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Summary

  1. News and updates for 9 December 2015
  2. Ricky Gervais teases David Brent film images
  3. Scott Weiland's widow asks fans not to glorify his death
  4. Eagles of Death Metal perform in Paris with U2

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By Neil Smith and Kev Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Eagles of Death Metal return to the Bataclan

    Neil Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all we have time for today, so we'll leave you with this image of Eagles of Death Metal members Jesse Hughes and Dave Catching at the floral memorial outside Paris's Bataclan concert venue earlier today.

    Jesse Hughes and Dave Catching at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris

    EODM were performing at the venue when it was stormed by gunmen during last month's attacks. Ninety people were killed in the attack.

    Read more on this story.

  2. Lawrence tops UK and Ireland box office

    Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

    Here are the top five films at the UK and Ireland box office, based on takings between Friday and Sunday.

    It's three chart-topping weeks in a row for Jennifer Lawrence in the final film of the Hunger Games juggernaut. 

    1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (£2.24m)
    2. The Good Dinosaur (£1.70m)
    3. Spectre (£1.24m)
    4. Bridge of Spies (£1.08m)
    5. Christmas with the Coopers (£0.68m)

    Source: Rentrak.

  3. Kylie face to face with wax doppelganger

    Kylie Minogue has come face to face with, er, her face at Madame Tussauds in London.

    The diminutive pop star said "Oh my god" when she saw the waxwork before asking: "Wait a second, I need to have a look at her. Can I touch her?" 

    "Is it weird seeing this?" she asked reporters.

    Kylie Minogue and friend at Madame Tussauds
  4. Ricky Gervais teases new Office receptionist

    Ricky Gervais has been posting some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of the new David Brent movie, Life on the Road. 

    He published the one below with the sentence: "Great to be back in the office. A new dawn." 

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    Office fans will spot the reference to the series' original receptionist, played by Lucy Davis (below right).  

    Martin Freeman, Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook and Lucy Davis in The Office
  5. How Dad's Army came to the screen

    John Sessions in We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story

    Ever wondered how writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft managed to bring Dad's Army to the screen?

    Well, wonder no more. The whole story is set to be told this Christmas in We're Doomed!, a one-off BBC Two drama of a similar hew to 2013's Doctor Who film An Adventure in Space and Time.

    Our entertainment correspondent Tim Masters spoke to some of the people involved, among them John Sessions (pictured) - the man given the unenviable task of playing the great Arthur Lowe.

    With a Dad's Army film also set for release, Walmington-on-Sea has never had it so good.

    Read the feature.

  6. Bowie's son congratulates father for musical

    Film-maker Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, has sent his congratulations to the producers of Lazarus, the stage musical sequel to his father's cult sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

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    The show has received some mixed reviews from the New York critics - which means very little, given its entire run is now sold out.

    Read more on this story.

  7. Sir Michael Caine to receive European honour

    Sir Michael Caine

    At the age of 82, Sir Michael Caine has pretty much received every acting accolade that glitters under the sun.

    This weekend, though, he'll accept another: the Honorary Award of the European Film Academy president and board.

    "We have come to the decision that we are long overdue on paying special tribute," said EFA president Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland, chairwoman of its board.

    "This recognition to an outstanding film personality is coming from the bottom of our hearts."

    Only two others - Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira and French actor Michel Piccoli - have previously received the honour.

    Sir Michael will be in Berlin on Saturday to collect his award - as will Charlotte Rampling and Christoph Waltz, this year's other special award recipients.

  8. Women authors dominate top 10 'best books'

    Open hardback book

    More than 80 book critics from outside the UK has been polled by the BBC to create a list of Britain’s best novels.

    Of the top 10 books, six were written by women - while three of the male entries come from a single author.

    Find out what the top book is.

  9. Fan gnaws on Walking Dead star Reedus

    Actor Norman Reedus, who plays fan favourite Daryl on The Walking Dead, was apparently bitten by a fan during a convention in New Jersey.

    According to TMZ, the 46-year-old was attending a 'Walker Stalker' event when a woman attempted to bite his chest.He was not injured by the bite, and luckily had left his crossbow at home.

    Instead he posted his reaction on Instagram. 

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  10. Schwarzenegger: Climate war needs technology

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    Video caption: Arnie: 'Use technology to help climate'

    With his new conservationist's facial sprouting, the former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has been sharing his thoughts on wining the battle against climate change.

    Get him to the beard chopper!

  11. Weiland's ex-wife pens angry open letter

    Rolling Stone magazine

    Scott Weiland

    The ex-wife of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has written an open letter asking fans not to glorify the tragedy of his death. 

    The singer - who was found dead on his tour bus last week - had battled addiction for many years.

    Mary Forsberg Weiland is the mother of his teenage children Noah and Lucy.

    Here are some excerpts from the letter.

    Quote Message: You might ask, 'How were we to know? We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he'd been drug-free for years!' In reality, what you didn't want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn't remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood.
    Quote Message: I won't say he can rest now, or that he's in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on.
    Quote Message: Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort. If you're a parent not giving your best effort, all anyone asks is that you try just a little harder and don't give up.
    Quote Message: Let's choose to make this the first time we don't glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don't have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it - use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.

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  12. Steve Coogan caught up in storm

    Comedian Steve Coogan has been telling BBC Breakfast how he was caught up in Storm Desmond while visiting his home in Coniston, Cumbria.

    The Alan Partridge star was forced to spend a night in his car as he waited for a friend to come to his aid.

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    Video caption: Steve Coogan on being caught up in Storm Desmond while in Cumbria.
  13. Sia: Katy Perry made me bark like a seal

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

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    Pop star Sia Furler was the special guest on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning, where she talked about writing songs with Adele, Pink and Beyonce.

    Of all of her collaborators, she reserved the highest praise for Katy Perry - who she described as "a weirdo in the best way".

    "We laughed so much I gave myself an asthma attack and started barking like a seal," the star told Nick Grimshaw.

    Sia also talked about her own music - and how she had lowered the pitch of her current single, Alive, in order to sing it without mistakes on Sunday's X Factor show.

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

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    Video caption: Sia: 'Katy Perry made me bark like a seal'
  14. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian name baby son

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

    Kanye West and his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, have named their new baby son Saint.

    He is little brother to North, the couple's two-year-old daughter. 

    The baby's name was announced on Kardashian's website with a short post that read: "Saint West. 12.05.15. 8 pounds, 1 ounce."

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  15. Mona Lisa 'discovery' - reactions

    Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon is among those who supports one scientist's controversial theory that there is a hidden portrait beneath the Mona Lisa.

    "I have no doubt that this is definitely one of the stories of the century," he said.

    But the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz is less convinced.

    Quote Message: I'm sceptical. It's perfectly common for an artist to overpaint an image as it is for a client who's commissioned that artist to ask for changes. So it's not surprising that there are those underpaintings on the Mona Lisa.
    Quote Message: The data that the technology generates is open to interpretation, which needs to be analysed and corroborated by the academic and curatorial community, and not just an individual.
    Quote Message: This is the world's most famous painting which, like a celebrity, always makes for a good story. But in this case I think caution is required.
  16. Legendary London venue to close for repair

    Gig crowd at Shepherd's Bush Empire

    London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire is to close its doors for at least two weeks for "essential maintenance work".

    Manchester rockers The Courteeners were forced to abandon their gig on Friday night, with frontman Liam Fray tweeting the news.

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    He later tweeted that a structural problem at the venue was "a lot worse than first thought".

    On Monday the Empire tweeted:

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    The owners of the venue later released this statement.

    Quote Message: The Grade II listed O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a 112-year-old theatre designed and built for musical entertainment and variety. A much-loved and iconic venue, it hosts over 180 events per year, attracting some 250,000 visitors. We continually invest in all of our theatre venues. Safety and amenities for our customers and staff is paramount and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this unexpected maintenance and repair may cause. We are undertaking remedial works and aim to be fully open within a matter of weeks.

    A list of events scheduled up to 20 December that have been affected by the closure are listed on the Academy Music Group website.

  17. Billy Joel to perform at Wembley Stadium

    Billy Joel

    For the first time ever, US singer Billy Joel is to play at Wembley Stadium in north-west London.

    The 66-year-old star, known for such hits as Piano Man, Uptown Girl and We Didn't Start the Fire, will on 10 September - his first London gig since 2013.

    Joel has played a monthly show at New York's Madison Square Garden since January 2014, a residency he is set to continue through to May 2016.

    Surely a Glastonbury Sunday legends spot beckons?

  18. Emmerdale actress Shirley Stelfox dies

    Shirley Stelfox as Edna Birch

    Sad news today from Emmerdale, with the announcement that Shirley Stelfox - the English actress who played Edna Birch on the ITV show for the last 15 years - has died at the age of 74.

    John Whiston, ITV's creative director of serial dramas, is among those to have paid tribute.

    Quote Message: The family here at Emmerdale are deeply saddened by Shirley's passing, it is hard to imagine Emmerdale without her. We offer our condolences to Shirley's family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously.

    According to Associated International Management, Stelfox - who was married to actor Don Henderson for 18 years - died at home on Monday with daughter Helena by her side "following a short battle with cancer".

    Outside of Emmerdale, she appeared opposite Julie Walters in 1987's Personal Services and was also seen in such TV favourites as Common as Muck, Keeping Up Appearances and Making Out.

    Here's a picture of her in the latter show with Melanie Kilburn (left) and Margi Clarke.

    Melanie Kilburn, Margi Clarke and Shirley Stelfox in Making Out

    Actress Kathy Burke has posted her own tribute on Twitter.

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  19. Ed Sheeran peep show fails to attract punters

    It seems cheap enough - two Australian dollars (that's 96p to you and me) for a private Ed Sheeran peep show experience.

    Some people, though, seemed reluctant to believe the offer was genuine.

    Would you? 

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  20. Mona Lisa 'conceals hidden portrait'

    Light technology used on Mona Lisa

    Mona Lisa? Not bad, but she's no oil painting.

    Rubbish jokes aside, a French scientist is claiming one of Leonardo da Vinci's greatest works may not be who people think she is.

    Although scholars can't be 100% sure of her identity, it is widely believed the famous portrait is of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant. 

    But Pascal Cotte claims his use of reflective light technology shows there is another portrait hidden underneath the masterpiece - of a different woman.

    The Louvre museum in Paris, where the famous work hangs, has not yet commented on his claims, which will be outlined in full in a TV documentary.

    Read the full story.