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By Victoria Lindrea and Keily Smith

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  1. Cheerio

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    So that's it for today.

    Watch out tonight for Tim Burton turning on the Blackpool Illuminations - apparently he's a "huge fan" of the city. We're hoping he'll bring his Bat light...

    And, for fans shuffling celebrities and sequins, the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing begins on BBC One tomorrow at 19:15 BST.

    And if that's not enough wannabe tomfoolery, there's always X Factor, straight after on ITV.

    We'll be back on Monday. See you then.

  2. Happy birthday to Mr Bean

    Mr Bean

    Rowan Atkinson helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of his comedy character Mr Bean with a trip to Buckingham Palace.

    Along with his loyal Teddy, Mr Bean met with fans and posed for photos with police officers.

    Asked why he was riding on top of his mini, he said: "Because the car's full of my presents which I had to buy - but they're presents. They're addressed to me. So as far as I'm concerned they're my presents and I'm going to enjoy them thoroughly."

    Mr Bean
  3. Elf producers offer lower ticket price

    The Stage

    The producers of forthcoming musical Elf will introduce a £30 ticket band after bowing to "overwhelming public and social media demand" for more affordable tickets.

    The show, which runs for 10 weeks over Christmas at the West End's Dominion Theatre, has been criticised for its ticket prices, which rise as high as £240 for a top price seat.

    The producers said that strong sales on more expensive seats allowed them to offer a limited number of £30 tickets throughout the run.

    "The producers acknowledge the show and the West End itself should not exclude families or anyone who cannot afford the higher priced seats, and have therefore used the incredible sales on the higher prices tickets to offset the cost of the new lower priced seats being introduced at all performances," a statement said.

    Elf, based on the hit Will Ferrell film, begins previews on 24 October.

  4. Walter White heads to the Oval Office

    HBO has released the first images of Bryan Cranston playing President Lyndon B Johnson, in the TV adaptation of stage hit All The Way - revealing the Breaking Bad star's dramatic transformation.

    Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B Johnson

    Director Jay Roach, whose films include the Austin Powers trilogy, told People magazine: "Physically and emotionally Bryan completely channels LBJ."

  5. Professor Styles to the rescue

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Harry holding up the correctly spelt sign

    Goodbye Mr Chips, hello Harry Styles.

    The singer took it upon himself to correct a fan's grammar at a recent gig in Philadelphia after he spotted her banner emblazoned with the message: 'Hi Harry! Your so nice.'

    Sixteen-year-old fan, Taelor Ford, told Newsbeat: "He asked for a pen and for security to bring the sign to him."

    "He fixed the spelling, he changed the "your" to "you're" and then he signed it, 'thank you, love Harry.'"

    "I actually wasn't embarrassed at all, I was kind of happy that I mis-spelt it" said Ms Ford.

    "I'm not really good at English at all. But I'm just so happy one of them noticed the sign."

    Poster says "Hi Harry, you're so nice"
    Image caption: The poster after it was corrected by Harry on stage
  6. Kermode Uncut

    Mark Kermode

    Mark Kermode argues in his latest vlog that films should not been seen as inferior to books in every case.

    The film critic and broadcaster recounts how he was led to many classic novels by watching the films first, including The Great Gatsby, which became his favourite book.

    Watch his video here.

  7. Kathleen Turner for transgender play

    Kathleen Turner

    Kathleen Turner is to star in an off-Broadway play exploring issues around transgender identity.

    Would You Still Love Me If... tells the story of a lesbian couple with a baby on the way, one of whom is considering gender reassignment surgery.

    Turner, famous for her roles in Peggy Sue Got Married and Prizzi's Honor, plays the mother to one of the women.

    She previously starred as Chandler Bing's cross-dressing dad in Friends, sharing her scenes with Chandler's mum, who was played by Morgan Fairchild.

  8. Droid on a plane

    C-3PO is heading to a galaxy far, far away... 

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    Let's hope Anthony Daniels doesn't bump into bosses from Disney whose attitude he recently likened to "the Kremlin".

    “The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous,” the 69-year-old, speaking about his role in The Force Awakens, told the Guardian

    “For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it. 

    "I got a hangover just reading it.”  

  9. London(grad) calling

    Londongrad, the first Russian TV series filmed in London, is a fictional take on the lives of Russian expatriates in the British capital.

    A scene from the programme, featuring an expat celebrating in a bar

    It centres on the real-life agencies that fix problems for the wealthy Russian citizens who have settled in the city.

    "Russian people... when they get rich and they have not enough brains, they have a lot of problems," explains leading actor Nikita Efremov.

    "Small problems, big problems... they can pay for solving them."

    The series launches on the internet on Friday, and on the Russian STS channel next week.

    Watch the video.

  10. Strictly under starters orders

    Carol Kirkwood

    As Strictly Come Dancing fans gear up for the return of the show this weekend, the celebrities have been opening up on their first days of training, sweaty palms and leotard struggles.

    "I am a carthorse," says BBC Breakfast weather presenter Carol Kirkwood.

    "You know there is normally a comedy figure - that's me."

    We've been speaking to the stars about their hopes and fears as they put their best foot forward.

    Read the full feature.

  11. Richards' rap shot

    Keith Richards

    "Rap - so many words, so little said."

    The same might be said of Keith Richards, who seems to be enjoying himself far too much as he takes to the promotional highway to publicise his new solo album, with a freewheeling pop at all manner of his musical comrades.

    Last month it was Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (a "mishmash of rubbish"), this week, it's rap.

    "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there," the Rolling Stones guitarist told the New York Daily News.

    "All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."

    In the same interview, the outspoken star calls "most" rock - Rolling Stones apart, we assume - "a dull thud" and heavy metal icons Metallica and Black Sabbath "great jokes".

  12. Greatest novels in English - readers' alternatives

    The Guardian

    Observer editor and novelist Robert McCrum spent two years compiling his definitive list of the 100 greatest novels written in English, published last month.

    Inevitably, you can't please all of the people all of the time - and the list met with complaints that it lacked diversity - so the Guardian invited readers to send their alternatives.

    The 15 books that received the most votes includes JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, JK Rowling's Harry Potter series and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.

    See the full list.

  13. Fatboy to play Dismaland

    Fatboy Slim

    Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, is putting in a surprise appearance at Banksy's Dismaland this evening at a sold-out gig.

    He will be DJ-ing at the Western-Super-Mare anti-attraction along with Run the Jewels, but he told BBC Radio 6 Music nearly everyone involved is being "kept in the dark, for fear we'll blab".

    "I have been trawling through the Disney back catalogue working out ways I can subvert it in the same manner as Banksy has subverted it, but in a reverential way.

    "There will be a twisted tribute to Disney in some form," he promised.

    Cook said he had known Banksy for a number of years, and they now had a "covert relationship" as "pen pals".

  14. Johnny Depp returns to form

    Johnny Depp

    Black Mass looks like being the much-needed critical success that has eluded Johnny Depp for a number of years.

    In it he stars as US mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, a fugitive who was captured in 2011 and finally convicted on numerous charges including racketeering and money-laundering, as well as for his part in 19 murders.

    The film, which also stars Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch, will have its premiere at the Venice Film Festival later, but critics are already hailing it.

    Variety critic Scott Foundas wrote: "Depp more than rises to the occasion, doing career-best work as a man who might easily have been played for ghoulish caricature (a la Jack Nicholson in The Departed), but instead emerges as a complex, undeniably charismatic figure who draws other criminals and lawmen alike into his cult of sociopathic personality.

    And The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote: "Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton both give richly absorbing performances of preening macho self-regard and self-delusion."

    Black Mass
  15. Google celebrates Joan Aiken

    Google's tribute to author Joan Aiken

    In case you are wondering... today's Google doodle celebrates author Joan Aiken on what would have been her 91st birthday.

    Kevin Laughlin's drawing pays tribute to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, the novel that kicked off Aiken's most beloved series of children's books, The Wolves Chronicles.

    The British author - who died in 2004, at the age of 79 - wrote across a number of genres including fantasy works and thrillers.

    "Every so often an extraordinarily prolific author comes along to win the hearts of a generation. Writer Joan Aiken was one of those authors," a spokesman for Google Doodle said.

  16. Analysis: Hidden art

    Will Gompertz

    Arts editor

    The suggestion here is that a valuable asset owned by the taxpayer is being mismanaged: If these artworks and artefacts are not being made available for the public to see, then sell them and put the money into the public coffers.

    But that overlooks one of the purposes for which people and authorities buy art, and that is PR or soft power. Go to almost any ambassador's official residence and you will see great examples of art from his or her home country. Their job is not to be merely decorative, but to communicate the values, status and culture of a country. It brings a certain credibility, authority and a confident swagger to proceedings. It is working hard for its place on the wall.

    That said, there is far, far too much art that is owned by authorities and museums that is merely gathering dust in storerooms across the country, which really ought to be made available to the public. There's many a school wall, for instance, that would benefit from a high quality art work. It would bring hidden benefits, just as the oil painting in the ambassador's residence does.

  17. New look Van Gogh museum

    Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum has tweeted that it is closed for business today, ahead of the grand opening of its new entrance hall this weekend.

    To mark the opening, visitors will be greeted by a labyrinth of sunflowers outside the museum entrance. Some 125,000 plants have been used to create the almost 2-metre high maze - with the sunflowers handed out to the public for free at the end of the weekend.

    View more on twitter
  18. Anger management for Afroman


    US rapper and musician Afroman has been ordered to undergo anger management counselling following his conviction for punching a woman who jumped on stage with him at a gig.

    The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to the simple assault, which happened in February in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was given a six-month suspended jail term and a $330 fine.

    Following the incident he apologised on his Facebook page but blamed the music venue, Kress Live, for poor security.

    The victim, Hayley Byrd, is suing Afroman - real name is Joseph Edgar Foreman - alleging she suffered concussion.

  19. Sam Smith wows intimate crowd

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    Sam Smith

    Award-winning and chart-topping man of the moment Sam Smith took a break from his world arena tour last night with an intimate gig for a few hundred lucky fans in London.

    The Stay With Me singer treated the audience to an hour-long set for his Radio 2 in Concert show in the intimate BBC Radio Theatre.

    He told the crowd: "I actually feel nervous, (I've) been doing arenas in the US, I haven't done a room this size for a while. It's a good problem to have, I know!"

    He didn't sound it though - the 23-year-old belted out all the well-known hits from his hugely successful debut album Lonely Hour, including Stay With Me, Money On My Mind, Like I Can, I'm Not the Only One, and his latest single, Lay Me Down.

    Any fears that his huge vocal range may have been affected by his recent vocal cord surgery were swiftly put to bed.

    Fame and fortune could have easily gone to his head but his open and easy manner with the crowd showcased the humble charm behind his success.

    With just one album under his belt, he had just enough material to fill the slot but he delighted fans with news that this would be "the last time I play this album on its own in the UK before I go off and write my second album".

    And those betting on him singing the latest Bond theme tune? It's not looking good.

    "That's not me. That's definitely not me," he told BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley yesterday.

    You can listen to Sam Smith - Radio 2 in Concert here.

  20. Sam Smith plays for Radio 2

    Sam Smith performed a concert for BBC Radio 2 last night, performing some of his biggest hits at the Radio Theatre. 

    You can catch up with the gig through the BBC iPlayer or from the Radio 2 website.

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  21. Outcry over 'hidden art'

    Government Art Collection at Whitechapel Gallery

    The government and local authorities own art worth at least £3.5 billion, but only a tiny fraction is on display, research from a pressure group claims.

    Just 3% of the government's collection is available for the public to view, said the Taxpayers' Alliance.

    Its freedom of information requests showed that one local council - Carlisle, in Cumbria - displayed just 0.02% of the 864,100 works it owned.

  22. Bieber rules Spotify (from custom-made island)

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber's new single What Do You Mean? has notched up more than 21 million streams on Spotify worldwide in just five days, setting a new record on the app for the biggest first week for a single globally and in the US.

    The previous record holder was One Direction's Drag Me Down, Spotify said.

    Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Canadian singer will make a brief promotional visit to Australia next month, where he will perform on a custom-made, so-called "Bieber Island" in Sydney Harbour for a special iHeartRadio Live performance on 30 September.

  23. Orange is the new drama

    Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, and Laverne Cox

    The creator of Orange is the New Black is struggling with her show being labelled as drama, after the Emmys organisation switched it out of the comedy category.

    Jenji Kohan told the Associated Press: "The whole label thing is frustrating - just people's needs to define us. OK, you know, whatever you want to call us, fine.

    "Are we a comedy? Are we a drama? Are we doing good work or not? Do you like us or not? As you can hear, I have issues with the whole, you know, beauty contest thing. It's fraught."

    The Netflix show, which is now on its third series, has been nominated for four Emmys, including outstanding casting in a drama, best supporting actress for Uzo Aduba ('Crazy Eyes', pictured left) and best guest actor for Pablo Schreiber ("Pornstache").

    "We're funny when we feel we need to be funny and we're dramatic when we feel we need to be dramatic because hopefully we're reflecting life. And life is never just a drama, just a comedy," Kohan added.

    "And I don't know why you have to say it's one thing or the other.''

  24. Authors unite for Syria

    Patrick Ness, Jojo Moyes and John Green
    Image caption: Moyes and Green (right) were among those to join the campaign which Ness (left) initiated

    Children's author Patrick Ness - whose books include the award-winning A Monster Calls - has set up a campaign to raise funds for Syrian refugees.

    Ness offered to match the first £10,000 in donations, an offer that was itself matched by fellow authors Derek Landy, Jojo Moyes and John Green of The Fault in Our Stars fame.

    So far the campaign has raised more than £150,000 in 24 hours.

    Ness said he had been "astonished at how people have responded".

    Read more.

  25. Krays film premieres

    Tom Hardy and Emily Browning/Christopher Ecclestone

    Krays biopic Legend got its world premiere in London last night, with its star Tom Hardy bringing his dog Woody along to share the limelight.

    Hardy, who plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, has been winning favourable reviews, but the film itself has not dazzled critics.

    The Guardian wrote: "Despite the fact that we're dealing with all too real and relatively recent events, the entire film is given a brightly lit, cartoonish feel as if we're watching an adaptation of a gaudy graphic novel.

    While the Telegraph said: "It's too long and too muddled to stand among the greatest British gangland films like The Long Good Friday, let alone the greatest gangster movies ever."

    Also at the premiere was Christopher Ecclestone, who plays "Nipper" Read, and Australian actress Emily Browning, who plays Reggie's wife Frances and acts as the story's narrator.

  26. Acceptable criticism

    Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw has tweeted a list of acceptable adjectives - in English and Italian - handed out to journalists attending this year's Venice Film Festival by festival organisers...

    Che strano. 

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  27. Prog king

    Steven Wilson

    Singer and guitarist Steven Wilson has been crowned the current king of prog rock after winning three prizes at the Progressive Music Awards in London.

    Wilson fronts the band Porcupine Tree and has now found solo success with his album Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    It won the awards for album of the year, commercial breakthrough and box set design.

    Swedish metal veterans Opeth won best band, while Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks was named "Prog God".

    Read more.

  28. Presenting duo to become three

    So You Think You Can Dance presenter Cat Deeley has revealed she is expecting her first baby with husband Patrick Kielty. 

    The pair got together in 2010, having presented the BBC's talent show Fame Academy together in 2002. They wed, without fanfair, in 2012. 

    View more on twitter
  29. Star Wars merchandise hits stores

    Star Wars fans in Hong Kong

    Star Wars fans around the world have been packing into toy shops to get their hands on the first of the film franchise's new merchandise.

    The event, dubbed Force Friday by Disney - which now owns the rights to the films, sees collectors take home new figures, light sabers and costumes featured in the forthcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

    Some enthusiastic fans - including those in Hong Kong, Brazil, UK and the US - got into the spirit by dressing up for the midnight openings.

    Star Wars fan in London
    Star Wars fan in London
    Star Wars fans in Hong Kong
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  31. Daniel Craig strikes a pose

    Dinner jacket (check), bow tie (check), gun (check)

    Yep - the new poster for Bond film Spectre is out.

    Spectre poster
  32. Good morning

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    It's (Force) Friday! So have you have been up all night brandishing your lightsaber outside your local toystore?

    If not, stick with us to find out what it's all about - as we bring you all the latest news from the world of arts and entertainment.

    It's the first step towards the weekend...