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  1. South Bank Show Award nominations announced
  2. Reaction to Denise Van Outen's debut on EastEnders
  3. Wolf Hall divides Broadway critics
  4. Jeremy Clarkson pulls out of hosting Have I Got News For You

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By Genevieve Hassan and Frances Cronin

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  1. Sayonara!

    Frances Cronin

    Entertainment reporter

    That brings our live entertainment and arts coverage to an end for another week.

    We'll be back on Monday with lots to talk about including Sunday night's Olivier Awards and the return of Britain's Got Talent, Game of Thrones and not to mention new ITV series Ninja Warrior UK.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. The comedy talents of Madonna


    Madonna has confessed to late night chat show host Jimmy Fallon she's a closet comedian.

    She tested some of her material on Fallon's audience, which included jokes on dating (lots of) younger men and her expensive art collection.

    Judging by the rolling tumbleweed, she shouldn't give up her day job any time soon.

    Watch Madonna's stand-up routine.

    Something much more entertaining is Madonna, Fallon and The Roots giving a rendition of her hit Holiday using classroom instruments.

    Watch the video.

  3. Game of Thrones countdown almost over

    Game of Thrones poster

    The countdown is almost over as Game of Thrones season five is set to premiere on Sunday in a simulcast to 170 countries around the world - except the UK.

    Sky have decided not to shift its usual screening time and it will be shown on Sky Atlantic on Monday 13 April 21:00 BST.

    Show producers David Benioff and DB Weiss told Rolling Stone the fifth series is going to be "the most epic to date".

    "We're starting to build to a crescendo now. Two of the set pieces we shot this year have been the biggest ones to date. And on a story level...expect a snowball effect," Beniof said.

  4. News round-up

    Banksy mural

    Here's a round up of some of the other entertainment and arts stories around today you may have missed:

    • Banksy says he is "surprised" one of his murals in Cheltenham may be given listed status. [Read more]
    • Actor Richard Dreyfuss has taken legal action against Walt Disney Pictures over his slice of profits made from the 1991 film What About Bob? [Read more]
    • Sylvester Stallone has thanked the City of London Police for arresting a Halifax man suspected of leaking films - including The Expendables 3 - on the internet. [Read more]
    • Six oil paintings by impressionist master Claude Monet have gone on display in London ahead of their auction in New York. [Read more]
    • A battle is under way to save the apartment in New York's Hotel Chelsea where Dylan Thomas slipped into a coma just four days before he died. [Read more]
  5. Daredevil reviews are in

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Charlie Cox as Daredevil

    Netflix has today released all 13 episodes of its Daredevil series starring British actor Charlie Cox as the blind lawyer-turned-superhero.

    The first reviews are in with Hollywood Reporter handily bringing together a round-up of first reactions.

    As for the trade paper's own critic - Tim Goodman says Cox "is perfectly cast" and a "likable, a fine actor who can persuasively pull off" the character's interactions.

    "Daredevil can certainly be watchable, if not believable. Maybe that's how this show should be judged - as pure pulp fun."

  6. Radio 2 gets its own artist in residence

    BBC Radio 2

    Claudia Winkleman

    BBC Radio 2 is to get its own artist in residence.

    A competition has been announced to find the artist, which will be judged by a panel including Sir Peter Blake and Arts Show presenter Claudia Winkleman.

    The winning artist will get to go to any Radio 2 events they want in the year and tell their story in art.

    Read more on how to enter the competition, which opens at 22:00 BST tonight.

  7. Britney and Iggy head to the 1980s


    Britney Spears

    Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea have teamed up for a new track and pictures have appeared from the video they're filming together.

    Britney tweeted a picture from the set with the caption: "Girls roll up, windows roll down, eyes on us, jaws on the ground".

    There seems to be lots of distressed denim, leopard print and crimped hair going on - very 1980s.

    Read the full story.

  8. Poppies art up for South Bank Award

    Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

    The poppies art installation at Tower Bridge commemorating World War One has been nominated for a South Bank Show award.

    Paul Cummin's Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is up against Phyllida Barlow's Dock and Grayson Perry's Who Are You? in the visual art category.

    Paddington is nominated in the film category alongside sci-fi hit Under the Skin and gay rights film Pride.

    In the theatre award the Almeida/Wyndham Theatre's King Charles III will take on both his ancient ancestor Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse) and The Young Vic's A View from the Bridge.

    Read more on this story.

  9. Sneak peak of True Detective 2

    Colin Farrell

    A trailer has been released giving the first glimpse of the second series of True Detective.

    Colin Farrell sports a moustache in the moody trailer, which also features Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams.

    The trailer has no speech in it, but there are already many articles springing up speculating what we can learn from the 60 second film.

    True Detective returns to HBO on Sunday 21 June. No word yet on when we will get to see it in the UK.

  10. Tupac film shaken up

    Tupac Shakur

    Oscar-nominated film director John Singleton has pulled out of the forthcoming biopic of Tupac Shakur.

    "The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur," he wrote on Instagram.

    The director said he now planned to make his own rival film about the rapper, who was fatally shot in 1996.

    Actor-turned-director Carl Franklin will replace Singleton on the original production.

    Read more on this story.

  11. Ancient glamour


    "Today's #FridayFigure is the victorious athlete known as the Westmacott Youth #DefiningBeauty."

    Statue at the British Museum
  12. Drone dilemma

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Ethan Hawke

    Ethan Hawke has teamed up with Gattaca director Andrew Niccol for a third time for his latest film, Good Kill.

    The film sees Hawke play an Air Force pilot who fights the Taliban remotely via drones from a bunker in Las Vegas.

    With the US's drone policy a current hot topic, I spoke to the actor and director about the moral questions the film raises.

    Read more about the film

  13. Benedict's love letters

    BBC Radio 4

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    If the sound of Benedict Cumberbatch's voice sends you into a dreamy state, you'll be pleased to hear the Sherlock star has joined forces again with BBC Radio 4.

    My Dear Bessie is based on a series of real love letters between a soldier in Libya and a Morse code interpreter written during World War Two.

    It will air on 20 April, but if you can't wait until then, why not listen to a preview clip now.

  14. Britain's Got Talent returns

    Nick Grimshaw and Simon Cowell

    This weekend sees the return of the many talented (and not so talented) members of the Great British public try to impress Simon Cowell and friends on Britain's Got Talent.

    Earlier on BBC Radio 1, Cowell pranked fellow judge Amanda Holden on Nick Grimshaw's show, telling her he'd decided to replace her two days a week with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as "she's younger" and "knows more about music".

    Credit to Holden for taking the news so well.

    Listen to the prank call.

    Meanwhile, if you want a taster of Saturday's episode of BGT, ITV has released a clip of auditionee - Yorkshire terrier Max - who is not a fan of host Ant McPartlin.

    It's no wonder Cowell said no to making an animal-only version of the show.

  15. Jared the Joker

    Yesterday we showed you the first cast picture of the Suicide Squad tweeted by writer-director David Ayer.

    Cast of Suicide Squad

    The stars of the supervillain ensemble film included Will Smith and Margot Robbie were capturing during a cast read through. However one member was missing - Jared Leto, who is set to pay The Joker.

    It led to many tweeting "Where's Jared?"

    Today Ayer remedied it with a snap shot of Leto behind the lens of a camera and showing a hint of The Joker's hair and make up.

    Jared Leto
  16. Cannes news

    Isabella Rossellini

    Actress Isabella Rossellini is to chair the Un Certain Regard jury at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

    The prize will see 20 films compete for the honour, to be awarded on 23 May,

    Rossellini will also take part in a tribute to her mother, the actress Ingrid Bergman, and attend a screening of Stig Bjorkman's documentary Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words‏.

    The film festival kicks off on 13 May.

  17. Kim Cattrall joins Bake Off

    Kim Cattrall

    Kim Cattrall has revealed she is to take part in the next Comic Relief Bake Off.

    The Sex and the City star told Graham Norton she said yes after being approached on Twitter by organiser Emma Freud.

    "It was quite a strange thing. It was the first time I'd been offered something like that on Twitter," she said.

    "I tweet all the time and Emma Freud tweeted me and asked me to do the Bake Off. She threw down the gauntlet and I said, 'yes'. I'll just take a lot of wine and have fun."

    But when asked about whether there were plans for a third Sex and the City film she told Norton she would be the last to know.

    "For the other two films [the cast] were literally the last to know. The films made money so that's always a good sign," she said.

    You can watch the interview on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One tonight at 22.35 BST.

  18. Ed Sheeran's new bird

    Ed Sheeran has been posting pics from his tour down under but the latest one possibly needs more explanation.

    He tweeted a picture of himself holding a chicken entitled "Me and my babygurl Gladys".

    We're not clear if Gladys is touring with Ed in New Zealand but it's a very cute picture anyway.

    Ed Sheeran and Gladys

    He also took to Twitter to announce his support acts for his three Wembley stadium headline dates in July.

    OneRepublic will support him on 10 and 12 July, Rudimental will play on 11 July, as will Example. While Foy Vance will play on 10 July and Passenger on 12 July.

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    Did you watch EastEnders last night? What did you think of Denise Van Outen's antics with Max Branning? What about Timothy West's touching performance as Stan? Get in touch and let us know.

  20. Denise debuts on EastEnders

    Jake Wood and Denise Van Outen

    An average of 6.3 million people tuned in to watch Denise Van Outen's debut on EastEnders last night.

    The Guardian said the character of Karin Smart was "effortlessly played" and was "a saucy mare of the highest order".

    The episode saw Karin lock lips with - as the Guardian calls him - "sexual baked bean of a man" Max Branning.

    Fans were generally positive to Van Outen's appearance:

    • Jayne Black tweets: "Hope @denise_vanouten is in @bbceastenders for a long time to come!! #BreathOfFreshAir."
    • Leanne_Ashley tweets: "Denise Van Outen's 1st episode of #Eastenders, OF COURSE she'd get off with Max. He apparently has that animal magnetism we all wish we had."
    • SirBenNowland tweets: "@denise_vanouten finally in @bbceastenders Love the fact u touched @mrjakedwood bald head."
    • David Emanuel tweets: "@denise_vanouten #Kisses Max @bbceastenders There may be trouble ahead!!! #Careful."

    Not everyone (who we can reprint) was happy though:

    • Cat tweets: "I'm hoping due it being her 1st scenes that Denise Van Outen was stressed /nervous & that she isn't that wooden as an actress."
    • Natalie Howes tweets: "I'm sorry, but Denise Van Outen's attempt at a cockney accent is truly awful."
  21. Kylie becomes Dietrich

    Kylie Minogue and the Sorbet Magazine styling team

    Kylie Minogue has been transformed into screen legend Marlene Dietrich.

    The singer tweeted a picture from the shoot for Sorbet Magazine.

    She looks almost unrecognisable.

  22. Broadway end for Mamma Mia!

    Abba cast from left, Felicia Finley, Judy McLane and Lauren Cohn

    Mamma Mia! is closing on Broadway after a 14 year run.

    The Abba musical is the eighth longest running show on Broadway.

    It will close on 5 September after 5,765 performances and grossing more than $600m (£409m).

    But don't fret if you're a fan - the London production has just celebrated its 16th birthday and is still going strong.

  23. Wolf Hall stumbles on stage in NY

    Wolf Hall

    Critcs were less than impressed with the Broadway adaptation of Wolf Hall.

    At a bottom-numbing six hours long, the New York Post said the duration felt "even longer". "As well acted, grandly staged and beautifully lit as it is, the show still manages to be tedious," it said.

    Variety said the play was "handsomely staged", but added: "Just when you expect the drama to move into deeper and darker political territory, it shrivels up and becomes what a lot of American kids took away from high school history class — the salacious story of a horny king who chopped off his wives' heads whenever he wanted a new bride."

    But Ben Brantley of the New York Times was a happier reviewer, saying: "This was my third visit to 'Wolf Hall' (after seeing it at Stratford-upon-Avon and London last year), and I found myself just as much in its thrall, and even more admiring of its accomplishment."

    Read more on this story.

  24. Blue Peter reveals spy winners

    Andrew Parker, the Director General of MI5, with (from second left) Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood and winners Jamie, Finley and Reuben

    Blue Peter has announced the three winners of their spy competition.

    Ten-year-old Finley from Surrey, 13-year-old Jamie from Glasgow and 13-year-old Reuben from North Yorkshire were the winners out of more than 5000 entries.

    They won the chance to visit MI5's headquarters and meet the director general Andrew Parker.

    It's said to be the first time cameras have been allowed into MI5's headquarters - so if you fancy a nosy. the episode will be aired on 16 April on CBBC.

  25. Simon discusses Zayn

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Simon Cowell with One Direction

    Simon Cowell has said he didn't try to talk Zayn Malik out of leaving One Direction.

    "I knew for a while he was thinking about, you know, the future," he told Newsbeat.

    "It did come as a bit of a shock, but I have to look after him and look after the boys. If somebody doesn't want to do something you shouldn't make them do it."

    Read more on this story.

  26. Wham! in China

    What! George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley

    It's thirty years since Wham! became the first western band to play in China.

    The BBC has been reminiscing with Chinese singer Cheng Fangyuan, who was in the audience in Beijing on that night.

    She had also been tasked with covering Wham!'s songs ahead of their visit, in a bid to promote the band to a Chinese audience, who had never heard of them or their music before.

    Watch the interview with Cheng Fangyuan and catch a glimpse of Wham! in their heyday.

  27. Jeremy Clarkson doesn't have news for us

    Jeremy Clarkson

    In case you missed it overnight, it was revealed Jeremy Clarkson has pulled out of his planned appearance as guest host of Have I Got News For You.

    The 24 April episode was due to be his first appearance on the BBC since being dropped as Top Gear presenter, after hitting a producer.

    Jimmy Mulville, from the show's producer Hat Trick Productions, said: "On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year."

    Read more on this story.

  28. Get Involved

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Let us know what you think of today's news - or if you've spotted anything you think we should be covering. Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  29. Welcome to Friday

    Frances Cronin

    Entertainment reporter

    It's almost the weekend but we've still got a full day of entertainment news to keep you going throughout the day.

    We'll bring you live coverage of all the entertainment and arts news you need to know - so stick with us.

    If you missed yesterday's live page, here's what happened on Thursday.