14 January 2015
What drew the veteran film-maker to tell the story of one of the most prolific marksmen in US military history?
Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run. Newsbeat
Renowned conductor Israel Yinon dies, aged 59, after collapsing during a concert performance in Switzerland.
Booker winner Anne Enright is appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at a ceremony in Dublin.
Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced his 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, for April.
It features an all-star cast, including Zooey Deschanel, Kacey Musgraves and Nate Ruess from pop band fun.
Conspicuously missing from the line-up, though, is Lana Del Rey whom, Wilson said last summer, had sung with him on a track called Last Song.
"It was a timing thing," a spokesman for Wilson told Pitchfork. "He wanted her to come back in to do more work, but scheduling didn't allow."
A new photographic exhibition will give a rare glimpse of British playwrights in the places where they work and find inspiration.
We're quite taken with Sir David Hare's writing room - although how he stops getting distracted by all those books is a mystery.
There's a full gallery of the images here.
London-based artist Yoyo the Ricecorpse (yes, you read that right) has started a project where she interacts with cute cartoon animals on the streets of the city.
The fantastical creatures are designed to bring a smile to your face - although heaven knows what would happen if you came across one in real life.
A new theatre prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that "exhibit fearlessness".
The $45,000 (£30,000) Relentless Award is funded by the National Enquirer, which falsely reported that Hoffman had a gay affair with his friend, David Katz.
Katz, who is himself a playwright, came up with the idea after settling a libel case over the article.
It will recognise a new play, placing special emphasis on works from first-time playwrights and under-represented voices.
"I noticed that most of the big playwriting awards - ones that have substantial money and attention - are mostly for established writers,'' Katz said.
"The idea was that this would be something for a writer who is probably not yet part of the community".
Hoffman died in February 2014 from a drugs overdose. He was 46.
Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen by notching up eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
The star, who already has 18 of the awards to her name, is up for album of the year, female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.
The rest of her competition in the latter category is male - Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and duo Florida Georgia Line.
The ACM Awards, which turn 50 this year, will be held on 19 April. Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton, will be the host.
Harry Potter star David Thewlis is to play the title role in a new BBC TV adaptation of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls.
Thewlis, who can currently be seen in Oscar hopeful The Theory of Everything, will play Inspector Goole in a cast that also includes Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson.
Filming begins next month in Yorkshire, with the show to air later in the year.
The English National Opera is said to be "in crisis" after losing both its chairman and its chief executive in a matter of days.
With a power vacuum at the top, and a broken business model, "there must be a strong case now for dissolving the entire organisation and starting again on a completely different basis," says the Telegraph's opera critic, Rupert Christiansen.
Singling out artistic director John Berry for criticism, Christiansen says it is "hard to imagine any competent manager in their right minds" would be prepared to work with him in the future.
Just a week after Kelly Hoppen announced she was leaving Dragons' Den, her fellow investor Piers Linney has also announced he's stepping down.
"I have had a fantastic experience on Dragons' Den and feel honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to such an iconic and long-running TV show and to have been the first Dragon with Afro-Caribbean heritage," he said.
"It is now the right time for me to move on, although entrepreneurship and diversity are two of my greatest passions so I will continue to focus my energies on supporting both."
Film critic Mark Kermode says he "hates star ratings" and has struck a deal whereby he doesn't have to provide them for his reviews in The Observer.
"Film criticism isn't to do with passing judgement on something," he says. "It's to do with writing about something.
"The older you get, the more you tend to write about films, rather than pass judgement."
However, Kermode says he's forced to provide stars when his columns go online "because if I didn't, somebody else would".
"Online they need star ratings because statistically it helps attract traffic, and if I didn't do it, somebody else would. But I don't like them.
"One of my plans at one point was to give everything three stars."
Madonna has been speaking to France's NRJ about her new album - and, specifically, why she called it Rebel Heart.
"We live in a time when artists aren't encouraged to be rebellious," she said. "We don't encourage the artists of today to speak their minds, to express their opinions, to take risks.
"It's important to call attention to the idea that being rebellious is a part of art - an important part of it. But it's also important to add the word 'heart' because it's not just being rebellious for the sake of being rebellious."
The star also confirmed she plans to tour her new record, but has no firm plans for the show just yet.
"I have some ideas but I've been very focused on finishing the record, doing the first video [and] preparing for the Grammys," she said.
Spoken-word artist George the Poet says the "hyper-sexual, hyper-masculine, criminal" image of black men "poisons a community".
The musician, who came fifth in the BBC's Sound of 2015, says their representation is "very manufactured" and "doesn't reflect the situation on the ground".
"At what point do we stop and say, 'all of this effort that we're putting into selling this identity to children... are we putting the same effort into developing these children, cultivating them, harnessing their interests?'"
Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is arrested for murder in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed one person near Los Angeles, police confirm.
Who's best: old Terminator or new Terminator? Well, a new trailer for Terminator Genisys lets us compare them side by side, like brands of washing powder.
The trailer, which will screen during the SuperBowl, sees an aging T-800 machine face off against the younger model, appearing in the nude, as in the first Terminator film.
Both characters are played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's been digitally de-aged to look like his younger self.
He also gets to say "I'll be back."
Maxine Peake's portrayal of Hamlet received rave reviews at the Royal Exchange in Manchester last year.
The production sold out quickly - but for those of you who couldn't get a ticket, there is hope at hand.
Sarah Frankcom's cross-gender production has been filmed and will be screened in cinemas from 23 March. Watch a trailer here.
Spoiler alert: Hamlet dies at the end.
The new, all-female Ghostbusters cast has been given the seal of approval by original 'buster, Ernie Hudson.
The actor, who played Winston Zeddemore in the 1984 movie and its sequel, issued a statement saying: "Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts... phenomenal!"
It's something of a turnaround for the star, who previously told the Daily Telegraph an all-female cast would be "a bad idea".
"I hope that if they go that way at least they'll be funny, and if they're not funny at least hopefully it'll be sexy," he added.
Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy will be joined by Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in the new film, due out in July 2016.
Actor Jeff Bridges has recorded an album which he hopes will help insomniacs!
The Sleeping Tapes sees him talking over "relaxing sounds and other stuff to help you get some rest". But its quirkiness means it's not quite as relaxing as the Big Lebowski star may have imagined.
All proceeds go to the charity No Kid Hungry. Listen and see how he recorded it here.
Jim Parsons, star of The Big Bang Theory, is to play God in a new Broadway comedy.
An Act of God is based on 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, by David Javerbaum - a former head writer on satirical news programme The Daily Show.
Parsons has won four Emmys for playing The Big Bang's Dr Sheldon Cooper, a socially awkward scientist whose sense of superiority might befit a deity.
In one episode, he describes a group of colleagues by saying: "They were threatened by my intelligence and too stupid to know that's why they hated me."
"I haven't seen so many smiling white faces since I took my top off at a mime convention."
Amy Poehler was on fine form as she received this year's Hasty Pudding woman of the year award at Harvard University.
The annual award is presented by the university's drama society - itself called Hasty Pudding - with previous recipients including Dame Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda and Julia Roberts.
Winners get to parade through Boston, before being taken down a peg or two in a "roast" by students.
Poehler, the successful star of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, was reminded of her underwhelming roles in films such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - and the fact that she'd never won an Emmy.
"I'd like to thank you, Hasty Pudding, for reminding me how hard it is to write funny jokes," the comedienne replied.
"When I was growing up in Burlington [a Boston suburb], Harvard University used to be a group of buildings we threw rocks at on our way to a real job.
"As I drove by and gave the middle finger to this place, I never knew that you guys would be giving me all this."
Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight has turned himself in to authorities for questioning, after a man died in an alleged hit-and-run incident.
In a brief statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his lawyer and was being interviewed by homicide detectives.
Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has been admitted to hospital in Orlando, Florida, after falling ill with flu-like symptoms during a flight.
His agent told the BBC that the star - who also played Fitz in TV detective series Cracker - was "resting" and would "be fine".
She also said that eyewitnesses who tweeted Coltrane had been drinking heavily were "not correct".
You'd think that a building full of journalists and TV executives would be blase when someone starts shooting a sitcom in their offices. But no.
"I've just seen Hugh Bonneville and he's eating a JAFFA CAKE," is the sort of starstruck reaction we've been hearing as W1A films its second series right here in Broadcasting House.
Staff and visitors have been posting their observations on Twitter. Here are some of the highlights.
EastEnders fans will soon find out who killed Lucy Beale, as the BBC soap prepares to resolve its long-brewing whodunit.
One former Albert Square resident, however, has little to contribute to the mystery. "I have no idea," shrugged actress Tamzin Outhwaite last night when asked if she had a potential culprit in mind.
To be fair, the 44-year-old star has been away from Walford for 12 years and is more often to be found nowadays on the set of New Tricks.
She's also been treading the boards, notably in an acclaimed comedy drama - Di and Viv and Rose - that's just opened in the West End after two successful runs at north London's Hampstead Theatre.
Written, directed and performed by women, the play - about three friends who meet in college before growing up and apart - represents something of a statement in an industry where even Jennifer Lawrence can't command the same pay as her male co-stars.
"It's a massive thing to have a play on in the West End that's about and been created by women," agreed Outhwaite. "It's beautiful, it's wholesome... it's a wonderful thing to work on."
The actress has played the role of sporty lesbian Di since the play's inception and said it felt like "completing the circle" to bring it to London's Vaudeville Theatre.
Jenna Russell and Samantha Spiro join her in the show, which is currently booking until 23 May. If you want to see Outhwaite in it, though, act fast - she'll be handing her role on to another actress after 28 March.
Lots of countries have a poet laureate - but a fiction laureate is rather more unusual.
However, Ireland has decided to reflect (and promote) its long literary tradition by creating such a post. Booker prize winner Anne Enright will be the first writer to fill it.
The author, whose books include The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz, was a "unanimous choice" and will spend the next three years lecturing, appearing at public events and writing new material.
She gets 50,000 euro (£37,500) a year for her troubles. By contrast, Britain's poet laureate, currently Carol Ann Duffy, traditionally receives a "butt of sack" (a barrel of sherry) and an annual stipend of £5,750 which she donates to the Poetry Society.
A new TV spot has been released for comic book blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It mostly involves the cast looking very concerned about the threat of Ultron, an artificial intelligence project that decides the best way to protect the earth is to wipe out humanity altogether.
Although the ad's tone is rather sombre, it does end with robots punching through walls and The Hulk kicking over a police car. So, business as usual, then.
Aside from the Sir Cliff Richard report, here are the nominees in some of the other main categories at the RTS Awards.
Daily news programme of the year
Network news presenter of the year
News channel of the year
News coverage - domestic
News coverage - international
Television journalist of the year
The BBC's controversial coverage of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's Berkshire home has been shortlisted for a major journalism award.
The reports have been shortlisted for "scoop of the year" at the Royal Television Society's journalism awards.
It goes up against Panorama's expose of "fake sheik" Mazher Mahmood, and BBC Northern Ireland's interview with Maíria Cahill, who claimed she was raped by a suspected member of the IRA and was then forced to confront her attacker in a kangaroo court.
The BBC faced criticism earlier this month when it was revealed that coverage of the Cliff Richard raid had been submitted for the prize.
Here are a few more images from this year's Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards, which took place in Sydney overnight.
Actor Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech, Shine) is president of the Academy.
Cate Blanchett hosted the ceremony, at which horror film The Badabook won three prizes.
Actress Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids) won the trailblazer award for outstanding achievement. "I salute everyone in this room," she said in her acceptance speech.
Mia Wasikowska was nominated for the best actress award for her role in Tracks, but was beaten to the prize by Predestination's Sarah Snook.
The best actor prize went to Aussie icon David Gulpilil for his performance in Charlie's Country.
A rare portrait of Van Gogh (not the one above) has been discovered in an album of drawings by his friend, the French artist Emile Bernard.
Capturing the painter in a French cafe, it is one of the few depictions of the Dutchman by someone other than himself.
It has been published for the first time by The Art Newspaper ahead of being shown at an exhibition at Germany's Kunsthalle Bremen.
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is wanted in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.
Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records with Dr Dre, allegedly drove his truck over the men outside a fast food restaurant, after an argument broke out on the set of a film about the rap group NWA.
Lieutenant John Corina, from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told reporters: "So far we have not confirmed it was him, driving the truck, although we want to talk to him, since the truck supposedly belongs to him.
"From the people we've talked to so far, and we still have more witnesses to talk to... it looked like it was an intentional act. So we're handling it as a homicide."
A lawyer for the artist said the incident was an accident, and that the man who died was a friend. Knight intends to surrender to the police, he added.
"I feel like I'm dressed for the ball," deadpanned Katy Perry at a press conference for her SuperBowl half-time performance.
The Roar and Fireworks hit-maker teased fans with hints about her 12-minute act this Sunday, promising a "face-melting" surprise guest.
She added: "I'm probably the only person in Super Bowl history to bring a lion and sharks to the show."
You can watch highlights from the star's press conference on the NFL's YouTube channel.
Star Wars creator George Lucas has mounted a surprising attack on Hollywood.
Speaking at a panel discussion at the Sundance Film Festival, Lucas said modern movies are "more and more circus without any substance behind it".
He denied his back catalogue had anything to do with it, arguing: "If you go into Star Wars and see what's going on there, there's a lot more substance than circus."
Cate Blanchett hosted the snappily-named Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards last night.
Indie horror film The Babadook won in three categories - best direction, screenplay and film. Interestingly, it had to share the latter prize with Russell Crowe's World War One drama The Water Diviner after a split vote.
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Justin Bieber releases a video apologising for his recent antics. The apology appeared to be sparked by an as-yet-unscreened interview he did with Ellen DeGeneres.
“I didn't want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I've been acting the past year, year and a half. I'm not who I was pretending to be.”
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