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  1. News and updates for 1 December 2015
  2. Sneak peak at Doctor Who Christmas special
  3. Adele fans' personal data security breach on ticket website
  4. Don't Tell The Bride moves to Sky after BBC Three online move
  5. Alan Partridge to co-host TFI Friday at Christmas

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By Helen Bushby and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks!

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Sadly, that's all we've got time for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:30 GMT.

    We'll leave you with some pictures taken last night on the River Thames of director Ron Howard and his In The Heart of the Sea cast Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland and Ben Walker.

    The group sailed down the river on the actual boat used in the film, which tells the story that inspired Moby Dick.

    Ben Walker, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland and Ron Howard
    In the Heart of the Sea boat on the Thames

    The director also took a selfie of the journey, which he posted on Twitter.

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  2. Fan comes to Public Enemy's rescue

    Public Enemy

    Imagine the scene - you go to a record signing for one of your favourite bands when it turns out the taxi due to take them to their concert doesn't show up.

    So what do you do? You offer them a ride of course.

    That's what happened to Public Enemy fan Kevin Wells, who ended up driving the rappers to Sheffield Arena on Saturday.

    Highlights of the journey included Wayne's World style head-banging to Bohemian Rhapsody.


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  3. Jared Leto's Joker will make Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson 'proud'

    Oscar-winning star Jared Leto has posted a picture on Instagram about his upcoming role as the Joker in Suicide Squad, a film which throws together classic comic book villains.

    Heath Ledger played the role in 2008’s The Dark Knight, while Jack Nicholson's Joker was in 1989's Batman, opposite Michael Keaton.

    Suicide Squad should be out in August next year and sees a demonic-looking Leto sporting bright green hair, tattoos and silver-capped teeth.

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  4. Adele pops up on Doctors - sort of

    Look who we spotted on today's episode of BBC One drama Doctors looking surprisingly calm as the first batch of her tickets sold out earlier today…

    Jessica Regan in Doctors

    Before you write in, we know it’s not Adele - it’s Jessica Regan posing as the singer whilst in character as nurse Niamh in the daily doctorly drama.

  5. Not quite All Night Long but a few hours at least

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Lionel Richie

    US singer Lionel Ritchie has said he's looking forward to some "very special" shows in the UK next summer, including a newly announced gig at Cornwall's Eden Project.  

    It will be the singer's first ever headline show in the South West and his first UK show since his performance at Glastonbury.

    Richie said:

    Quote Message: I had such a great time in the UK this year and I can’t wait to visit new places and meet new people. Performing at Glastonbury for the first time was such a thrill for me and given me an appetite to do new things in the UK. I know these shows are going to be very special.
  6. Professor Green joins Lip Sync Battle UK

    Professor Green

    Channel 5 has announced rapper Professor Green is to join former Spice Girl Mel B as a co-host of Lip Sync Battle UK.

    Like the original US show, the UK version will see two stars going head-to-head to be the best at lip syncing to hit songs.

    Professor Green said:

    Quote Message: I'm very excited about filming the first series - having spent a good while on YouTube watching the US show I'm looking forward to seeing what our guests bring to the table!

    The series will be broadcast in January.

  7. 'Best BBC Christmas line-up ever'


    If you have a bugbear about too many repeats on TV at Christmas, then you'll be pleased to know more than 90% of BBC One programming on at peak times this year will be new.

    Shows you can look forward to include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther and a festive Strictly Come Dancing special.

    The BBC's acting head of TV said the TV line up is "the BBC's best ever".

    Read the full story.

  8. Ed Sheeran and Adele up for BBC Music Awards

    Adele and Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran, Adele and Years & Years are among the artists shortlisted for this year's BBC Music Awards.

    Jamie XX, Florence + the Machine and Foals are also up for the British artist of the year prize.

    Among the other nominees are Lionel Richie, Prince and Taylor Swift.

    The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on 10 December in Birmingham.

    Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Little Mix, James Bay, Rod Stewart and Mumford and Sons are also among the acts set to perform.

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  9. Alan Partridge to co-host TFI at Christmas

    Alan Partridge and Chris Evans

    Chris Evans has a new sidekick on TFI Friday's Christmas comedy special - Alan Partridge.

    They will be joined by James Corden, Sir Tom Jones, Jack Whitehall, Lee Mack and singers Bryan Adams, Lianne La Havas and Elle King.  

    Evans said:

    Quote Message: Having staggered through nearly 200 TFI Friday rehearsals and live shows over the years, it'll be a relief to see how it should be done by Norfolk's master of broadcasting.

    Partridge added:

    Quote Message: I was honoured to receive the invitation to co-present [TFI]. The fee being offered was more than generous, and as soon as I received photographic evidence that my dressing room had its own shower, I signed on the dotted line. My only slight niggle is that they refused to pay for my transport.

    Last year Coogan said of his infamous character: "We will do a few more shows for TV and then lay him to rest and get on with other things. I'm not going to kill him off, we'll just cryogenically preserve him, put him on ice, put him in a morgue, chill him."

  10. Star Wars legend 'felt pressure' to lose weight

    Carrie Fisher earlier in 2015

    Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher says she felt pressure to lose weight for the new film, The Force Awakens.

    The star, who famously plays Princess Leia, also reckons Hollywood's obsession with appearance is "insane".

    "They don't want to hire all of me - only about three-quarters!" she joked in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine.

    She added: "We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane. Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing.

    "I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is."

    Meanwhile, Variety has reported The Force Awakens will open on 9 January in China with a gala premiere.

    The film will already have opened in most other territories before Christmas and New Year - it opens in the UK on 17 December.


  11. Thom Yorke: YouTube is 'like the Nazis'

    Thom Yorke

    After calling Spotify "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” a couple of years ago for supposedly failing to properly pay artists, Thom Yorke of Radiohead has now laid into YouTube.

    Music Business Worldwide reports he was asked by the Italian newspaper Repubblica how he listens to music. Yorke said his platform of choice was anything but the Google-owned video site:

    Quote Message: YouTube has seized control of [art] - it's like what the Nazis did during the Second World War. Actually, it’s like what everyone was doing during that war, even the English – stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?

    We think he's reflecting the view held by some in the music industry that YouTube does not pay artists enough for letting users play their music on the site (it has billions of audio-only files as well as videos).   

  12. Supergirl cast's delight at extra episodes

    US TV network CBS has ordered seven more episodes of Supergirl, taking it to a full season of 20 episodes and so the cast filmed an on-set thank you to their fans.

    Chyler Leigh, Melissa Benoist and David Harewood posted the message on Twitter.

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  13. UK tax credit 'a huge boost for movies'

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    Video caption: Zygi Kamasa says the UK is one of the best places in the world to make movies

    The UK is one of the best places in the world to make movies, according to Zygi Kamasa, the boss of Lionsgate UK and Europe. 

    He told Business Live that tax breaks had attracted many major productions to Britain. 

  14. Amazon orders first UK TV drama

    Broadcast magazine

    Amazon has commissioned its first UK TV drama - a period fashion drama set during World War Two.

    It's ordered eight 60-minute episodes of The Collection, about two brothers in a Paris fashion house.

    Broadcast described the move as the latest "in the battle against Netflix" and "Amazon’s first original scripted commission".

    Amazon's TV and strategy director Chris Bird said: "We’re sure our members will enjoy this window into the seemingly glamourous world of Parisian haute couture, perhaps hiding a more sinister undercurrent.”

    The Collection comes from War and Peace co-producer Lookout Point and Ugly Betty executive producer Oliver Goldstick, in association with BBC Worldwide. 

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  15. Peter Kay to host charity 'dance-a-thons'

    Peter Kay

    Comic Peter Kay is to host a series of public dance challenges to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

    The Dance For Life "dance-a-thon parties" will be individual three-hour events taking place over seven nights at seven arenas across the UK.

    Each will see the public take to the floor, with Kay acting as "DJ PK" on the turntables.

    Kay said: "I can't think of a more enjoyable way to raise money for such an important charity."

    Read more here

  16. Security consultant on Adele ticket data breach

    We've spoken to security consultant Graham Cluley about the Adele concert ticket data security breach. Here's his view on what might have happened, and his advice if you think you may have been affected.  

    Was it a security beach?

    It certainly sounds like that. It sounds like the website [code] has been written insecurely. It’s spitting out other people’s information - information which they would expect to have been kept private.

    Could it have been caused by an exceptional demand for tickets placing a strain on the website?

    I think that would be a pretty lame excuse. This is the sort of thing which should be impossible, even if the website is very busy. It should have been coded properly so that this is impossible.


    What should Songkick do now?

    I think the right thing to do right now would be to shut down the website and fix it. It’s as simple as that. You can’t allow something like this to sound online because other people’s information can potentially be scooped up and could be abused. 

    It’s easy to imagine, for instance, that fraudsters might start to collect people’s details and contact them pretending to be from the event organisers, or from the ticket merchant, and might trick people into installing malicious code, or visiting a malicious site – or maybe begin to commit some elements of identity theft.

    If you were a customer this morning, what action should you take?

    It’s unclear to me at the moment whether credit card numbers have actually been displayed. But if that information could have been exposed, then obviously you want to keep a close eye on your bank account and your credit card statements, to look for unusual activity there. 

    And also, generally, be very wary of unsolicited messages, unusual emails which you might receive, be cautious about them and opening suspicious attachments or clicking on unknown links.

  17. George Lucas on his 'divorce' from Star Wars

    The Washington Post

    George Lucas

    Star Wars mogul George Lucas has revealed he had to "split" from the latest incarnation of his films, The Force Awakens, in order to allow director JJ Abrams the freedom he needed. 

    At least it was amicable.

    Quote Message: You’re either the dictator or you’re not. And to do that would never work, so I said ‘I’m going to get divorced'. I knew that I couldn’t be involved. All I’d do is make them miserable. I’d make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision - JJ has a vision, and it’s his vision.

    Read more here. 

  18. Superman unmasks Batman in film teaser

    In this latest 49-second teaser for Batman v Superman, we see a particularly mean-looking Henry Cavill unmask a bedraggled Ben Affleck.

    These boys need to sit down and talk things through... 

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  19. Adele tickets data security breach

    A few people have got in touch to tell us while trying to buy Adele tickets that other people's personal details have appeared on-screen including names, addresses and credit card details.

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    We got in touch with Songkick, which is selling the tickets, about it and the company told us:

    Quote Message: Due to extreme load experienced this morning, some of our customers were incorrectly able to preview limited account information belonging to other customers. There's no evidence that this included credit card numbers or passwords. We take the privacy of our users very seriously, and we're looking further into the matter to ensure it doesn't happen again.
  20. Don't Tell The Bride moves to Sky

    Jay and Ian

    BBC show Don't Tell The Bride will be shown on Sky 1 from next year after BBC Three moves online only.

    The programme, which follows grooms who are put in charge of planning their own weddings, was on BBC Three from 2008 with the last series shown on BBC One.

    Sky says the show will have an initial two-series run and will be "pacier in format".  

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