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  1. Nile Rodgers honoured by Recording Academy
  2. UK theatres staging more plays
  3. Felicity Jones lined up for Star Wars spin-off
  4. Katy Perry and Mary J Blige to perform at Grammys

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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. So long, farewell

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all we've got time for today, but thanks for joining us for all the Grammys week build-up, the film and TV teasers and details on a brand new supergroup (which definitely won't be called) Gacca.

    If you want to get in touch you can tweet us @BBCNewsEnts or email us at

    We'll leave you with this rather fabulous timelapse of the Grammy's stage being built. Until tomorrow!

  2. Felicity Jones reaction

    via Twitter

    Felicity Jones

    There's been lots of reaction on Twitter to the news Felicity Jones has been lined up for a new Star Wars spin-off, after The Hollywood Reporter claimed she'd pipped Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslanv to the post.

    The US version of Elle Magazine tweets: "This is the MOST high-fashion Star Wars casting since Natalie Portman."

    Myles McNutt tweets: "Do I have to turn in my TV critic card if I'd be more excited about Felicity Jones than Tatiana Maslany in the Star Wars spinoff?"

    MrFilmkritik tweets: "Felicity Jones in a STAR WARS standalone movie? Sign me up. Huge fan."

    Jonathan Maurer tweets: "I have nothing against Felicity Jones. But the fact that Tatiana Maslany may not be in a Star Wars movie is kinda disappointing."

    Mike Bass tweets: "Watched Theory of Everything last night. Two incredible performances by Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones. Where is Eddie's Star Wars movie?!"

  3. Mission to survive

    Bear Gryll's Mission Survive

    If watching celebrities argue with each other inside the Celebrity Big Brother house isn't your thing, perhaps you'd like to see them put through their paces in "one of the harshest jungles that exist on our planet" instead? Enter Bear Gryll's new ITV show, Mission Survive.

    The adventurer has taken eight celebrities - including Mike Tindall, Jamelia and acting cousins Laurence and Emilia Fox - into the depths of a Central American rainforest, where they will compete in an epic 12-day survival mission.

    There's a trailer and a Q&A (find out which celebrity is afraid of hotel lifts) - online now.

  4. Grammys: Mary J and Beck

    Mary J Blige

    More artists have been added to the ever-expanding list of performers at this Sunday's Grammy Awards.

    Nominees Mary J Blige (who will duet with Sam Smith), Chandelier singer Sia, Latin Grammys star Juanes and Beck (who'll be performing with Coldplay's Chris Martin) are now all on the line-up.

    It's also been announced this year's "All-Star Moment" will feature Grammy winners Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Questlove, Ed Sheeran and the recently reunited Jeff Lynne's ELO.

    Common and John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Madonna are among the artists already on the list.

    Read the full story.

  5. Ta-ra Julie

    Katy Cavanagh

    Coronation Street has just revealed Julie Carp's days on the cobbles are numbered.

    Julie - played by actress Katy Cavanagh - will wave goodbye to Weatherfield after another disastrous love affair turns sour as things between her and Dev unravel.

    Producers say Katy decided to leave the soap at the end of her contract to "pursue other projects and opportunities", but will be on screen for another couple of months until Julie moves way.

    "I have loved every minute in the world of Julie Carp and I'm not ruling out a return to the Street in the future," said Katy. "However I am looking forward to a new challenge and a pair of flat shoes."

  6. Marvel teases Daredevil

    A still from Daredevil trailer

    The first trailer for Marvel's superhero series Daredevil has just been released, ahead of its Netflix premiere on 10 April.

    It's a first look at British actor Charlie Cox in the role of Matt Murdock, a lawyer who was blinded as a young boy - but uses his extraordinary senses to help him fight crime at night, as masked superhero Daredevil.

    Charlie Cox in Daredevil trailer

    Set in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York, the "grounded, authentic, suspenseful and edgy action drama" also features Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.

    It's the first of five live-action series being made by Marvel and Netflix, with A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage also on their way, before the main characters team up in Marvel's The Defenders.

  7. Webb is Limitless

    Marc Webb

    Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man, is on board for the TV adaptation of Bradley Cooper's sci-fi film Limitless.

    According to Deadline, the original director, Neil Burger, had to pull out because of delays on the pilot of another TV show, Wall Street drama Billions.

    The film revolved around Cooper's character - journalist Brian Sinclair - supercharging his brain with a new drug called NZT. The TV pilot will apparently see the FBI exploiting those new powers to solve crimes.

    Both Bradley Cooper and Burger will be executive producers, but it's not known yet who will take the lead role.

  8. BBC Three bid could be considered:


    A bid to buy BBC Three could be considered by the BBC Trust, the body's new chairwoman has said.

    Leading production companies Avalon and Hat Trick have proposed a £100m takeover, in response to the BBC's plans to move the channel online.

    Rona Fairhead said the bid raised a number of questions, but the Trust would consider it if it was submitted as part of the official consultation into the channel's future.

    Read the full story.

  9. Superstar Amitabh:

    BBC Asian Network

    Amitabh Bachchan

    Bollywood fans are in for a treat tonight - the Asian Network will be broadcasting a special hour-long interview with superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Tune in from 19:00 GMT.

  10. Young Fathers follow-up

    BBC 6 Music News

    BBC 6 Music News

    Young Fathers

    Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers have been talking about the title to their new album.

    The Scottish hip-hop group announced yesterday the follow-up to their debut Dead will be called White Men Are Black Men Too.

    They told 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker: "When we first thought of the name, we all went for it 100%... We all thought it fit, it was perfect. Some people find it hard to even say black man or white man - race is a hindrance to most things that are happening, but we come at it very positive.

    "We don't want it to be a word that's left in the dark. It's more about unity. It's keeping it as simple as possible, it's black, it's white. We are a living embodiment of that, us as a band."

    Young Fathers tweeted a link to the first single, Rain or Shine, too.

    Listen to the interview.

  11. Harper Lee reaction

    The publishing world has been in a "frenzy" over the news that an unpublished novel by Harper Lee will be released more than 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird.

    "The prospect of a follow-up, after all these years, is giddyingly thrilling," said Foyles' Jonathan Ruppin, while writer Val McDermid tweeted she was "as excited as a child on Christmas Eve".

    Harper Lee

    However many have expressed concerns, as the news comes two months after the death of Lee's lawyer sister Alice - who had protected her sibling's privacy.

    Girl with a Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier was on BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier.

    "While I'm very excited about it I am really a little bit uneasy.... All writers have in our bottom drawer something that we would never want to see the light of day," she said.

    Read our full story.

  12. Two Neil Youngs

    Neil Young and Jimmy Fallon dressed as Neil Young

    It was two-for-one on Neil Youngs on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, as the real Neil Young joined Jimmy Fallon dressed as Neil Young for a duet of Old Man.

    Fallon has showed off his impressive Neil Young impersonation on TV before - including during a duet with Bruce Springsteen - but it's the first time actual Neil Young has been in the room too. Luckily, it got the thumbs up from Young, who also sang Who's Gonna Stand Up? with the Roots.

  13. Cheryl's only human

    Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in her new video

    The video for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's new single Only Human has made its YouTube debut. It's the title track and third single from her current album and the promo features Cheryl releasing stars from her fingertips. Earlier this week Cheryl tweeted it was her "personal favourite so far".

  14. Brits in Hollywood

    Front cover of Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue

    Vanity Fair has released the cover of its annual Hollywood issue ahead of the Oscars, and it's bursting with British acting talent.

    Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, it features Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), David Oyelowo (Selma), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Sienna Miller (American Sniper and Foxcatcher).

    Also all-glammed up for the star-studded photo are Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year) and Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) - fully dressed this time, and - he joked - wearing Amy Adams (Big Eyes).

  15. Point Break remake:


    Edgar Ramirez

    The release date for the reboot of Point Break has been pushed back by nearly five months - with it now due in US cinemas over Christmas, instead of 31 July.

    The action-thriller will see Edgar Ramirez (pictured above) in Patrick Swayze's role and Luke Bracey taking up the mantle from Keanu Reeves, who played Johnny Utah in the 1991 original.

    It comes a week after Paramount moved Mission: Impossible 5 in the opposite direction - it's now out in July instead of Christmas.

    Also due this autumn is boxing drama Creed, which will see Sylvester Stallone bringing back Rocky Balboa as a trainer for the grandson of Apollo Creed, played by Michael B Jordan.

    Read the full story.

  16. Gaga and Macca = Gacca?

    Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga from Lady Gaga's Instagram account

    What do you get when you mix Gaga and Macca? Sweet music hopefully, as it seems Lady Gaga is the latest artist to get some studio time with Sir Paul McCartney.

    She's been posting some behind the scenes snaps on her Instagram account. Gaga wrote: "Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends. Working on one of his many secret projects! Killer musicians, vibe, and lots of laughs."

    Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney in the studio with musicians - from Lady Gaga's Instagram account

    A picture of the duo was accompanied by the caption: "Always a good time with my buddy. I'll never forget when he called me last year to work and I hung up the phone cuz I thought it was a prank!" Bless her!

    Yesterday it was announced Sir Paul's new supergroup - featuring him, Kanye West and Rihanna - will perform their new single FourFiveSeconds for the first time at Sunday's Grammy Awards.

  17. Back on the piste

    Bill Bailey and Sean Lock

    If you happen to be skiing in Austria next month and fancy a bit of a chuckle after your day on the slopes, the Altitude comedy festival may be what you're looking for.

    Bill Bailey and Sean Lock will be buffing up their lederhosen to headline the five-day alpine event from 23 March. Other comics on the line-up include Marcus Brigstocke, Gina Yashere, The Boy with Tape on his Face, Michael Mittermeier and Zoe Lyons.

  18. Channing Tatum - Magic Mike XXL


    via Twitter

    Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL poster

    Far be it for us to objectify Channing Tatum, but he doesn't seem to mind that kind of thing one bit. He's tweeted a brand new poster for Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike XXL - and it's fair to say it's got people quite excited.

    Abs feature quite heavily in the image, as does a strategically positioned release date for the film (1 July 2015).

    Teasing his appearance on The Ellen Show in the US, Channing says "Look, but you can't touch...until tomorrow. Tune in to @theellenshow!"

  19. Grammys honour Nile

    Nile Rodgers

    Grammys week is in full swing in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday's ceremony and they've thrown a special party to honour disco legend Nile Rodgers.

    The event was held by the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy at the Village Recording Studios, and Nile didn't disappoint.

    He regaled the room with career tales and got Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea on stage to jam with him on hits including Good Times, and a performance of We Are Family with Sister Sledge star Kathy Sledge. There's a video on the Yahoo Music site.

    Nile won his first three Grammys last year for his role in Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories, and joked the most likes he's ever received on an Instagram post was for a photo of the back of Daft Punk's heads he took at last year's Grammy ceremony.

  20. UK theatre: Boom or bust?

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter


    How healthy is British theatre? One snapshot provided by BBC research suggests the number of plays staged by British subsidised theatres rose between 2009 and 2014.

    A total of 200 full plays and musicals were staged by 20 of the venues and touring production companies with the biggest government grants in 2014 - that's up from up from 163 in 2009.

    Read the full story and further analysis.

  21. Minions galore


    If you feel like you need more Minions in your life, today is going to be your kind of day. Universal has released a brand new trailer for its forthcoming Despicable Me spin-off, which is due in UK cinemas on 26 June.

    It features the vocal talents of Sandra Bullock as Scarlet Overkill, the world's "first-ever female super-villain", plus Don Draper himself Jon Hamm, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton and Alison Janney.

    The story begins "at the dawn of time" but soon sees them on the hunt for a new evil boss to follow. Watch the trailer on YouTube.

  22. While you were sleeping

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Shopper in New York

    Here's a round up of entertainment and media stories from overnight:

    • A two-part BBC Two documentary about the Royal Family that was postponed over rights issues will be broadcast from 19 February, the BBC says. [Read more]
    • Entertainment giant Walt Disney has credited the continuing success of toys based on hit film Frozen, and an increase in visitors to its theme parks, for its "incredibly strong quarter". Net income rose 19% to $2.2bn (£1.5bn) in the quarter, with revenues up 9% to $13.4bn. [Read more]
    • There is public support for an "independent body" to set the level of the BBC licence fee, Rona Fairhead, the head of the BBC Trust has said. [Read more]
    • Media giant Sky says it gained more than 200,000 new customers in the UK and Ireland in the second half of 2014. [Read more]
  23. Baftas star-spotting

    Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch

    Of course, the Grammys isn't the only party happening this Sunday - it's also Baftas day! Bafta has now revealed some of the stars who'll be donning their finery to salute the biggest films of the year at London's Royal Opera House.

    Star-spotters should keep their eyes peeled for nominees including The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Amy Adams and Boyhood's Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke.

    Foxcatcher's Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, Ralph Fiennes, Birdman's Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Julianne Moore, Jack O'Connell, Rosamund Pike, Rene Russo, JK Simmons, Imelda Staunton and Reese Witherspoon will also be making an appearance.

    That's not all - the likes of David Beckham, Henry Cavill, Martin Freeman, Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Scott Thomas and Julie Walters will also be in attendance. Stephen Fry is on hosting duties once again, with Kasabian opening the ceremony on BBC One from 21:00 GMT. There's also a special red carpet show on BBC Three with Edith Bowman from 20:30 GMT.

  24. Katy joins Grammy party:


    Katy Perry

    She may not have a Grammy Award to call her own (and she's not alone according to Rolling Stone which has compiled a list of artist who have surprisingly never won), but it seems organisers of Sunday's ceremony have taken notice of Katy Perry's huge Super Bowl halftime gig at the weekend - the most-watched ever.

    The Roar singer is busy rehearsing for a special performance at the awards which will incorporate By the Grace of God, a "touching ballad" from her album Prism, with "a highly visual spectacle with dance elements playing a central role".

    Read more here.

    It's shaping up to be a good show and we'll be right here reporting on the ceremony as it happens. Other performers on the night include Madonna, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

  25. Felicity lands Star Wars role:

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Felicity Jones

    It sounds like Felicity Jones might just have beaten the likes of Rooney Mara to a leading role in the new Star Wars spin-off.

    We mentioned this when sources revealed she was in the running a couple of weeks ago, but after a series of "hush-hush readings and tests" the British actress - who's up for an Oscar for her role in The Theory of Everything - is now "in talks" with Lucasfilm and Disney.

    Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is directing and Chris Weitz is writing the script and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul is thought to be a contender for the male lead.

    So far no one has discovered which character the film will focus on but they've got plenty of time to make up their minds, as it won't be out until at least 16 December 2016.

    Read the full story.

  26. SXSW movies unveiled

    Steve Jobs

    The world premiere of a new Steve Jobs documentary by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney plus a host of comedies including Bridesmaid director Paul Feig's Spy with Melissa McCarthy and a rough-cut of Judd Apatow's Trainwreck are among the highlights for this year's SXSW film line-up.

    Not much is known about Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine - but it's being billed as "a re-examination of the Apple founder's legacy" according to The Verge.

    Other films set to screen during the week-long showcase in Austin, Texas, include Get Hard - starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart - and Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River, starring Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith.

    SXSW be showing 145 films, including 100 world premieres such as Alex Winter's Deep Web, Robert Duvall's Wild Horses and Colin Hanks' All Things Must Pass. More details on SXSW's website.

  27. Suge in hospital

    Suge Knight

    Overnight in the US, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was taken to hospital - shortly after pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder in court.

    Police in Los Angeles said he was seen by doctors after complaining of chest pains.

    The 49-year-old is facing four charges after a hit-and-run accident in which a man died. Prosecutors claim he ran over two men in his truck after an argument - his lawyers say it was an accident.

    Read more on this story.

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    It's not all about us though. What do you think of today's stories? Have you spotted something we haven't? Get in touch on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts or email us at

  29. Good morning!

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    We'll be bringing you all the latest and greatest stories from the world of entertainment, the arts and the media - so don't go anywhere.

    The publishing world has been reacting to yesterday's shock news that Harper Lee is publishing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird - after a 55 year break. The Grammys have been honouring disco legend Nile Rodgers and find out which films will be premiering at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.