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Summary

  1. News and updates for 4 December 2015
  2. Ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland found dead
  3. Lenny Henry to receive knighthood at Windsor Castle
  4. Adele tickets go on general sale

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By Victoria Lindrea and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Cheerio

    Victoria Lindrea

    BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

    That's all from today's live page - on what has proved quite a bumper day for arts and entertainment news.

    It's the British Independent Film Awards this weekend - with surreal drama The Lobster leading the nominations - and Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor both receiving honorary awards.

    Plus, Sunday sees the final of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here. 

    So that should keep you going until Monday.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Phillip Schofield's stunt bum

    This Morning's Holly Willoughby appears on Alan Carr's Chatty Man this evening, and there's a lot of talk about co-host Schofield's nether regions - or rather, the nether regions purporting to belong to Schofield in the current advert for ITV's fundraiser Text Santa.

    Holly Willoughby on Alan Carr: Chatty Man
    Quote Message: Can I just say if that was Phil’s bum do you think him and I could have a working relationship with that view I have?
    Quote Message: That was a weird day because even though that wasn’t Phil, there was still a stunt bum, with a stunt man who I had to stand in front of and do the whole thing with...
  3. Streisand set her sights on Russian aristocracy

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand is planning a return to the director’s chair for her first film since 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces.

    The star is attached to direct a biopic of Catherine the Great. 

    The film will focus on the young Catherine trapped in an abusive marriage with the heir to the Russian throne - and her rise to power alongside her inept husband. 

    Kristina Lauren Anderson's script topped the 2014 Black List for best unproduced screenplays.  

    Streisand has previously directed three films, including 1983’s Yentl and 1991's Prince of Tides.

  4. Home-made Star Wars speeder bike

    Earlier we told you the remarkable story of the Star Wars fans and model-makers who were recruited by Lucasfilm to build R2D2 for the new Star Wars movie.

    I wonder if this fan will get a call next time...

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    He showed off his home-made speeder bike at the For the Love of the Force fan convention, which is happening this weekend in Manchester.

    The event features a full-size X-Wing and Scout Walker, an Ewok village, Jedi training and Jabba's Palace, as well as appearances by more than 20 past cast members, headlined by Darth Vader himself, actor Dave Prowse.

    Dave Prowse

    Prowse is spending three days signing autographs (at £20 a pop) for devotees. Speaking to the BBC, he put the franchise's success down to its "very interesting characters". One in particular.

    Quote Message: When you talk about Star Wars, you don't think about Harrison Ford, you don't think about Carrie Fisher, you don't think about Mark Hamill. All you think about is Darth Vader. And being the actor who played Darth Vader, and doing nothing else but travelling around the world promoting Darth Vader, is absolutely wonderful for me.
  5. Friends star Matthew Perry returning to West End

    Friends star Matthew Perry is to return to London's West End stage to appear in a new play he has penned himself. 

    Could he BE any more narcissistic...

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    Set in Los Angeles, The End of Longing tells of "four broken people yearning for love". 

    The play will have its premiere at London's Playhouse Theatre on 2 February.

    Perry, who has not performed on stage in London for 12 years, said he was very excited about his "comeback".

  6. Coen Brothers film to open Berlin Film Festival

    George Clooney in Hail Caesar!

    The Coen Brothers' comedy Hail, Caesar! will open this year's Berlin Film Festival on 11 February

    George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes star in the 1950s-set comedy about Hollywood's Golden Age, which follows "a single day in the life of a studio fixer". 

    Watch the trailer.

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  7. Twitchy witches lead Macbeth a dance at Young Vic

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Opening with a beheading, and ending with a holed up dictator, a new production of Macbeth at London's Young Vic strongly echoes TV news images of contemporary conflict.

    But what's most striking about Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin's modern dress version is its choreography.

    The three witches twitch scarily in body stockings as they deliver their prophecies, while the climactic battle is a riot of movement, with Shakespeare's text stripped back.

    Anna Maxwell Martin, who plays Lady Macbeth opposite John Heffernan's Macbeth, told me that  rehearsals involved a lot of physical work.

    Quote Message: "We all really committed to the dance right from the get go. We still do massive warm-ups. One time we had a whole afternoon doing a massive rave - no drugs, no alcohol - just having a massive dance. We all got into it!" from Anna Maxwell Martin
    Anna Maxwell Martin
    Anna Maxwell Martin as Lady Macbeth

    Cracknell said choreography was ideal for unlocking the physical and mental chaos in the final act of the play.

    Quote Message: "The thing I love about movement is that it's instinctive, it's visceral, it's vivid, it fires up your heart and your soul and imagination in a way that is different to text." from Carrie Cracknell
    Carrie Cracknell

    Macbeth is at the Young Vic until 23 January, before it moves to Birmingham Rep and Manchester's HOME.

  8. 6 Music reveals its albums of the year

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Albums of the Year artwork

    Critics might be debating the future of the album, but it seems someone forgot to tell the musicians. 2015 was stuffed full of surprising, moving, uplifting, angry and personal records that proved music often needs more than three minutes to make its point.

    The DJs at 6 Music have just published a list of their personal favourites, which includes Kendrick Lamaer's To Pimp A Butterfly; Tame Impala's Currents and Sleaford Mods' Key Targets.

    Steve Lamacq chooses Royal Headache's High, an "anonymous but brilliant punk album"; while Jarvis Cocker plumps for Max Richter's eight-hour epic, Sleep.

    Head over to BBC Music to see their choices and listen to a playlist of the albums' highlights.

  9. Game of Thrones trailer, what we learn

    Jon Snow

    It's 41 seconds long and gives fans a tantalising glimpse of what's coming up in Season 6.

    Game of Thrones trailer, what we learn

    Jon Snow

    It's 41 seconds long and gives fans a tantalising glimpse of what's coming up in Season 6.

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  10. What the Bishop did next...

    The Lorax and Bishop Harries on Radio 4's Today Show

    Radio 4's Today programme produces some strange bedfellows.

    Friday morning at the Radio 4 studios found Bishop Richard Harries side by side with the Lorax, and an awkward link for presenter John Humphries...

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    Video caption: A theatre production of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax is taking to the stage at the Old Vic
  11. Arise, Sir... Ainsley?

    An eagle-eyed viewer has spotted an error in Friday's ITV News package about Sir Lenny Henry's investiture - after they included footage of Ainsley Harriott at the Comedy Club.

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    ITV News hastily apologised saying it "was the result of an error in the production process in a piece intended to celebrate Sir Lenny’s significant achievements in British entertainment".

    Sanjeev Bhaskar was one of many to pass comment...

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  12. Arise, Sir Lenny!

    Sir Lenny Henry received his knighthood from the Queen today at Windsor Castle. 

    The 56-year-old took his daughter, sister and partner along to the ceremony to see him kneel before Her Majesty.

    He was named in the Queen's birthday honours, in recognition of services to drama and charity following his long connection with Comic Relief.  

  13. Why Luther got complaints from bed firms

    BBC Newsbeat

    Idris Elba

    Luther star Idris Elba has revealed the BBC received complaints from bed companies after the last series.

    We won't spoil what happened, just in case you haven't had time to catch up on the box set, but needless to say it involved someone hiding in the space under a bed.

    Idris, who plays the title role of John Luther, said the scene was "pretty scary, I ain't going to lie".

    The star warned fans should expect similar from the new series.

    Read more on the story.

    Why Luther got complaints from bed firms

    Idris Elba

    Luther star Idris Elba reveals that the BBC show got complaints from bed companies after the last series.

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  14. How Kylie Minogue avoids being mobbed

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Kylie Minogue

    Pop star Kylie Minogue was the musical guest on Chris Evans Radio 2 Breakfast show this morning, where she discussed her festive album, Kylie Christmas.

    The record features duets with Frank Sinatra and James Corden, as well a song called Every Day's Like Christmas, written specially for her by Coldplay's Chris Martin.

    As well as playing an acoustic version of the song, the Antipodean diva told Chris how she avoids being mobbed when she leaves her gigs.

    Listen to an excerpt below, and catch the whole interview on BBC iPlayer.

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    Video caption: Kylie Minogue on her Christmas album
  15. Mixed reviews for Murray's festive special

    Netflix's festive special A Very Murray Christmas  - which premieres on the streaming service on Friday - has divided critics.

    Some labelled it 'self-indulgent' while others reveled in its dark humour. 

    Described as "both paean and spoof of the classic holiday special", it is the brainchild of Murray, Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola and Rock the Kasbah screenwriter (ahem) Mitch Glazer.

    The hour-long special was filmed last March inside New York's Carlyle Hotel (in which Murray is theoretically holed up during a snowstorm) in just three days, with a star-studded cast featuring Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler and George Clooney.

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    Quote Message: Infused at every turn with Murray's plaintive deadpan and fine melancholy tenor, it's prickly and sweet, familiar yet abruptly non sequitur and gently, surprisingly modern. from Mary McNamara Los Angeles Times
    Mary McNamaraLos Angeles Times
    Quote Message: It tries hard — too hard, really — to turn melancholy into a thing, and it winds up being a holiday special for the disillusioned and dejected, full of inside jokes but in the end kind of empty. from Neil Genzlinger The New York Times
    Neil GenzlingerThe New York Times
    Quote Message: For those who prefer a dash of bitters in their cup of holiday cheer, Mr. Murray is the ideal bartender. from John Anderson The Wall Street Journal
    John AndersonThe Wall Street Journal
    Quote Message: Netflix's A Very Murray Christmas is a boozy, snarky, melancholic gathering spiked with welcome whimsy, quirky celebrity cameos and effective doses of Yuletide earnestness. from Neil Fienberg The Hollywood Reporter
    Neil FienbergThe Hollywood Reporter
    Quote Message: How much fun is all this? As much fun as being the only sober inhabitant of a bar populated by rich, drunk, ironic show-offs deliberately singing off-key. from Jonathan Bernstein The Telegraph
    Jonathan BernsteinThe Telegraph
  16. The re-invention of Justin Bieber

    BBC Music

    Justin Bieber

    Throwing eggs, driving recklessly, urinating in a restaurant's mop bucket - for a long time, Justin Bieber's extra-curricular activities threatened to derail his music career.

    BBC Music has taken a look at how the singer turned it around, releasing two of the year's biggest-selling singles and prompting a critical re-evaluation.

    Read the article.

  17. Daisy Ridley on 'normal girl' Rae

    Daisy Ridley takes centre stage in the new Star Wars as Rae, who she describes as a "normal girl making her life in space".

    Ridley says she feels lucky to have had the chances she's had, adding working on Casualty "was thrilling to me".

    She talks to Lizo Mzimba about being recognised in the street for the first time and keeping her role a secret from her friends.

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    Video caption: Daisy Ridley chats to Lizo Mzimba
  18. Man charged over Bill Bailey bus theft

    A man has been charged with the theft of Bill Bailey's tour van, which was taken while he was performing a show.

    The Mercedes Sprinter was taken from outside Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 26 October.

    It was found three days later in Tuebrook, which led the comic to tweet his thanks to the police and the "good people of Liverpool" for their help.

    Read the story.

    Bill Bailey
  19. Ex sues Charlie Sheen over HIV revelation

    A former girlfriend of Charlie Sheen is suing the star for not disclosing he was HIV positive before they had sex.

    Scottine Ross, who also goes by the name Brett Rossi, is suing for negligence, assault and emotional abuse. 

    The pair met in 2013 while she was working as a porn actress and later briefly became engaged. 

    She is alleging he forced her to have an abortion, and kicked and choked her on a number of occasions. 

    She also says the pair had sex five times before he disclosed his HIV status. She then says they fell in love and continued to have unprotected sex "like a normal couple".

    Sheen recently revealed in a TV interview that he had been diagnosed with HIV four years ago, and had spent up to $10m buying people's silence. 

    Ross is the first woman to take legal action since Sheen's public revelation. 

    Sheen's lawyer, Marty Singer, says the actor will vigorously dispute the claim, and has multiple witnesses who will discredit Ross' allegations. 

    Michael Sheen
  20. From Star Wars fans to droid builders

    An amazing tale has emerged from the making of Stars Wars - with fans being recruited to actually work on the film.

    Oliver Steeples, of the R2D2 Builders Club, took his homemade droid to a German convention where he met Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and cheekily said he was available if they were ever to make another film in the UK.

    Fast forward several months and he and his colleague were called on to make four R2D2 droids for The Force Awakens.

    Oliver Steeples and Lee Towersey shared every fans' fantasy with BBC Two's Artsnight.

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    Video caption: We meet the builders of the new R2-D2 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens