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  1. News and updates for 11 December 2015
  2. New Chinese Star Wars trailer reveals plot details
  3. X-Files will return to British TV on Channel 5
  4. Adele to perform at X Factor final

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By Victoria Lindrea and Frances Cronin

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  1. Over and out

    So that's it for another day! Friday night beckons...

    There's lots of showbiz-ness over the weekend, including, of course, Saturday's Strictly semi and Sunday's X Factor final.

    And, also on Sunday, keep an ear out for Kylie Minogue on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4. 

    We'll be back with lots more on Monday. See you then.

    PS. The EastEnder in the X-Men trailer was Ben Hardy (aka Peter Beale) - one of the four horsemen...

  2. Ruin A Christmas Movie

    Late night game show Midnight, on Comedy Central, has got #RuinAChristmasMovie trending on Twitter - where you change one word to totally alter a film.. 

    Here are some of the best.

  3. K-Pop singers mistaken for sex workers

    Oh My Girl

    Korean pop group Oh My Girl have had to return to South Korea after officials at LAX airport thought they might be sex workers.

    The eight members were travelling to America for an album cover shoot but were detained for 15 hours in customs.

    A statement from the group's record company, WM Entertainment, said authorities held them after going through their costumes and props.

    "They seem to have mistaken them as sex workers," said a spokesman.

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    K-Pop singers mistaken for sex workers

    Oh My Girl

    Pop group Oh My Girl are returning to South Korea after officials at LAX airport thought they might be sex workers.

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  4. Award-winning Kinks musical to tour UK

    (l-r) Ned Derrington (Pete), John Dagleish (Ray), Lillie Flynn (Rasa) and George Maguire (Dave) in Sunny Afternoon

    Olivier award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon is going on national tour.

    The critically acclaimed musical - now in its second year in the West End - tells the story of Ray Davies and the Kinks rise to stardom. 

    The production - which features many of the Kinks' best loved hits - won best new musical at this year's Olivier Awards, as well as the award for outstanding achievement in music for Ray Davies.

    The tour will open at Manchester Opera House on 19 August next year and will continue to cities including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool and Brighton.

  5. X Factor final song choices revealed

    Louia Johnson, Che Chesterman, Reggie 'N' Bollie

    The song choices are in for this weekend's X Factor final. 

    See what you think...

    Che ChestermanIn The Air Tonight - Phil CollinsValerie - Mark Ronson Ft. Amy Winehouse

    Louisa JohnsonFighter - Christina Aguilera I Believe I Can Fly - R Kelly

    Reggie 'N' BollieSpice Up Your Life / Boom Boom Boom - Spice Girls / Outhere Brothers Jump - Kriss Kross

  6. Strictly semi-final dance details revealed

    Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani, Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton

    Bookies are making Jay McGuinness favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing - with Kellie Bright the favourite to go out in this weekend's semi-final. 

    Georgia is the bookies favourite to be the top placed female dancer. 

    The couples are dancing two dances each in the semi-final - and details on the dances have been revealed.  

    • Anita and Gleb will dance a foxtrot to Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York and a salsa to Feel This Moment by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera.
    • Georgia and Giovanni will dance a Viennese waltz to Runaway by The Corrs and a cha-cha-cha to I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
    • Jay and Aliona will dance a charleston to Doctor Jazz, from the musical Jelly’s Last Jam, and a Viennese waltz to Bryan Adams’ Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
    • Katie and Anton are dancing a waltz to O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini, as well as a Charleston to Too Darn Hot, from the musical Kiss Me Kate.
    • Kellie and Kevin are performing an American Smooth to Let’s Face The Music And Dance by Irving Berlin, and a rumba to Songbird by Eva Cassidy.
  7. Billy Elliot musical dances out of West End

    Three stars of Billy Elliot

    Billy Elliot is to close in London's West End next year after 11 years and 4,600 performances.

    The  Victoria Palace Theatre is closing its doors on 9 April  2016 for refurbishment. 

    The theatre's makeover comes after it was bought by stage impresario Cameron Mackintosh, and is part of extensive redevelopment work taking place around Victoria station.

    Following its closure, the show will embark on its first tour of the UK and Ireland.

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  8. Official X-Men: Apocalypse trailer released

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    The official trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is out - and, as the title suggests, it's none too cheery.  

    This is the chapter in which James McAvoy, aka Professor X, teams up with Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and reveals his new hair, or rather, lack of it.

    And can you spot the EastEnder?

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  9. Tom Conti and Laurence Fox to star in The Patriotic Traitor

    Tom Conti, Laurence Fox

    Tom Conti and Laurence Fox are set to star in the world premiere of The Patriotic Traitor - written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, co-creator and co-writer of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. 

    The play tells the true story of close friends Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain, who found themselves on opposing sides in World War Two; in 1945 de Gaulle had his oldest friend tried for treason. 

    It will open at London's Park Theatre on 17 February.

  10. Call The Midwife gets sixth series

    Nurse Patsy Mount (EMERALD FENNELL), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Barbara Gilbert (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE)

    Good news for fans of Call the Midwife - the BBC has announced it has comissioned a sixth series before we've even seen series five. 

    Series six will consist of a Christmas special in 2016 and eight hour-long episodes in 2017 which will take the nuns and midwives into 1962. 

    This year's special is on Christmas Day at 19:30 GMT, with series five starting in January. 

  11. Rave reviews for Brit in Broadway's Color Purple

    Cynthia Erivo

    A stripped-back Broadway revival of The Color Purple has earned rave reviews for British actress Cynthia Erivo.

    Critics were unanimous in their praise for the "remarkable" actress's turn as Celie in the adaptation of Alice Walker's 1982 novel, set in the American south.

    Erivo previously played the part during a successful stint at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in July 2013.

    Her Broadway debut sees her opposite Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who plays sensual lounge singer Shug Avery, but Erivo was singled out by most of the critics.

    Ben Brantley of the New York Times described the Londoner as an "incandescent new star" alongside an "enchanting" Hudson.

    Read more and watch a clip of Erivo and Hudson singing a song from the musical.

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  12. Justin Bieber's new tattoo

    Justin Bieber has revealed he is up to his neck in it.

    The singer has posted images of a brand new tattoo on the back of his neck, showing two matching angel wings peaking up from his collar.  

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    Apparently, it's his 52nd tattoo. Where next?

  13. Who is going to win X Factor?

    Louisa Johnson is the bookies favourite to win this weekend's X Factor final - ahead of Reggie 'n' Bollie and Che Chesterman. 

    One person who is not a fan of any of them is the Guardian's Stuart Heritage  - and he's not mincing his words...

    Reggie 'n' Bollie
    Quote Message: The last three contestants standing this year are a joke act gone horribly wrong, and two of the sort of blank-faced, personality-free nonentities who tend to win televised talent shows whenever the audience is too disengaged to care from Stuart Heritage, The Guardian
    Stuart Heritage, The Guardian

    Read his thoughts on the three finalists - or maybe don't, if you're a fan...

  14. New moves for Golden Globe nominees

    Cate Blanchett/Idris Elba

    Fresh off the back of their recent Golden Globe nominations comes news of forthcoming film roles for Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba in two major blockbusters.

    Elba is in talks to star in the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, playing gunslinger Roland Deschain opposite Matthew McConaughey's rumoured Man in Black.

    Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have previously been touted for the role, according to Deadline.

    Blanchett is understood to be in final negotiations to join Thor: Ragnorok, 

    While her role remains unclear, consensus suggests she will join the Marvel universe as a "badass".

  15. Downton Abbey with American accents

    The countdown is on to the final ever Downton Abbey episode on Christmas day. To drum up excitement across the Atlantic, some of the cast have appeared on a US talk show and offered a whole new take on the show. 

    Hugh Bonneville, Mary Dockery and Allen Leech appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and acted out a scene complete with American accents. Weird.

    Now how about an episode of Dallas, with some cut-glass British accents...

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  16. Eddie Izzard's classical favourites

    Some soothing classical music and Eddie Izzard discussing his favourite tracks - what's not to like...

  17. Minaj promises to help rapper avoid jail

    Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill

    Singer Nicki Minaj has promised a judge in America that she'll help boyfriend, rapper Meek Mill, to follow his parole rules so he can avoid being sent back to jail.

    Prosecutors are claiming that 28-year-old Mill changed his travel schedule without court approval and missed a drug test.

    Meek Mill - real name Robert Williams - was jailed in 2009 on drug dealing and gun charges.  

    Nicki Minaj promised to keep him on the straight and narrow, after a judge said he was "thumbing his nose" at her.

    "He's not perfect, but I can't believe how much he's changed," Minaj told Judge Genece Brinkley.

    Read more.

    Minaj promises to help rapper avoid jail

    Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill

    Nicki Minaj promises a judge in America that she'll help boyfriend Meek Mill to follow his parole rules so he can stay out of jail.

    Read more
  18. Jay McGuiness joins Strictly tour

    Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani

    Strictly favourite Jay McGuiness has been signed up for the Strictly live tour alongside recent departee Helen George.

    Jake Wood from EastEnders, who was in last year's series, has also signed up.   

    Others already confirmed for the live tour include this year's contestants Georgia May Foote, Ainsley Harriott and Anita Rani, and 2014's Frankie Bridge, from The Saturdays. 

    Jay is looking forward to the tour:

    Quote Message: I'm used to performing in front of massive crowds when touring with The Wanted, but performing with Aliona on the Strictly Live Tour will be a totally different experience. I'm loving my time on the TV series, but the idea of being back out in front of live arena audiences is something I'm very much looking forward to."

    The 30-date tour kicks off in January and is hosted by Great British Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc.   

  19. Ron Howard joined by family on Walk of Fame

    Ron Howard receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Oscar-winning director - and former Happy Days star - Ron Howard received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

    The Apollo 13 director was joined by his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as long-time collaborators, producer Brian Grazer and actor Michael Keaton.

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    The whole family came out to celebrate Howard's star, including twin daughters, Paige and Jocelyn Carlyle and 28-year-old son Reed. (If you can't work out which one he is, the clue is in the hair colour!)

    Ron Howard with his family, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Howard, who began acting in childhood, come to public attention as Richie Cunningham in Happy Days - a role he played for more than 10 years.

    His career as a director has included such diverse hits as Splash, Cocoon, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon and Rush.

    In 2002, he won two Oscars for best director and best picture for A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe.

    His latest film - In the Heart of the Sea - is currently on release, and he is working on his third film in the Dan Brown franchise, Inferno.

  20. Morricone denies Tarantino criticisms

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Ennio Morricone

    Ennio Morricone has denied criticising Quentin Tarantino over his use of music. 

    In 2013, the Italian composer was reported as saying he wouldn't work with Tarantino because he "places music in his films without coherence". 

    But the 87-year-old told the BBC he had no issues with how the director incorporated his older works into films like Kill Bill and Django Unchained. 

    Quote Message: On the contrary, I was very, very flattered. The fact that my music, which had been written for other films, could be adapted to the poetry of Quentin Tarantino's film-making was a great gift for me. The only thing I criticised of Quentin Tarantino was a single scene in a single movie which, for me, was too violent and too ghastly. I couldn't watch it."

    The pair have now collaborated for the first time, with the Italian maestro penning the soundtrack for Tarantino's upcoming film The Hateful Eight.

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