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  1. That's all today

    That's about it for Wednesday's entertainment news, just enough time to leave you with this dog who sings along to the Coronation Street theme music.

    Enjoy and see you tomorrow.

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  2. King Kong heads to Blackpool

    King Kong and Blackpool Tower

    Is King Kong all set to climb to the top of Blackpool tower? 

    The town's Grand Theatre is to stage a "reimagining" of the King Kong story, thanks to a £680,000 Arts Council grant.

    Co-created by theatre company Dreamthinkspeak, the show about the giant gorilla is due in 2017 and will use "multiple art forms in a variety of locations".

    The producers must be hoping for monster reviews. 

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  3. Quentin Tarantino is a stick in the mud...

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    ...well, cement to be more precise.

    The director has been immortalised by having his hands and footprints taken outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

    He's promoting the new movie, The Hateful Eight, which opens in the UK on Friday, though not in all cinemas.

    "I wanted to put my hands and footprints in the Grauman's Chinese courtyard way before I ever had a career, so this is something I wanted to do my whole life," the director said.

  4. Re-Rewind: Craig David is all over your... radio

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    Music reporter

    Craig David

    Perhaps the most surprising comeback of 2015 was Craig David - the millennial R&B star with perfectly-trimmed facial hair.

    It all came about when David met grime artist Big Narstie on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, leading to a collaborative single, When The Bassline Drops. 

    He followed it up with a surprise performance of breakout hit Re-Rewind on the X Factor Final - teeing up a new album for 2016.

    "The love from the country is overwhelming," he told 1Xtra's Trevor Nelson this morning, as he prepared to perform his new single in the Live Lounge.

    Watch it below.

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  5. Hear (some of) David Bowie's new album

    David Bowie

    It's long been one of David Bowie's ambitions to make a jazz record - and this Friday, on his 69th birthday, he fulfils the dream.

    Blackstar (stylised as ) was recorded in New York, backed by the Donny McCaslin quartet, a smoking group of jazz musicians who are more used to freeform improvisational pieces like this.

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    Music critic Kate Mossman discussed the music on BBC Radio 4's Front Row last night - while playing some exclusive extracts from the record.

    Listen below.

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    Video caption: Kate Mossman reviews David Bowie's album, Blackstar.
  6. Search starts for Nick Drake photos

    The cover for Nick Drake's album Bryter Byter

    In his short lifetime, musician Nick Drake was rarely photographed, and only played a handful of gigs.

    As a result, it's currently impossible to find a picture of the singer - whose best-loved songs include River Man and Hazey Jane - in concert.

    Now Getty Images is encouraging fans to search their attics, cupboards, scrapbooks and handbags to unearth photographs from those "lost" gigs.

    But that's not all. The photo agency wants to plug some other gaps in its archive, and is hoping to find snapshots of the following performances:

    • Otis Redding at Finsbury Park Astoria, 1967.
    • The Who live at the Marquee, 1965.
    • Marc Bolan at the first Glastonbury festival, 1970.
    • Radiohead’s first gig at the Jericho Tavern, Oxford, 1986.

    Getty has teamed up with book publisher Endeavour London and live music subscription service Jukely to find submissions. People who submit verified photos will be compensated if their images are published or reproduced.

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  7. Radio 3 republishes its Pierre Boulez archive

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    Following the sad news that Pierre Boulez has died, BBC Radio 3 is making available archive performances, photographs and interviews with the composer, conductor and musical innovator.

    They will be compiled on this page, which is being updated throughout the day.

  8. Sexism row over cartoonist prize

    A prestigious award for graphic novelists in France is embroiled in a sexism row.

    The 42-year-old Grand Prix at the Angouleme International Comics Festival is facing calls for a boycott after its long list of nominees failed to include any women.

    A pressure group says "it is no longer tolerable" that "renowned female creators" are left off the list of 30.

    At least three male nominees have asked for their names to be removed. 

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    Attendees at Angouleme International Comics Festival
  9. New boss for National Theatre of Wales

    Kully Thiari

    National Theatre Wales has appointed Kully Thiarai as its new artistic director.

    Thiarai joins the company from the Cast venue in Doncaster, which she has run since it opened in 2013. She will replace John McGrath, who was NTW's founding artistic director from 2009.

    He has made the company known for acclaimed and ambitious shows like The Passion, a 72-hour outdoor epic starring Michael Sheen; Bordergame, an award-winning immersive and interactive show about migrants; and Mametz, restaging a World War One battle in a Monmouthshire wood.

    Thiarai said she was "thrilled" to be joining the company:

    Quote Message: I have been hugely inspired by the range and diversity of work that has taken place over the last five years under John McGrath's leadership. A wonderful artistic mapping of Wales and its people; extraordinary work that is daring, provocative and joyous, found in surprising places across the country.
    Quote Message: I intend to build on this legacy by ensuring that National Theatre Wales continues to be original, radical and relevant.

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  10. DC Comics in 'Pakistanian' gaffe

    The Guardian

    Superman

    DC Comics has been the target of much online ire over its latest Superman/Wonder Woman comic book.

    In the story, which sees the superhero duo head to Pakistan to battle a demigod, a note explains to readers that the quotes are “all translated from Pakistanian”.

    The official language of Pakistan is Urdu, with many other speaking Punjabi or one of a dozen more languages and dialects.

    None are known as Pakistanian and Twitter was amused...

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    DC Entertainment have not commented.

  11. Marina and the Diamonds shows her True Colours

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Marina and the Diamonds

    It's a brave singer who tackles Cyndi Lauper's intimate, devotional single True Colors - but Marina Diamandis, aka Marina and the Diamonds, has never been backward in coming forward.

    Luckily, her interpretation of the 1980s ballad keeps it simple - trading Lauper's synth washes and syn-drums for a lone piano, and letting her voice carry the emotion of the song.

    Originally intended for a deluxe edition of last year's FROOT album, the Welsh singer officially released her cover after a demo leaked online.

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    We're pleased to see she corrected the spelling of "colour" from Lauper's US version.

  12. Comic Chris Addison lands opera role

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    Chris Addison in The Thick of It

    Comedian and The Thick of It actor Chris Addison has been added to the cast of The Royal Opera's new production of Emmanuel Chabrier's L'Etoile. 

    Addison will provide commentary on the opera's events.

    "I am stupidly excited to be appearing at Covent Garden in L'Etoile", he said.

    "A production which combines two of my great loves: insanely beautiful opera and deep, joyful silliness."

    The cast also includes Christophe Mortagne and Kate Lindsey.

    Mercifully, Addison's is a non-singing role.

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  13. Ofcom 'assessing' CBB complaints

    Winston McKenzie

    TV watchdog Ofcom has received 165 complaints about homophobic comments made by Winston McKenzie on the launch show for Celebrity Big Brother.

    In his entry video, the London Mayoral candidate said he would "cope with a homosexual in the house" by "standing against a brick wall all the time".

    The former boxer was booed by the live crowd as he entered the house.

    Ofcom said it would assess the complaints before deciding whether to investigate. Channel 5 has declined to comment.

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  14. Tributes to Pierre Boulez

    Tributes have been pouring in to the French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who has died at the age of 90.

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    Boulez led the New York Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra during the 1970s.    

    He died at his home in Baden-Baden in Germany.

  15. Producers Guild: Surprises and snubs

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Alicia Vikander plays Ava

    Often a reliable signpost for Oscars best picture, the Producers Guild of America has thrown a few surprises into this year's awards season.

    Absent from its 10-strong nominations list are the heavily-tipped (and female-led films) Carol and Room, while box office juggernaut Star Wars: The Force Awakens also failed to make the cut.    

    Perhaps the biggest surprise was the inclusion of British sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which starred Alicia Vikander as an android (pictured). Has the film's success at the British Independent Film Awards last month put it firmly on the awards map?

    Producer Andrew Macdonald told me at the awards that technology and visual effects had allowed the film-makers to tell "a human story". 

    Many of the Producers Guild's 7,000 members are also Oscar voters. The PGA has predicted the winner of best picture at the Oscars for the past eight years. Last year's winner was Birdman. 

    Voting for the Oscar nominations closes on Friday with the shortlists announced on Thursday 14 January. The PGA winners will be announced on 23 January.

  16. Lemmy funeral to be streamed

    Lemmy

    The funeral of Motorhead frontman Lemmy is to be streamed on YouTube, the band have announced.

    The service will take place on Saturday in Los Angeles at 15:00 PST (23:00 GMT). The band said on Facebook:

    Quote Message: On Saturday January 9th, the world will come together and celebrate the life of our friend, and legend, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Hollywood, commencing at 3pm PST and ending at 4.30pm.
    Quote Message: With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you don’t attend the cemetery… but we want you ALL to be a part of this, so we are setting up a live feed of the service via the internet on Motorhead’s official YouTube channel.
    Quote Message: So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motorheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home. Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.
  17. NCIS actor to leave after 13 years

    Actor Michael Weatherley is to leave America's biggest drama series NCIS after 13 years playing playing special agent Tony DiNozzo.

    A spokesman for broadcaster CBS called Weatherley "a valued part of the CBS family", adding: "The immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as 'Very' Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today."

    He tweeted his goodbye to fans:

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    His co-star Pauley Perette also made him feel loved.

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    Weatherley will depart the procedural drama at the end of its current season.  

  18. Comic Humphries under fire for transgender comments

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    Barry Humphries as Dame Edna

    Dame Edna Everage comedian Barry Humphries has been criticised for saying transgender people are just "mutilated men", according to The Daily Telegraph.

    Humphries was asked whether he agreed with Germaine Greer, who said people like Caitlyn Jenner, who was born Bruce, are "not women". He told The Telegraph:

    Quote Message: I agree with Germaine. You're a mutilated man that's all. Self-mutilation, what's all this carry on? Caitlyn Jenner – what a publicity-seeking ratbag. It's all given the stamp – not of respectability, but authenticity or something. If you criticise anything you're racist or sexist or homophobic.

    Now transgender actress Rebecca Root, who starred in BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl last year, saying he should apologise or be sacked from a BBC Radio 2 series, which starts next week.

    Quote Message: If he retracts the statement I’d say he’s said sorry, and move on. But if he does a Germaine Greer, I’d say he’s gone too far and the BBC should reconsider its position on giving him a show.
    Quote Message: It’s rather disappointing for me as I’ve always liked Barry Humphries, and I’ve seen Dame Edna on stage. The fact is that this sense of humour resonates with the bad old days of Bernard Manning and Jim Davidson; dinosaurs from the 1970s. It’s very retrograde, and I hoped we’d moved on from it.

    A BBC spokesman said: “Barry Humphries is a freelance presenter for BBC Radio 2 and these are his personal views, which are not reflected in his radio programme.”

  19. Clooney movie to open Glasgow Film Festival

    Hail, Caesar!

    The Coen Brothers' latest comedy Hail, Caesar! is to open this year's Glasgow Film Festival, its organisers have announced.

    The film follows a day in the life of a studio fixer on the set of a Roman epic and stars regular Coen collaborator Clooney as a boozy leading man.

    It also stars Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum.

    The opening night gala is on 17 February.

    The UK premiere of Charlie Kaufmann’s stop-motion animation, Anomalisa, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, will close the festival on 28 February.

  20. BreakingConductor Pierre Boulez dies

    Pierre Boulez

    Pierre Boulez, one of the world's most renowned composers and conductors, has died, according to the Agence France Presse.

    Boulez, who was 90, died in the German town of Baden-Baden, where he lived, AFP said.

    His family said in a statement: "For all those who knew him and who appreciated his creative energy, his artistic rigour, his openness and his generosity, his presence will remain alive and intense."

    Boulez's accolades included 26 Grammy Awards, which he won between 1967-2005.

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