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3 March 2015 Last updated at 09:37

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    09:24: 'Tell him I'm busy': BBC Radio 4 Today
    Mel Brooks

    On Monday we reported veteran funny-man Mel Brooks is coming to the UK later this month for a one-off performance at London's Prince of Wales theatre.

    The 88-year-old has since taken time out of his busy schedule to discuss his 22 March extravaganza with friend Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director.

    The show, says Brooks, will be an "introspective retrospective" that will see the director of Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs "tell near-truths all evening".

    Listen to the full interview.

    09:03: Chop chop
    Jared Leto

    With his flowing locks and fulsome beard, actor Jared Leto did a more than passable Jesus impression at this year's Oscars.

    But it's all change in Leto land as the Dallas Buyers Club star has undergone the chop and had a shave for his role as The Joker in supervillain ensemble film Suicide Squad.

    Director David Ayer teased the transformation earlier this week on Twitter, promising "something will happen". He's now followed it up with snaps of scissors attacking Leto's ponytail and the newly shorn actor checking out his new 'do.

    Seeing as Karen Gillan lost all her hair for Guardians of the Galaxy, the 43-year-old got off relatively lightly. Ayer, by the way, says Leto will be "majestic" as Batman's nemesis.

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    08:42: 'Lucky to be alive'
    Ted Robbins

    We begin today with news of comedian Ted Robbins, who collapsed on stage in Manchester last month during a performance of Phoenix Nights Live.

    The 59-year-old has been speaking about his ordeal and how grateful he is to the medical staff who treated him at the scene.

    The comic was resuscitated by an off-duty cardiothoracic doctor, who apologised later for cracking his ribs while performing CPR.

    "I was lucky enough to survive thanks to some wonderful people," said Robbins, who plays Den Perry in the stage version of Peter Kay's popular TV comedy. "I am so lucky to be alive."

    Read the full story.

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    08:30: Just another manic Tuesday: Neil Smith Entertainment reporter

    Morning all! It's the third of the third and we have another full day of news to bring you from the world of entertainment, arts, media and culture. Stick with us for regular updates, breaking news and fun stuff you may have missed.


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