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  1. News and updates for 12 June 2015
  2. Bafta to present special award to Downton Abbey
  3. Critics praise McGowan's "revolting" Savile portrayal
  4. Marilyn Manson honoured at Kerrang! awards

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By Victoria Lindrea and Genevieve Hassan

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Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

So that completes our Friday fun.

Look out for the Queen's birthday honours announcement later this evening. If past lists are anything to go by, there will be plenty of celebrity names putting a visit to the palace in their diaries.

We'll be back again on Monday from 08:30 BST, with lots more news from the world of arts and entertainment.

Have a lovely weekend, and see you then.

Jurassic Lego

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you will know Jurassic World is hitting cinemas this weekend and is expected to rake in more than $100m (£64m) at the US box office alone.

Read our feature on Jurassic World.

To mark the occasion, we thought we'd revisit this rather excellent stop-motion version of 1993's Jurassic Park, brought to life in Lego.

Lego Jurassic Park

The three-minute re-telling includes all the key moments from the classic, such as being eaten on a toilet, "clever girl" and the glass of water moment, not to mention the T-Rex chase.

Watch the video.

In the pink

The Clangers

Is it a pig, is it a mouse, is it a stuffed sock (well, possibly....) - no, it's a Clanger!

The Clangers return to the BBC with a new series next week, with an introduction going out at 17:30 BST on Friday on CBeebies.

Mother, Major, Tiny, Small and Granny made their debut in 1969, alongside favourites like the Soup Dragon.

The Clangers

Here are 5 Clanger facts to get you in the mood:

1. The original Clangers were knitted by co-creator Peter Firmin's wife, Joan, while today's Clangers are still hand-made by specialist knitters.

2. Three hundred cotton wool balls were used to create parts of the Clangers' set, including the trees.

3. A day's work on the stop-motion animated series typically yields about 12 seconds of film.

4. Michael Palin narrates the new series taking over from the Clangers co-creator, the late Oliver Postgate - whose son Daniel worked on the current edition.

5. Real words are written for each Clanger and then "translated" using a swanee whistle to create that definitive Clanger sound.

Watch BBC Breakfast's visit to the Clangers set.

Spot the difference

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper has revealed she has signed autographs as Madonna, when fans have mistaken her for the Queen of Pop.

The singer told Graham Norton: "It happens to me once in a while. I just sign Madonna. I don't care, and as long as I don't talk I get away with it."

Here's a snap of the pair in the mid '80s, when they were pitted against each other as pop rivals.

Cyndi Lauper and Madonna
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If you have trouble spotting the difference, surely The Girls Just Want To Have Fun star's distinctive New York accent would give her away.

You can see Cyndi on The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC One at 22:35 BST.

Teasing Captain America

Jeremy Renner has just made some fans very happy teasing some Captain America: Civil War artwork.

What do you say? What side are you on? #avengers #civilwar #captainamerica #ironman #marvel

What do you say? What side are you on? #avengers #civilwar #captainamerica #ironman #marvel

Ejoifor takes on Strange

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, in the forthcoming film based on the Marvel comic series.

If the

reports by Deadline are true, the film so far has an entirely British cast, with Ejiofor joining Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton in the role of The Ancient One.

The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson, who helmed the 2008 remake The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves.

It is due out in November 2016.

Straight from the horse's mouth

Foals at Reading Festival

Apparently "Britain's most important guitar band" are back with a new single and album.

That's Foals, in case you were wondering.

Their single, What Went Down, will debut exclusively on Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday 16 June.

"Evoking the blackest depths of an abyss, frenetic, frenzied and theatrical in its delivery, What Went Down is the most visceral song from Foals to date," the press release enthuses.

"2015 is the year of Foals".

You heard it here first.

Early premiere for Orange fans

The Hollywood Reporter

Uzo Aduba

The new season of Orange is the New Black debuted six hours ahead of schedule, at a fan gathering in New York on Thursday.

During a video call with Netflix boss Reed Hastings, Uzo Aduba - aka Crazy Eyes - asked Hastings just how much of the show should get its first airing at OrangeCon.

"One episode?... Two episodes?... What if we showed them the whole season?" she teased.

Hastings agreed to premiere the season there and then, sending fans into a frenzy as the anticipated dozen episodes hit the web.

The surprise was part of the first-ever fan gathering for the hit series, which turned Skylight Clarkson Square into a makeshift Litchfield prison for its biggest fans.

The Goodfellas debate

The New York Post's film critic Kyle Smith caused a bit of controversy yesterday after tweeting this insightful comment.

Women aren't capable of getting "Goodfellas," because it's the ultimate male fantasy film

Women aren't capable of getting "Goodfellas," because it's the ultimate male fantasy film

While many have taken to Twitter to criticise his comments, a few publications have decided to create their own responses.

The Daily Telegraph's Radhika Sanghani has picked out five other films "feminine minds struggle with" including Fight Club, The Godfather and Reservoir Dogs - "They don’t actually wear the colours they’re named after. Seriously, what was Tarantino thinking. WARDROBE MALFUNCTION PEOPLE."

Of course we women can't get our pretty little heads around Goodfellas. Duh!

Of course we women can't get our pretty little heads around Goodfellas. Duh!

Den Of Geek has also written a considered feature on why cats are not capable of understanding Rambo: First Blood Part II.  

"If First Blood Part II were written by a cat, it would probably just be about choking on moths or getting stuck behind the back of a fridge or something.  And who would want to watch that movie?" Ryan Lambie muses.

Our response to the 'woman are not capable of understanding Goodfellas' article that's doing the rounds.…

Professor of Lego

Lego professor

A Professor of Lego could soon be in post at Cambridge University.

The Lego Foundation has provided the university with £2.5m to fund a Lego Professorship of Play in Education, Development and Learning.

The post would be "open to all those whose work falls within the general field of the title of the office", the university said.


Read the full story.

Millennium is Happy with Pharrell

Official Charts Company

Pharrell Williams

To prove Pharrell Williams is on course for complete world domination, Happy is now officially the biggest selling single of the millennium in the UK, so far.

The track has sold 1.81 million copies since it was released in June last year, just overtaking Will Young's debut single Evergreen, from 2002.

It's almost unbelievable that the Pop Idol winner has held the record for so long, given the other best-selling tracks in the top 10 - and Pharrell features in three of them.

  1. Happy - Pharrell Williams
  2. Evergreen/Anything is Possible - Will Young
  3. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke/TI/Pharrell Williams
  4. Someone Like You - Adele
  5. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera
  6. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye ft Kimbra
  7. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  8. Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams.
  9. Wake Me Up - Avicii
  10. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars

See the full top 40.

Frisky business

Carol Kirkwood

BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood presented the weather this morning from London Zoo. 

Penguins Clyde and Dingle got a bit too amorous with her during her forecasts - much to the delight of viewers.

Watch Dingle get up close and personal with Carol.

See Clyde nibble at Carol's legs.

@BBCBreakfast @carolkirkwood @zsllondonzoo "they like my equipment" has to be line of year

BBC breakfast weather forecast very entertaining this morning. Carol Kirkwood is live from London Zoo & keeps getting pecked by penguins!

@BBCBreakfast @carolkirkwood @zsllondonzoo well done Carol for keeping your cool with the Penguins!

@carolkirkwood looks like you've p..p..p..p..picked up a penguin!

True Detective review: Season two

The Hollywood Reporter

True Detective

The second series of True Detective premieres next Sunday, and Hollywood Reporter has posted

an early review.

The first season of the show, created by Nic Pizzolatto, found critical acclaim and won five of its 12 Emmy nominations.

The new season is marked by an entire cast change and a new location, with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn replacing leading men Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and California stepping in for the Bayou.

"Season two may yet reach those magnificent if flawed heights, provided a little bit of magic dust falls into the right places," wrote critic Tim Goodman. "But after watching the first three episodes that HBO sent to critics (of eight total episodes), the completely revamped cast of this True Detective has its work cut out for it.

Goodman concludes: "Maybe when the various strands of the complicated story come together, the payoff will be there (whereas in True Detective season one, the payoff was immediate with McConaughey and Harrelson, while the plot was mostly a letdown).

"Or none of that could happen. And what we'll get is a sophomore slump. The pressure is now on for the remaining five episodes."

The series premieres in the US on 21 June. It will be simulcast on Sky Atlantic at 02:00 BST on 22 June for UK viewers, as well as in a primetime slot.

Nintendo's tribute to Christopher Lee

While having a casual game of Splatoon last night, we spotted Nintendo had paid tribute to Sir Christopher Lee via some graffiti in the plaza area.

Nice to see the game's developers spent a bit of time re-writing their code to include the message.

Splatoon grab

One-off performance by Rod

Rod Stewart

Rock star Rod Stewart is to play some of his most popular, but rarely performed, hits at this year's BBC Radio 2 Live in London's Hyde Park.

"I'm excited to do some of the fan favourites that I also love - in football terms, these are the impact players that often get left on the bench," said the 70-year-old singer.

The one-day event, which takes place on Sunday 13 September, will include performances from Bryan Adams, Giorgio Moroder, Leona Lewis and Will Young.

What Katie did next

Katie Hopkins

Move over Matthew Wright.

Inflammatory columnist Katie Hopkins has been given her own talkshow on the UK channel TLC.

If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World will see the former Apprentice star joined by a celebrity guest as they discuss "real issues being debated across Britain". Topics will include weight, class, money, sex and benefits.

"People often tell me that I say the things they think but don't have the courage to say," said Hopkins.

"In this new show I'll be the little voice inside their heads!"

The show will run for seven episodes in August.

Little voice? Big mouth. Cover your ears.

Hitler artworks under the hammer

Hitler painting

A series of artworks painted by Adolf Hitler are to be auctioned in Germany later this month.

Fourteen watercolours and drawings - which date from 1904 to 1922 - will go under the hammer between 18 - 20 June.

Although experts consider his work to be of mediocre quality, the paintings are expected to fetch up to 45,000 euros (£32,500).

As a budding young artist, Hitler applied to the Vienna Academy of Art but was rejected. He continued to paint however, copying images from postcards which he sold to tourists.

Hitler painting

Fossil Friday - part two

It turns out it is actually #FossilFriday today - so lots of museums have been tweeting their best fossil pictures. 

With #JurassicWorld out this week, our #FossilFriday is a claw from one of the featured dinosaurs: Baryonyx walkeri

With #JurassicWorld out this week, our #FossilFriday is a claw from one of the featured dinosaurs: Baryonyx walkeri

The serrated tooth from the new Welsh Dinosaur #FossilFriday #WelshDino…

The serrated tooth from the new Welsh Dinosaur #FossilFriday #WelshDino…

Today’s #FossilFriday is this seed fern from our #ShapedByNature exhibition which closes on 27th June

Today’s #FossilFriday is this seed fern from our #ShapedByNature exhibition which closes on 27th June

It's #FossilFriday, friends! Here is an opalised jaw of a Steropodon. This creature was an ancestor of the platypus.

It's #FossilFriday, friends! Here is an opalised jaw of a Steropodon. This creature was an ancestor of the platypus.

#FossilFriday Hadrosaur Maiasaura at @DINOFEST2015 @SeaCityMuseum Lots of neat stuff on display from @SotonVertPalaeo

#FossilFriday Hadrosaur Maiasaura at @DINOFEST2015 @SeaCityMuseum Lots of neat stuff on display from @SotonVertPalaeo

Fossil Friday - part one

TFI Friday
Channel 4

It's back to the '90s as Channel 4's TFI returns to our TV screens with a 90-minute live special later tonight from 21:00 BST.

Blur, Shaun Ryder, Liam Gallagher and Roger Daltrey are among the throwbacks gracing the first show in the series, with old hand Chris Evans back in the driving seat.

And talking of driving seats, Evans will be joined by fellow petrol-head, Jeremy Clarkson, making his first TV appearance since his suspension and subsequent sacking from the BBC.

Evans and the former Top Gear presenter will try to record the fastest ever lap around the Top Gear track at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

Years & Years, Rudimental, Grimmy and Olympic diver Tom Daley will also drop in on the show, while actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh lends the revived laddism a bit of gravitas... in theory.

Peter Jackson hails 'icon' Lee

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has paid tribute to the late Sir Christopher Lee, who played evil wizard Saruman in Jackson's film trilogy, in a lengthy homage on Facebook.

Peter Jackson Facebook post

I was lucky enough to work with Chris on five films all told and it never ceased to be a thrill to see him on set. I remember him saying on my 40th Birthday (he was 80 at the time), “You’re half the man I am”. Being half the man Christopher Lee is, is more than I could ever hope for. He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman. I grew up loving Christopher Lee movies. For most of my life I was enthralled by the great iconic roles he not only created - but continued to own decades later. But somewhere along the way Christopher Lee suddenly, and magically, dissolved away and he became my friend, Chris. And I loved Chris even more. There will never be another Christopher Lee. He has a unique place in the history of cinema and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world. The world will be a lesser place without him in it. My deepest sympathies to Gitte and to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Chris. An icon of cinema has passed into legend.

Sandy and the Minions

Sandra Bullock and her friends took over London's Leicester Square last night for the world premiere of Minions.

The actress plays super-villain Scarlett Overkill who hires the little yellow babbling helpers in her bid to take over the world.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock

Big Daddy Barlow

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow has been named Celebrity Dad of the Year... again.

Did he slip someone a tenner for the prize?

The Greatest Day singer, who was also handed the award in 2012, has three children - Daniel, Emily and Daisy - with his wife Dawn.

This year, he fought off competition from royalty, beating Prince William, Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams to the title.

Barlow, who is currently on tour with his two remaining Take That bandmates, said he was "absolutely made-up".

"I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me... they've got it right twice now," he joked.

Bridge crosses the Atlantic

Mark Strong

The Young Vic's award-winning revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge will transfer to Broadway this autumn.

Mark Strong, who won an Olivier for his portrayal of Eddie Carbone, will reprise the lead role at the Lyceum Theatre in New York from 21 October.

The production enjoyed two sold out runs in London - at the Young Vic in spring 2014 and in the West End earlier this year.

Drop in on Seinfeld


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Hulu will construct a real-world version of Jerry Seinfeld's famous Upper West Side apartment, as part of promoting the US streaming service's multimillion-dollar pick-up of all nine seasons of Seinfeld.

The installation - at New York's 451 West 14th Street - will open on 24 June, and will remain open to the public for five days.

Seinfeld: The Apartment will include interactive elements, allowing fans to engage in key moments from the series, including George Costanza's Valentine's Day photo shoot and Cosmo Kramer's famous barge-in entrance.

Hulu acquired exclusive streaming rights to all 180 episodes of the enduring NBC comedy, for a price tag of around $160m (£103m) in April this year.

The episodes will be available on Hulu from 24 June.

Read the full story.

McGowan's 'revolting' Savile

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Alistair McGowan
Helen Maybanks

The controversial play An Audience With Jimmy Savile opened in London last night, with Alistair McGowan putting in a multi-layered and creepy performance as the shamed DJ.

Jonathan Maitland's play at the Park Theatre is the first drama to tackle the Savile scandal and has faced questions over its timing.

Set in 1991, the play is presented as a This Is Your Life-style show and draws on transcripts of interviews, witness statements and official reports. It features the parallel storyline of a woman who was raped by Savile as a child in hospital.

After Thursday's performance several members of the audience spoke in hushed tones at their shock at seeing Savile resurrected on stage.

Critics have praised McGowan's performance.

The Independent said his casting was a "smart move" as it "arouses expectations of a likeable comic impression and so heightens the chilling glimpses we get of the intimidating thug under the clown persona".

The Telegraph found the play lacked drama and repeated much of what the public already know.

It added: "Initially it looked as if McGowan would stay close to the surface, but slowly he teases out a riveting, revolting performance that is by far the best thing of the evening."

Read more on this story.

Your tributes - Sir Christopher Lee

Star Wars heads to Comic-Con

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Comic-Con fans will be delighted to know that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens team will be at the event in San Diego next month.

They'll be presenting a "special look" at the eagerly anticipated film, due out in December, with "special guests" scheduled to appear.

Can you tell it's going to be "special"?

Read more details on the Star Wars website.

Lionsgate also announced it will be presenting an "exclusive" look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, with the stars in attendance for a Q&A.

Ageing rockers

BBC Newsbeat

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Marilyn Manson
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Last night's Kerrang! awards celebrated ageing rockers as Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper all picked up trophies at the annual ceremony.

Manson picked up the lifetime achievement award, Judas Priest were handed the inspiration award and Alice Cooper received the Kerrang! Legend Award.

Alice Cooper
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Judas Priest
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Royal Blood picked up the best British newcomer award, while American band All Time Low took two gongs as they were named best international band.

"You know why Kerrang! continues to grow well into our 30th year? Because we are the anti-boring. The anti-conservative. The anti-bland," Kerrang! editor James McMahon said.

"At what other music awards ceremony would you find Marilyn Manson being attacked by a zombie or Alice Cooper being taught card tricks by Dynamo?

"Tonight was the pages of Kerrang! made flesh. A celebration of amazing music, lust for life, noise, community and fun.

"Does anyone have any aspirin?"

See more images from the ceremony.

Your tributes - Sir Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Downton tribute

The cast of Downton Abbey

We begin today's proceedings with news that Downton Abbey is to receive a special award from Bafta, with the cast and crew of the series attending a tribute night on 11 August.

The hit ITV show, which follows the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family from 1912 to the mid-1920s, is currently filming its sixth and final series.

Bafta's Amanda Barry called the show "an extraordinary series that has flown the flag for British drama since 2010".

"Our tribute will take us backstage with the cast and crew to reveal what's made it both a national treasure and a global phenomenon."

The drama, which has won a string of awards since its inception, including two Baftas, three Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmys, will come to an end with a "concluding special" on Christmas Day.

Read more on this story.

Get involved

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

We'd love for you to get in touch with us to let us know your thoughts on today's news - or if you have any more tributes to the stars we lost yesterday.

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Good morning

Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

It's Friday, TFI is back and it could be the hottest day of the year so far. But before you celebrate the arrival of the weekend, why not spend the day with us reading the latest updates from the world of arts and entertainment.

And if you missed what happened yesterday - and the trio of farewells to entertainment legends -

check out Thursday's live page.