from our encouragers, we decided we had to go out and do it again".

Mortimer agreed it had been enjoyable, and added a teaser for the new shows with a typically absurd twist: 

We will be energised and plumptious due to a long summer spent wrapped in an oil soaked carpet. Talking of carpets, not only will we be singing about them but will also be wearing them in protest against the spread of laminate and ceramic flooring. Hope you will be able to come along and join in.

Rare recording of Verdi's Aida wins BBC Music Magazine prize

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Musicians in Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica
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A lavish interpretation of Verdi's Aida, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, has won recording of the year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Captured over six days in Italy last February, the album is one of the first full-length studio recordings of an opera for almost a decade.

BBC Music Magazine called it "a major triumph", while Sir Antonio praised his "wonderful cast".

The awards, now in their 11th year, are voted for by the public.

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Thomas the Tank Engine gets multicultural makeover

Thomas the Tank Engine with new friend Ashima
Mattel

A new Thomas the Tank Engine movie is on the way and this time, the popular children's brand has had a multi-cultural makeover

Thomas and Friends: The Great Race will see Thomas joined by engines from countries all around the world - so we'll see new characters from China, India, Belgium, Russia, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. (The Mexican character is called Carlos, below).

Carlos of Mexico
Mattel

Many of the new characters are also female - such as Ashima of India, who is being voiced by Bollywood actress Tina Desai:

Ashima of India
Mattel

And The Flying Scotsman, which was recently given a new lease of life in the real world, has been unveiled as the UK's representative in the film.

The Flying Scotsman in Thomas and Friends
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The new film, released in cinemas next month, sees the engines battle against each other at the Great Railway Show.

Have a look at the new trailer:

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Advertising authority says Gucci model was 'unhealthily thin'

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The controversial Gucci advertisement
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Gucci has been banned from using an advert in the UK which features an "unhealthily thin" model.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled the way the woman is standing, as well as her "dark make up", make her look "gaunt".

Gucci defended the image, saying it was aimed at an "older, sophisticated audience" and insisted the model was just "toned and slim".

However, the ASA ruled the image was "irresponsible".

The advert appeared on The Times website in December 2015.

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Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

As always, we'd love to hear from you, so do get in touch if you have anything to say about any of our stories or anything else in the world of entertainment and arts - tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.  

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Good morning

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

Wednesday: The midway point of the week and the name of the daughter in The Addams Family. 

On this particular Wednesday we’ll be bringing you an Entertainment Live page with all the stories from the world of film, TV, music and art – including the Webby award nominations, details of the new Thomas the Tank Engine film, plus we’ll tell you which artist dominated the charts in the first quarter of 2016 with three of the top ten best-selling albums.

Put the kettle on and we’ll get started shortly.