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  1. Kinky Boots to transfer to the West End
  2. Sales of To Kill a Mockingbird soar
  3. The Interview finally opens in UK

Live Reporting

By Keily Smith and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. And it's goodbye from us!

    Keily Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    Time for us to sign off for the day but there is so much to look forward to over the weekend.

    There will be live coverage of both the Baftas and the Grammys on Sunday, so be sure to come back for all the news and gossip from the red carpets, on stage and behind the scenes at two of the year's biggest award ceremonies.

  2. Dead or alive?


    The Walking Dead

    It's hard to keep track of who is dead and who is alive on The Walking Dead. But with four and a half seasons under its belt, there are not only plenty of people to mourn, but some surprising survivors. Do you know who's made it this far and who has not?

    In honour of the series returning to screens this weekend try this quiz, but spoiler alert - do not try it you're not up to date!

    Take the quiz

  3. Worst TV reboots

    Radio Times

    Upstairs Downstairs

    The Radio Times has published what it calls the worst five TV comebacks, revivals or reboots or all time.

    Among its selection are The Bionic Woman, which was unsuccessfully rebooted in 2007 with Michelle Ryan in the lead role, the BBC's revival of Upstairs Downstairs in 2010 and the recently updated Dallas.

    Also making the list is the failed TV comeback of Charlie's Angels, which aired in the US in 2011. It was dumped after only four episodes so don't be too concerned if, like us, you'd forgotten all about it.

    Read the full story.

  4. Around the BBC

    Here are some other stories from the BBC news website that you may have missed:

    • Paris has banned the filming of action sequences on the streets, fearing that anyone in uniform could become a target for extremists, as well as cause confusion and panic for the public in the wake of the attacks last month. [Read more]
    • A judge has upheld a jury ruling which states Lady Gaga's former producer Rob Fusari must pay $7.3m (£4.4m) to the songwriter who discovered the star. [Read more]
    • Van Morrison is to celebrate his 70th birthday by playing a concert in the Belfast street immortalised in his song Cyprus Avenue. [Read more]
  5. Snow wars

    Star Wars sculpture

    About 850 lorry loads of snow were used to create this impressive Star Wars sculpture at the Japanese snow festival in Sapporo.

    Freezing temperatures won't deter visitors - with more than two million people expected to attend the event - where they will be able to see 200 different sculptures over the next six days.

  6. Surprise favourite

    Katie Hopkins

    Katie Hopkins has emerged as the surprise favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother.

    The outspoken TV personality has been given odds of 6/4 to be crowned the winner in tonight's Channel 5 show by bookmaker's Paddy Power, followed by Calum Best at 15/8 and Katie Price at 9/2.

    "It's somewhat surprising for one of the most loathed women in the UK to be favourite for the CBB crown," said a Paddy Power spokesman.

    "Having said that, Calum has made a late charge down the back straight and with one to jump, anything could happen."

  7. King on screen

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent

    David Oyelowo

    Oscar-nominated Selma, which opens in the UK today, stars British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King. But why has the American civil rights leader never been portrayed as a central character on the big screen?

    Oyelowo tells me that up until recently Hollywood has felt a need to tell civil rights stories "through white eyes".

    "The protagonists in these kind of films have tended to be white, and the black characters are peripheral, and that's all to do with a notion that black doesn't travel in terms of box office, the fact you have to have stars to tell these stories, that white guilt may prevent people from wanting to visit this subject matter.


    "So you sweeten the pill by having a respectable, heroic white character who doesn't believe in prejudice and saves the day."

    "That has largely been how these films have been framed. To do that with Dr King would be fundamentally disingenuous - so I believe that's why there hasn't been a rush to make a film about this heroic figure."

    Selma has been a long-term project for the British actor, who first came across the script when he relocated to Los Angeles in 2007.

    Directed by Ava DuVernay, it centres on King's 1965 campaign marches in Alabama for equal voting rights for African-Americans.

    Oyelowo credits the success of last year's Oscar winner as one reason that Selma came to fruition.

    "We were a beneficiary of 12 Years a Slave - and The Butler - which did well critically, and especially box office-wise, that what's broke the deadlock on this film that I've been hovering around for seven years.

    "That literally was the sea change."

  8. Star Wars effects:


    Star Wars

    Star Wars director JJ Abrams has been keeping pretty tight-lipped about what fans can expect from the next instalment.

    But a Collider journalist grabbed him for a chat and managed to get some inside information on the special effects being used in production.

    "There are obviously an enormous amount of CG effects in the film, and I can't wait for you to see the combination," said Abrams.

    "But it was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, sort of authentic quality that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space with real sunlight - if it was an exterior scene, or if we could build a big portion of a scene and not have anything be blue screen, do it where we could."

    He also talks about the amazing amount of feedback he's had over the new design of the lightsaber - both negative and positive.

    Star Wars

    Read the full story.

  9. John Cusack - On set


    Actor John Cusack is currently in China promoting his latest film, Dragon Blade, with co-star Jackie Chan. He's also been posting pictures of their time on set - we are reliably informed it is Jackie under that scarf.

    Jackie Chan and John Cusack
  10. Arise Dame Hilary

    Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel has been made a dame by the Prince of Wales for her services to literature. Here's a snap after she received her medal and you can also watch the moment too.

    Prince Charles and Hilary Mantel
  11. Who's that?

    BBC Radio 4

    Julian Clary, Nicholas Parsons, Stephen Fry and David Tennant

    David Tennant makes his debut on Radio 4's Just a Minute panel show this Monday, alongside veterans Julian Clary, Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry.

    A preview clip has just been posted, in which the former Doctor Who (above right, wearing a West Wing t-shirt) gets confused over the rules.

    We're more concerned that a Time Lord has an unfair advantage over his competitors.

  12. Oh Brother!

    Nathan Moore

    Brother Beyond's Nathan Moore is the latest former pop star to try for a second chance by auditioning on The Voice.

    Now 50, Moore was considered a heart-throb in the late 1980s when the band had hits with The Harder I Try and He Ain't No Competition.

    Speaking about his decision to audition for the show, he said: "I don't think The X Factor would be interested in people like us. They want the window cleaner who hasn't had his chance before.

    "Performers like it because you are judged purely on your talent, but also you're not penalised for being overweight or not the right look, as the world might see it. I'm 50 now - they wouldn't take a look at me, The X Factor. I'm too old."

    The Voice is on BBC One on Saturday at 19:15 GMT.

  13. Oscar foreign language contenders

    Vincent Dowd

    Arts reporter


    The system for selecting the winner for the best foreign language Academy Award has been a complicated affair, leading to accusations that more popular world cinema is being overlooked.

    We take a look at how the contenders are selected and the five shortlisted films this year - which hail from Argentina, Mauritania, Estonia, Russia and Poland.

    Read more on this story.

  14. Lucky day:

    Digital Spy

    Zoe Lucker

    Former Footballer's Wives and EastEnders actress Zoe Lucker is joining the cast of yet another soap, this time Channel 4's teen drama Hollyoaks.

    She will play "party girl" Reenie, one of the seemingly endless McQueen clan.

    She has already started filming and will appear on screen from April.

    Read the full story.

  15. Getting down

    The Get Down

    Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann has revealed he is making a 13-part musical series for Netflix.

    Set in 1970s New York, it will follow a group of teenagers from the poverty-stricken and violent South Bronx who come together to revel in their creativity through dance and street art.

    Luhrmann, whose last big screening offering was The Great Gatsby, said he had been working on the project for more than 10 year.

    Read more on this story.

  16. Trophy time

    Ant and Dec

    Ant and Dec have posed with this year's Brits trophy, which has been designed by Tracey Emin.

    The pair return to the host the music awards for a second time on 25 February, having first presented them in 2001.

  17. Heels up

    Kinky Boots

    Broadway hit Kinky Boots is transferring to London's West End - perhaps a natural fit for the musical based on a film set in an Northampton shoe factory.

    The musical was created by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper and won five Tony Awards, including best musical, following its opening in 2013.

    Based on a true story, the original film saw Chiwetel Ejiofor play a drag queen who forms an unlikely business relationship with the owner of a shoe factory, who saves his business by catering to the drag queen market.

    The musical will open at The Adelphi Theatre on 15 September.

  18. Mockingbird soars:

    The Bookseller

    Montage of covers for Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

    Sales of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird have surged after it was revealed the author was to publish a "sequel" to her Pulitzer-winning novel.

    Waterstones saw sales increase by 1,000%, while Blackwell's recorded a 500% rise.

    "That will definitely go up over the weekend as we have only had a couple of days of sales since the announcement," said Blackwell's Oxford area manager Rebecca McAllister.

    Read the full story.

  19. Berlin festival opens

    Juliette Binoche

    Juliette Binoche was the star attraction at the first night of the Berlin Film Festival last night.

    Nobody Wants the Night, in which she plays an Arctic explorer, was picked for the gala opening and will compete for the festival's top prize, The Golden Bear.

    Audrey Tautou and Daniel Bruehl

    Audrey Tautou and Daniel Bruehl are sitting on this year's Berlin Film Festival jury, which is being chaired by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.

  20. UK gets The Interview

    The Interview

    You can't have missed the furore around satire The Interview, and now UK audiences have the chance to see what all the fuss is about as gets released in cinemas.

    The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about North Korea was originally pulled in the US following the massive Sony hack, but was later made available through streaming and limited cinema screens.

    The hack has claimed its first major scalp following the departure of co-chair of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, who was forced to apologise over damaging emails she sent.

    Read more about Pascal quitting.

  21. Cheap seats

    A man dubbed "the phantom of the opera" was arrested last night after a chase through the aisles of the Vienna State Opera during a performance.

    The opera-goer had got a reputation for paying for cheap seats but sneaking in to the far more expensive private boxes.

    After an usher spotted him at the premiere of Strauss ballet Verklungene Feste/Josephs Legende, police were called and a chase ensued.

    He was eventually caught and taken in to custody.

    Read the full story.

  22. Pay day:

    The Daily Telegraph

    Hilary Devey

    Hilary Devey reckons her pay cheque from her time on Dragon's Den didn't even cover her expenses.

    Asked how much she earned working on the BBC show, she said: "It's a pittance. I can't remember precisely but it's something like £15,000 to do 12 episodes - and each episode means a 14/15-hour day.

    "It doesn't even cover your expenses. You make your money out of what you invest in."

    Not sure everyone would agree £15,000 for 12 days work is peanuts.

    Read the full story.

  23. Lady Gaga - At the Grammys



    Lady Gaga tweets: "Me and Tony had a great time at rehearsals for @TheGRAMMYs."

  24. 50 Shades of Lego

    Lego trailer

    The clever Antonio Toscano has created his own trailer for 50 Shades of Grey - out of Lego!

    Although the real film adaptation will be 18/R-rated, the Lego version is a little bit more safe for work viewing.

    The miniaturised Christian Gray and Anastasia Steele can be found on YouTube.

  25. Just the ticket

    Paula Hawkins

    British author Paula Hawkins is riding high at the top of the US bestsellers list with The Girl on the Train.

    Described as the new Gone Girl, Hawkins' debut novel has now spent two weeks at number one.

    Unsurprisingly, the film rights for the crime thriller have already been optioned, with Dreamworks picking it up even before the book was published.

    Meet the author here.

  26. Star Wars actor dies

    Richard Bonehill

    Actor and swordsman Richard Bonehill, who played a number of costumed characters in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 67.

    He played a stormtrooper, a Tie fighter pilot, a Tauntaun handler and Lando Calrissian's co-pilot Nien Nunb in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

    As well as his film career, he built the Truro Fencing Club into a centre of training excellence and oversaw the development of three Olympic athletes at the club.

    Read more on this story.

  27. Appy Madonna

    Madonna has released the video for her new single, Living For Love, via the Snapchat app.

    It's the first single from her upcoming album Rebel Heart, which has suffered a number of leaks over the past few months.

    It's also the first big music release for Snapchat, which boasts some 200 million users around the world.

    Madonna will be performing the song at the Grammys on Sunday and the Brits on 25 February.

  28. Rock star mum

    Meryl Street

    Meryl Streep is rocking out for her next role as a guitarist mum who returns to her family after deserting them to pursue her dreams of stardom.

    Ricki and the Flash, set for release in August, has some big names in the creative team. It was written by Diablo Cody - who won a screenwriting Oscar for Juno - and will be directed by Jonathan Demme, who got the Academy Award for Silence of the Lambs.

  29. Get involved

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

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  30. Good morning and welcome!

    Keily Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    It may be Friday but there's no end-of-the-week feeling in this office with so much going on in the world of entertainment over the weekend - it's both the Bafta Film Awards and the Grammys on Sunday.

    Today there is a mixed bag of arts and entertainment news around so keep checking back for our regular updates.