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  1. News updates for 24 July 2015
  2. Final Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer released
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tops must-read list
  4. American Psycho heads to Broadway
  5. Mixed reaction to Sarah Harding on Coronation Street

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By Genevieve Hassan and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks!

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Our time is up for the day and indeed for this week.

    If you're partial to a bit of star-cooking, don't forget it's the final of Celebrity Masterchef later.

    Celebrity Masterchef finalists

    After Scott Maslen (left) was given the chop last night, Kimberly Wyatt, Sam Nixon and Rylan Clarke will try to impress the best female chefs in the country and cook a faultless three-course meal tonight. Who will be victorious? Tune in at 20:30 BST on BBC One to find out.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:30 BST. Have a good weekend!

  2. Inside Out's broccoli challenge

    Radio Times

    Who knew broccoli could be so divisive?

    Pixar's latest film Inside Out features a scene in which young Riley is fed the vegetable, which causes the emotion of disgust, causing a temper tantrum.

    It would appear kids in Japan have no idea why someone would be offended by broccoli, so for the Japanese dubbed version of the movie it has been replaced with green peppers, which apparently are loathed in the country.

    Pixar technical artist David Lally revealed the swap in a tweet, showing the new scene.

    A straw poll in our office resulted in a lot of dislike for green peppers - so maybe Pixar missed a trick in their original version.

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  3. Black Mass to debut at Venice

    Black Mass

    Johnny Depp's turn playing notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September out of competition.

    Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper, is set in 1970s Boston and retells the story of Bulger and his disastrous involvement with the FBI.

    Bulger, who was captured in Santa Monica, California, in June 2011, had been wanted since 1995 on multiple counts including murder, extortion, racketeering and drug dealing.

    The cast also includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon.

  4. Concern for Glastonbury DJ Derek

    DJ Derek

    A 73-year-old DJ who regularly played sets at Glastonbury and Bestival has gone missing, his family has said.

    DJ Derek, whose real name is Derek Morris, also appeared at the Big Chill and numerous gigs across the UK.

    Avon and Somerset Police confirmed Mr Morris was reported missing on Thursday and a search for him is under way.

    Mr Morris's niece, Jennifer Amy, said his disappearance is "completely out of character".

    Read the full story.

  5. Janet Jackson releases No Sleeep video

    Janet Jackson in the video for No Sleeep

    Janet Jackson's comeback single has seen her return to the top five of the US R&B charts for the first time in 11 years.

    No Sleeep (yes, that's really how it's spelt) is a sultry ode to Janet's lover and the things she might do to him when he visits her house. 

    "It oughta be a weekend marathon," she sings - presumably in anticipation of watching a Breaking Bad box set.

    The video has just popped up on YouTube. Unlike the radio edit, which is strictly Janet, it contains a verse from rapper J Cole, who gives the boyfriend's perspective.

    "You bring cooked food and I bring dessert," he says - proving the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

    Here's the video.

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  6. Chris Brown takes off

    Chris Brown has been finally been given the all-clear to leave the Philippines.

    He'd been held up in the country following a dispute over a cancelled New Year's Eve gig. 

    Authorities said he had not filed the correct papers to allow him to leave but he completed these late on Friday. 

    He posted a video showing a video of him striding out to a private jet that had been on standby. He's now on his way to Macau in China.

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  7. 50 Cent talks Kanye

    BBC Radio 1Xtra had a chat with 50 Cent, who's been dealing with his own legal woes of late, about making his musical comeback. 

    He also talked about his rivalry with Kanye West, but praised his entrepreneurial skills.

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  8. American Psycho heads for Broadway

    American Psycho

    The West End musical adaptation of American Psycho will be winging its way to Broadway in February next year.

    The show premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in December and starred former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, receiving largely positive reviews.

    It was originally intended to go off-Broadway, but now there are bigger plans for it - although which theatre it will open in has yet to be decided.

    Benjamin Walker will play Patrick Bateman in the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's dark novel, having previously starred in the title role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

  9. Prince preparing to release new album

    Prince and 3rd Eye Girl

    Rock star Prince has a new album on the way, his band 3rd Eye Girl have revealed to the BBC. 

    "It's phenomenal, there are so many hits on this album. It's super experimental," they told 6 Music. 

    Prince's 38th studio record will be called The Hit & Run Album - a reference to his "pop-up" concert tours, where gigs are announced on the day. 

    The band - Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen and Hannah Ford Welton - added the album would be out "soon". 

    Read the full story or listen to the interview.

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  10. Cosby biography plans pulped

    Bill Cosby

    Plans for a paperback edition of a Bill Cosby biography have been pulled, following the recent claims against the comedian of sexual assault.

    It received positive reviews when it was released in September, but was criticised for not addressing the accusations.

    Celebrity endorsements from Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman have also now been removed from online promotion of the book.

    Read the full story.

  11. Are you ready for The X-Files?

    It's still six months to the day until we see the return of Mulder and Scully, but Fox continues to tease us with snippets about the return of The X-Files. 

    The network has released a new trailer featuring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in which they actually utter a few words. 

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  12. All change

    Anne-Marie Duff

    The National Theatre is asking audience members to swap seats half-way through its mining drama Husbands and Sons.

    Those with ground-level tickets for the play will find themselves sitting on the opposite side of the stage after the interval for a different perspective on the action.

    Starring Anne-Marie Duff, the work is based on three DH Lawrence dramas which evoke "a now-vanished world of manual labour and working class pride".

    It begins previews at the Dorfman Theatre on 19 October.

    Read the full story.

  13. Charlie Cotton leaves the Square

    The character of Charlie Cotton is being written out of EastEnders after just a year. 

    The son of Nick Cotton, and grandson of Dot, arrived in the Square last year and quickly got in with the Mitchells, marrying Ronnie but getting cosy with sister Roxy.

    Bennett, who has already filmed his final scenes, tweeted about his departure.

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    Charlie Cotton and Roxy Mitchell
  14. Homeland season five premiere date revealed

    US network Showtime has revealed its spy thriller Homeland will return for its fifth season on 4 October.

    Claire Danes reprises her role as Carrie Mathison, alongside Mandy Patinkin as Saul and Rupert Friend as Quinn for the latest series which is currently filming in Berlin.

    Showtime said Homeland is the first US TV series to ever film an entire season in Germany.

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  15. Peter Sellers documentary rediscovered

    Peter Sellers

    A television documentary narrated by actor Peter Sellers which was presumed lost has been rediscovered.

    The programme features Sellers and many contemporaries who later became household names after performing in Gang Shows for World War Two service personnel.

    It was lost from BBC archives but a copy was found during the making of a radio documentary on Sellers' career.

    Peter Sellers: From Southsea to Stardom is on BBC Radio Solent on Saturday, 25 July at 14:00 BST, and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

    Read the full story.

  16. Fun in Canada

    The great and the good from the UK comedy circuit have descended on Montreal for the Just for Laughs Festival. 

    Omid Djalili tweeted a pic of him alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard, who were all in the city to perform under the banner Brit(ish).

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  17. Glastonbury wellies' second life


    Have you ever wondered what happens to the wellies left behind at Glastonbury every year?

    Thousands of Wellington boots are abandoned at Worthy Farm, which in past years used to end up in landfill sites.

    But now a couple of entrepreneurs and charities have been working to change that.

    We followed one charity who ships the boots out to Romania to give them to people who themselves live on a landfill site.

    Watch the video.

  18. Chris Brown still stuck in Manila

    Chris Brown

    Chris Brown is still stuck in the Philippines - with no sign of being let out of the country.

    The R'n'B singer has been stuck in Manila for three days after a Christian group filed a fraud complaint over a cancelled gig on New Year's Eve, claiming he had been paid $1m.

    Authorities say he has not applied for the correct paperwork that would allow him to leave the country.

    "This is a very serious situation and someone needs to be held accountable for mixing my name up in all this,'' Brown tweeted and then deleted Friday. "I've done nothing wrong.''

  19. Mixed reaction to Sarah Harding on Coronation Street

    Sarah Harding on Coronation Street

    Corrie fans will have spotted former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding making an appearance on the soap last night.

    Ahead of the episode, the singer said on Periscope she was "bricking it", adding: "I'm going to be my own worst critic, I've got my cushion ready."

    She later posted a snap of her watching her performance.

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    Harding fans praised her appearance, however non-fans weren't as kind.

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  20. Stars flock to DiCaprio gala

    Sylvester Stallone and Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio raised more than $40m (£25.8m) for his environmental charity at a star-studded gala in the equally glitzy St Tropez.

    His annual auction saw lots including Banksy artwork, a trip to the Arctic with Prince Albert of Monaco and a private concert with Sir Elton John sold to the highest bidder.

    Among the guests were Kate Hudson, with mum Goldie Hawn, F1 champ Lewis Hamilton, Sylvester Stallone and Adrien Brody.

    The money goes to the DiCaprio Foundation to "protect key species like the tiger, rhino, shark, and mountain gorilla by working with governments to conserve the jungles, coral reefs and forests they call home".

    Kate Hudson and Lewis Hamilton
    Sir Elton John
  21. Amy Schumer pays tribute

    Comedian and actress Amy Schumer has posted her condolences following the shooting at a Louisiana cinema that was screening her movie Trainwreck. 

    A gunman opened fire at around 19:30 local time (01:30 BST), killing two people and injuring several others before shooting himself, officials say.

    Police said the attacker was a 58-year-old white male armed with a handgun.

    Read the full story.

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  22. Jolie to direct Cambodia Netflix film

    Angelina Jolie and Maddox

    Angelina Jolie is to direct a Netflix film based on the harrowing memoir of children caught up in Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime.

    The film, set to hit the streaming service in 2016, is based on the autobiography First They Killed My Father by child soldier Loung Ung.

    Jolie and Ung have co-written the script, while Jolie's son Maddox - who was adopted from Cambodia in 2002 - will be involved in the production.

    Speaking about the book, Jolie said: "It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it.

    "And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son's homeland."

    She admitted a film like this would be "hard to watch" so was excited Netflix would allow the film to reach so many people.

  23. Everyone should read about Charlie

    Michael Palin

    Hands up who's read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or hands up who remembers Michael Palin reading it on Jackanory in 1979?

    The Roald Dahl classic has topped a list of books "all children should read before leaving primary school".

    Here's the top 10 - how many have you read? Let us know which books were your favourites as a child.

    1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
    3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
    5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
    6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
    7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    8. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
    9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
    10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Read the full story.

  24. Jurassic World gets a sequel

    Chris Pratt in Jurassic World

    After the news yesterday Jurassic World has now become the third highest-grossing film behind Avatar and Titanic, Universal has announced a sequel.

    Chris Pratt fans will be delighted to hear he will be returning as park ranger Owen, along with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard, with the movie slated to be released in June 2018.

    Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who also wrote the script, will return to pen the sequel.

    When we spoke to him in June, he hinted what might happen in a second film.

  25. Back to nature

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter

    Niddfest promo image

    A new literary festival is beginning today - but instead of another big city event, Niddest takes place in rural Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.

    Held around the town of Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales, Niddest has been set up to celebrate authors who write about the natural world.

    As well as talks by writers including National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and "Herdwick Shepherd" James Rebanks, there will be foraging expeditions, guided walks and bug hunts.

    Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will also appear and is the event's patron. "Niddfest is going to become an important festival for readers and writers, focussing minds and hearts on the relationship between the human and the earth at a time when so much of the natural world is imperilled," she told the BBC.

    "The festival is also joyous, allowing writers and readers to celebrate nature and literature in a particularly beautiful part of England." Niddfest runs until Sunday.

  26. Mockingjay Part 2 trailer revealed

    The full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has been released online. 

    It shows the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who had almost finished filming his scenes as Plutarch Heavensbee when he died of a drug overdose in 2014. Some scenes did have to be rewritten to compensate for his absence. 

    The final film in the franchise will hit cinemas on 20 November.

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    Keily Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    It's Friiiidaaaay! Got strong opinions on the day's entertainment news or seen anything interesting or fun you'd like to share with us? Get in touch through Instagram or tweet @BBCNewsEnts, or email

  28. TGI Friday!

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Morning campers! As you all get excited about the last day of the working week, let us ease you into the weekend with a day of entertainment and arts updates.

    If you missed what happened yesterday, take a look at Thursday's live page.