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  1. Madonna 'suffered whiplash' at the Brits
  2. House of Cards premieres on Netflix
  3. Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel

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By Mark Savage and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    And so, like Fearne Cotton, we're off.

    Hope you have a great weekend planned. We'll be back at the usual time on Monday morning for more news from the worlds of showbiz and culture.

  2. Fearne quits Radio 1

    Fearne Cotton

    Fearne Cotton has announced she's leaving BBC Radio 1 to "concentrate on family and new adventures".

    The DJ, who's been at the station for 10 years, also revealed she is pregnant with her second child.

    "I have had the most incredible decade broadcasting on Radio 1, meeting wonderful people, helping break artists and watching live music from the world's best," she wrote on her website.

    "I would like to thank Radio 1 for being such a great home and most of all to the listeners who have been on this journey with me.

    "It's such a kick to know you heard a band on my show first, or that the songs I've played have helped you through the day, so thank you."

  3. Sam Smith speaks

    Sam Smith

    Sam Smith popped into Radio 1 this morning to reflect on his night at the Brits.

    He revealed he'd had an attack of the nerves while he performed Lay Me Down. "My leg was uncontrollably shaking as I was singing - but luckily you can't see it"

    "I normally don't get nervous. Something about being in your own country makes you more scared."

    He revealed that he didn't get to keep either of his two trophies. "They've got to engrave your name, then send it to you," he said.

    The star also talked about plans for his next album, and who got drunk at the show.

    You can listen to the whole interview here.

  4. Noel Gallagher apologises

    Noel Gallagher

    We started today's live page with Kanye West issuing apologies to Beck and Bruno Mars, so what better way to round things off than with further pop star capitulations?

    Noel Gallagher has confessed to The Shortlist he was wrong to say "he could not live in a world" where Ed Sheeran could sell out three nights at Wembley Stadium.

    His change of heart came after Sheeran fulfilled a promise to appear at Gallagher's Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

    "He's a good lad and I won't have a word said against him," the musician said.

    Gallagher is doing the rounds at the moment, as he promotes his second solo album, Chasing Yesterday, so he's also popped up at Rolling Stone, where he confesses to hanging out with One Direction's Harry Styles, and says Bono's always giving him "titles for songs and albums".

    "I call him Father Bono," he says.

    You couldn't make it up.

  5. Radiohead redux


    Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been speaking about the band's latest recording sessions, saying they've "changed their method" in the recording studio.

    "We're kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits," he told The Sunday Guardian in India, where he'd been performing at the World Sacred Spirit Festival.

    "It's like we're trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens."

    He added: "We've done a couple of months of recording, and it has gone really well. We haven't listened to anything back yet, so at the moment we're all very happy.

    "Now, I guess we're going to go and listen to what we've done and see if we were right to be so happy. But we left it at a good place when we last stopped."

  6. Dressed for success

    Our reporter David Sillito has been out to the shop where that infamous black and blue / white and gold dress is for sale.

    Watch his report here.

  7. British Museum 'deplores' destruction

    IS smash statues

    The British Museum has issued a statement condemning the destruction of statues in Iraq.

    Video emerged on Wednesday showing members of Islamic State (IS) apparently smashing artworks with sledgehammers and drills. Among the artefacts destroyed was a 9th century BC Assyrian statue at the Nergal Gate.

    "The British Museum is very concerned to see the reports that militants have destroyed items in the Mosul Museum and sculptures in the Nergal Gate Museum on the edge of Nineveh," it said in a statement.

    "We naturally deplore all such acts of vandalism and destruction of cultural heritage, and continue to monitor the situation to the best of our ability. In the absence of further information it is difficult to verify the details of those objects featured in the footage. We can confirm that none of the objects featured in this video are copies of originals at the British Museum."

  8. Willy Wonka

    Jonathan Slinger

    Jonathan Slinger, who recently starred in West End musical Urinetown, has announced his next role will be Willy Wonka.

    There's a joke in there somewhere...

    He's the third person to play the crackpot confectioner in Sam Mendes' production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, following Alex Jennings and Douglas Hodge, who originated the role.

    Slinger is best known for his appearances with the RSC, including title roles in recent productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II and Richard III.

  9. News around the BBC

    Lupita Nyong'o

    Here are some of the other stories we've been covering today.

  10. Funny for money

    Mark Watson

    Efforts of endurance are a mainstay of fundraising - what parent doesn't welcome the annual sponsored silence day - but a 27-hour comedy gig is a feat of strength few of us would be prepared to tolerate. Either on stage or off.

    Still, that's what Mark Watson intends to do tonight, when he takes to the stage at The Pleasance in north London.

    Oddly, he hasn't written any jokes. "In terms of written material, there's nothing," he tells The Independent. Instead, it will be "a sustained exercise in communal madness."

    The show is a fundraiser for Comic Relief and you can watch the whole thing at from 21:00 GMT.

  11. Holy sexual orientation, Batman!

    Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman

    After toying with Batman's affections for 75 years, Selina Kyle - aka Catwoman - has come out as bisexual.

    The revelation came in this week's edition of the Catwoman comic, although author Genevieve Valentine says "she's flirted around it - often quite literally - for years".

    Accordingly, there's been very little outrage from the character's fans.

    MH Williams tweeted it was "probably the least surprising comic reveal ever".

    Orange Sweater Aquaman tweeted: "Catwoman being bisexual is no huge leap. Hell, I think the Joker is bi too."

    Ryan Schrodt tweeted: "Honestly, I'm surprised DC hasn't done a story about Catwoman being bisexual before. I've always assumed she was."

    Ron Smith tweeted: "So DC Comics just decided after 75 years that Catwoman is bi-sexual. So I just decided that Woman Woman is my wife. Hey! It's all fiction!"

    Catwoman isn't the first bisexual comic book character - Harley Quinn, The Green Lantern and Batwoman have both had same-sex relationships.

    Read the full story.

  12. Bottoms up

    Nature's Nether Regions

    The Diagram Prize has announced its shortlist for the oddest book title of the past year, led by a book about the evolution of genitals.

    The seven titles include:

    • Nature's Nether Regions
    • The Madwoman in the Volvo
    • Divorcing A Real Witch
    • Where Do Camels Belong?
    • The Ugly Wife Is Treasured At Home
    • Strangers Have the Best Candy
    • Advanced Pavement Research

    "Ultimately, it is a stunning collection of books. Let other awards cheer the contents within, the Diagram will always continually judge the book by its cover (title)," said Horace Bent of The Bookseller.

    The award will be presented on 27 March.

    Read the full story.

  13. Redmayne reimagined

    Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

    The first picture of Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl has been revealed.

    In the film, the Oscar-winner plays artist Lili Elbe, one of the first to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 1930.

    Due for release in 2016, director Tom Hooper originally cast Nicole Kidman as Elbe but she dropped out after shooting was delayed.

    Film company Working Title also tweeted a picture of the newest addition to Redmayne's trailer... It'll be a handy way to store donuts during the make-up process.

    Eddie Redmayne's trailer
  14. John Revolting?

    John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson has defended John Travolta - saying the excruciatingly awkward kiss he gave her at the Oscars was, in fact, totally welcome.

    His peck on the cheek had become an internet meme by Monday, but Johansson said it was "an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was totally sweet and totally welcome".

    The actress told the Associated Press: "There is nothing at all strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta."

    She can't have seen Battlefield Earth.

    John Travolta meme
    John Travolta meme
  15. TFI all over again

    Chris Evans

    Ocean Colour Scene will be delighted - Chris Evans is bringing TFI Friday back to Channel 4.

    Sadly, though, it's just a one-off special to celebrate the anarchic show's 20th anniversary.

    A product of the Britpop era, it captured some of the best live music of the 1990s, as well as courting controversy for running features like "Freak or Unique".

    Shaun Ryder was banned for life by Channel 4 after repeatedly swearing on the show, while Evans once spent £56,000 filming a failed sketch with John Cleese.

    No details have been revealed about the comeback. But it won't be the same without Wiiiiiiiiiilllllll.

  16. On the re-Bond

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    Ah, Mr Bond... We've been ex-Spectre-ing you. [you're fired - puns editor]

    Ahem. Bond director Sam Mendes has posted a behind-the-scenes vlog from the set of the 24th 007 film, revealing why he decided to sign up for a sequel.

    Spectre is "a movie entirely driven by Bond," he says. "He is on the hunt, on the trail, of somebody. You don't know why, you don't know what he's doing.

    "And that sense that something is up is also tied to the second part of the crucial story of Bond's childhood.

    "Once it was clear those huge things were on the table I felt like I had to do it."

    You can watch the report on the official 007 website.

  17. Average TV viewing down

    Why Don't You Theme

    It's taken nearly 30 years, but finally we are heeding the advice of kids' TV show Why Don't You? - specifically the theme tune's perennial question: "Why don't you just switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead?"

    Last year, the British public watched an average of 3 hours, 44 minutes, and 30 seconds a day per person. That's down 10 minutes on 2013.

    It also begs the question: Did everyone turn off the TV just before they revealed who killed Lucy Beale?

    The figures, from Barb, come out as the BBC reveals January was the biggest-ever month on iPlayer, with 343 million requests, 264 million of which were for TV programmes.

    The month's top five programmes were:

    1. EastEnders (1 Jan) - 1.93m
    2. Top Gear episode 1 - 1.82m
    3. Miranda Christmas special, episode 2 - 1.77m
    4. The Voice, blind auditions episode 1 - 1.71m
    5. Top Gear Patagonia special, part 2 - 1.57m
  18. Tate goes multisensory

    A project to enhance artworks with smells, sounds and even tastes will come to Tate Britain later this year.

    "Tate Sensorium" is the winner of the gallery's £70,000 IK Prize, which asks inventors to use the digital technology to connect audiences with artworks.

    Describing the project as a "reunion of the senses", the winners said: "Imagine having the overwhelming sound and sulphurous smell of a volcano erupting when you take in the enormity of a John Martin painting, or experiencing the tastes, smells and sounds associated with Hogarth's The Roast Beef of Old England."

    We're particularly interested to see what Salvador Dali's Metamorphosis of Narcissus smells like. Eggs, presumably.

  19. BreakingBreaking News

    Glitter jailed

    Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years for historical sex abuse against three girls between 1975-1980.

    Read more on this story.

  20. Cards down?

    House of Cards

    The first reviews of House of Cards are starting to trickle in - and it seems critics are disappointed Kevin Spacey hasn't spent his first hour in the oval office just running about with a knife, gleefully murdering people.

    The third series is "slow to rouse itself," said Ed Power in the Telegraph.

    "An anticlimactic opening episode slouched along, touching on Underwood's bonkers plan to reboot the economy and a dreary campaign by toxic spouse Claire (Robin Wright) to secure a plum UN job."

    "Has Underwood gone soft?" wonders The Independent's Ellen E Jones. "If series three of the Netflix original carries on like this we may soon come to miss the more flamboyant political satire of previous seasons."

    Meanwhile, The Verge is liveblogging the entire series. Among Ross Miller's observations comes this gem: "With great power comes greatly diminished sexual prowess, apparently."

    If you're watching at home, send us your thoughts... Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  21. Nollywood goes large:

    World Service

    Thy Will Be Done

    For the first time a film from Nollywood - that's Nigeria's equivalent of Hollywood - will premier at London's BFI Imax, the largest cinema screen in Britain.

    Thy Will Be Done is the story a happily married pastor whose life is turned upside down when his first wife reappears - seven years after he buried her.

    BBC World Service's Newshour programme asked director Obi Emelonye what the London premiere means for Nigeria's film industry.

    Listen to the interview here.

  22. Dancing grannies cover Uptown Funk

    Alex Boye's video

    Just when you thought you'd had enough of Uptown Funk, here comes an invigorating cover by Nigerian singer Alex Boye.

    Apart from the fantastic vocal harmony arrangement, the video recreates Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's dance routines with a cast of pensioners

    Boye posted on Facebook the cast of his "oldtown cover" were all grandparents who "did their own stunts".

    A strict Mormon, he's also sanitised the lyrics - so "put some liquor in it" has been amended to "put some Kool-Aid in it", and "hot damn" has become "hot dang".

    Watch his cover on YouTube.

    Alex Boye
  23. Posted Picasso recovered

    Picasso's La Coiffeuse

    A Picasso stolen from a Parisian museum has been recovered in New York.

    Painted in 1911, La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) went missing from a storeroom at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 2001.

    It turned up more than 13 years later when a Belgian sender named only as "Robert" sent the painting to a climate-controlled storage facility in New York last December.

    In an attempt to avoid detection, the parcel was labelled "art craft / toy", but customs officials smelled a rat.

    "A lost treasure has been found," said Loretta Lynch, attorney for the eastern district of New York.

  24. #TheDress

    The controversial dress

    Kim Kardashian couldn't break the internet with her bottom - even if she sat on it really heavily - but this dress just might. Why? Because no-one can decide what colour it is.

    #TheDress, as it has inevitably become known, was posted by Alana McInnes to Facebook a week ago, after it provoked an argument between her friends.

    "Folks, please tell me what colour this dress is. Myself, Caitlin, Robbie, and Murray can't come to an agreement wether it's gold and white or blue and black! And if you're with someone ask them too!" she wrote.

    Now all of Twitter has piled in on the argument. Taylor Swift says it's blue and black- adding: "I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared."

    Taylor Swift tweet

    Oscar-winner Julianne Moore disagrees: "What's the matter with u guys?" she writes, "It's white and gold."

    Julianne Moore's tweet

    And Anna Kendrick agrees: "If that's not Whte and Gold the universe is falling apart."

    Anna Kendrick tweet

    Luckily, SCIENCE is on hand to explain everything. Here's an interview with a neuroscientist on Wired - who explains it has do with the different wavelengths of light.

    And, yes, it is blue and black.

    Ariana Grande tweet
  25. Bjork quits Spotify


    Bjork has joined the ranks of AC/DC and Taylor Swift by withholding her latest album from Spotify.

    Speaking to Fast Company, the Icelandic musician said: "A few months ago I emailed my manager and said, 'Guess what? This streaming thing just does not feel right. I don't know why, but it just seems insane."

    "To work on something for two or three years and then just, Oh, here it is for free. It's not about the money; it's about respect, you know?"

  26. Madonna hacker in court

    The man accused of leaking Madonna's new album, Rebel Heart, has been indicted at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court.

    Adi Lederman was accused by the State Attorney's office of illegally hacking into the singer's email account and selling files for sums ranging up to tens of thousands of dollars, reports the Times of Israel.

    Read the full story.

  27. Double Deckard:


    Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi film noir Blade Runner, it has been confirmed.

    Shooting will start in 2016, with Dennis Villeneuve in negotiations to direct.

    The Canuck film-maker previously helmed the harrowing kidnap thriller Prisoners, making him an interesting choice for the director's job.

    The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 film, which was based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

    Read the full story.

  28. Korea kidnap story:

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Kim Jong-il behind a film camera

    North Korea's former supreme commander Kim Jong-Il was a big film buff. He reportedly owned more than 20,000 videos and counted Elizabeth Taylor among his favourite actresses.

    But Kim's appetite for cinema went to bigger, and stranger, extremes. In 1978, long before he succeeded his father Kim Il Sung, he ordered the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous film director, Shin Sang-ok, and his star, Choi Eun-hee.

    They went on to produce North Korean cult classic Pulgasari, a monster film with socialist leanings, before eventually escaping.

    The story, good enough for a film plot of its own, has been brought to life in a new book, A Kim Jong-il Production.

    Radio 4's Today Programme spoke to the author, Paul Fischer.

    Listen to the interview. And if you want to know more about the cinephile despot, read this article from our archive.

  29. Broadband behemoth

    House of Cards

    "Season" (series) three of House of Cards is live on Netflix this morning - all 677 minutes of it. In other words. if you start watching now, you can get through all 13 episodes by 8:30 this evening.

    The first episode sees US President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) urinate on his father's grave... His behaviour is only likely to get worse.

    If the internet seems a little slower today, the increased traffic to Netflix might explain why.

  30. Madonna has whiplash

    Madonna at the Brits

    Pop star Madonna has told Jonathan Ross she suffered whiplash after her violent fall at the Brit awards.

    Taping a show for broadcast on Saturday night, she said: "I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head.

    "And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis."

    Read more on this story.

  31. Penelope and Parker pictured


    ITV have revealed the new-look Lady Penelope and Parker from the remake of Thunderbirds.

    Roasmund Pike will play the socialite secret agent, while her chauffeur will be voiced by David Graham, who played him in the original series.

    One episode of Thunderbirds are Go is written by David Baddiel and will feature Sylvia Anderson, who voiced Lady Penelope in the original series, voicing an entirely new character.

    For comparison, here's how the characters appeared in the original series.

    Lady Penelope and Parker
  32. Kanye apologises

    It appears that Kanye West has located the humility centre in his brain - tweeting a series of humble apologies overnight.

    First of all, West addresses Beck - whose Grammy acceptance speech he interrupted earlier this month, protesting that Beyonce deserved the best album prize.

    Kanye West tweet

    Then, for no particular reason, he offers his apologies to Bruno Mars.

    Kanye tweet

    Earlier, he popped up on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show - where he issued a mea culpa over the price of his clothing range.

    "I want to apologise to everyone right now because I believe season one might still be in that upper price point and there's still the words 'exclusivity' being thrown around," said the star.

    "Nothing should be exclusive. Everybody should have the opportunity to drink from the same fountain."

    Kanye West's new album will be called "My mistakes and how I learned from them". Allegedly.

  33. Get in touch:

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    So, are you pulling a sickie to binge-watch the entire third series of House of Cards? If so, send us your thoughts...

    And if you have any tips for stories, or comments on today's coverage, we'd love to hear from you too.

    Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  34. Good morning!

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter

    Welcome along to our live coverage for Friday, 2 February. We'll be bringing you the latest news from the world of arts and entertainment, as fast as our fingers can type it.

    If you could bring us a coffee around 11am, that'd be marvellous. Thanks.