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By Frances Cronin and Kev Geoghegan

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  1. Post update

    Frances Cronin

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all for today - thanks for joining us.

    And after a day of "no comment", join us tomorrow from 08:30 to see if there will be any update from One Direction on the reports of Louis Tomlinson becoming a dad. You know you want to...

  2. Benedict Cumberbatch sneak peek at Hamlet rehearsals

    And lastly this afternoon, the first pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch in rehearsals for Hamlet have been released.

    Lyndsey Turner's production of the Shakespeare play begins at the Barbican Theatre on 5 August for a 12 week run.

    But if you don't get a ticket, it will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on 15 October as part of National Theatre Live.

    Benedict Cumberbatch and Hamlet cast
    Image caption: Hands in the air like you just don't care...
    Benedict Cumberbatch and Hamlet cast
    Image caption: Eyes to the left...
    Benedict Cumberbatch and Hamlet cast
    Image caption: The world's most intense game of Snap!
  3. Jack Black and Boy George duet

    Boy George and Jack Black have performed a duet of the Doors Hello I Love You on the Conan show. 

    They admitted they were big fans and handily the Doors' legendary guitarist Robby Krieger was on hand to join in the jam. 

    View more on youtube
  4. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are Sisters

    The first trailer of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's first film together in seven years, Sisters, has been released. 

     In the film, directed by Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore, they decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. 

    The movie is out in December.  

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  5. Cracking art

    The damaged wall of the Home Theatre

    Artist Douglas Gordon hit the headlines on Tuesday when he took an axe to the Home theatre wall in Manchester after scathing reviews of his debut play.

    But he isn't the first artist to destroy one of his own creations. As it turns out artists including Picasso and Francis Bacon have been doing it for years.

    Arts editor Will Gompertz has more.

  6. David Suchet's Lady Bracknell in cinemas

    David Suchet

    David Suchet has said he is "delighted" with the news that the theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest, in which he stars as Lady Bracknell, will get a cinema outing.

    It will be broadcast live to 350 cinemas across the UK and Ireland from London's Vaudeville Theatre on 8 October.

    Apparently there will be additional backstage footage and exclusive cast interviews.

    David Suchet said he was "delighted that one of the finest plays in the English language will be broadcast live across the UK and Ireland."

    "We're having tremendous fun with the play and look forward to sharing this with cinema audiences too," he added.

  7. Meet the future Obamas

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Southside With You

    The first still has been released showing actors Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson and Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in the film Southside With You.

    The "romantic dramedy" has been inspired by the US President and his future first lady's first date to see Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing in 1989.

    Read more.

  8. BBC Four to explore Pop Art

    Peter Blake

    BBC Four has commissioned artists including Sergeant Pepper designer Sir Peter Blake to create new channel idents as part of a new season examining Pop Art.

    Sir Peter, along with Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, starred in Ken Russell's 1962 seminal documentary about Pop Art, Pop Goes The Easel.

    The BBC's week-long season will look at the influence of the art movement with special programmes on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music.

    Sir Peter and Boshier provide insight into their working practices in What Do Artists Do All Day? while art critic Alastair Sooke presents a documentary arguing that Pop Art is one of the most influential movements of the 20th Century.

  9. Marvel recreates hip-hop album covers

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Album covers

    Marvel has released a series of hip-hop inspired album covers featuring its stable of superheroes.

    Records by the likes of Dr Dre, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and 50 Cent are featured.

    Read more.

  10. Absolutely hilarious


    Cast of Absolutely

    Cult surreal comedy sketch team Absolutely are to reunite for a radio series.

    The group are recording four new episodes for Radio 4 to be aired from 6 September.

    Gordon Kennedy, Morwenna Banks, Pete Baikie, Moray Hunter and John Sparkes, minus sadly Jack Docherty will perform new material featuring popular characters from their Channel 4 heyday, including Denzil and Gwynedd, The Little Girl and the Stoneybridge Town Council.

    The new 30-minute shows are being recorded at Glasgow's Oran Mor on 5 August and 6 September.

    Read more.

  11. Tatt's unfortunate J-Law

    Jennifer Lawrence has revealed her rather half-hearted attempt at rebellion in the form of a tattoo, that has an error that science geeks are happy to point out. 

    It could be worse, she could have "I love my mome and dade" etched on her lower back...

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  12. Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon

    Lana Del Rey has given a taster of her new album Honeymoon by unveiling the title track. It is her fourth album in as many years. The song was co-written by Rick Nowels, who's been collaborating with Del Rey since her debut. 

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  13. Robbie for sale...

    Multi-platinum award for the album Everything Changes

    Not literally of course but more than 100 items of Robbie Williams' memorabilia is going on sale at auctioneers Bonhams later.

    All proceeds from the sale, called Doing it for the Kids, will be donated to the Donna Louise Children's Hospice, of which Williams is a patron.

    Handwritten lyrics for Let Me Entertain You are expected to attract bids of £4,000 - £6,000, with a cream suit from the music video for the single Radio estimated to sell for £5,000-£7,000.

    Williams said his work with the charity was "a privilege".

    A publicity picture released to go with the sale shows Williams with a new white blonde quiff, doesn't he remind you of someone?

    Philip Schofield, Jean Paul Gaultier and Robbie Williams

    We're just saying...

  14. Dog Depp afternoon

    Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

    Johnny Depp's actress wife Amber Heard has been summoned to appear in court in Australia over allegations she smuggled the couple's two pet dogs, Pistol and Boo, into the country.

    Heard, who starred with Depp in the film The Rum Diary, was outraged earlier this year when she was told their two Yorkshire Terriers might have to be put down after they entered the country without going through quarantine.

    Heard took the dogs to Australia to join Depp, who was filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film there. They were taken out of the country a few days later.

    An Australian Senate hearing has been told that Depp and Heard could be sentenced to as long as 10 years in jail, or be forced to pay a fine of up to $340,000 Aus (£162,000) if they are found guilty of illegally importing the dogs.

  15. Harper Lee book sells more than 100K

    A customer picks up a copy of author Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman

    Go Set A Watchman is Harper Lee's first book in more than 50 years, so the demand was always going to be high but the long awaited follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird has sold a staggering 105,000 copies in the UK on its first day.

    Announcing the sales figures, publisher Susan Sandon said: "It's so fabulous to see a book dominating the news agenda and to be reminded of just how important literature and reading is to all of us."

    The novel has been met with some mixed reviews and many fans were shocked to discover one-time fiercely idealistic lawyer Atticus Finch, now retired, painted as a racist.

  16. Will you Miss Saigon?

    Miss Saigon production shot

    Cameron Mackintosh has announced that Miss Saigon will close at London's Prince Edward Theatre on 27 February 2016.

    In a statement on his website Mackintosh said he was "delighted to announce a final extension" to his new production, which opened in May 2014.

    You can still catch the show after that but you may need to buy a plane ticket. He said the show will open on Broadway and in Germany and Australia in the next two years.

  17. Louis Tomlinson: the conspiracy theories

    As there's still no word from Louis Tomlinson or anyone from One Direction on the reports that he's to become a dad and the void has been filled by conspiracy theories. This one thinks it's been set up by their management team Modest to deflect from former member Zayn grabbing the headlines with his Twitter feud with Naughty Boy.   

    And Naughty Boy gets the blame from this fan...

  18. Good for music?

    Taylor Swift

    It's the question that has been burning at the heart of the music industry for several years, attracting opinions from the likes of Thom Yorke and Taylor Swift.

    Is streaming good for music? The World Service's Inquiry programme has assembled a panel of experts, including Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, to get their thoughts.

    Read more.

  19. Aykroyd reveals Ghostbusters cameo

    Dan Aykroyd

    Dan Aykroyd appears to have broken the chain of command in revealing he has been filming a cameo in the new Ghosbusters reboot.

    The Hollywood News has reported the actor posted a tweet, which has since been deleted, which read: "On GB set shooting my scene with beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB's are adorable, hilarious and badass Exhilarating #ghostbusters"


    The word is that, rather than reprising his role as Dr Ray Stantz, Aykroyd will be playing a cabbie.

  20. Louis trending

    The hashtag #OhNoLouis is currently trending on Twitter as One Direction fans continue to react to the unconfirmed reports Louis Tomlinson is going to be a father.

    The online furore has led to some truly terrifying images...

    Twitter screengrab
  21. Britain's Next Top Model returns

    Britain's Next Top Model logo

    There's good news for fans of Britain's Next Top Model - the reality TV show is returning to TV two years after it was axed by Sky Living.

    It has found a new home on the Lifetime channel.

    There is no news yet though on who will be the judges or host. The series will hit screens in January next year.

  22. Star Trek announcement

    The cast of Star Trek have announced their newest team member and it's none other than Idris Elba. No word yet on who or indeed what the Luther star will be playing but he gets to show off his questionable 'mad breakin' skillz' in a trailer to win a walk on role in the film.

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  23. Hanging around at the theatre

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Martin McDonagh

    You wait ages for a play about hanging at the Royal Court, and then two of them come along at once. 

    Martin McDonagh, whose films include In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, is to make his theatre return with Hangmen - his first UK play in more than 10 years. 

    Opening in September, Hangmen tells the story of "the second-best hangman in England" on the day when hanging is abolished.  

    It arrives at the Royal Court less than two months after Debbie Tucker Green's Hang, another play with a capital punishment theme. 

    "It's a total coincidence," assures artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

    "I never expected to do one play about hanging, and now I've programmed two, but they both deal with the issue in completely different ways." 

    Read the full story

  24. Louis Tomlinson already has babysitting offers


    Icona Pop

    Icona Pop, who are supporting One Direction on their US tour, say they'd be happy to babysit if reports Louis Tomlinson is to become a dad are true.

    Caroline Hjelt told Billboard. "We are happy for him if he's happy. We are very good nannies. We love babies."

  25. Director's skull 'stolen'

    Press Association


    This is a bit grim while you are still digesting your breakfast but there are reports from Germany that the grave of legendary filmmaker FW Murnau has been desecrated and his skull stolen.

    The director is best known for the 1922 film Nosferatu, arguably the very first vampire movie.

    Murnau died in a road accident in Santa Barbara, California, in 1931.

    According to Olaf Ihlefeldt, the administrator of the cemetery in Stahnsdorf, outside Berlin, the incident was likely to have happened between 4 and 12 July.

    Read more.

  26. Eisenberg explains 'genocide' remark

    Associated Press news agency

    Jesse Eisenberg

    Actor Jesse Eisenberg has explained what he meant when he compared the experience of being at Comic-Con with "genocide".

    Eisenberg was at the massive convention in San Diego to promote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where he plays super-criminal Lex Luthor.

    He originally said: "It is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don't know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can't think of anything that's equivalent."

    But in a later interview he blamed the comment on "sensory overload".

    He told the Associated Press: "I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that.

    "I'm a normal person who has normal sensory experiences, so Comic-Con was very overwhelming for me. That said, it was really an honour to be on that end of such jubilation."

  27. Mickey goes east

    model of the Shanghai Disney Resort

    It is the second biggest movie market behind the US and one of the biggest studios in the world so it's no great surprise that The Walt Disney Company is teaming up with China.

    The company has unveiled designs for the new Shanghai Disney Resort and its theme park, Shanghai Disneyland.

    The park's six themed lands, which include Treasure Cove, Mickey Avenue, Adventure Isle, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Gardens of Imagination, will all have new live entertainment shows.

    Some highlights will be a more technologically advanced Enchanted Storybook Castle and a Tron-style Lightcycle Power Run.

    The West End hit show The Lion King will also be performed for the first time ever in Mandarin.

  28. Louis Tomlinson to be a dad?

    Louis Tomlinson

    The Sun is reporting that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is to become a father, with 23-year-old American stylist Briana Jungwirth. 

    There's no confirmation or comment from Louis, Briana or the band yet but the claims have been greeted by One Direction fans with a mixture of disbelief and distress. 

    Although one could see a funny side...

    Meanwhile comedian Matt Lucas has joined in the reaction. 

  29. Bran-tastic

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Isaac Hempstead Wright

    He wasn't in a single episode of series five but Game of Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead Wright says Bran Stark will be back in series six.

    He told the Irish Examiner: "I can't say a lot but I am back this season and it's going to get interesting with Bran," he said. "He has some interesting visions."

    Read more.

  30. Blurry verdicts

    Robin Thicke

    Blurred Lines singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have a US judge to thank after he cut $2m (£1.3m) off the bill they had been ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye

    District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled a verdict a jury reached in March should be slashed from nearly $7.4m (£4.7m) to $5.3m (£3.4m).

    But the judge has also rejected the stars' request for a new trial after they were judged to have been guilty of copyright infringement by copying Gaye's 1977 record Got to Give It Up.

    Gaye's family will also get 50% of Blurred Line's future royalties after the judge refused to issue an injunction that would have temporarily blocked sales and performance of the song, one of the biggest selling of all time.

  31. Stars defend the BBC

    Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench

    Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, JK Rowling and David Attenborough are among a group of A-list stars who have signed an open letter to the prime minister defending the BBC.

    The letter says they wish to express their "concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster.

    "In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain. The BBC is a very precious institution. Like all organisations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good," it said.

    On Thursday, the government will publish a green paper on the BBC's future, which will reportedly question if the BBC should rethink how many popular entertainment programmes it broadcasts.

    The Telegraph has the letter and full list of stars.

  32. Good Morning!

    Welcome to Wednesday's Entertainment Live page. We'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest news as big names like Daniel Craig and JK Rowling come out to support the BBC and reaction to reports that Louis Tomlinson from One Direction is to become a dad.

    And if you missed any of yesterday's news from the reaction to the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman to Timothy Spall's buttock clenching - why not catch up now?