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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Helen Bushby

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  1. That's all folks...

    Helen Bushby

    Entertainment and arts reporter

    Tess Daly

    Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back at the same time tomorrow, 08:30. In the meantime, here's a picture of Tess Daly in an edible outfit to help you plan your breakfast, if you're feeling organised. I know I am.

  2. Ouch!

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    US TV host and comic Jimmy Fallon's revealed how he nearly lost a finger. This description is not for the faint-hearted - suffice to say, his wedding ring finger was saved after micro-surgery. 

  3. Lorde treats Taylor fans

    Taylor Swift fans were treated to a performance from one of the star's BFF's in Washington DC last night, when Lorde rocked up to join the latest leg of Swift's 1989 World Tour. 

    She later shared this photo, telling fans: "When your friend flies across the world to surprise your crowd with 'Royals' because she's a wondrous angel."  

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    Meanwhile Lorde posted a similar shot on her Instagram, with the caption: "Looking over at my girl like "can u believe this is the kind of fun stuff we get to do for a living" THANKS TAY AND D.C. GETTING TO SING FOR U TONIGHT RULED."

  4. Artist's 'axe rampage'

    Douglas Gordon in 2012

    Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon didn't take the bad reviews for his new theatre show Neck of the Woods well.

    His play, which stars Charlotte Rampling, was savaged by critics. The Manchester Evening News has reported how he subsequently took an axe to the walls of the venue, Home.

    Gordon, who won the Turner Prize in 1996, then signed and dated the damage.

    Manchester International Festival artistic director Alex Poots said he acted "in a wholly inappropriate way" and caused "slight damage" to the new building.

    "This is totally unacceptable and the artist involved will be paying for repairs," Poots said.

  5. Very British Problems

    Channel 4's planning its first ever adaptation of a Twitter feed - developing the account Very British Problems into a three episode show. 

    Each hour-long episode's expected to share the narrative and tone of the feed - which teams plenty of weather chat with some delightfully British awkwardness.

    Chris Fouracre from production company Alaska said: “Our intention is to make a warm, inclusive, funny show that gently unravels the complexities and awkwardness of the British psyche, through the real lives of some of our best loved comedians and personalities."

    The Drum reports stars like James Corden, Ruth Jones and Steven Mangan are on board. 

  6. Street artist Fairey to 'turn himself in'

    Shepard Fairey

    A spokesman for Detroit's mayor says prominent graffiti artist Shepard Fairey is expected to turn himself in after being accused of tagging buildings in the US city.

    As we reported last month, the street artist - best known for creating the "Hope" image of President Obama during his 2008 election campaign - is wanted by police there.

    He was commissioned to paint a huge, 18-storey mural last month but Detroit police say he used his down time to plaster buildings with posters, causing $9,000 worth of damage.

    John Roach told AP Fairey is expected to turn himself in today.

  7. Cheerleader tops Billboard chart

    Love it or loathe it, Cheerleader is having another good week after topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.

  8. Lady Gaga's handy work

    Want to know what Lady Gaga's going to look like when she appears in American Horror Story: Hotel? You'll have to wait a little bit longer to see her face, but her silver-taloned hand has got its own 10 second teaser trailer. 

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    Creator Ryan Murphy's revealed Gaga will be playing one of the bad guys in the series due later this year. 

    “She said, ‘I want to be evil'," he revealed of their first meeting. "I said, ‘You came to the right place.’”

  9. Lion Babe score another 'hottest record'

    Lion Babe with Annie Mac

    New York duo Lion Babe premiered their new single Impossible on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show last night, where it was the DJ's Hottest Record in the World.

    Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman - who play Lovebox in London this weekend - debuted the follow up to their first hit Wonder Woman (produced with Pharrell Williams).

    Impossible's out on 28 August - you can listen back to the track and their chat with Annie Mac on the iPlayer.

  10. Merchant's mentalist

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Stephen Merchant in The Mentalists

    "Two years ago I wouldn't have imagined doing this," admits Stephen Merchant, on the opening night of The Mentalists at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End.

    Best known for co-writing and directing TV series The Office, Merchant's role as an angry, frustrated middle manager in Richard Bean's dark comedy marks his debut as a stage actor.

    Bean has even tweaked his 2002 play to make reference to Merchant's West Country accent.  

    "I was always intimidated by the thought of learning the lines. Now I've done it I've been tantalized by staying in character - unlike in TV and film where it's a very bitty process," says Merchant.

    So is he considering doing more stage work alongside TV, films and stand-up?  

    "At the moment I'm so tired. It's exhausting. It's basically people on stage shouting. So I won't be able to tell you that until I've finished the run. 

    "Don't expect my Macbeth anytime soon." 

  11. Defying gravity

    Stone sculpture

    A rock-balancing artist has turned to the Isle of Man to showcase his gravity-defying creations.

    Adrian Gray, 56, spent a week on the island last month with photographer Mikael Buck creating the unusual sculptures.

    Mr Gray said it has taken "thousands of hours" to perfect his skill, which he insists involves balance alone.

    He was commissioned by the Isle of Man government after they saw his work on the Channel 4 programme, Grand Designs.

    Read more and see some amazing images.

  12. Some things you may have missed...

    Here are a few arts and entertainment stories you might not have spotted from around the BBC today:

    Study for Temptation of St Anthony
    Image caption: The drawing is presented in a frame previously owned by British painter Lucian Freud
    • An unseen Picasso drawing has gone on public display in Liverpool for the first time.
    • Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian - a leading figure in the Latin music world - has died aged 64.
    • One of India's best known composers, MS Vishwanathan, has died in the southern city of Chennai aged 88.
    • Queen guitarist and animal welfare campaigner Brian May has given his reaction to news that a vote on relaxing the ban on fox-hunting in England and Wales has been postponed.
    • And Newsbeat have spoken to Andy Grammer, the man behind the ridiculously catchy Honey I'm Good, currently one of the most played songs on US radio. The video's been viewed nearly 25 million times and features dozens of couples holding up signs about how long they've been together.
    Andy Grammer
  13. Bruce's Strictly refusal

    The Daily Telegraph

    BBC newsreaders on Children in Need in 2009

    BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce has said she chose to turn down being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing because it is too "formal".

    "The call has come many, many times," she says. "I've always said no. Not because I'm snotty about it but that structured formal dancing is so not me. I just want to get down on the dancefloor."

    Bruce is no stranger to the BBC's dancefloor, having boogied with her fellow presenters for Children in Need. Her fans will have to wait until her next appearance on that to see her cut some moves.

    Read more here.

  14. Bakewell's BBC licence battle

    Radio Times

    Joan Bakewell and Paul Merton

    Journalist and presenter Joan Bakewell has put out a clarion call for over-75s to pay their BBC licence fee to help out the corporation.

    Last week, the BBC agreed to take over paying for them from the government, in a deal expected to cost the corporation about £650m a year.

    Bakewell compared free licence fees to the winter fuel allowance given to pensioners, regardless of their personal wealth.

    "So what can we over-75s do?" she wrote in the Radio Times.

    "Right now I'm told the best plan is to get in touch with TV licensing, who collect the fee, and tell them you want to start paying again. If you love the BBC, and if you can afford £2.80 a week, what are you waiting for?".

    Read more here.

  15. Thom Yorke's old band

    NME

    Thom Yorke

    Rare footage of Thom Yorke playing Radiohead's track High And Dry with his old band Headless Chickens has surfaced online.

    The clip from a gig at Exeter University in the late 1980s pre-Radiohead days was unearthed by a fan on Reddit.

    Headless Chickens only released one song during their short life as a band but played a handful of live gigs.

    Watch the video and read more.

  16. A 'love letter' to Burt

    Burt Bacharach

    Burt Bacharach says a new show that gives his legendary songbook a makeover is "like a love letter to me. Or a valentine, or a Christmas present."

    What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London this week and is the brainchild of 27-year-old Canadian singer Kyle Riabko who stars in the show.

    It features more than 30 of Bacharch's hits, including Walk on By, Say A Little Prayer, The Look of Love and Alfie.

    Kyle Riabko and Burt Bacharach

    Fresh from a recent tour that included a huge Glastonbury sing-a-long, the 87-year-old star's also looking forward to some well-earned down time.

    "August is looking like a good month for laying on a beach," he laughs.

    Read our full interview.

  17. Carey's Suffragette style

  18. Clarkson's final lap

    Radio Times

    Jeremy Clarson's Tweet

    Two weeks on from Jeremy Clarkson's last Top Gear appearance, he has done a final lap of the track.

    Sharing the ride with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and racing driver Marino Franchitti, he tweeted that it "raised a load of cash for a good cause".

    Read more here.

  19. Portishead surprise gig

    Portishead

    Trip-hop pioneers Portishead have announced a surprise gig as a warm-up to their headline slot at Latitude festival this weekend.

    The band will play Cardiff University this Thursday, before heading to Suffolk on Saturday. They join Alt-J and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at the top of this year's Latitude bill.

  20. Corrie fans say goodbye to Deirdre

    Soap fans have been reacting to last night's Coronation Street double bill, which featured the funeral of much-loved character Deirdre Barlow. 

    Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for more than 40 years, died in January aged 60.

  21. BBC boss defends programming

    Tony Hall with EastEnders cast

    The BBC's director general has launched a robust defence of the corporation's programming amid claims that it has strayed from its public service remit.

    Launching the BBC's annual report, Tony Hall said it had a duty to entertain as well as educate and inform.

    The annual report comes two days before the government will publish a green paper on the BBC's future.

    The paper will reportedly question if the BBC should rethink how many popular entertainment programmes it broadcasts.

    Lord Hall said: "A BBC that doesn't inform, educate and entertain is not the BBC the public know and love.

    "The great majority are happy to pay the licence fee. The BBC belongs to this country. The public are our shareholders."

    Read more here.

  22. Deirdre's send-off

    Scene from Coronation Street of the funeral of Deidre Barlow

    Coronation Street buried much-loved character Deirdre Barlow on Monday night, with her funeral episode getting an average of 7.6 million viewers and peaking at 7.9 million.

    The soap's second episode, in which she was buried, got an average of 7.4 million viewers, peaking at 7.8 million.

    The scenes were praised by the Daily Mirror's Ian Hyland, who wrote: "We saw the welcome return of the kind of well-judged gallows humour that was once a Corrie trademark."

    Highlighting a conversation between characters Liz McDonald and Eileen Grimshaw at the wake, he recounted the script:

    "Liz: 'Deirdre was my best friend.'

    "Eileen (offended): 'I thought I was your best friend.'

    "Liz: 'Well.' (Pause) 'You are now.'"

    Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for more than 40 years died in January aged 60, having been away from the screen for four months following her diagnosis with cancer.

  23. Speedy Watchman

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Speedreader Anne Jones

    Six-time world champion speed-reader Anne Jones read Go Set a Watchman in 25 mins and 31 seconds at Forum Books in Corbridge, Northumberland. 

    “It’s been mayhem at the book shop,” she told me shortly after finishing the novel and a busy round of TV and radio interviews.

    She described Watchman as a "page turner" that was "really funny in places".

    "To Kill a Mockingbird is a perfect book," she concluded. "Go Set a Watchman doesn’t quite reach that standard, but it is a great read in itself."

    She plans to read Harper Lee's new novel again at her leisure: "Normally I’d be reading this in two 45 minute bursts with a cup of tea in between." 

  24. Radio ga-ga

    Jo Whiley

    Listening to your favourite radio programmes on your mobile is about to get easier, and you'll even be able to take the likes of Radio 2's Jo Whiley on holiday, as mobile downloads are arriving in the iPlayer Radio app from this Friday, 17 July.

    It's being launched in time for the BBC Proms but will include everything from Radio 1's Essential Mix to Radio 4 comedy and drama.

    The programmes will be available to download and keep on your phone or tablet for 30 days.

    iplayer radio
  25. 50 Cent files for bankruptcy

    50 Cent

    He might be known for hit 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin', but rapper 50 Cent's filed for bankruptcy protection in the US.

    It comes days after a jury ruled the music star, businessman and actor must pay $5m to a woman suing him for posting a sex tape online.

    Court papers reported the rapper - real name Curtis James Jackson the third - has assets and debts in the range of $10m to $50m (£6.5m- £32m).

    He's since said it was "a strategic business move".

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  26. Harper Lee reading frenzy

    Time Magazine

    Julia Stroud was the first in line to get a copy of Go Set A Watchman during the midnight book release in the hometown of Harper Lee in Monroeville, Alabama

    Copies of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman are flying off bookshelves around the world - not since Harry Potter has there been such a reading frenzy. But what of the book itself?

    Time Magazine highlights the book's "lovely prose", picking out the 10 most beautiful lines. Here's a mini-selection:

    1. "When she was staring at her fourth cup of coffee the Crescent Limited honked like a giant goose at its northbound mate and rumbled across the Chattahoochee into Alabama."

    2. "A black hound loped down the streets in the distance, the monkey puzzles bristled silently on there corners of the square."

    3. "Dill's efforts to disentangle himself with dignity were only moderately successful; he rose from the pool like a small fantastical water monster, covered with green slime and dripping sheet.

    Read the list in full.

  27. Suicide Squad

    Not had your fill of comic book movies yet this week? Footage of the new Suicide Squad movie leaked after Comic Con, but now Warner Bros and DC Comics have officially posted the first look trailer online. 

    The film features a squad of villains working to save the world - including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot and Jared Leto as The Joker - and it looks pretty dark. 

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    Suicide Squad is due in cinemas in August 2016. 

  28. Buttock-clenching complaints

    Mr Turner

    Timothy Spall has won plenty of awards in his time, but he is currently in the spotlight for his buttocks rather than his acting ability.

    Mike Leigh's Oscar-nominated artistic biopic Mr Turner, which starred Spall as the irascible painter, is 2014's most complained-about film, according to the British Board of Film Classification's (BBFC) annual report.

    It stated that 19 people complained about a scene in the 12A film, where Spall's "clothed buttocks are seen clenching vigorously, before the scene cuts to a close-up of his face and his thrusting head and shoulders".

    However the BBFC added that that "given the film's lack of nudity" and the brief scene's "importance in terms of narrative", the buttock clenching was acceptable.

    It added 19 complaints were "a very low figure for most complained-about film, and is a tiny proportion of those who will have seen it".

    Sounds like the report got to the bottom of it.

    Read more here.

  29. Fantastic Beasts casting call

    JK Rowling / Eddie Redmayne

    Do you know the next Emma Watson? Film studio Warner Bros are looking for a girl between the ages of eight and 12 to star in JK Rowling's new Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

    They're holding an open casting to find someone to appear opposite Eddie Redmayne, who's playing magizoologist Newt Scamander.

    The film company says: "Modesty is a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them."

    You can start queuing at the Excel Centre in London from 09:00 BST this Saturday.

    Read more.

  30. Get involved

    Helen Bushby

    Entertainment and arts reporter

    Go Set a Watchman in shops

    As ever we'd love to hear from you. Have you got your hands on a copy of Go Set a Watchman yet? Send us your thoughts and pictures - we're on Instagram and Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or you can get in touch via email too - entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

    You can also read our full story on the launch.

  31. Good morning!

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    Welcome along to Tuesday's Entertainment Live page. It's been a busy night as Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman went on sale in bookshops around the world. We'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest news and reviews - including what the six-times world champion speed-reader made of the novel - and much more.

    And if you missed any of yesterday's fun of games - from the best of Comic Con to memories of Live Aid on its 30th anniversary - why not catch up now?