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Summary

  1. News and updates for 7 December 2015
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch writes to Santa to promote literary correspondence
  3. Ronnie Wood to be a father again at 68
  4. Nicholas Smith, the last original Are You Being Served? star dies at 81

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By Emma Saunders and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye from us and Edward Scissorhands

    Johnny Depp

    We'll leave you with the frankly shocking news that it's 25 years since Edward Scissorhands was released!

    And Johnny Depp has never looked back.

    To mark the occasion, The Telegraph has put together 10 facts you might not have known about Tim Burton's film.

    For example, did you know Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and Jim Carrey all went for the title role? Or that the film was originally intended as a musical?

    Read The Telegraph other eight facts, and we'll see you tomorrow.

  2. Adele accused of copying Turkish song

    There's been a bit of a storm brewing among Turkish music fans, who've accused Adele of plagiarism.

    Critics are saying Adele song Million Years Ago - from her new album 25 - bears a striking resemblance to a tune by the late Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya called Acilara Tutunmak (Clinging to Pain).

    Kaya's widow, Gulten Kaya, told Turkish newspaper Posta she thought it was unlikely for a global star like Adele to do such a thing.

    But added: "However, if she consciously did it, then it would be theft." 

    Take a listen for yourself and see what you think.

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  3. Grammys nominees react on Twitter

    Some of the 2016 Grammy nominees have taken to Twitter to comment on their nods from the Recording Academy.

  4. Grammy nominations: Analysis

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Taylor Swift

    Where's Rihanna? That's what fans are asking after the Grammy nominations came out this lunchtime. 

    The singer was widely-tipped to get a nomination for FourFiveSeconds, her duet with Kanye West and Paul McCartney - but she's not listed once in the ceremony's 83 categories.

    It's an indicator of a strong year for singles. Up against Taylor Swift's Blank Space, The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face, Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk and Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud, Rihanna's song simply failed to make the grade.

    But the real story of the nominations is Kendrick Lamar. The 28-year-old hails from Compton, the home of gangsta rap - but his inclusive, reflective style bears none of the genre's hallmarks.

    He gets 11 nominations thanks to his third album To Pimp A Butterfly - a hyper-articulate album that deals with fear in the white community, resilience in the black community and his internal conflict with fame.

    Possibly the only hip-hop album in 2015 to prominently feature the clarinet, it's a worthy, if dizzying, nominee for album of the year.

    His main competition is surely Taylor Swift's 1989 - a much easier album to digest, but one which could easily be pipped to the post by Lamar's artistic ambition. Let's not forget the singer went home empty-handed last year, despite three nominations for Shake It Off.

  5. Tributes to Nicholas Smith

    Fans and those from the entertainment world have been paying tribute on Twitter to Are You Being Served? star Nicholas Smith, who has died aged 81.

  6. Greatest British novel of all time?

    BBC Culture has polled 81 book critics outside the UK, to give an outsider’s perspective on the best in British literature.

    The critics named 228 novels in all, and here are the top five:

      1. Middlemarch (George Eliot, 1874)  

      2. To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf, 1927) 

      3. Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925)  

      4. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens, 1861)  

      5. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë, 1847)

    See the full list below:

  7. Kula Shaker return

    Kula Shaker - remember them? Best known for their debut hit album K, released in 1996, they are now back with their fifth record and a tour which will coincide with K's 20th anniversary next year.

    The band's last album, Pilgrim's Progress, was released in 2010.

    Tour dates include Glasgow, Manchester, London, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Moscow.

    Tattva, acintya bheda abheda tattva. And all that.

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  8. Noel Fielding's Christmas giveaway

    Apologies to the Bah Humbug brigade, but with less than three weeks to go, you will find the odd seasonal post creeping into our live page.

    Today's offering comes courtesy of Noel Fielding, whose festive song Can't Wait For Christmas has been made available as a free download. 

    The track, a collaboration with Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno under their band name Loose Tapestries, features a rap by Luther star Idris Elba. The video was released last week, and now the audio has been made available via Soundcloud. 

    Will it be a festive chart topper? Let us know what you think.

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  9. School of Rock opens on Broadway

    Lord Lloyd Webber and cast

    Last night, Andrew Lloyd Webber opened the School of Rock musical at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same name. 

    Guests included Julian Fellowes, Dame Helen Mirren, Sting, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Joan Collins.

    So far, the musical has attracted mixed reviews. Alexis Soloski of the Guardian thought it was OK but somewhat lacking.

    But Marilyn Stasio from Variety was very impressed.

    As was Ben Brantley of the New York Times.

    According to the LA Times, the show was "saved by the students" because it "squeaks by with the lowest of passing grades, but each and every young actor in the cast deserves to be on Broadway's honour role".  

    The musical will also get a West End run, opening at the London Palladium in autumn 2016.    

    Read the full story.

  10. Wolf Hall up for Writers' Guild award

    Wolf Hall

    The nominees for this year's Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) awards have been announced.

    In the running for best long-form TV drama are the BBC's Banished and Wolf Hall, alongside Channel 4's Not Safe for Work.

    Channel 4's Catastrophe, HBO/Sky's Veep and the BBC's W1A are up for best sitcom. 

    The awards will be presented on 18 January in London.  

    Read more on this story.

  11. Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations

    Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar has emerged as the front-runner for next year's Grammy Awards, with 11 nominations in total.

    The hip-hop star is up for album of the year prize for To Pimp A Butterfly, a dense, detailed trawl of black music, US politics and his personal demons.

    His competition comes from Taylor Swift, whose pop smash 1989 is nominated a year after its release.

    It came out too late to be eligible for last year's awards, a fate which has befallen Adele's 25 this time around.

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  12. First Grammy nominations announced

    CBS's This Morning has just announced the first four nominations for next year's Grammy Awards.

  13. A quick satirical swipe at the Turner Prize

    This year's Turner Prize winner is set to be announced later this evening at Glasgow's Tramway.

    A Liverpool housing estate transformed by an art collective and an opera inspired by the violence of cartoons have both been shortlisted for this year's award.

    The four nominees also include London artist Bonnie Camplin and German-born Nicole Wermers, nominated for her piece on "consumer culture", Infrastrucktur.

    Ahead of the ceremony, comedian Jake Yapp has delivered a one-take, satirical swipe at this year’s shortlist in a site-specific, immersive film for the time-poor.

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    Video caption: One-take swipe at the 2015 shortlist – a site-specific, immersive film for the time-poor.
  14. Benedict Cumberbatch writes to Santa Claus

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch has written a letter to Santa Claus asking him for "a little more time for children to be children".

    He was writing to promote theLetters Liveevent next March, which celebrates the power of literary correspondence.

    The Sherlock star wrote:

    Quote Message: This is what I'd like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness. Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears.
    Quote Message: Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope.
    Quote Message: Spare a thought too for those millions who want to write to you but through illiteracy can't. Hear their words and help to give them the time and chance to learn how to read and write so they can better their lives and escape their impoverished beginnings.
    Benedict Cumberbatch's letter to Santa

    He signed off promising to leave some extra port and mince pies for the man in red, and asked for a lightsaber.

    Benedict Cumberbatch's letter to Santa

    Cumberbatch was among a number of stars who penned letters to Santa including Annie Lennox, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Thandie Newton and Russell Brand - who thanked him for "Jeremy Corbyn, Charlotte Church and the new series of Peep Show".

  15. Nicholas Smith RIP

    Nicholas Smith

    Nicholas Smith, the last of the original cast of BBC comedy Are You Being Served?, has died aged 81.

    His agent told the BBC:

    Quote Message: It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client, the actor Nicholas Smith, passed away yesterday. He was a lovely man and a terrific actor. He will be much missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family.
  16. Ronnie Wood to be a father again at 68

    The Sun

    Sally and Ronnie Wood

    Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood will soon be hearing the patter of not one, but two pairs of tiny feet.

    The 68-year-old and his wife, Sally, 37, are expecting twins.

    A spokesperson for the band said: 

    Quote Message: Sally and Ronnie Wood are delighted to announce that they are expecting twins in June 2016. Needless to say, they are thrilled and overjoyed with the wonderful news.

    Read the full story.

  17. Adele breaks another record

    Adele

    And here's the inevitable daily Adele story:

    Her album 25 has sold more than one million copies in its second week of release in the US, making it the only album since records began in 1991 to sell at least one million copies in two separate weeks.

    Last week, 25 became the fastest-selling album in a single week in the US, selling 3.38 million copies.

    Is there no stopping the woman?

  18. BBC Music's Song of the Year nominees

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Song of the Year image

    The BBC Music Awards take place in Birmingham this Thursday - with One Direction, Little Mix and Rod Stewart amongst the line-up.

    Of the five awards on offer, only Song of the Year is open to a public vote, and the nominations have just been announced:

    • Bloodstream - Ed Sheeran
    • Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
    • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
    • Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) - OMI
    • Take Me To Church - Hozier
    • Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo
    • Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
    • Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ
    • Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
    • See You Again by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

    In case you're wondering, the shortlist represents the 10 songs played most often on BBC radio and television in the last year. 

    The ballot opens at 07:00 BST on Wednesday - so bookmark this page and prepare to vote for your favourite.

  19. Why Harrison Ford returned to Han Solo

    Excitement is mounting! Harrison Ford spoke to BBC entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba about the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and why he reprised the role of Han Solo. Find out what the Hollywood star had to say:

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    Video caption: Harrison Ford on Star Wars