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Summary

  1. News and updates 15 January 2016
  2. Stars on social media bemoan all-white Oscar acting nominations
  3. Oscar hopefuls Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy on red carpet
  4. Tributes continue to pour in for Alan Rickman

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By Genevieve Hassan and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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  1. So long, farewell

    Victoria Lindrea

    BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

    That's all folks. Not quite as hectic as yesterday, but hopefully we have kept you informed and entertained!

    Have a great weekend - and come back for more live page shenanigans on Monday.

  2. Chris Pratt's 'game plan'

    Here's Jurassic World star Chris Pratt brandishing a knife while holding a big slab of meat. While it may look like he's filming a scene for a crazy horror film, the vacuum packs of venison with the date scribbled on them give him away.

    The star has decided to start a new diet called "The Game Plan" - where he only eats meats that were caught or killed by either himself or his friends.

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    He explained:

    Quote Message: I grew up in the woods. Not literally. I mean, we had a house. I wasn't raised by coyotes. But I spent a lot of time in the woods. Hunting, fishing and being outdoors with my friends and family is how I spent my free time as a young'n. That part of me will never change. I just filled the freezer with a bunch of tasty meat from an awesome deer hunt in the great state of Texas.
    Quote Message: I'm going to start a diet I called "The Game Plan" where basically I only eat wild game for a year. I mean I'll also eat veggies and fruit and other stuff too. But for one year I want to eat only the meats that were caught or killed by me or my friends. Total free-range organic wild game! I mean I'm gonna still eat eggs and probably chicken and probably steak. I mean I gotta have steak and oysters, and definitely bacon. But other than that. And the occasional burger for a cheat meal. But other than that only wild game.
    Quote Message: I should mention I will also have sushi, because it's so good. And pepperoni. But that's not a meat technically, right? But other than that all wild game. It will be tough. But it's worth the sacrifice. I will be eating turkey for Thanksgiving. And also ham. For Easter we make lamb. I'll have to have lamb that day.

    Seems like a straightforward diet to us...

  3. Lambert to star in Rocky Horrror Show

    Adam Lambert

    Singer Adam Lambert will play Eddie in Fox's TV special of the Rocky Horror Picture Show this autumn, following in the footsteps of recent TV musical The Wiz on NBC and the forthcoming Grease: Live, also on Fox.

    The two-hour broadcast will also feature Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox as Dr Frank-N-Furter.

    Quote Message: I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was OK to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll!
  4. Yasiin Bey ordered to leave South Africa

    Yasiin Bey

    US actor and musician Yasiin Bey - better known as Mos Def - has been given 14 days to leave South Africa with his family, following his arrest in Cape Town for not having a valid passport.

    The performer - real name Dante Terrell Smith - is understood to have been detained while attempting to leave the country "for using illegal travel documents", a government spokesperson said.

    According to reports, Bey produced an unrecognised "world passport" upon departure.

    The 42-year-old star entered South Africa with a valid US passport in 2013, but overstayed his visitor's permit the following year, spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete explained.

    A court order to leave the country could see Bey banned from South Africa for five years, Tshwete said.

    Mos Def's film roles include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Italian Job.

  5. JJ Abrams' production company made a sneaky film without anyone knowing

    While JJ Abrams has been keeping our attention on Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the past year, his production company has been off making a secret film.

    Recreating the marketing strategy for the Abrams-produced 2008 film Cloverfield, where no information was known about the film until its first trailer, the first teaser for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released overnight on Thursday.

    A sequel to Cloverfield had been talked about for a long time, but no one previously confirmed the film was happening - let alone already filmed. The team further pulled the wool over fans' eyes by initially calling the film Valencia, and later The Cellar, with no association to Cloverfield at all.

    Abrams told Collider:

    "The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”  

    The post-apocalyptic film stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and will be in UK cinemas on 8 April.

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  6. Philip Pullman resigns as festival patron

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    The author of the His Dark Materials trilogy has resigned as a patron of the Oxford Literary Festival over their failure to pay guest speakers.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4's The World At One, Philip Pullman said he could no longer be a patron of a festival which did not pay authors for their time.

    Quote Message: Everybody else is being paid... except the only reason the festival exists in the first place: the author.

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    Video caption: Philip Pullman wants authors paid for festival appearances

    On Wednesday Pullman announced his resignation on Twitter.

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  7. Tate Modern hires new director

    London's Tate Modern has announced Frances Morris will be its new director.

    Ms Morris first joined Tate as a curator in 1987 and went on to be head of displays, before her current role as director of collection for international art.

    Tate's director, Nicholas Serota, praised Ms Morris as "an innovative thinker" who "will lead the new Tate modern into the next era".

    She will take up the position later this year.

  8. Bergerac writer Robert Banks Stewart dies

    Robert Banks Stewart

    Television writer Robert Banks Stewart - best known for creating the long-running detective series Bergerac - has died, aged 84.

    Stewart was also the creator of Shoestring - starring Trevor Eve - which became a huge hit in the early 1980s.

    A producer on the hit series The Darling Buds of May, Smith was instrumental in launching the career of Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    The 1970s saw him pen two Doctor Who stories, The Seeds of Doom and The Terror of the Zygons, regarded by some as classics of the series.

    He died at his home. He is survived by three sons and a daughter. 

  9. Alan Rickman's 'last project'

    One of Alan Rickman's last projects was to narrate a viral video for student-run charity One Click Giving, to help raise money for Save the Children and Refugee Council.

    The monetised YouTube video - entitled This Tortoise Could Save a Life - features a tortoise eating a strawberry, with the money earned from each view going to the charities.

    This Tortoise Could Save a Life

    Olivier Phillips, who worked with the actor to record the voiceover told us:  

    Quote Message: A mutual contact put us in touch with Alan, who liked the idea and kindly agreed to narrate our video. We recorded it at his home in London in late November 2015, and he couldn't have been more kind or welcoming. He asked us how university was going and made us feel relaxed and comfortable throughout. He did several takes (we tried out several scripts - he was, as expected, excellent at it), and his voice was amazing.
    Quote Message: We were there for just under an hour, around 20 minutes of which we spent recording. Throughout he was friendly and hospitable, and happy to help Save the Children and Refugee Council. I think he found it quite amusing to be narrating a tortoise eating, having just finished filming a major Hollywood film.
  10. Take That star's baby Bowie

    Take That's Howard Donald

    Howard Donald, of Take That fame, has named his newborn son Bowie, in an apparent tribute to the late singer, who died on Monday aged 69.

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  11. Fur flies as George Miller celebrates

    George Miller

    It seems even the cats are partying at George Miller's house.

    Reflecting on Mad Max: Fury Road's 10 Oscar nominations, including making the best picture and best director shortlist, Miller called it "a delightful surprise".

    Quote Message: I feel a little taken aback in the best possible way. Needless to say, even the cats realised this morning that something remarkable happened. They normally are sleeping somewhere in the house, but today noticed that there is a little party going on.

    The Australian director, 70, told Deadline he had plans for two more Mad Max movies.

    Quote Message: You make the Mad Max movies and think okay that’s enough of that and then they float around in the back of your mind and then it emerges and… it’s a very interesting world to visit.
  12. Adele's manager: 'We've been offered everything'

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Adele at the Oscars

    Tonight sees the start of a new three-part documentary series on the people behind pop's biggest stars. 

    Music Moguls will speak to the managers, producers and press officers for artists like David Bowie, Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne.

    The first episode features Jonathan Dickens – who discovered Adele at an open-mic night almost a decade ago. Today, he says, his job mostly involves saying "no". 

    Quote Message: A lot of people say they never really chase the money – and most people do. Opportunity to Adele presents itself by the truckload every day. Any and every opportunity to make money in non-traditional or branding exercises, we've been offered it - everything. Clothing ranges, perfumes, nail polishes... it goes on.
    Quote Message: For us, the first thought isn't the branding opportunity, it's the music, and I want to protect what it is we do with her music and her content - absolutely I do. And that will never change.

    You can watch the programme at 22:00 GMT on BBC Four.

  13. Matthew Perry will not join Friends

    Matthew Perry

    Turns out Matthew Perry won't be joining his Friends co-star for the mooted Friends reunion after all.

    Earlier this week, it was reported all six members of the original cast would get back together for a special episode paying tribute to the show's creator, James Burrows.

    But Perry will be rehearsing for his West End play, The End of Longing, and won't be able to make filming for the 21 February broadcast.

    "Matthew may tape something," his spokeswoman said.  

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  14. Number-crunching the Oscars

    Now the dust has settled, it's time to share with you all those nerdy facts and figures about this year's nominees.

    Jennifer Lawrence

    Fresh off her Golden Globe win, Jennifer Lawrence becomes the youngest four-time acting nominee in Academy Awards history. The 25-year-old has earned nominations for Winter's Bone (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2013), American Hustle (2014) and this year's nod for Joy.

    Her closest rival is Jennifer Jones (what's in a name?) - who earned four acting nominations between 1944 and 1947, when she was 27. Jones - who won just one Oscar - earned another nomination in 1956. She died in 2009.

    Creed

    Creed nominee Sylvester Stallone, who received his first acting nod in 1976 for Rocky, is the sixth person to be nominated for the same role in different films - following the likes of Paul Newman, Al Pacino and Cate Blanchett.

    "You know, the first time I was very green, very naive, and didn’t realise how special it was to be recognised by your peers," Stallone told Deadline. "I was 29 years old and now at 69 years old, this is a modern miracle."   

    John Williams

    And composer John Williams has earned his 50th Oscar nomination for his score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He now has the most nods of any living person. The overall record holder - with 60 nominations - is Walt Disney.

  15. London lights up

    You wait for one lights festival in London and two come along at once.

    Earlier this week the Winter Lights Festival began in Canary Wharf, featuring 17 installations created by international artists. 

    Works include almost 100 LED butterflies and an 18ft high inflatable alien.

    On the Wings of Freedom by Aether Hemera
    Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer

    Meanwhile, the Lumiere festival also kicked off in central London last night, transforming some of the capital's most famous locations including Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

    Take a look a video of some of the light installations.

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    Video caption: Lumiere light festival in London
  16. Caitlyn Jenner responds to Gervais

    Ricky Gervais

    Caitlyn Jenner has volunteered to step in to Ricky Gervais's shoes, following the British comedian acerbic opening monologue as host of the Golden Globes.  

    In his opening gambit at Sunday's ceremony, Gervais hailed Jenner as "a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes".

    But added: "She didn’t do a lot for women drivers. But you can’t have everything, can ya?" 

    A car crash involving Jenner in February 2015 left one woman dead; no charges were laid against Jenner.  

    Responding to the jibes, Jenner told reporters in Los Angeles:

    Quote Message: I’m going to call the Golden Globes and see if they need a host for next year – we’ll solve that problem. from Caitlyn Jenner
    Caitlyn Jenner

    Gervais has denied his comments were transphobic.

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  17. Rickman's farewell to Snape

    In 2011, Alan Rickman wrote a moving farewell letter for Empire magazine - after he completed filming on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - his final performance as Severus Snape.

    Quote Message: I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from 10 years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.
    Quote Message: Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
    Quote Message: It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.
    Alan Rickman's letter to Potter fans
  18. Schools invited to Proms "take-over"

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    The 2015 Ten Pieces Prom

    The Proms aren't usually announced until April - but this year, there's an exception.

    Two "Ten Pieces" Proms have just been announced, so that schools across the country can put forward pupils to play at the Royal Albert Hall in July.

    If you haven't heard about it already, Ten Pieces is an initiative that promises to "open up the world of classical music to a generation of children".

    The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, will perform the works - which include Wagner's dramatic Ride of the Valkyries and Gabriel Prokofiev's cutting-edge Concerto for Turntables - on Saturday, 23 July and Sunday, 24 July. 

    Schools are being invited to upload their students’ creative responses to the pieces to the BBC. Some of the best compositions, dances and art projects will be featured at the concerts.

    There's an introduction to the pieces below. Schools can submit their entries at bbc.co.uk/tenpieces.

  19. Hollywood pays tribute to Rickman

    Stars of Tinseltown, including Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, have remembered Alan Rickman.

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    Weaver, who worked with Rickman on the comedy Galaxy Quest, as well as the 2006 drama Snow Cake, paid her own tribute: 

    Quote Message: Alan’s enormous strength of character infused every role he played. Who else could have brought such pain and wit to Severus Snape? He used his talent always to make a difference.
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    And Hugh Grant, who worked with Rickman on Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually, tweeted:

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  20. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy talk The Revenant

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    Video caption: Pals Leonardo DiCaprio and Thomas Hardy team up for The Revenant

    Last night saw the UK premiere of The Revenant in London, the same day it also scored 12 Oscar nominations.

    Its stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy were on the red carpet and spoke to BBC entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba about working on the film and receiving those Oscar nods.

    We're a bit confused as to why Leo felt cold on the red carpet though - he spent almost a year in freezing temperatures filming the movie...