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  1. Fifty Shades of Grey whips up box office storm
  2. EastEnders 30th anniversary week kicks off
  3. Stars mark Saturday Night Live's 40th birthday

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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Ian Youngs

All times stated are UK

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  1. So long, farewell

    That's it from us for today, but #WhoDidntKillLucy is still going strong on Twitter before EastEnders' live week kicks off on BBC One tonight.

    So who didn't kill Lucy? Coral tweets: "Wellard"

    Robbie and Wellard in EastEnders

    Lauren Wilden tweets: "Shaggy"

    And EastEnders have ruled out: "1. Bianca's silver jacket. 2. Pauline's fruit bowl. 3. Mick's curled lip."

    We'll be back tomorrow with all the latest goings on, so please join us then.

    In the mean time you can get in touch by email at or tweet us @BBCNewsEnts.

  2. UKIP TV drama furore:

    The Guardian

    UKIP: The First 100 Days

    Channel 4 is airing a drama that imagines the first 100 days of a UKIP government tonight - and the controversy has already begun.

    The Guardian reports that media watchdog Ofcom has received almost 20 complaints.

    UKIP MEP Roger Helmer has called it "a hatchet job". Channel 4 said it is "a timely and innovative exploration of the effect their policies might have on Britain".

    Read more on The Guardian. UKIP: The First 100 Days is on Channel 4 at 21:00 GMT.

  3. Sam stays positive

    Former X Factor winner Sam Bailey has taken to Twitter following the news she's been dropped by Simon Cowell's label Syco.

    Sam Bailey tweet 1

    She wrote: "I wish people wouldn't see the 'syco thing' as a negative!!! I'm genuinely happy how things are going xx onwards and upwards xx."

    On Saturday she confirmed newspaper reports that she had parted company with the label, two years after winning the talent show.

    Sam Bailey tweet
  4. The end is nigh

    Ariana Grande

    Ariana Grande's flexing her acting chops in her new video, which is shot on a handheld camera and depicts the aftermath of an apocalyptic disaster.

    The blockbuster-style video is for her new single One Last Time. Ariana will tour the UK in June.

  5. Grey's new role

    Jamie Dornan

    Fresh from his role as sadistic billionaire Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, actor Jamie Dornan is to change tack by playing a UN commander in Africa in 1961 in his next film.

    Dornan will star in Jadotville, about an isolated company of Irish troops who were besieged by Congolese forces.

    The film will come out in 2016 - but it won't open in cinemas. It will make its debut on Netflix, a sign that the streaming service is trying to shake up the film industry just as it has done with TV.

  6. Fifty Shades of success

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Thanks to preview sales, we knew it wasn't exactly going to bomb, but Fifty Shades of Grey has broken a few box office records over the weekend.

    The film, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, whipped its competition into shape, topping the UK and Ireland box office with takings of £13.5m - more than the rest of the top 10 combined.

    It's the UK's biggest ever opening for an 18 certificate as well as the largest February and Valentine's Day debut.

    Its domination continued across the Atlantic, where it earned an estimated $81.7m (£53m) over the weekend.

  7. Take your ice throne

    Ice Throne in covent garden

    Any Game of Thrones fans who happen to be passing through London's Covent Garden today can take a seat on a life-sized Iron Throne made out of ice.

    The team of Glacial Art Ice Sculptors were commissioned by HBO so fans can #TakeTheThrone as the fourth season of the show is released on DVD.

  8. Backstage at American Buffalo

    Damian Lewis

    Damian Lewis has been talking about his return to London's West End, in a new production of American Buffalo.

    This behind-the-scenes interview was filmed at a photo shoot for the play, which will be at the Wyndham's Theatre from 16 April.

    Lewis plays one of three "underprivileged, underachieving men" alongside co-stars John Goodman and Tom Sturridge.

    He says the play's about "the relationship between friendship and business, loyalty and the corrosive effect of money."

  9. Hornby turns to TV

    Nick Hornby

    About a Boy and Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby is writing his first TV drama, but it's based on someone else's book.

    He'll be adapting "modern classic" Love, Nina, the award-winning memoirs of former nanny Nina Stibbe, who worked for some of London's biggest literary names in the 1980s.

    Based around her letters home to Leicestershire it features encounters with the likes of Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller, and will air on BBC One.

  10. Bestival heads to Canada

    Bestival in Canada

    Bestival's announced it's taking the festival on its first international holiday, all the way to Canada.

    The annual British event, which was born on the Isle of Wight 12 years ago, will this year also take place on the shore of Toronto's Lake Ontario.

    Organiser Rob da Bank said: "It took a really special city, and an even more exciting site, with Toronto and Toronto Island, to make us take the leap." He promised to bring a "classic Bestival line-up" to Canada between 12-13 June.

    Find out more.

  11. Guacamolegate

    Jack White

    Following the publication of his backstage rider, which appeared to reveal that Jack White likes his guacamole "chunky", the musician has written an open letter to "journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva".

    In a lengthy post on his Third Man Records website, entitled "For God Sakes!", White calls the wealth of stories about the episode "classy".

    He goes on to provide "the real deal" behind the headlines (the guacamole recipe was his tour manager's inside joke with promoters etc) so "we can move on with our lives".

  12. Trophy time

    Michael Keaton in Birdman

    More film award results came in thick and fast over the weekend, with Hollywood gearing up for the Oscars this Sunday.

    Birdman added to its trophy cabinet, picking up the top prize at the American Society of Cinematographers awards.

    Wes Anderson's offbeat comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel won the top film prize at the Writers Guild Awards.

    Wes Anderson

    See our correspondent Tim Masters' Oscars diary for a full round-up and further build-up throughout the week.

  13. Casual Vacancy ratings success

    Forget Downton v Homeland or X Factor v Strictly - there's a new Sunday night ratings battle in TV land.

    BBC One's JK Rowling adaptation The Casual Vacancy came out on top last night after going head-to-head with Channel 4's new period drama Indian Summers.

    Sir Michael Gambon in The Casual Vacancy

    The Casual Vacancy, starring Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear and Keeley Hawes, debuted with an average of 6.6 million viewers, while Julie Walters' Indian Summers averaged 2.9 million.

    That series was beaten by ITV's Mr Selfridge with 3.5 million - but Channel 4 said it was delighted with the launch, which more than doubled its slot average.

    Julie Walters as Cynthia in Indian Summers

    Find out more about both of the new dramas in our features on Indian Summers and The Casual Vacancy.

  14. Liverpool rocks

    "The most consistently exciting bands right now are from Liverpool."

    That's according to Simon Raymonde, boss of the Bella Union record label and one of the judges for this year's Get Into This award (or GIT for short).

    The annual GIT award - dubbed the "Scouse Mercury Prize" - is for Liverpool's hottest musical artists and this year's shortlist has just been announced:

    • All We Are
    • Circa Waves
    • D R O H N E
    • Gulf
    • Hooton Tennis Club
    • Roxanne Jones
    • Lapsley
    • Esa Shields
    • Sundowners
    • Xam Volo
    • Jane Weaver
    • We Are Catchers

    You can find out more about the nominees on

  15. Eurovision dulcimer

    News from the world of Eurovision as fans of the song contest have the chance to get their hands on a prime piece of memorabilia.

    Firelight at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

    Richard Edwards, the lead singer of Firelight, who represented Malta last year, has decided to part with his "precious" Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the funny-looking instrument he played during their track Coming Home (the one that sounded a bit like Mumford and Sons).

    He's auctioning it for charity, as he explains in this video. You can keep up to date on this year's contest on the BBC Eurovision website.

  16. Creepy Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    If you're prone to nightmares, you might not want to watch the new trailer for Crimson Peak, a gothic horror story from "the master of dark fairy tales", Guillermo del Toro.

    Written and directed by del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), it stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam all hanging out in a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers. Eek!

    It's due in UK cinemas on 16 October, just in time for Halloween.

  17. Post update

    Meanwhile, EastEnders have been having some fun with the Twitter hashtag #WhoDidntKillLucy.

    EastEnders tweets
  18. Who killed Lucy?

    It's a big week for EastEnders fans.

    There's a week of special programmes for the 30th anniversary, leading up to a full live episode on Friday revealing - at last - who killed Lucy Beale.

    Find out more on the EastEnders website.

  19. The Tunnel returns

    The Tunnel

    Anglo-French drama The Tunnel is being brought back for a second series by Sky Atlantic and CanalPlus.

    The co-production - which is a remake of Danish/Swedish hit The Bridge - stars International Emmy Award winner Stephen Dillane as a British detective, with Clemence Poesy as his French counterpart.

    This time they're investigating a passenger plane that crashes into the English Channel, killing everyone on board. The Tunnel 2: Debris will air in early 2016 and starts filming next month.

  20. SNL turns 40

    Tina Fey, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Kristen Wiig

    American sketch show Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th birthday in style at the weekend with more celebrities that you can shake a stick at, including Tina Fey, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Kristen Wiig.

    Justin Timberlake, Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon

    Having previously won the internet with their History of Rap instalments on Jimmy Fallon's show, Justin Timberlake and Fallon (pictured above with Billy Crystal) opened proceedings with a musical medley featuring famous catchphrases from SNL's history.

    Wayne's World

    Other highlights included Wayne's World's top ten sketch - "Kanye sit down" - and plenty more. It's a late night show so be warned, you might be offended by some of the content, but it's all on the show's YouTube page.

  21. Tony Hart RIP (again)

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter, BBC News

    Tony Hart

    In the past 24 hours, lots of people have been tweeting about the death of the great children's TV presenter Tony Hart.

    In fact, Tony passed away in 2009.

    I'm not sure why some were under the impression the presenter - who is remembered for Take Hart and Hartbeat in the 1970s, '80s and '90s - died over the weekend.

    But he is still sorely missed. Here's our obituary, which was published in January 2009.

  22. On the website

    Here are a few stories you may have missed over the weekend:

    • French actor Louis Jourdan, best known for his role in the multi-Oscar winning 1958 musical Gigi, has died in California aged 93.
    • Zane Lowe is leaving Radio 1 after more than a decade at the station, to be replaced by Annie Mac in the weekday evening slot.
    • Comedian Ted Robbins made a surprise appearance via a video screen from his hospital bed during Phoenix Nights Live, two weeks after he collapsed on stage.
    • Berlin Film Festival announced the winner of this year's Golden Bear - Jafar Panahi's Taxi.
    • Tower of London poppies: Artist Paul Cummins 'received death threats'.
    • A new collection of poetry by author Iain Banks is being published on what would have been his 61st birthday.
  23. Tennant tackles critics

    David Tennant's been speaking about the Broadchurch-bashing that's been going on.

    He says it was inevitable that the second series of the hit ITV drama would be criticised, adding: "I think we're a victim of our success to be honest."

    David Tennant

    Tennant, who plays DI Alec Hardy, says: "The first series was such an extraordinary thing. This country, we never allow lightning to strike twice in this country... we just don't let that happen."

    He was speaking as he picked up the best actor prize at last night's Whatsonstage Awards for his role in the RSC's Richard II.

    Tom Hiddleston and Vanessa Kirkby

    Miss Saigon swept the board, with other prizes going to Billie Piper, Coriolanus (starring Thor's Tom Hiddleston, above left) and Vanessa Kirby for A Streetcar Named Desire (above right).

    Read our full story.

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  25. Ronson's rise

    It seems we're still not sick of Uptown Funk. Yesterday's Official Chart saw the juggernaut track from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars reach the one million sales mark, just 10 weeks after its release.

    Bruno Mars in the video for Uptown Funk

    Ronson called it "an amazing milestone to be in this club with all these massive superstars".

    It's already become the most-streamed track ever in the UK - although Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do has been the UK's official number one for two weeks now.

    Read our full story.

  26. Royal appointment


    Ant and Dec

    Next week's Brit Awards hosts Ant and Dec are about to make their first TV documentary - meeting the Prince of Wales for a 40th anniversary celebration of the Prince's Trust.

    The 90-minute ITV special - due to air in early 2016 - will see the presenting duo join the prince on key engagements and look at how the charity helps young people battling homelessness, mental health and unemployment.

    Producers say they picked Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for their "warmth and down-to-earth approach".

    Read the full story.

  27. Good morning!

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    Welcome to our first Entertainment Live page of the week, as we gear up for one of the biggest nights of the year - this Sunday's Oscars ceremony. It's been a busy weekend too so there is lots to catch up on. Stick with us for all the latest updates throughout the day.