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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 17 July 2015
  2. Spectre gets new UK release date
  3. Actor John Hurt collects knighthood from the Queen
  4. Matt Cardle makes West End debut

Live Reporting

By Mark Savage and Neil Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Over and out

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

    That's all we have time today, and this week. But we'll be back on Monday to bring you more rolling entertainment and arts news, as well as reports on the first few days of this year's BBC Proms.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Fox shuts down Alien tribute film

    Alien Identity artwork

    20th Century Fox has issued a cease and desist letter to the makers of an Alien fan film, ending the project.

    Alien Identity was due to star Carrie Henn, who played Rebecca "Newt" Jorden in James Cameron's 1986 sequel Aliens.

    The film would have seen Newt saved from her grisly fate at the start of Alien 3 and sent off on a new sci-fi adventure, 14 years after the events of Aliens.

    But Fox has decided to shut the film down.

    "The fact of the matter is we got too much press and too much attention," said its director, Adam Sonnet, in a YouTube video.

    A statement on the film's website added: "We understand that this is Fox's intellectual property and we want to respect their wishes.

    "Therefore we peacefully withdraw from any further production of Alien Identity."

    Sonnet said he would now pursue a new project, called Triborn.

  3. National Busking Day

    Hundreds of musicians and street performers will hit town centres across the UK on Saturday, which has been designated the very first National Busking Day.

    London mayor Boris Johnson is behind the initiative, which will see live music on the streets of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester as well as 13 other towns and cities.

    Percussion troupe Stomp kicked off the English capital's contribution to the festivities - a Busk in London festival that runs until 8 August - with an energetic performance outside King's Cross railway station earlier.

    Stomp performing outside King's Cross railway station in London
    Stomp performing outside King's Cross railway station in London
    Stomp performing outside King's Cross railway station in London

    We only hope they put those bins back where they found them afterwards.

  4. BBC boss defends Radio 1 and 2

    Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1

    In a surprising development, the director of BBC Radio has defended BBC Radio 1 and 2.

    Helen Boaden was responding to the government's consultation paper on the future of the BBC, which suggested the broadcaster's two biggest music stations were "arguably less distinctive" than the likes of 6 Music.

    "The shorthand we often hear - Radios 3 and 4 embody public service broadcasting, whilst Radios 1 and 2 are easily replaced by commercial counterparts - is wrong," she wrote.

    "Both stations drive growth in British music; they discover and promote new British music talent and exposure on our airwaves drives music sales.

    "More than half of the music recordings played on British radio or TV last year were only played by the BBC."

    Read her full statement.

  5. McQueen play earns West End transfer

    A play about the British fashion designer Alexander McQueen that ran at a small London theatre earlier this year is to transfer to a West End venue next month.

    But it won't be entirely the same production of McQueen that was seen at the St James Theatre. Some scenes have been rewritten, an interval has been added, and the character that was played by Glee star Dianna Agron will now be portrayed by Britain's Carly Bawden.

    "I'm so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production," said writer James Phillips.

    Stephen Wight, pictured below with Tracy-Ann Oberman, will continue in the title role in the play's second incarnation, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 13 August to 7 November.

    Tracy-Ann Oberman and Stephen Wight in McQueen
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio goes west

    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

    The trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio's western thriller The Revenant has just popped up on YouTube.

    Based on a true story, it follows a frontiersman who is attacked by a bear and left for dead. After struggling through a vicious winter, he sets off to exact vengeance on the hunting team who abandoned him.

    Slated for release during awards season, the film is directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - whose film Birdman picked up four Oscars earlier this year.

    The trailer looks suitably bleak, with DiCaprio squaring off against Tom Hardy as his character's confidant turned enemy.

    There's also an unusual amount of heavy breathing.

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    In an interview with Deadline earlier this year, Inarritu said the film was made entirely with natural light - which meant the shoot dragged on for nine months.

    Quote Message: We are shooting in such remote far-away locations that, by the time we arrive and have to return, we have already spent 40% of the day. But those locations are so gorgeous and so powerful, they look like they have never been touched by a human being, and that’s what I needed.
    Quote Message: The light is very reduced here in winter, and we are not shooting with any electrical lighting, just natural light. And every single scene is so difficult - emotionally, technically. I’ve gotten myself in trouble again, but I’m trying my best.
  7. BreakingSpectre release date

    Daniel Craig in Spectre

    Spectre, the next James Bond film, will have its world premiere on the same day as its UK release date - 26 October.

    "For the first time ever, the film will open on the same night at cinemas across the UK and Ireland," said distributor Sony Pictures.

    The film is out in the US on 6 November. That was the date it had been expected to open in UK cinemas, after its makers pushed its original release date back from 23 October.

    Spectre marks Daniel Craig's fourth big-screen outing as 007 and takes its name from one of the character's most formidable adversaries - the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.

  8. What do short people see at gigs?

    The Guardian

    A picture of Sir Mick Jagger with silhouettes superimposed

    Being short has its advantages - a lower centre of gravity, more leg room on planes and an increased likelihood of a stable marriage.

    But turn up to a gig and all you'll see is "the top of Brian May's hair," says Kate Hutchinson.

    "Truthfully, 10 years into writing about music, I've seen more of other people's armpits than I have of touring musicians," she writes.

    The reason, she says, is that the UK is "low on purpose-built venues", while "most of those remaining do not care for trivial things such as being able to see."

    Any thoughts on how to resolve this bane in the lives of short people everywhere?

    Read the full article.

  9. Hurt 'inordinately proud' and 'feeling good'

    Sir John Hurt

    Veteran actor John Hurt, star of Alien, The Elephant Man and The Naked Civil Servant, has spoken about his pride at being made a knight by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

    Quote Message: It's so unexpected in a sense, I never thought of it when I started out.
    Quote Message: I suppose the only thing I really rather regret is that my parents aren't alive to see this. I'm sure that's not a sentiment that's new by any means, a lot of people say the same. But it does make one inordinately proud."

    Sir John also gave reporters an update on the state of his health, following his announcement last month that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

    Quote Message: I’m half-way through my chemotherapy and I’ve got a whole load of tests next week. I’m not feeling any of the side effects you’re suppose to feel, or at least you can feel, as everybody’s different I’m told.
    Quote Message: It’s extraordinary, I haven’t lost weight or anything and I’m feeling good - it’s crazy. My oncologist is extremely optimistic, as indeed I am, so everything is going really well."

    Sir John was accompanied by his wife Anwen at Friday's ceremony, to which he wore a three-piece brown linen suit and matching hat.

    Sir John Hurt with wife Anwen
  10. Cera Robin to Arnett's Batman

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Lego Batman and (inset) Michael Cera

    Michael Cera is to voice the character of Robin in Lego Batman, a spin-off from surprise smash The Lego Movie.

    He will fight crime alongside Will Arnett, his former Arrested Development co-star, who reprises the role of Batman.

    Read more on this story.

  11. Adam Lambert serenades James Corden

    In honour of James Corden's 50th episode at the helm of The Late Late Show in the US, Adam Lambert has serenaded him with a special anniversary version of Queen's We are the Champions. 

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    Lambert's clever reworking included the new lyrics: "He is James Corden, my friends, and he’ll host Late Late Show ’til the end."

  12. Jennifer Lawrence retains her Mystique

    Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique

    Jennifer Lawrence has hinted she may return to the X-Men franchise after next year's instalment, X-Men: Apocalypse.

    The actress has previously stated she would stop playing blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique after Apocalypse, as the make-up was too much.

    Speaking in May, she said she was increasingly worried about the "fumes and toxins" from her body paint.

    "I'm like, 'I can't even pronounce this and that's going in my nose? I'm breathing that?'"

    But talking to Entertainment Weekly as it revealed new photos from the superhero series, Lawrence said she wasn't ruling herself out of any future movies.

    "There is hope," she said. "I don't want to not be asked."

    Read more.

  13. 'No skateboarding' clause for Cardle

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

    Matt Cardle in Memphis: The Musical

    X Factor star Matt Cardle has made a lot of sacrifices for his new role in West End musical Memphis. He's changed his diet, given up smoking and started running to improve his fitness.

    Perhaps the biggest hardship, though, is a clause in his contract that prohibits him from skateboarding - a pastime the 32-year-old has been enjoying for 20 years.

    "I've been told I'm not allowed to skateboard," the singer told reporters after Thursday's performance of the show, in which he plays a livewire DJ called Huey Calhoun who daringly brings R&B to the conservative airwaves of 1950s America.

    "They can't have a Huey with a broken leg or a broken wrist."

    Cardle, who was crowned the winner of X Factor in 2010 and went on to release three albums, was cheered on last night by former Spice Girl Melanie C, with whom he recorded the 2013 single Loving You.

    Matt Cardle with other cast members in Memphis: The Musical

    Nicole Scherzinger has also been in the audience this week to show her support and perhaps offer some advice to Cardle's leading lady Beverley Knight, who'll be taking on the former Pussycat Doll's Grizabella role in Cats later this year.

    Knight - who previously appeared in The Bodyguard before taking on the role of gifted singer Felicia in Memphis - has nothing but praise for Cardle, who inherited the role of Huey from Killian Donnelly, the exuberant musical's original male lead.

    "He's settled in really well and the proof of the pudding was tonight - he did such a fantastic job," she said, adding she had told her new co-star not to be distracted by her nightly vocal pyrotechnics.

    "Huey is endearing, he's charming; he's all the things Matt already is," she told reporters. "I told him, 'Don't worry what old Foghorn is doing over here - you just focus on you.'"

    Beverley Knight, Claire Machin and Matt Cardle in Memphis: The Musical

    Knight, pictured above with Cardle and their co-star Claire Machin, was instrumental in getting the When We Collide chart-topper cast in the show, having persuaded him to audition in the first place.

    "I had no idea if he could act; turns out he'd never acted in his life," she revealed. "But I just went with a gut feeling, and I'm so glad the gut was right."

    "I have Bev to thank for this," said Cardle. "These roles aren't easy to come by, especially one as good and big as this, so you don't take it lightly."

    Memphis: The Musical is currently booking until 31 October.

  14. Blaze of glory

    5 Seconds of Summer

    Australian boyband 5 Seconds of Summer are one of the biggest pop groups on the planet, with a US number one album and four multi-million-selling singles.

    You might also remember them as "that band who set themselves on fire" after guitarist Michael Clifford was injured in a pyrotechnic accident last month.

    Michael Clifford

    Speaking to Radio 1's Scott Mills this afternoon, he says he's doing fine now... but the band have ditched the explosions from their live act.

    "We've switched the flames off," he said.

    The band were on the show to premiere their new single She's Kinda Hot.

    The first single from their second album, it's a big, dumb pop-punk song about an irritating girlfriend.

    "She put me on meds / She won't get out of my head... She's kinda hot, though."

    Listen below.

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  15. Noel Gallagher on songwriting

    Noel Gallagher

    Noel Gallagher will be Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs on Sunday, something that's sure to be required listening for his beloved brother Liam.

    Radio 4 have released a preview clip from the programme in which the former Oasis star reveals how easily one of the band's biggest hits came to him.

    "If a song comes quickly, it usually means it's good," the 48-year-old reveals. "Don't Look Back in Anger took 15 minutes.

    "If I'd known that night that that song would live for so long and become such a thing, I would never have finished it."

    Listen to the excerpt.

  16. It's World Emoji Day!

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    If you pepper your tweets and texts with pictures of smiley faces, party poppers and that weird, smiling pile of fecal matter, then rejoice - because today is World Emoji Day.

    Why today, you ask? Because the calendar emoji shows the date 17 July. (If you're using an Apple device, that is - it's 12 July on Android.)

    Calendar emoji

    The popularity of the pithy pictographs has even inspired artworks - with Yung Jake recently creating portraits solely out of emoji symbols.

    Lots of institutions are getting in on the #WorldEmojiDay action on Twitter.

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    The mind boggles.

  17. Harper Lee printing error

    The Bookseller

    A "limited number" of copies of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman have been found to contain a printing error.

    Copies affected by the technical fault have two lines missing on six separate pages near the end of novel.

    Replacements are being printed and affected customers will be able to get their copies replaced.

    With the book selling thousands of copies, though, there are fears of a (brief) stock shortage.

    Read more on this story.

  18. Harris 'turns down' big-name artists

    Calvin Harris

    Superstar DJ, producer and songwriter Calvin Harris popped up on Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 breakfast show earlier to premiere his new single, How Deep Is Your Love.

    Sadly it's not a cover of the Bee Gees' syrupy '70s anthem, but a blissed-out house track with a ribcage-rattling bass line.

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    Harris explained that he has been trying to move away from the hedonistic dance sound of his last two records.

    Quote Message: I’ve been trying to work out what to sound like. Trying to find something new, even if it’s just a little thing, for people to latch on to and enjoy so it doesn’t sound old. It’s like a science experiment."

    The Scottish musician also revealed he receives "three or four" requests for collaborations every month, but often ends up turning them down.

    Quote Message: Most people that get my phone number are really good [but] if it’s not for me, then it’s not for me.
    Quote Message: There’s people that have approached me with a song or an idea and wanting me to work on it, and I’ve been like, ‘I don’t think it’s the right thing for you. It would make me look really good to work on a track with you. But as a fan of music, I don’t want to lead you down this road and I don’t think it’d be good for your career.'
    Quote Message: I’ve done that a couple of times."
  19. Newspapers react to 'battle for the BBC'

    Newspaper headlines

    Battle-lines are being drawn in the fight for the future of the BBC, a day after the government announced a "root-and-branch" review of the corporation.

    The right-wing press, particularly those owned by Sky boss Rupert Murdoch, are all in favour of a smaller BBC.

    "For its own sake and the country's, the BBC should emerge slimmer, more efficient and more accountable to those who pay its bills," says The Times in an editorial.

    "The national broadcaster… has grown wasteful in its use of public money. It has spent too much on an over-promoted cadre of managers [and] has extended its own remit into online news at real risk to healthy competition."

    The Sun's comment column compares those who defend the BBC with those who do not want to see change in the NHS.

    Neither are "sacred", it says. Just as the NHS needs "reinvention", it claims, so the BBC needs "an overhaul - funding included - in a media landscape changed beyond recognition."

    BBC New Broadcasting House

    The Guardian argues the "BBC is not perfect" but is a thread in the "warp and woof of national life". To limit it significantly, it says, would "reflect a different Britain".

    The Daily Mirror says the government green paper published on Thursday is part of a "Tory plan" to make the BBC a pay-per-view broadcaster - an act of revenge, it alleges, for "infuriating" the party with its coverage of the election campaign.

    Stop "crying foul", says The Daily Telegraph. "This review is not part of some diabolical Tory plot.

    "Instead it is an attempt to save a venerable institution from itself - an institution that has been beset by scandals born of arrogance and self-indulgence."

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail focuses on the letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron by a host of stars demanding the BBC should not be "diminished".

    The paper says it has "overwhelming evidence" the BBC's director of television, Danny Cohen, "masterminded" the letter - something Michael Palin appeared to confirm on yesterday's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

    "The episode suggests that the people who run the BBC are at the same time Machiavellian and dopishly naive," writes Stephen Glover.

    "How on earth did they think they would get away with trying to bamboozle the licence payer with such a clumsy and transparent ruse?"

    Meanwhile, shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant mounts a staunch defence of the BBC in The Independent.

    "My fear is that, if the government's war on Aunty is successful, the BBC will be a national irrelevance by 2027," he says.

    "Sometimes we have to fight for the things we love; and make no mistake, the battle for the BBC is well and truly on."

  20. X Factor selfie

    This year's X Factor judges and presenters are clearly having a blast, if this picture on Rita Ora's Instagram account is anything to go by.

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    But it wasn't all smiles at the London auditions... apparently Simon Cowell got a bit handy with the dessert tray.

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    One audience member even got a shot of the altercation in full flow.

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    Honnestly, you don't see this sort of behaviour on The Great British Sewing Bee.

  21. Why oh why, Delilah?

    Tom Jones in 1966
    Image caption: Tom Jones as he was in 1966...

    A Tom Jones musical that launched last year in Sir Tom's home town of Pontypridd is to have a UK tour in 2016.

    Tom: A Story of Tom Jones - The Musical (catchy title!) will open at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 7 March before heading off to Edinburgh, Leicester and three other cities.

    Described as "an inspirational story of self-belief and determination", the show traces the early days of Tom's success and features such hits as It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat and - inevitably - Delilah.

    Director Geinor Styles said the musical would tell "the compelling story of the early days of [Wales'] most famous son - the living legend that is Sir Tom Jones."

    "I'm not a big musical fan myself," said Sir Tom when we asked him in 2008 whether he would countenance a musical based on his life. "But then again, you never know.

    "I'd have to know that the songs were right and it was an edgy thing, rather than being flowery."

    Back then, Robbie Williams would have been his choice to play him. "He's a cheeky chappie and so was I when I was his age," the veteran entertainer remarked.

    Tom Jones in 2015
    Image caption: ...and how he is today
  22. Wilco release free album

    Cult band Wilco have surprised their fans by releasing a new album for free.

    Star Wars - which apparently has no connection to the popular sci-fi saga - will be available to download for an unspecified time from the band's official site.

    Here's what frontman Jeff Tweedy had to say about the unexpected move.

    Quote Message: Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well, the biggest reason, and I'm not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What's more fun than a surprise?"

    Here's what the album cover looks like, if you're feline in the mood.

    Stars Wars album
  23. Kim Cattrall cast in Linda

    Kim Cattrall

    Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall is returning to the London stage to play the title role of Linda, a new play by Penelope Skinner.

    It tells the story of Linda Wilde, a successful businesswoman who suddenly realises that, at the age of 55, she's been consigned to society's scrap heap.

    "Old for a woman means worthless. Invisible," the character says in the play. "I refuse to be silenced. I will not disappear. I am Linda Wilde. And I'm still here!"

    The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye says the role "promises to be as epic as some of the great theatre parts written for men," comparing it to Mark Rylance's award-winning turn as Jez in Jerusalem.

    We'll get to find out whether that's true when the play premieres at the Royal Court in London in November.

    Read more on this story.

  24. Get ready for the Proms

    BBC Proms

    The BBC Proms launches tonight at the Royal Albert Hall, with the overture from Carl Nielsen's Maskarade the opening piece.

    It's followed quickly by the world premiere of Dadaville, by British composer Gary Carpenter, which was inspired by a Max Ernst artwork he saw at Tate Liverpool.

    To get in the mood for the season, you can read Jason Caffrey's article on how the Proms are put together. (How would you go about squeezing 70 orchestras into London over the course of eight weeks?)

    Meanwhile, BBC Radio 3 has put together a list of eight reasons to love the Proms.

  25. Duchovny and Anderson in X-Files trailer

    Gillian Anderson

    It doesn't hit the screens until January 2016, but the first trailer for Fox's reboot of The X-Files was revealed during an episode of Wayward Pines last night.

    Just 15 seconds long, it gives us a glimpse of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back in character as Mulder and Scully - underscored by that theme tune.

    It also shows two alien creatures being dragged along the floor, leaving a trail of blood; while another frame appears to reference the 2008 X-Files Movie, I Want To Believe.

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    The six-episode mini-series will also feature original cast members Mitch Pileggi, who played Skinner, and William B Davis, aka The Smoking Man.  

  26. Rumer has it

    Bruce and Rumer Willis in 2013

    Earlier this year it was announced that Bruce Willis is to make his Broadway debut this autumn in a stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel Misery.

    It turns out, though, that the Die Hard and Pulp Fiction star will be beaten to the Great White Way by his daughter Rumer, who will be making her own Broadway debut next month.

    Fresh from her victory on Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly, the 26-year-old is to don Roxie Hart's fishnets in the New York production of Chicago from 18 August.

    Fans of the Willis clan will have to wait a few more months for Bruce to tread the boards, as Misery won't start previewing until 22 October - 11 days after Rumer's final Chicago performance.

  27. Chvrches premiere 'anti-love song'

    BBC Radio 1

    Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches premiered their new single on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show last night.

    Singer Lauren Mayberry describes Leave a Trace as "the nastiest, snidest tune" she's ever recorded - an "anti-love song" about a lover who talks "far too much for someone so unkind." 

    Listen to the track below.

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    The single is the first taster of the band's new album, Every Open Eye, which comes out in September.

    Lauren said the record had been recorded in the same home studio in Glasgow where they made their debut.

    Quote Message: We figured rather than spending all the [money] on going to a fancy studio in LA, we'd invest in the synthesizers we'd always wanted and re-soundproof the basement. I think it worked out nicely. You get to get the same bus to and from the studio every day, and go to the same shop for a sandwich every day. I like the routine.

    You can hear the full interviewon the Radio 1 site.

  28. Gordon is gone!

    Colin Paterson

    Entertainment correspondent

    Douglas Gordon's wall - before
    Image caption: Before....

    Earlier this week we brought you the story of Turner Prize-winner Douglas Gordon and his axe attack on Manchester's Home theatre.

    The artist responded to bad reviews by picking up a prop from his production Neck of the Woods and chopping a chunk out of the wall.

    He then drew a wolf's paw around the damage, before signing and dating it. He even added the time (see above).

    Last night I went to see the show and his doodling has disappeared. The wall is washed. Flash has removed Gordon.

    The venue has not yet responded to my inquiry as to how they reached their decision to remove a signed work by such an established artist, but many in the theatre were disappointed.

    Douglas Gordon's wall - after
    Image caption: ...And after

    While I was taking an "after" photo of the cleaned-up wall, one lady expressed her dismay. I felt obliged to show her my "before" picture, taken on Wednesday.

    Her response? To ask if I would email it to her as a keepsake, claiming that it might be valuable one day.

  29. Daniels backtracks on Emmy rant

    The cast of Empire

    Empire creator Lee Daniels has defended his expletive-laden rant about the show's paucity of Emmy nominations.

    The hit show only received three nods - two for its period costumes, and one for lead actress Taraji P Henson.

    After the nominations were revealed, Daniels - whose films include The Butler and Precious - posted an Instagram video blasting the Television Academy's voters with a few choice words.

    But in a follow-up video, he insisted he was just "having fun".

    "I love the Emmys," he clarified, "and I'm excited about my cast and crew that got nominated."

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  30. Chloe wins Big Brother

    Chloe Wilburn

    Chloe Wilburn has been named the champion of Big Brother's 16th series.

    The 25-year-old beat Joel Williams to secure the £116,100 prize fund, in addition to the £5,000 she won during Cash Bomb week.

    Described as a "Doncaster girl next door", Wilburn was the only woman left standing in the final episode.

    "I'm not normal anymore, I'm rich," cried the office worker, known as Coco. "I don't feel I deserve it... I'm just gobsmacked. I don't know what to say."

    Earlier she reflected on her time in the house, telling Big Brother: "I've learnt that I was a very judgemental person without realising.

    "It doesn't matter how you speak or what you look like or what you've got in the bank, you can have a fantastic time with anybody.

    "I've probably learnt more in here than I ever have at school."

  31. Clockwork Orange actor dies

    Aubrey Morris, the character actor who played probation officer Mr Deltoid in A Clockwork Orange, has died aged 89.

    His most memorable scene in the Stanley Kubrick film saw Morris trying to reform Alex (Malcolm McDowell), claiming he was "the one man in this sore and sick community who wants to save you from yourself" before striking him in the groin.

    Born Aubrey Steinberg in Portsmouth, Hampshire, his career lasted more than 60 years, encompassing roles on stage, TV and the big screen.

    His professional debut came in The Winter's Tale at the Regent's Park open air theatre in 1944, and he had roles in such major TV series as The Avengers, The Prisoner, The Sweeney and The Saint.

    On the big screen he had roles in Disraeli, Woody Allen's Love and Death and The Wicker Man, now considered a British horror classic.

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  32. Emmy nominees speak

    Viola Davis and Taraji P Henson

    The nominees for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed yesterday evening, with Game of Thrones leading the charge.

    Mad Men's Jon Hamm is up for best actor, giving him one final chance to win an award for playing hard-living ad executive Don Draper.

    Viola Davis and Taraji P Henson made history in the best actress in a drama category, as it is the first time two African-American actresses have been nominated for the award in the same year.

    No African-American has ever won the prize, meaning one of the stars could make history again when the ceremony rolls around in September.

    Meanwhile, Lily Tomlin racked up her 22nd Emmy nomination for Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie. The 75-year-old veteran has now been nominated in 12 separate categories.

    Here are how some of the stars reacted to being shortlisted.

    Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

    Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey, supporting actress in a drama for Game of Thrones

    "It feels bloody amazing," said Clarke (pictured above) of her nomination, adding that her co-star "deserves it much, much more than I do".

    "She's one of the finest actors ever, and I've grown up on the show admiring her and going to her for advice. It's brilliant. I want everyone on Game of Thrones to be nominated for something."

    "Two for one, Game of Thrones!" Headey exclaimed in Variety.

    "It's gonna be great to be up there with Emilia - to finally have two of us in a category, two women, it's very cool.

    "I need to talk to her about that; I need to call her and say well done."

    Viola Davis, lead actress in a drama for How to Get Away with Murder

    "It would be great to bust through and make history," Davis told The Hollywood Reporter of the potential of being the first African-American woman to win her category.

    "But what's more important is the opportunity to continue to get roles that are complicated and wonderful."

    Taraji P Henson, lead actress in a drama for Empire

    "Thank you ALL for the #Emmy nomination love!" wrote the star on Twitter. "Your love and support mean so much to me!!!"

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, lead actress in a comedy for Veep

    "As President, my staff and I are too busy doing the people's business to watch television. Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of creativity. (Go Jon Hamm!)"

    Kate McKinnon, supporting actress in a comedy for Saturday Night Live

    "This is crazy. Is this crazy? This is crazy. I think there's been an error."

    Jane Krakowski, supporting actress in a comedy for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    "I honestly thought I was being punked. I was so shocked. My heart really hasn't settled down yet.

    "I think I'm going to have to go take an aspirin for my heart to calm down."

    Read more on this story.

  33. Light fantastic

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter

    Light Fantastic by Liz West at National Media Museum

    Two hundred and fifty coloured fluorescent lights and 30m (98ft) of mirrors have gone into a new art installation at the National Media Museum in Bradford, which opens tomorrow.

    Light Fantastic by Liz West at National Media Museum

    Artist Liz West (pictured) has built a room with mirrored walls that make the bright lights look like they stretch as far as the eye can see, getting more warped and distorted as they disappear into the distance.

    Light Fantastic by Liz West at National Media Museum

    The work, titled An Additive Mix, is meant to demonstrate how combinations of certain colours create white light.

    Watch our video of the installation.

    It is part of the museum's Light Fantastic exhibition, which also includes old cameras and other artefacts that show how light has been used in film and photography over the decades. It runs until 1 November.

  34. Get involved

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

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  35. Good morning!

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter

    Thank [popular brand of chocolate bar] it's Friday!

    In our last live page of the week, we'll be bringing you updates on yesterday's Emmy nominations and news from London's Comic-Con, which kicks off today.

    We'll also bring you Matt Cardle's thoughts on swapping X Factor chart success for a leading role opposite Beverley Knight in West End musical Memphis.

    While we rev up our engines, why not check out yesterday's page, which covered everything from Louis Tomlinson to the government's green paper on the BBC.