Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. News updates for 20 January 2016
  2. Clooney, Nyong'o on Oscars race issue
  3. Jamie Foxx hailed a hero after rescue
  4. New Suicide Squad trailer released

Live Reporting

By Neil Smith and Kev Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Goodbye for now

    Neil Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all we have time for on today's live page, but we'll be back tomorrow with all the news from tonight's National Television Awards (or NTAs for short).

    Holly Willoughby is already in the party spirit, having posted this picture on her Instagram feed with the caption: "Start as we mean to go on!"

    View more on instagram

    Have one for us Holly and see you tomorrow.

  2. Adele to perform at Grammys

    Adele

    The Recording Academy has revealed the first tranche of acts who'll perform at the Grammy Awards on 15 February - and Adele, unsurprisingly, is among them.

    The British singer released her 25 album towards the end of 2015 and kicks off her world tour at the end of February.

    Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Little Big Town are also down to play at the event, which will include a special tribute to Lionel Richie.

    LL Cool J will return to host the event for the fifth consecutive year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    Find out more.

  3. It's Groundhog Day... again

    Bill Murray

    Bill Murray got to relive Groundhog Day again and again in his hit 1993 comedy.

    Now cinemagoers in Liverpool have the chance to do the same - provided they are prepared to see Harold Ramis's film 12 times in 24 hours.

    Those up for the challenge on 2 February should get in touch with Liverpool's Small Cinema.

    Organisers call the event "a mixture of silliness and a genuine endurance challenge [like] having a doughnut without licking your lips."

    Read more on this story.

  4. Why do some songs make you sob?

    BBC Music

    James Taylor and Carole King in 1972

    Why do some songs make us bawl like babies? Radio 4's Soul Music has the answer, having examined half a dozen weepie tunes - among them You've Got a Friend, famously sung by both James Taylor and Carole King (above) - and found out what they mean to ordinary people.

    Got a hankie? Good, as you may well need it.

    Find out more.

    And tell us, which songs leave you with the bitter taste of tears?

  5. Rafe Spall: Oscar omissions 'outrageous'

    Rafe Spall

    British actor Rafe Spall has praised the "extraordinary" performance of fellow Brit Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation in an interview during which he was quizzed on the diversity debate surrounding this year's Oscar nominations.

    Spall, who starred with Elba in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, called the lack of nominations for black, Latino and Asian performers "kind of outrageous".

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Spall, who appears in Oscar candidate The Big Short, said there had been "extraordinary performances by black actors" in the last two years - years that have seen no non-white actors nominated for the Academy's four acting awards.

    Elba, he said, was "a notable omission", as were the black stars of Rocky spin-off Creed, "a film that everybody loves".

    "The people that vote for the Oscars, the people who vote for the Baftas, that's the thing that needs to change," he went on.

    Spall, in case you didn't know already, is the son of actor Timothy.

  6. Sundance: the pick of the crop

    BBC Culture

    BBC Culture

    Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe in Swiss Army Man

    BBC Culture has picked out some of the highlights from this year's Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in the wintry wonderland of Utah.

    Among them are a black comedy in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a dead man (above), a dramatisation of a slave uprising and a documentary from German film-maker Werner Herzog.

    Find out more.

  7. Fairy stories traced back 'thousands of years'

    Beauty and the Beast illustration

    Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can apparently be traced back thousands of years.

    That's according to academics who have studied links between bedtime stories and found that some have prehistoric roots.

    One even dates back to the Bronze Age.

    Find out more.

  8. Wire star says Oscars show 'lack of opportunity'

    BBC 5Live

    Actor Wendell Pierce, who stared in The Wire and Selma, has said the lack of diversity at the Oscars shows a "lack of opportunity" within the film industry for black and ethnic minority actors.

    Speaking to Radio 5 live, Pierce - who also starred in the TV shows Treme and Suits - said it was time to look at the "lack of inclusion" and the "root causes" of the problem.

    Video content

    Video caption: The Wire's Wendell Pierce say the Oscar nominations show a "lack of inclusion".
  9. Inside Joan Miro's Majorcan studio

    BBC Culture

    BBC Culture

    Joan Punyet Miro

    The grandson of famed Spanish artist Joan Miro has given Alistair Sooke a guided tour inside his grandfather's Majorca studio for BBC Culture.

    A reproduction of the studio has been erected at the Mayoral Gallery in London and opens to the public from Thursday.

    "To me, as a boy, he was not the great Miro: he was grandpa," said Joan Punyet Miro,

    "Only when I entered the studio in 1978 did I understand the importance of my grandpa around the world."

    Read more on this story.

  10. Sam Smith 'so upset' over racial abuse

    BBC Newsbeat

    Sam Smith

    Singer Sam Smith has posted a series of angry tweets in which he expresses outrage at an alleged incident of racial abuse involving one of his friends.

    The chart-topping star does not reveal details of the incident, though his tweets do suggest the police have been informed.

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter

    Read more on this story.

  11. Publisher Lord Weidenfeld dies at 96

    Lord Weidenfeld

    The publisher Lord Weidenfeld has died in London at the age of 96.

    Born in Vienna in 1919, George Weidenfeld co-founded the publishing company Weidenfeld & Nicolson with Nigel Nicolson in 1949.

    Their early successes included Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Isaiah Berlin's The Hedgehog and the Fox and James Watson's The Double Helix.

    Culture minister Ed Vaizey is among those to have paid tribute.

    View more on twitter

    Read more on this story.  

  12. Singer Black 'needs a miracle' to recover

    Colin Vearncombe aka Black

    The musician Colin Vearncombe, better known as Black, will need "a miracle" if he is to pull out of a coma after a car accident in Ireland, his management has said. 

    The Liverpudlian singer suffered swelling on his brain following the crash on 10 January near Cork Airport. 

    He has been in intensive care since. 

    "Scans have revealed that the injuries to his brain are worse than we feared and that he has only a slim chance of pulling through," his management said in a statement.

    "He is in a stable condition, which is being managed by the amazing staff of the intensive treatment unit, with his family by his side. 

    "More scans are scheduled for Friday morning. However, it is clear that if we are going to see an improvement, we will need a miracle."

    The 53-year-old had a global hit in 1987 with Wonderful Life.  

  13. Damon Albarn among artists for 14-18 NOW

    Damon Albarn with Africa Express musicians

    Blur frontman Damon Albarn, sculptor Yinka Shonibare and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood are among the artists who have been selected to take part in 14-18 NOW, an arts programme marking the centenary of World War I.

    The programme will place across the UK between 22 March and 18 November and will feature many free events.

    Albarn's Africa Express project will perfom with the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music at the Royal Festival Hall on 25 June.

    An exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, meanwhile, will see Dame Vivienne and other designers create new pieces inspired by the war's impact on women’s fashion and the role of women.

    Check out the full line-up.

  14. Winslow remembers Glenn Frey

    Glenn Frey

    The Arizona hamlet of Winslow had special reason to mourn the passing of Glenn Frey, having been immortalised in the Eagles' 1972 song Take It Easy.

    Should you need reminding, that's the one written by Frey and Jackson Browne that includes the line: "Well, I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see."

    The success of the song prompted the town to erect a statue of Browne that shows him, yes, standing on a corner.

    Said statue was the focal point for an impromptu memorial service on Tuesday that saw up to 200 people dancing to some of the many tunes that Frey had a hand in.

    Here's what Bob Hall, chief executive of the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, had to say about the late Eagles member.

    Quote Message: We're so appreciative here in Winslow, not just for Glenn Frey but for the Eagles. Everybody knows that song, and it's helped us get Winslow back on the map.
    Jackson Browne statue in Winslow, Arizona

    Flowers have been left at the statue in memory of Frey, who died on Monday at the age of 67 from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.  

  15. Stars turn out for Cirque premiere

    Model Lily Cole, former EastEnder Anita Dobson and Bond star Naomie Harris were among the celebrities who trooped along to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday for the gala opening night of Amaluna, the latest offering from the Cirque du Soleil troupe.

    Lily Cole, Anita Dobson and Naomie Harris

    Sir David Jason, Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins and Hear'Say member turned TV personality Myleene Klass were also in attendance for the UK premiere of the show, which uses Shakespeare's The Tempest as the starting point for some virtuoso circus spectacle.

    Sir David Jason, Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins and Hear'Say member turned TV personality Myleene Klass

    Choreographer Arlene Phillips, actress Noomi Rapace and Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones were among the other familiar faces in the audience as Cirque du Soleil marked its 20th year at the famous London venue.

    Arlene Phillips, Noomi Rapace and Maisie Williams

    Below are a few of the acts put on for their delectation.

    Amaluna performers
    Amaluna performer
    Amaluna performers

    Amaluna continues at the Royal Albert Hall in London until 6 March

  16. Diversity: young actress shares experiences

    BBC Newsbeat

    Paris Iris Campbell

    While the debate rages on about the lack of diversity at this year's Oscars, a young British actress has been talking about her own fledgling experiences in the industry.

    Here's what Paris Iris Campbell - who first appeared in the documentary Tempest in 2012 - had to tell Newsbeat.

    Quote Message: I've sadly come across a lot of roles that require me to be an urban street girl. I need to do a good urban accent, a good southern American accent and I need to be able to play a convincing slave.

    Read more on this story.

  17. Average cinema ticket price hits record high

    A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to make a lot of money in a very short space of time.

    But a new report suggests its success wasn't just to do with high audience numbers. 

    The National Association of Theatre Owners revealed on Tuesday that the average price of a movie ticket in the US hit a record high of $8.70 (£6.14) between October and December last year.

    That's a rise of 40 cents, or 28p, on what it cost one year ago to go to the pictures.

    Over the full year of 2015, the average ticket cost $8.43 (£5.94).   

    The averages cover cinemas across the country and showings at all times of day.

  18. X Factor runners-up sign with Syco

    Reggie N Bollie

    Reggie N Bollie, who came second in last year's X Factor to winner Louisa Johnson, have reason to celebrate this week, having just signed a record deal with Simon Cowell's Syco Music label.

    The upbeat double act - who go by the names Reggie Zippy and Bollie Babeface - were mentored by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the ITV show and will soon be seen on the X Factor arena tour.

    Here's how they shared their good news.

    Quote Message: We are so happy to be joining the Syco Music family and releasing our record with them. It is, literally, a dream come true for us to now do what we love for a living. We promise to work hard and show you all what Reggie and Bollie are made of. Here's to a fun 2016.
  19. BBC launch amateur orchestra search

    Orchestra

    Are you part of an amateur orchestra? Are you looking for your big break?

    Then you may be in luck, as the BBC has launched a search to find the UK's most inspirational amateur orchestras.

    The grand final, to be broadcast on BBC Two, will see the winners getting to perform at a major public event later this year.

    It's part of BBC Music's Get Playing initiative, which encourages people to try their hand at music.

    Read more on this story.

  20. Jamie Foxx hailed a hero after real-life rescue

    It's a scene that could have come from any Hollywood movie. This time, though, it was for real as actor Jamie Foxx proved to be just as handy off camera when he helped rescue a man from a burning truck in California.

    According to police, the pick-up came off the road and crashed into a ditch, rolling over multiple times and becoming engulfed in flames with a male driver trapped inside. 

    Foxx, who heard the crash from his house, called 911 and ran to the scene, helping an off-duty paramedic to pull 32-year-old Brett Kyle from the vehicle.

    He met Brett's dad and reporters afterwards.

    Video content

    Video caption: Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx pulls man from burning truck in California.

    Way to go Jamie! Read more on this story.