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Summary

  1. Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood dies
  2. Blossoms come fourth in Sound Of 2016
  3. Downton takes on Doctor Who at National TV Awards

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By Helen Bushby and Emma Saunders

All times stated are UK

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  1. So long, farewell

    Thanks for joining us today - catch up again with all the latest tomorrow, to find out who is next on our Sound Of list and much more.

  2. Michael Bay to direct Transformers 5

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Michael Bay

    Transformers fans can rest assured that the latest film in the franchise should be in safe hands.

    Michael Bay confirmed to Rolling Stone that he is returning to the hugely successful film series. 

    "Transformers, I still have a great time. It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else." 

    However, Hollywood Reporter said he has said this before, so watch this space...

  3. Baywatch CJ Parker actress revealed

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    If you were wondering who would play CJ Parker - the role made famous on the small screen by Pamela Anderson - in the upcoming Baywatch movie, your tortured wait is over.

    The film's leading man, Dwayne Johnson, has revealed all in an Instagram video starring the woman herself in the red swimsuit - model turned actress, Kelly Rohrbach.

    Kelly, who trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Lamda) is best known for her work in TV shows such as Two and a Half Men (CBS), The New Normal and The P.E.T Squad Files.

    The film, which also stars Zac Efron, is due for release some time next year.

    We're hoping and praying for a Hoff cameo, obviously.

    Kelly Rohrbach
  4. More Golden Globe names

    The Hollywood Reporter

    If Mel Gibson and Olivia Wilde weren't enough for you, more names have just been added to the Golden Globes presenters list - Bryce Dallas Howard, Helen Mirren and Jim Carrey.

    Along with her presenting duties, Dame Helen will attend the glitzy ceremony as a nominee, receiving the nod for her role as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in Trumbo.

    It's unlikely she'll end up presenting an award to herself but that would be kind of fun.

    Read the full story.

    Dame Helen Mirren
  5. Andrew Lloyd Webber on Robert Stigwood

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    Video caption: Andrew Lloyd-Webber pays tribute to Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood who has died.
  6. The ups n' downs of Guns N' Roses

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Axl Rose

    It's official: Slash and Axl Rose are going to perform together as Guns N' Roses for the first time since 1993.  

    The rock band will headline the Coachella music festival in California in April - although it is still unclear whether original members Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, will also be part of the line-up.

    The BBC's music reporter Mark Savage takes a look back at the band's chequered history.

  7. Shakespeare's Cymbeline renamed for Globe season

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Emma Rice

    Shakespeare's Cymbeline is being "renamed and reclaimed" as part of Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe.

    The play will be re-titled Imogen at the London Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park this autumn to highlight the role of Cymbeline's daughter.

    Rice, who is taking over as Globe's first female artistic director, said she had initially baulked at the idea.

    "When director Matthew Dunster first suggested it, I flushed red," she said.

    "But there are no police and no rules. It makes a huge amount of sense.

    "Imogen speaks three times more lines than Cymbeline so it really is her story. We are saying women have a strong narrative in these plays."  

    Read more.

  8. Bodies found in hunt for ex-EastEnders actress

    Sian Blake

    Police searching for missing ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children have found three bodies at her family home.

    Sian Blake, 43, played Frankie Pierre in the show between 1996 and 1997 (below).

    She went missing from her home in Erith in south-east London with Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, last month. Her car was found in Bethnal Green, east London, on Sunday.

    Scotland Yard's Homicide and Major Crime Command is leading the search and the case is now being treated as a murder investigation.

    Detective Superintendent Paul Monk said: "As yet, we have not formally identified the bodies but this is of course a significant development and Sian's family have been informed.

    "This continues to be a fast moving investigation and our thoughts are with Sian's family at this time."

    Read more here.

    Sian Blake in EastEnders
  9. Cosby requests court delay for wife

    Bill Cosby

    Lawyers for Bill Cosby and his wife Camille have asked for her court deposition on Wednesday to be delayed.

    Camille Cosby was ordered to give evidence in a defamation case filed by seven women accusing the comedian of sexual assault. 

    Mr Cosby filed a case in response, alleging their claims were only for financial gain.  

    Papers filed by lawyers to the US district court in Massachusetts state that Mrs Cosby's sworn interview should be delayed, pending an appeal on whether she should have to testify.

    A judge has already rejected arguments from the comic's wife of nearly 52 years that the deposition would represent an "undue burden."

    But Mr Cosby's lawyers said the intimate nature of the questions expected during the deposition justified a delay.

    They added: "A trial objection will do Mrs Cosby little good if the private and intimate details of her marital life are discussed during deposition and released to the media thereafter."

    More than 50 women have accused Mr Cosby of plying them with drugs and alcohol and then sexually assaulting them.

    In December he was charged criminally for the first time in Pennsylvania.

  10. Viewers 'complain' over 'double roles'

    War and Peace
    Dickensian

    Viewers of BBC's War and Peace and Dickensian have "complained" about seeing the same actors appearing in two major adaptations at the same time, according to The Times.

    Tuppence Middleton appears in both series, alongside Stephen Rea. 

    Dickensian

    The Times quoted viewers' tweets, including Michael Brown saying: "First Dickensian, now War and Peace. Seems that Tuppence Middleton is becoming the charming muse of Books I Haven't Read But Should Have".

    Patrick Dolan added: "Did the BBC get Stephen Rea as a bogoff deal?"

  11. No Rey for Star Wars Monopoly

    Entertainment Weekly

    Daisy Ridley

    You may recall the outcry after the recent batch of Star Wars toys were lacking in the female department.

    Now Hasbro's Monopoly's Star Wars has also found itself in hot water because the game doesn't include the one of the lead characters Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

    The game features four Star Wars: The Force Awakens figures, all of whom are male characters: John Boyega’s Finn, Mark Hamill’s Luke, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader (who doesn’t even appear in the film).  

    A Hasbro spokesperson said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly: "The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie’s release, and Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line."

    So now you know.

  12. Russell wants more films about women

    BBC Newsbeat

    David O'Russell and Jennifer Lawrence

    Screenwriter and director David O Russell thinks Hollywood should make more films about interesting women.

    He has a decent track record when it comes to writing complex female roles, mainly for Jennifer Lawrence of late.

    She calls David her favourite director, having teamed up on Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and, their latest, Joy.

    "Women characters for me have become more and more fascinating," David O Russell tells Newsbeat.

    Read more.

  13. Broadway box office down in 2015

    James Monroe as the genie in Aladdin

    Broadway's 2015 box office takings have dropped $8m (£5m) from the previous year despite a strong Christmas period.

    Industry statistics released on Monday show theatres took an overall $1.354bn (£923m) in 2015, compared with 2014's total of $1.362bn (£928m).

    Audience figures also saw a dip from 13.13 million people to 12.98 million in 2015.

    Yet the year ended on a high as several shows, including Aladdin and The Illusionists, broke theatre records.

    Read the full story.

  14. Star Wars' Boyega on Bafta list

    (L-R) Brie Larson, Taron Egerton, Dakota Johnson, John Boyega and Belo Powley

    Star Wars actor John Boyega is one of five new faces who will be in the running for the Rising Star Award at the Bafta Film Awards next month.

    The Londoner, who plays Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, faces competition including Fifty Shades Of Grey actress Dakota Johnson.

    Brie Larson, who appears in new drama Room, and Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Taron Egerton are also nominated.

    They are joined by Bel Powley, from 2015's The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

  15. Gibson to present at Golden Globes

    Deadline Hollywood

    Mel Gibson

    Controversial actor Mel Gibson has been named as one of the presenters at this year's Golden Globes, along with actress Olivia Wilde.

    Ricky Gervais, who is hosting the Globes for the third time, hasn't shied away from making quips about the Lethal Weapon star. In 2010, Gervais introduced Gibson by saying: “I like a drink as much as the next man - unless the next man is Mel Gibson."

    The following year, after introducing Scarlett Johannson by noting that she’s Jewish, Gervais said: “Mel Gibson told me that. He’s obsessed.” 

    Gibson was arrested in 2006 for suspected drink-driving in Malibu and made anti-Semitic remarks to a policeman, which he later apologised for. 

    The Hollywood awards ceremony takes place next Tuesday. 

    Read the full story.

  16. Ellen show renewed

    Ellen DeGeneres

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been renewed for another three years.

    The deal will keep Ellen on air until the 2019 - 2020 series.

    "Day in and day out Ellen delivers the best show on television. Ellen and her team produce a completely unique and exciting hour, which is appointment television for viewers everywhere,” said Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution TV president Ken Werner.

    It was announced yesterday that Ellen will be recognised as favourite humanitarian at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday, so it's looking like a good week for the chat show host.

  17. Downton finale up for National TV Award

    Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael

    Downton Abbey could go out on a high after its final series was nominated for the best drama prize at this year's National Television Awards.

    The ITV saga, which has won three times in the last four years, is up against Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Casualty.

    Poldark, Doctor Foster, Ordinary Lies and Humans will compete in a new category for best new drama series.

    And Ant & Dec, who have been voted most popular entertainment presenters for 14 years in a row, are nominated again.

    Get the full story here.

  18. Motorhead heading up the chart

    Official Charts Company

    Lemmy

    Following the sad death of Lemmy from Motorhead last week, the band’s best-known hit Ace of Spades has made it into the midweek top 10 on the UK's Official Singles Chart.

    It's currently at number nine, so watch this space to see if it climbs any higher come Friday.

    The track peaked at number 15 upon its release in 1980.

  19. Guns N' Roses to reunite at Coachella

    Slash

    A re-formed Guns N' Roses to get back together for California's Coachella music festival in April.

    The event, which takes place over two weekends, confirmed the reunion rumours as it announced its bill.

    The gigs will mark the first time singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash have performed together in Guns N' Roses since 1993. 

    It is not yet known if the band will feature the full classic line-up, which also included guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler.

    In their heyday, their 1987 album Appetite for Destruction was a monstrous success - it's still the top-selling debut album by a group in the US, with 18 million copies.

    The rock band confirmed the dates on their website, and Rose sounded pretty pleased about it:

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    Read more here. 

  20. Bob Mortimer fit to tour after heart op

    Bob Mortimer

    Bob Mortimer has recovered enough from a triple heart bypass operation to complete his tour with comedy partner Vic Reeves.

    Mortimer was forced to cancel the first leg of the tour - due to start in November - just days before it was open in Glasgow.

    He said: "Doctors just passed me fit to do second leg of tour next month."

    The tour is expected to combine elements from TV shows like Shooting Stars and Vic Reeves Big Night Out, with characters such as Man With The Stick, The Stotts and Mulligan and O'Hare.