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Summary

  1. News and updates for 13 January 2015
  2. Sylvester Stallone at Creed's London premiere following Golden Globe win
  3. BBC Two brings back Robot Wars for new six-part series
  4. Madonna pays tribute to David Bowie on stage
  5. Golden Raspberry nominations for the worst films of the year

Live Reporting

By Ian Youngs and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks!

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Our time is up for today, thanks for joining us.  If you've just arrived, read on for news on Robot Wars' return, the films nominated for this year's Golden Raspberry Awards, pictures from the Creed premiere and much more.

    We'll be back tomorrow at a later time than usual - from 12:00 GMT for an Oscar nominations special.

    See you then.

  2. The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the serial killer

    It's a much loved film, but Steve Carell has revealed the plug was almost pulled on The 40-Year-Old Virgin after just one week of filming. 

    The star told Conan O'Brien that movie studio Universal had seen the first week's rushes and said it wanted to shut it down because he looked like a serial killer. 

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  3. Vic and Bob's hopes for House of Fools

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    House of Fools

    Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer said today they hoped their cancelled BBC TV sitcom House of Fools might have a further life on stage or with another channel.  

    Mortimer told me:  

    Quote Message: I felt sad because it was such an enjoyable experience. I thought it had more life left in it. I know that those people who like it are really fond of it. There’s a little part of me that thinks we did 12 really good shows and maybe it's best left at that. I know that those people who like it are really fond of it and that’s quite a nice way to leave things.
  4. Complaints over Celebrity Big Brother's handling of David Bowie's death

    Angie Bowie

    TV watchdog Ofcom has received more than 200 complaints about Celebrity Big Brother’s coverage of the death of David Bowie. 

    If you missed the chaos of last night's show, it saw Tiffany believe fellow housemate David Gest had died after Angie Bowie told her "David" had died. 

    Some 154 viewers complained it was in bad taste to televise Angie being told of her ex-husband's death, and make entertainment around Tiffany's misunderstanding of which David had died.

    Another 41 complained about bullying towards Tiffany by other housemates after the misunderstanding - including claims John Partridge used an offensive racial stereotype. 

    Sixteen complaints objected to Tiffany's hysterical reaction and subsequent behaviour.

    Ofcom said it will assess the complaints before deciding whether to investigate. 

  5. Olivia Munn (and her mum) quash engagement rumour

    When stories appeared online claiming US actress and TV personality Olivia Munn had got engaged to her American footballer boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, her mum was thrilled - and a bit surprised she hadn't been told personally.

    It turns out it's not true - and Munn let the world know by putting her text message conversation with her mother on Instagram:

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    She wrote:

    Quote Message: Answering yes or no to personal questions can be tricky because if you say 'No' it means whenever you say 'No comment' that kind of becomes your default 'Yes'. But since I'm doing press for the next few days, I didn't want to have to answer the same question over and over. So instead, I'm going to let my text conversation with my Asian mom help me out.
  6. Bob Mortimer reveals wedding before heart op

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Vic and Bob

    Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were on typically surreal form as they launched their 25th anniversary tour at a press conference in London this morning. 

    But one true revelation was that Mortimer had got married less than an hour before he went into hospital for a triple bypass operation last year. 

    His serious heart problem - his arteries were 95% blocked - forced Vic and Bob to cancel the first leg of the tour last October. 

    Speaking at a press conference in central London to launch the 2016 leg of the tour, Mortimer explained how he wed his partner of 22 years, Lisa Matthews, on the morning of the operation. 

    Quote Message: I found out I needed heart surgery on the Thursday, so I made a will on the Friday. I found out I couldn't get married to Lisa because you have to give 21 days' notice. My consultant said I was incredibly ill so the registrar in London gave me permission to get married on the Monday. I got married at half nine on the Monday and went to hospital at 10 to have the operation.

    Mortimer, who hasn't yet had a honeymoon, was asked if he'd been given any special presents from fans during his hospital stay. His response was classic Vic and Bob: 

    Quote Message: Damien Hirst gave me a cow's heart with a crossbow arrow through it suspended in formaldehyde - in a sweet jar.
  7. Loose Women get some loose men

    Peter Andrew, Craig Revel Horwood

    Loose Women is having a shake-up and letting men take over the show. 

    The guys will take over the panel show and it could become a regular event if all goes well.

    Craig Revel Horwood and Peter Andre are the first panelists. 

    Loose Women Editor Sally Shelford told the Daily Mirror:

    Quote Message: Many of the male guests who come on the show believe they can give our panelists a run for their money - now we are giving them the chance to put their money where their mouth is and see whether they can hack it in the Loose Women hot seat.
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  8. Hollywood female director numbers at 1998 level

    Elizabeth Banks, Sam Taylor-Wood

    Despite the success of Pitch Perfect's Elizabeth Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey's Sam Taylor-Wood, just 9% of Hollywood's highest grossing films last year were directed by women - that's the same level as 1998.

    A report by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film found women made up 19% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers in the top 250 films last year.

    Dr Martha Lauzen, the study's author, said it was "unrealistic" to expect attitudes to women directors would change over night but "nothing in this data suggests that change is on the horizon".

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  9. Cuts force museums to charge entry fees

    The Museum Association's annual cuts survey shows 18% of museums have closed a part or branch in the past year or plan to do so this year.  

    Nearly one in five museums has also introduced entry fees in the last year or will do so in 2016 due to local authority cultural spending cuts. 

    More than 40 museums have closed across the UK since 2010.  

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    Video caption: A Museum Association's survey shows 18% have closed a part or branch in the past year
  10. Charlie Sheen seeks alternative HIV treatment

    Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen has been speaking about his HIV treatment, saying he had stopped taking his medication in order to seek alternative treatment in Mexico.

    In an interview with US TV host Dr Oz broadcast yesterday, he said:

    Quote Message: I've been off my meds for about a week now. Am I risking my life? Sure. So what? I was born dead. That part of it doesn't phase me at all.

    Sheen's manager Mark Burg told People the actor resumed taking his medications on 8 December, after the episode was recorded. He said:   

    Quote Message: Charlie is back on his meds. He tried a cure from a doctor in Mexico but the minute the numbers went up, he started taking his medicine. He said he would start on the plane on the way home and that is exactly what he did.

    Sheen also revealed he had a premonition of his diagnosis more than 20 years ago.

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  11. John Boyega: Next Star Wars 'darker'

    JJ Abrams, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega

    Star Wars Episode VII is still crushing box office rivals - but there are just 16 months until the release of Episode VIII, and the hints and speculation about its plot have begun.

    John Boyega (who plays Finn) has given an interview to Vogue, saying it will be "much darker" than Episode VII. He added:

    Quote Message: My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more.

    Meanwhile, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams has been asked about the identity of the parents of Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) and whether she could be a Kenobi or a Skywalker.

    "I know quite a bit," he replied - but he isn't directing the next one. That job has gone to Looper director Rian Johnson. Abrams added:

    Quote Message: The last thing I’m going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy.

    Just 16 more months to go.

  12. Robot Wars returning to TV

    Phillip Forrester and Craig Charles

    Big news for Robot Wars fans - it's returning to TV with a new series after 11 years. 

    BBC Two has announced it's commissioned six one-hour episodes.  

    The show, which sees robots built by members of the public battle it out in front of an audience, started on the channel before moving to BBC Choice (which made way for BBC Three) and then Channel 5. 

    We're told the new series will have "more innovative fighting machines" due to the "raft of technological advances since the show first aired". 

    The show will be recorded in a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, with state-of-the-art cameras "capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail".

    And we're assuming it'll also catch the tears on the robot inventors' faces when their robot is destroyed in battle. 

    Robot Wars still
  13. Saatchi hosts first all-female exhibition

    London's Saatchi Gallery has never held an exhibition solely featuring female artists in its 30 years.

    Until now, that is. Today the gallery opens its first ever show dedicated to women.

    The exhibition, titled Champagne Life after one of the works on display by Julia Wachtel, features 14 artists and runs until 9 March.

    Here are some of the works on show.

    Champagne Life
    Image caption: Champagne Life by Julia Wachtel
    Moje Sabz by Soheila Sokhanvari
    Image caption: Moje Sabz by Soheila Sokhanvari
    Two Cows by Stephanie Quayle
    Image caption: Two Cows by Stephanie Quayle

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  14. Get Carter set for the stage

    Kevin Wathen in Get Carter

    A new stage version of Get Carter is to get its premiere next month in Newcastle, the city where the 1971 film was set.

    Actor Kevin Wathen (pictured) is preparing to follow in Michael Caine's footsteps (and trenchcoat) as gangster Jack Carter.

    For the soundtrack, singer-songwriter Nadine Shah will compose original music as well as making new arrangements of songs by 1960s Newcastle band The Animals.

    The play will open at Newcastle's Northern Stage on 13 February before going on a UK tour. Director Lorne Campbell said:

    Quote Message: It's a tragic noir study of a corrupted man struggling to find a way out of a corrupted world. We’ve brought together a fabulous team of North East actors and hope to do justice to the telling of this epic tale.
  15. Directors Guild award nominees revealed

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Leonardo DiCaprio

    The Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu and The Martian's Ridley Scott have been named among the nominees for the Directors Guild of America Awards - one of the best indicators for the Oscars.

    But Todd Haynes, who made romantic drama Carol, and Steven Spielberg, who has been lauded for Cold War saga Bridge of Spies, have been left out.

    Which means their chances of an Oscar nomination have just shrunk as the winner of the DGA prize and the best director Oscar have been the same on all but seven occasions since 1948.

    The DGA nominees are:

    • Alejandro Inarritu - The Revenant
    • Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
    • Adam McKay - The Big Short
    • George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Ridley Scott - The Martian
  16. What's your musical twin town?

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Es Sheeran and Adele

    What do Bournemouth and Abu Dhabi have in common? Or Taipei and Alexandria? How about Aleppo and Meru, in Kenya?

    The answer is music. Or, to be more precise, the music they're looking up on Shazam.

    The app allows you to identify a track by playing an excerpt into your mobile phone. Analysis by the BBC shows that cities thousands of miles apart are often searching for the same songs. If you want to know the "musical twin" for your town, we've built a tool - which you can try out now.

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    The data also throws up some interesting facts. For instance:

    • Abba's Does Your Mother Know was the most-searched for song in Biratnagar, Nepal last November.
    • There has been a sudden surge in interest for Willow Smith's 2010 song Whip My Hair in Russia - appearing in the top 10 for 21 cities.
    • Adele's Hello was the most-searched song, making the top 10 in 2,578 cities.
    • Country artists rarely make the top 10 most-searched songs, even in the US. One notable exception was Luke Bryan - whose cover of Bob Dylan's Forever Young was being looked up in Ash Shatrah, Irag.
    • Michael Bolton's cover of When A Man Loves A Woman is inexplicably popular in Anqing, China. 
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  17. Vic and Bob's tour talk

    We're in the company of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer as they give a press conference about resuming their live tour following Mortimer's triple heart bypass.

    Here's a pic. We'll tell you more about what they said later.

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  18. Lego changes policy after Ai Weiwei backlash

    Following controversy last year when Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accused Lego of censorship, the toy company has reversed its policy on bulk purchases and will no longer ask customers what they want to use the bricks for.

    Lego refused to sell its bricks directly to Ai for a new artwork on political dissidents, leading to an appeal for members of the public to send him their spares bricks.

    The company said it rejected requests if it believed the bricks would be used to make a political statement.

    But now, Lego has said customers who exhibit its bricks in public must say the company does not support or endorse their projects.

    Ai reacted to the news on Instagram, with a picture of Lego stuck to his face.

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  19. Tony Visconti plays David Bowie tribute gig

    Tony Visconti

    Just two days after David Bowie's death, the musician's long-time producer Tony Visconti has celebrated his life at a concert in Canada.

    About 900 people packed into Toronto's Opera House on Tuesday to remember the pop star, who died on Sunday.

    Visconti was playing as part of the band Holy Holy, which also features former Spiders From Mars member, Woody Woodmansey, on drums.

    "There is no better way to work through grief [than] through music," Visconti told the audience, before playing a selection of Bowie's biggest hits.

    David Bowie fans at Tony Visconti gig

    The Toronto gig was planned before Bowie's death as part of a tour during which Visconti and Woodmansey have been playing Bowie hits with Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory.

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  20. Ghostbusters actor David Margulies dies

    David Margulies

    Veteran actor David Margulies, who had a long list of Broadway and film credits, has died at the age of 78.

    Margulies's roles included New York Mayor Lenny Clotch in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Tony Soprano's lawyer, Neil Mink, in The Sopranos; and lawyer Roy Cohn in Angels in America on Broadway.

    He had just finished filming his role as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in the forthcoming ABC miniseries Madoff with Richard Dreyfuss, which is scheduled to air on 3 February, Deadline reported.

    Margulies died in New York on Monday, according to his agent Mary Harden.