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  1. So long, farewell...

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    That's it for today's Entertainment Live page, but we'll be back with you first thing tomorrow for another instalment.

    Scroll down for the best of today's entertainment, arts and culture happenings, from the new Bourne villain to Helena Bonham Carter's latest TV project and the UK's ugliest building.

    Just one more thing to leave you with... a cast announcement from the upcoming series of Dancing With the Stars - which has been looking to the headlines to fill the line-up for this year's show.

    Dancing With the Stars glitterball trophy

    They've just signed up Alek Skarlatos, one of three men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train last month, over-powering a man with a gun.

    He'll join the likes of Bindi Irwin and Chaka Khan when the show kicks off on 14 September.

  2. Noel Edmonds to play Deal or No Deal

    Noel Edmonds and Sarah Millican

    Deal or No Deal presenter Noel Edmonds is to play against the banker for the very first time in a show marking the series' 10th anniversary.

    Edmonds had been expecting to preside over a special episode featuring several former contestants when Sarah Millican appeared from the wings and announced she would be taking over.

    He then found himself competing to win £500,000 for his chosen charity.

    Noel said:

    Quote Message: To be given the chance to play the game I am so very proud to host was a great honour and one of the biggest shocks of my professional life. I hate the Banker even more now! Playing for Children’s Hospice South West - a charity very close to my heart - was the icing on our 10th birthday cake.

    You can find out how he does when Channel 4 airs the charity special on 18 September.

  3. Can this book make you fall asleep?

    The Rabbit Who Wanted To Go To Sleep

    A self-published picture book that promises to get children to sleep has been acquired by Penguin Random House after becoming a word-of-mouth sensation.

    The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, by Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, is billed as the verbal equivalent of rocking your child to sleep.

    The sentences are repetitive and parents are expected to punctuate the story with yawns, pauses and other sleepy cues.

    It became a sensation (and the subject of much debate on parenting forums) after Ehrlin published the book in 2011, and was translated into English a year ago.

    Penguin's version of the story will be published on 2 October, with an e-book available on 8 September. Unsurprisingly, the free edition has been removed from Ehrlin's website.

    In the meantime, you can hear one parent reading the story to his six-year-old son.

  4. Everest ascends in Venice


    Everest, a real-life tale of two ill-fated expeditions to the summit of the world's tallest mountain, is the opening night attraction at the Venice Film Festival later.

    Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington (amongst others), the 3D Imax film promises spectacular views, as well as a heart-wrenching story.

    We'll bring you an interview with the cast tomorrow but, before that, here's what the early reviews have to say.

    • The Guardian: "Despite some lurches and shocks, it doesn't quite deliver the edge-of-your-seat thrills that many were hoping for."
    • The Wrap: "Director Baltasar Kormakur's adventure epic has breathtaking moments of peril, but too many characters make for an unsatisfying docudrama."
    • The Hollywood Reporter: "To its credit, the film doesn't shy away from highlighting the unseemly effects of overcrowding, not only at the camps but on the path to the summit."
    • Deadline: "It is rather remarkable how well Kormakur manages to make all of the [characters] three-dimensional human beings, particularly when all hell breaks loose on the mountain. But that is also what makes the movie work as well as it does: You care for this group."
    • Variety: "Given that the cast of Everest includes 11 real-life Sherpas, it's a shame we don't see more of them in action or learn more about their crucial, underappreciated role in helping climbers realize their goals."
  5. Steps - the ballad years

    Claire Richards

    Claire Richards, latterly the singer in pop cheesemongers Steps, has recorded a ballad version of the band's number one single Deeper Shade of Blue.

    Featuring just a stripped-bare vocal over a lonely piano it turns the song completely upside down.

    Speaking to pop blog MyFizzyPop, she said it was always how she envisioned the song.

    Quote Message: I always loved Deeper Shade of Blue... I love the darkness of it. It is heartbreaking and the funny thing is most Steps songs are... We used to stick an uptempo beat on it and slap massive smiles on our faces and dance like no-one was watching and you'd totally forget how sad the lyrics were.
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    The reworked version of the song precedes a new solo career from Richards, as Steps approach their 20th anniversary.

  6. Karen Gillan to star in Google satire


    Karen Gillan

    Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is set to star in The Circle, an adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel that takes a look at how we're giving up our personal liberties to companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

    Gillan will play Annie, part of the brain trust that runs "The Circle" - an all-encompassing internet company that insists on users enrolling with their real names and social security numbers, in order to provide transparency and accountability.

    But... as the company's ambitions grow, its invasion of people's private lives becomes more and more sinister, and Annie is among the victims.

    Gillan replaces Alicia Vikander, who has departed for the next Bourne movie. She will star alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.

    Read more on Deadline.

  7. Helena Bonham Carter to star in Nick Hornby show

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club and Cinderella star Helena Bonham Carter is to star in Nick Hornby's first ever TV project: Love, Nina.

    The five-part series is based on the memoirs of Nina Stibbe, a nanny who worked for some of the leading lights of literary London in the 1980s.

    Bonham Carter will be playing Georgia, the forthright mother to Nina's young charges, Joe and Max.

    The title role is taken by Faye Marsay - best known for playing Anne Neville in The White Queen and the recurring character Candice in Fresh Meat.

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  8. This year's Carbunkle Cup winner...

    The Walkie Talkie from Tower Bridge, London

    Is this really the UK's ugliest building?

    London's Walkie Talkie - a 37-storey office building in the City of London - has been bestowed with the dubious honour of winning this year's Carbuncle Cup.

    The annual prize is awarded to a building judged to be the UK's worst. The Walkie Talkie has (allegedly) melted parked cars and critics have compared its three-storey roof garden to an airport terminal.

    Thomas Lane, who runs the awards, said it "crashes into London's skyline like an unwelcome party guest".

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  9. New Oscars team

    David Hill (left) and Reginald Hudlin

    The new producing team for next year's Oscars ceremony has been announced.

    Australian TV executive producer David Hill will join forces with American producer-director Reginald Hudlin to oversee the 88th Oscars telecast on 28 February 2016.

    Hill is a former Fox TV executive with vast experience in live television, while Hudlin was Oscar nominated in 2013 as a producer for Django Unchained.

    "We're delighted to have this talented team on board," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

    "David is a true innovator with a dynamic personality. His vast experience as a live events producer, coupled with Reggie's energy, creativity and talent as a filmmaker, is sure to make this year's Oscar telecast a memorable one."

    Hill said: "The quest is to honour the year in film, honour the art, and above all, make it fun."

    Previous producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stepped down in March after three years in charge.

    The US television audience for the 2015 Oscars telecast show was the lowest for six years. First-time host Neil Patrick Harris also received luke-warm reviews.

  10. Janet Jackson debuts Missy Elliot song on tour

    Janet Jackson

    Janet Jackson's Unbreakable tour kicked off in Canada on Monday night, opening with an entirely new song featuring Missy Elliot.

    The as-yet-untitled track kicked off a massive, 32-song set, including classics such as What Have You Done For Me Lately, Again, If and Rhythm Nation.

    Jackson also played Scream, a duet with her late brother Michael, who appeared on the video screens.

    Several fans and Canadian websites posted photos and videos from the show on social media.

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  11. Rebekah Brooks to return as News Corp UK boss

    Rebekah Brooks is to return as head of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper operation on Monday after resigning during the phone hacking crisis.

    She will replace Mike Darcey, who is departing as CEO after three years in the post.

    Ms Brooks was cleared of all charges related to the phone-hacking scandal last year.

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  12. Max Beesley joins Homeland

    Max Beesley

    British actor Max Beesley has landed a guest role in the new series of Homeland - which returns this autumn - playing an ex-Royal Marine turned private military contractor. 

    According to The Wrap, the Mad Dogs and Ordinary Lies star will play Mike Brown - an underling who is "not entirely comfortable working under Carrie Mathison", played by Claire Danes. 

    Season five will pick up two years after Carrie's ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief, with the action moving to Berlin where she's been trying to make a new life, post-CIA. 

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  13. A glimpse of Lady Chatterley's Lover

    We've already had a steamy trailer for the BBC's adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover, but here is the first chance to see an extended clip from the one-off drama.

    It sees Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) stealing a forbidden moment with her husband's gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (Richard Madden)... complete with a comedy car horn sound effect.

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  14. Stik's life on the streets

    Big Mother by Stik

    He has lived in a homeless hostel and dodged police to put his mark on the city, but now London-based graffiti artist Stik is invited all over the world to paint huge murals of stick figures, many of them offering social comment.

    They can be seen in New York, Tokyo and London and hang in the homes of Elton John, Bono and Brian May.

    As the images are brought together in a book, Stik, who refuses to talk about much of his life on the street, showed BBC News around his studio and some of his favourite works.

    Watch the video.

  15. Strictly's glitzy launch

    Kellie Bright / Katie Derham / Ainsley Harriott

    It was sequins galore at the official Strictly Come Dancing launch party last night.

    This year's stars - including Kellie Bright, Katie Derham and Ainsley Harriott (above) - came together for the first time ahead of the show's return to BBC One this weekend.

    Watch Tim Muffett's report from the red carpet.

  16. Foals singer suffers vocal injury

    Foals in the Live Lounge

    Rock group Foals dramatically pulled out of a planned appearance on Radio 1's Live Lounge earlier this morning.

    The band, who played triumphant sets at Reading and Leeds over the weekend, were in the building and rehearsing when, suddenly, lead singer Yannis Pilippakis felt funny.

    He later tweeted that he thought he had snapped his larynx. Which is probably even more painful than it sounds.

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    Drummer Jack Bevan gave further details of the incident on Instagram:

    Quote Message: Unfortunately @ynnsphilippakis sounds like Phil mitchel after a tracheostomy. Sorry to anyone who was listening. Old mate is off to the doctors now. Hopefully we'll be back in the live lounge again soon. Xxxx
  17. (Not) Kermit's new girlfriend

    Denise and Kermit in The Muppets

    We don't often get involved in affairs of the heart, but when Kermit the Frog is moved to make a statement on his relationships status, it feels only right to share it.

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    The Frog has issued a statement denying Denise (a pig who appeared in a trailer for ABC's new series of The Muppets earlier this year) is his girlfriend, telling fans: "We are simply close friends."

    Read more on this shocking development on the Newsbeat site

  18. River Song reaction

    Doctor Who fans have been reacting to the news that Alex Kingston is returning to the show to play River Song in this year's Christmas Special.

    It seems there are mixed feelings about her forthcoming re-appearance - her first alongside latest Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

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  19. Koons in Florence

    The Art Newspaper

    Jeff Koons and Michelangelo's David

    The Renaissance sculptures in Florence's Piazza della Signoria, including the replica of Michelangelo's David, will soon have a shiny new neighbour: Jeff Koons's Pluto and Proserpina (2010-13), reports The Art Newspaper.

    The gold-coloured stainless steel work will stand in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's town hall and civic museum, from 25 September - 28 December.

    Inside, the artists's Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun) (2013) will be presented in the Hall of Lilies, where Donatello's bronze Judith and Holofernes (c. 1460) is on display.

    Read the full story

  20. Flight of the Conchords: The movie

    The Guardian

    Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement

    Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement (right) has been revealing more details of the movie musical he's been planning with co-creator Bret McKenzie.

    The pair, who make up New Zealand's "fourth most-popular folk duo", first touted a film adaptation of their hit HBO series in August and now Clement has told Guardian Australia it is likely to take the form of a modern musical.

    "The music in musicals is always, you know - musicaaaal. It's always so old-fashioned, and it's so specific to one audience. I feel like people who like music often don't like musicals," he said.

    "The idea that Bret and I have been talking about... would be a musical that doesn't have that old-fashioned, 'musical' feel."

    Sadly for fans that is "definitely a couple of years away, at least".

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  21. Jeremy Corbyn would reverse BBC cuts

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has said he would protect the licence fee and reverse cuts at the BBC in a policy document on the arts.

    He said the organisation had been "severely wounded" by the 2010 licence fee freeze, and argued the BBC should be "properly funded" so it can "carry out its duties as a public service broadcaster".

    Among the other pledges in his arts manifesto were the creation of creative apprenticeship schemes paid at the living wage; setting minimum pay guidelines for artists and placing public art "in all open spaces".

    Speaking at a launch in Dalston, London, Corbyn also revealed his own artistic side - admitting he wrote poetry on the train and created "totally random paintings that are abstract beyond belief".

  22. World's favourite Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie fans have been voting for their favourite of the author's novels - and it's the murder mystery And Then There Were None that has come out on top.

    The 1939 thriller received 21% of the votes, with Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd coming second and third respectively.

    And Then There Were None book cover

    And Then There Were None - which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide - depicts 10 strangers stranded on an island, all accused of getting away with murder.

    It's being made into a BBC One adaptation in time for Christmas - starring Poldark favourite Aidan Turner (below), Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin and Toby Stephens.

    Aidan Turner as Poldark
  23. Hogwarts update

    Yesterday we told you that JK Rowling had tweeted that Harry Potter's son James was starting his first day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

    The message didn't go unheeded at King's Cross Station where the Hogwarts Express got a surprise mention on the departure screens! 

    JK Rowling later tweeted that James had been sorted into Gryffindor house - just like his father. 

  24. Vincent Cassel to be new Bourne villain


    Vincent Casel

    With shooting due to begin in the next couple of weeks, director Paul Greengrass has cast a villain for the latest instalment of the Jason Bourne franchise.

    Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Ocean's Thirteen) is likely to play an assassin tracking Matt Damon's character, although details of the plot are still firmly under wraps.

    All that Damon will say is that the movie is set in the "post-Snowden world" and touches on "arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy".

    Cassel joins a cast that already includes Julia Stiles (back as Nicky Parsons), Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones.

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  25. Waterloo Cartoon on show

    The Waterloo Cartoon

    The newly-conserved Waterloo Cartoon by Daniel Maclise has gone on display at the Royal Academy in London for the first time in more than 40 years.

    Marking the moment two victorious generals met on the field at Waterloo, it is one of the largest and most detailed cartoons to survive in the UK, at more than 13 metres wide and three metres high.

    Completed when the battle was still in living memory, Maclise's masterpiece was a preparatory drawing for The Meeting of Wellington and Blucher after the Battle of Waterloo, a wall painting which can be seen at the House of Lords.

    The fragility of the artwork means it has remained in storage for decades, but an extensive restoration means it can now be seen in public for the first time since 1972.

  26. Downton Abbey trailer dissected

    Downton Abbey series 6

    Carson packs a suitcase. Bates makes Anna cry. Molesly closes the shutters. A car drives off in the darkness... The trailer for the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey is something of a tear jerker.

    "If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would," says Hugh Bonneville's Lord Grantham as the promo kicks off. "But I can’t, Carson. Neither you nor I can hold back time."

    Only one character appears to defy the sombre tone  - and that is Laura Carmichael's character Lady Edith, who allows a coy smile to spread across her face - presumably for a microsecond, before everyone she knows or has ever met dies of botulism.  

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    For the musically-inclined among you, the music on that video is a piano version of Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro), originally made famous by Andrea Bocelli, but performed for Downton by Bristol-born singer Lauren Aquilina. 

  27. River Song returns to Doctor Who

    Alex Kingston as Professor River Song

    Alex Kingston is returning to Doctor Who for this year's Christmas Special.

    The British actress plays River Song, a mysterious time-traveller whose encounters with the Doctor occur out of sequence, often leaving the Time Lord mystified. She even married him in 2011.

    But her character hasn't been seen in the series for three years, so the Christmas special, which starts filming this week, will be her first appearance with the latest incarnation of the Doctor, aka Peter Capaldi.

    "To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return," says Kingston, "but here she is."

    "Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday's read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!"

  28. Horowitz "mortified" over Bond comments

    Author Anthony Horowitz says he's "mortified" to have caused offence, after saying in an interview that he thought Idris Elba was "too street" to be the next James Bond. 

    The author's comments originally appeared in the Mail on Sunday, but he has since released a statement on Twitter. Horowitz said the word "street" was "a poor choice".

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  29. X Factor judges get their categories

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    The X Factor has announced which categories each judge will mentor this series. It goes like this:

    • Simon - Over-25s
    • Cheryl - Groups
    • Nick - Boys
    • Rita - Girls

    The decision was made by the public, in the latest twist to the ongoing reality show.

    Here's how the mentors reacted.

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    But what do you think? Who's going to win? And have you spotted any front-runners in the audtitions?

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  30. Straight to the top

    Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton debuted at the top of the UK box office, echoing its success in the States.

    The NWA biopic debuted with £2.5m during a relatively quiet weekend, with Disney Pixar's Inside Out at number two with £1.2m.

    Hitman: Agent 47 opened at three with takings of £961,411, while the weekend's other new release 45 Years debuted at number 10 with £331,196.

    Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation was in fourth, with Pixels rounding off the top five according to figures from Rentrak.

    Last week's top film, the adaptation of John Green's Paper Towns, dropped to number eight in its second week, taking £452,953.

    Here's the top ten in full:

    • 1. Straight Outta Compton - £2,498,231
    • 2. Inside Out - £1,199,103
    • 3. Hitman: Agent 47 - £961,411
    • 4. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - £890,857
    • 5. Pixels - £664,728
    • 6. Man From U.N.C.L.E. - £658,399
    • 7. Sinister 2 - £569,830
    • 8. Paper Towns - £452,953
    • 9. Minions - £353,262
    • 10. 45 Years - £331,196
  31. Bye-bye Bill

    After 15 years of exceedingly early mornings, Bill Turnbull has decided he would like a lie-in - and has revealed he'll be leaving BBC Breakfast. 

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    His BBC colleagues have been among the first to react to the news:  

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    Speaking to The Mirror, he said that "15 years is more than enough for me and the audience".

    He added:

    Quote Message: I've been neglecting my bees for far too long. from Bill Turnbull
    Bill Turnbull
    Quote Message: We can get rid of the 9.30pm curfew which will be nice - it will be fun.
  32. Sue Perkins has brain tumour

    Sue Perkins

    Great British Bake Off star Sue Perkins has revealed that she has a benign growth in her pituitary gland, which prevents her from having children.

    Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, the broadcaster said she had discovered the tumour while having medical tests for another BBC show, Supersizers.

    "I'm lucky that it's benign so it's not in itself a worrying thing," she said.

    "Sometimes it's big and makes me mad, and sometimes it's small and is in the background. Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren't too onerous."

    She said the growth affects the ­secretion of reproductive hormones, which means she cannot have children.

    "I don't know if I would have gone on to have children. But as soon as someone says you can't have something, you want it more than anything."

  33. Good morning!

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter

    Welcome to today's Entertainment Live page, where we'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest goings on in the world of entertainment, arts and culture. Coming up today... Bill Turnbull reveals his days on the BBC Breakfast sofa are numbered, the X Factor judges react to their categories and find out which film topped the UK box office.