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  1. News and updates for 9 December 2015
  2. Great Pottery Throw Down crowns first winner
  3. Absolutely Fabulous movie release date revealed
  4. First look at new Tarzan movie

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By Kev Geoghegan and Frances Cronin

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    Congratulations to all those who landed a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild.

    Were there any performances you think were overlooked? 

    Get in touch and let us know. Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

    Otherwise we'll be back again tomorrow with news from Jim Broadbent's opening night playing Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

  2. First Tarzan pictures of Alexander Skarsgard

    The first pictures of Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan have been released. 

    The film sees Tarzan living as a British gentleman in Victorian London but being drawn back to his African home.

    Directed by Harry Potter director David Yates it will be released on 1 July.

    USA Today had the exclusive pics and an interview with Skarsgard. 

    Read more.

    Quote Message: It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast. This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.”
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch to star in to war movie

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch is being lined up to star in the War Magician according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

    He will play portray British war hero Jasper Maskelyne, whose clever illusions helped the Allied forces fight the Nazis during World War II.   

    Maskelyne led “The Magic Gang” who used tricks to hide strategic targets such as the Alexandria harbour near the Suez Canal,concealing 150,000 men with 1,000 guns and tanks.   

    Cumberbatch's own production company SunnyMarch will co-produce the film.

    Read more.

  4. Britain's favourite Christmas movie characters

    Ebenezer Scrooge has been voted Britain's favourite Christmas movie character.

    The poll by Odeon cinemas puts Alistair Sim in A Christmas Carol top with George Bailey - James Stewart's character in It's A Wonderful Life, second. 

    But if you like a bit more violence in your Christmas movies John McClane aka Bruce Willis in Die Hard is in fourth place.

    Apparently we are expected to watch 12 hours of Christmas films over the holiday period, with 89% choosing to watch a Christmas film on 25 December.  

    1. Ebenezer Scrooge - Alastair Sim in A Christmas Carol 

    2. George Bailey- James Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life 

    3. Kevin McAllister - Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone   

    4. John McClane - Bruce Willis in Die Hard 

    5. Buddy - Will Ferrell in Elf  

    6. Bridget Jones - Renee Zellwegger in Bridget Jones Diary 

    7. The Grinch - Jim Carrey in How The Grinch Stole Christmas  

    8. Clark Griswold - Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    9. Jack Frost - Michael Keaton in Jack Frost  

    10. Tim Allen - Santa Claus in The Santa Claus Trilogy

    What do you think of the top ten? Have they missed anyone off?  

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  5. Margaret Atwood writes graphic novel

    Angel Catbird front cover

    Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood has written her first graphic novel. 

    Dark Horse Comics have announced the publication of Angel Catbird by Atwood, with illustrations by Johnnie Christmas. 

    The first of three graphic novels aimed at all ages will be published in autumn next year. 

    She said:

    Quote Message: I have concocted a superhero who is part cat, part bird. Due to some spilled genetic Super-Splicer, our hero got tangled up with both a cat and an owl; hence his fur and feathers, and his identity problems."

    The book is being published in tandem with Nature Canada conservation charity.

  6. BBC to mark 40 years of Aardman animation

    Shaun the Sheep

    BBC One is to mark more than 40 years of the studio behind the likes of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Morph and Creature Comforts.

    The documentary A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman, narrated by Julie Walters, will tell the story of the Bristol-based animation house co-founded by David Sproxton and Peter Lord in 1972.

    Some of the public's favourite characters will appear in the documentary alongside A-list fans such as Martin Freeman, Jane Horrocks, David Tennant, Bill Nighy, Terry Gilliam and The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening.

    With more than eight feature films under their belt, David Sproxton said: "It's been an extraordinary journey, even if it is one we've taken one frame at a time."

    A Grand Night In will be shown on Boxing Day as part of the BBC One festive season alongside a new 30-minute special adventure starring Shaun the Sheep.


  7. Reactions to Screen Actors Guild nominations

    Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

    Stars have been reacting to the news of the nominations for next year's Screen Actors Guild awards.

    First Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of Veep who has nominations both as part of an ensemble and an individual acting nod  

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    ...ditto Kevin Spacey who, along with a nomination for best actor in a TV role, was also nominated as part of an ensemble. 

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    Brie Larson is up for best actress in a motion picture for her performance in Room. 

  8. Is it exit stage left for Rush?

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

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    Video caption: Rush singer Geddy Lee on his 40 years in the band and whether they will tour again.

    Rush are one of the longest-running rock bands in the world, but there's been something of question mark over their future.  

    The Canadian rock trio completed a 40th anniversary North American tour this summer amid rumours it might be their last.

    Earlier this week it was reported drummer Neil Peart considered himself "retired".

    We caught up with singer and bassist Geddy Lee in London this week who told us he was "optimistic" that Rush would play live again.

    Read more on this story

  9. Idris Elba, Helen Mirren up for three SAG awards

    Idris Elba

    Idris Elba is up for three SAG awards including supporting male in the movie Beasts of No Nation and a cast nomination for the same film.

    He's also up for his role in the BBC series Luther. 

    Helen Mirren is up for best female lead in Woman in Gold and supporting actress in Trumbo. She's also included in the cast nomination for Trumbo. 

    Last year's Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne, is looking set for another good awards season as he's picked up a nomination for best actor in a motion picture for his role in The Danish Girl. 

    The winner of this award has gone on to win the Oscar every year for the last ten years.

    Other nominees flying the flag for the UK are Mark Rylance who is up for two awards for his performances in Bridge of Spies and the BBC's Wolf Hall. 

    And in their final series, the Downton Abbey cast are up for best cast in a drama series and Maggie Smith is nominated for best actress in a drama series for her performance as Dowager Countess of Grantham.   

    Read the full list

  10. First BFG teaser released

    A first glimpse of Steven Spielberg's big budget live action take on Roald Dahl's classic The BFG.

    Acclaimed actor Mark Rylance provides the voice of the beloved character, while the little heroine Sophie is played by newcomer Ruby Barnhill.

    He certainly looks big, hard to tell how friendly he is yet...

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  11. Downton and Game of Thrones get SAG nominations

    Game of Thrones

    Nominees for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series are Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, Game of Thrones

    Nominees for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series go to Modern Family, Key and Peele, Big Bang, Veep, Orange is the New Black and Transparent.

    Female actor in TV movie/miniseries are Nicole Kidman for critcally savaged Grace of Monaco, Queen Latifah as Bessie, Christina Ricci as killer Lizzie Borden in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Susan Sarandon in The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe and Kristen Wiig for comedy series The Spoils Before Dying

    Male actor in a TV movie/miniseries: Idris Elba for Luther, Ben Kingsley for Tut, Texas Rising's Ray Liotta, Bill Murray as himself in A Very Murray Christmas and Mark Rylance for the BBC's Wolf Hall.

    Best female actor in a comedy series: Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.

    Male actor in a comedy series: Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Louis CK for Louie, William H Macy for Shameless, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory and Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent.

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  13. SAG film acting categories announced

    Cate Blanchett in Carol

    The categories for best actor and actress in a leading film role have been announced.

    The women in contention are Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Helen Mirren for Woman in Gold, Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn and Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back. 

    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

    The nominated men are Bryan Cranston for his performance of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.  

    Nominees for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture are Trumbo, Straight Outta Compton, Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation and The Big Short. 

  14. SAG nominations begin

    The nominations for next year's Screen Actors Guild awards are being announced in Los Angeles.

    There are a lot of categories to get through but we can give you the nominees for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.

    Veep, Orange Is The New Black, Modern Family, Transparent, Key and Peele and The Big Bang Theory have made the shortlist.

    We'll have some more shortly..

  15. MØ: 'Hits only happen when you're Taylor Swift'

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

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    Danish singer MØ had her life turned upside down this year when Lean On - a song she'd written with dance group Major Lazer - became a global smash hit.

    The most-streamed track on Spotify to date, it's also up for song of the year at tomorrow's BBC Music Awards.

    But the 27-year-old who was, until now, an underground alt-pop artist says she never expected to have a hit.

    "I remember I was a little surprised when [Major Lazer producer] Diplo wrote me to say: 'Hey, we’re shooting a video for Lean On in India on such and such a date.' 

    "I was like: 'It’s going to be a single?' I didn’t think that. I don’t think anyone on my team thought that.

    "And I remember thinking I loved the song. But I was like: 'It’s probably not going to be a hit because that only happens when you’re Taylor Swift.'

    The star has been talking to us about her crazy year - which culminates with a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony on Friday- and her new single, Kamikaze. Read the interview here.

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  16. How heroine of The Bridge is a role model

    Sofia Helin

    If you're a fan of BBC Four's The Bridge you'll be well aware of lead character Saga Noren. 

    Played by Sofia Helin she is an unlikely hero on the Scandinavian TV crime drama as she is widely viewed as being on the autistic spectrum  

    Read more on how The Bridge's heroine became a role model for women with autism.

  17. Beatles' Indian retreat opens to public

    The Beatles and their wives at the Rishikesh in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, March 1968

    An abandoned spiritual retreat in India where The Beatles learned to meditate has been opened to the public.

    The Beatles spent time at the 18-acre ashram in Rishikesh, meditating and writing songs in 1968. Many of the songs made it onto the band's iconic White Album.

    The ashram was run by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who died in 2008.

    It was abandoned by the guru and his followers in the 1970s but Beatles fans have continued to visit - sneaking in by climbing the walls or paying a small bribe to a gatekeeper.

    Read more.

  18. Prince reverses "takedown" of Radiohead cover

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter


    One of the highlight's of Prince's barnstorming appearance at 2008's Coachella Festival was a cover of Radiohead's Creep.

    But fans who missed the show were denied the chance to hear it, after the musician's NPG record label served a takedown notice on anyone who uploaded clips to the internet.

    Even Radiohead found themselves blocked. "Really? He's blocked it?" asked singer Thom Yorke. "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our song!"  

    The mesmerising interpretation has remained missing in action for years... Until Prince suddenly linked to a YouTube clip of the performance from his Twitter account yesterday.

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    But don't expect the ban to be lifted permanently. An enigmatic statement from Prince's PR company simply says: "Catch it while you can..."

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  19. Reaction to Dirty Dancing remake news

    You've been getting in touch with your reactions to news that classic film Dirty Dancing is being remade for TV starring Abigail Breslin.  

    Many are not happy about it. 

    However some have come up with ideas of who they think could play the Patrick Swayze role.

    And there was one vote for one of this year's Strictly Come Dancing contenders. 

  20. Empire dominates NAACP award nominations

    Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson in Empire

    Empire, the drama series about the family dynasty behind a rap music label is leading the TV nominees at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Image Awards. 

    It is up for 12 trophies at the ceremony, which honours diversity in the arts, including acting nominations for Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson (pictured above).

    Rocky sequel Creed leads the film categories with six nominations.

    Its star Michael B. Jordan is also up for entertainer of the year, nominated alongside Misty Copeland, Pharrell Williams, Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis. 

    The awards will be presented on 6 February.