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  1. News updates for 25 January 2016
  2. Daniel Radcliffe film splits critics at Sundance Film Festival
  3. David Bowie's son thanks fans for support
  4. Big Short takes lead in Oscars race

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By Kev Geoghegan and Helen Bushby

All times stated are UK

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  1. And we're done...

    That's it for another day, hope we've kept you entertained and informed.

    We'll be back with more of the same again tomorrow.

    To our Scots readers celebrating the birthday of their nation's favourite poet Rabbie Burns, we say Happy Burns Night.

    If you're planning on attending a haggis supper, here is John Gordon Sinclair reciting Burn's ode to the dish.

    If not, here is David Tennant in a kilt..

    David Tennant
  2. How Scotland is 'tartan up' comic book movies

    Karen Gillan

    Today's blockbuster superhero movies may be adapted from the comic book universes of Marvel or DC Comics but they apparently all have one thing in common - a link to Scotland. 

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter Steven McKenzie has written a piece looking at Scottish connections from the Avengers and Batman, to Wonder Woman and the X Men. 

    They include Karen Gillan, Ewen Bremner and Alan Cumming, to name just three...

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  3. Friends meets Big Bang Theory!

    Wow - check out Kaley Cuoco's Instagram feed - it's TV gold. The cast of Big Bang met with (nearly) all of the cast of Friends at a gala dinner in memory of their late director James Burrows.

    Only Matthew Perry was unable to attend, as he was at rehearsals for his West End play The End of Longing. 

    Cuoco revealed that she "died and went to heaven".

    We can see why.

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  4. Rihanna has finally finished her album

    It's been four years in the making, and subject to repeated delays... but Rihanna says she has finally completed her eighth studio album, ANTI.

    The Bajan pop star announced the news while wearing a gold crown and diamond-studded Dolce and Gabbana headphones. Because she can.

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    Producer Kuk Harrell also confirmed the news on Instagram, posting a picture of himself drinking champagne with the caption "mission accomplished".

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    Ever respectful, Rihanna's fans celebrated today's news through the medium of parody.

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    Little is known about the album - no song titles, release dates or credits have been revealed as yet.

    But Rihanna recently let slip that Anti's original executive producer Kanye West was no longer at the helm.

    The record follows 2012's Unapologetic, a UK number one in December 2012.  

  5. Chris Rock 'rewriting' Oscars ceremony material

    Chris Rock

    Oscars host Chris Rock busy rewriting his material for next month's show, its producer Reginald Hudlin has said.

    Rock finished his original script "about a week ago and then as things got a little provocative and exciting," Hudlin told Entertainment Tonight.

    "He said: 'I'm throwing out the show I wrote and I'm writing a new show'," the producer added.

    It comes in the wake of Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announcing plans to change its membership after a backlash over the lack of diversity in this year's acting nominees.

    Rock is "hard at work," Hudlin added, saying the comic had locked himself in a room with his writers.

    "I have 1,000% confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks," the producer said.

    He welcomed the idea of Rock telling #OscarsSoWhite jokes.

    "And, yes, the Academy is ready for him to do that. They're excited about him doing that. They know that's what we need. They know that's what the public wants, and we deliver what the people want," he said.

  6. Acclaimed ballerina stars in new Chemical Brothers video

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    Music reporter

    Sonoya Mizuno

    The Chemical Brothers have a history of eye-catching videos - working with acclaimed directors such as Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze over the years.

    In 2005, they won an MTV Award for the (frankly terrifying) Believe, in which a factory worker becomes convinced he is being pursued by a welding robot.

    That clip was directed by Dom and Nic, who previously worked on Supergrass's Alright and Robbie Williams' ice skating epic She's The One.

    Now they've teamed up again, for the Chemical Brothers' new single Wide Open (ft Beck), starring dancer Sonoya Mizuno, formerly of the Scottish ballet - although you may recognise her better as Kyoko from Ex Machina.

    This video takes a similarly sci-fi theme to the hit film - but we won't spoil the surprise. Watch below.

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    Meanwhile the Chemical Brothers are making what is billed as a "major live announcement for London" later tonight. You can see what all the fuss is about on their official website at 19:00 GMT.

  7. Reaction to Stormzy's Brit criticism


    Earlier, we told you about British grime artist Stormzy and his criticism of the lack of racial diversity at this year's Brit nominations.

    Well you have been in touch with us on Twitter to share your feelings on the issue 

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  8. No investigation over Celeb Big Brother complaints

    Winston McKenzie

    An episode of Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother, which drew more than 400 complaints to Ofcom, will not be investigated by the watchdog.

    The complaints related to comments made by Winston McKenzie on the launch show which was broadcast on 5 January.  

    In a pre-recorded segment, the London Mayoral candidate said he would "cope with a homosexual in the house" by "standing against a brick wall all the time".

    Jimmy Carr

    An episode of BBC One's The One Show was found in breach of rules after 11 people complained about a joke made by the comedian Jimmy Carr.

    He said: "I tried to write the shortest joke possible, so I wrote a two-word joke, which was: 'Dwarf shortage'." 

    In its ruling  Ofcom said: "In our view, it would have been clear to the audience - and a substantial level of offence would have been likely to have been caused - by Jimmy Carr combining his initial joke (Dwarf shortage) with his follow-up statement ('If you're a dwarf and you're offended by that: Grow up!') in order to derive humour from people with the medical condition of dwarfism."  

  9. Jekyll and Hyde breached Ofcom guidelines

    Jekyll and Hyde

    The first episode of ITV's fantasy drama Jekyll and Hyde was broadcast too early to be suitable for young children.

    That's according to media watchdog Ofcom, which found several scenes, broadcast from 18:30 GMT last year, "were likely to frighten and disturb younger children". 

    ITV said it had warned viewers about the content and that most of the violence depicted was "fantastical". 

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  10. 'A bus, a bus! My kingdom for a bus!'

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Ian McKellen

    Sir Ian McKellen is adding a new role to his impressive CV - that of a bus tour guide. 

    The star of stage and screen will be the host on a number of public tours of the London locations of his 1995 film Richard III.

    Speaking at the BFI today, Sir Ian said:  

    Quote Message: I've always thought it might be fun to take a bus tour around the sites of Richard III. You would watch snippets of the film sitting in the coach and then arrive at the actual location and see it. I want to be the tour leader."

    The 1995 film, directed by Richard Loncraine, was set in an alternative fascist 1930s England. Locations included St Pancras station, Battersea Power Station and the building that is now Tate Modern. 

    Starring alongside Sir Ian were Dame Maggie Smith, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Dame Kristen Scott Thomas, Robert Downey Jr and Dominic West. 

    Sir Ian added: 

    Quote Message: "What a cast we had! Half of Downton Abbey is in it. I was thrilled when Maggie, who is only a little bit older than me, agreed to play my mother."

    The bus tour will be part of the BFI's Shakespeare on Film programme which begins in April to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.    

  11. Hiddleston: Acting 'class debate' divisive

    Tom Hiddleston

    Avengers star Tom Hiddleston has said the debate over whether actors' social class benefits their careers is "socially divisive".

    He told The Observer he objected to the idea that the industry was dominated by Eton alumni. 

    The actor, who attended Eton, Cambridge and Rada, said:

    Quote Message: There are so many successful actors who didn't go there [Eton]. Like Michael Fassbender and Daniel Craig and Domhnall Gleeson and Luke Evans and Gemma Arterton and Andrea Riseborough. There's so many, the list goes on and on and on. Idris Elba. from Tom Hiddleston
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     He did acknowledge that inequality of opportunity was an issue though, adding:

    Quote Message: It's socially divisive in a way it shouldn't be, because I think wherever you are from you should be able to follow your passion. There is an acknowledged problem of access and inequality of opportunity - I don't know how to remedy that. But yeah, I'm on everyone's side; I'm on the side of the actors.
  12. Lord Sugar only wants 'serious people'

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    Alan Sugar

    The deadline for applying for the new series of The Apprentice is 23:59 on Monday 25 January.

    So if you think you've got what it takes to be Lord Sugar's next business partner, you haven't got long.

    The businessman says he only wants "serious people" for the 12th series of The Apprentice.

    You can apply on the show's website but there is a word of warning from Lord Sugar if you just want to be famous: 

    Quote Message: Forget it. This isn't some kind of game show. Be under no illusion, this is a life-changing process. It's a new year, new opportunities. We want people who've got experience in a certain area and want to take it to the next level. from Lord Sugar
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    The businessman says he only wants "serious people" for the 12th series of The Apprentice.

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  13. Delpy sorry for 'African American' comments

    Julie Delpy

    Actress Julie Delpy has apologised for saying there is "nothing worse than being a woman in the entertainment business" and "sometimes I wish I were African American".

    The Before Sunrise star told The Wrap on Friday she had complained to the Academy about the Oscars being very male and white two years ago, but was criticised for saying it. 

    While at the Sundance Film Festival, she said:

    Quote Message: I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media. It’s funny - women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward. It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that. from Julie Delpy
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    Her comments were made after the Academy said it was taking action to increase the diversity of its membership. 

    But in a later statement to, Delpy issued this apology:

    Quote Message: I’m very sorry for how I expressed myself. It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary. All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman). Again I’m so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can’t stand inequality and injustice of any kind. from Julie Delpy
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  14. Potato picture sells for £750,000

    BBC Newsbeat

    Potato photograph

    Yearning for starchy carbohydrates after a few drinks is nothing new - but a businessman has taken it to a new level.

    After a few glasses of wine, he bought a picture of an Irish potato for £750,000.

    "It's not the first time that someone has bought the art right off my wall," photographer Kevin Abosch told the Sunday Times.

    "We had two glasses of wine and he said, "I really like that",

    "Two more glasses of wine and he said 'I really want that'. We set the price two weeks later."

    Abosch took the picture of the organic Irish potato back in 2010 as part of a series, but he's already known for snapping celebrities like Johnny Depp and Steven Spielberg.

    So the potato is in good company.

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  15. Tracy Beaker star Harmer pregnant


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    Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone

    Tracy Beaker and Strictly star Dani Harmer has revealed she is expecting her first child.

    Harmer, 26, who is expecting a baby with her boyfriend Simon Brough, said she is still typecast as her much younger character Beaker.

    Quote Message: People still see me as a teenager. I did the Rocky Horror Show a couple of years ago and some people were like: 'Hang on... Tracy Beaker's going to be in her underwear on stage? from Dani Harmer
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    The actress added that she "absolutely can't wait", and that "I've always wanted to be a mum".

  16. Jeremy Clarkson criticised over transgender article

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    Jeremy Clarkson

    Former BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised over a newspaper article in which he said that children who believe they are transgender shouldn't be "indulged".

    In his Sunday Times opinion piece, he told a story about an eight-year-old whose parents "had simply indulged this whim."

    Jennie Kermode, the chair of Trans Media Watch, which campaigns for better understanding of trans issues in the media told Newsbeat: "What he says is at odds with the opinion of the vast majority of professionals who work with trans children or on wider trans issues."

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  17. New Banksy takes aim at French authorities

    Woman jogs past Banksy mural

    A new Banksy piece, which has appeared opposite the French embassy in London has the French authorities in its sights  

    The artwork has criticised the police's use of teargas in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais and depicts the young girl from the Les Miserables musical poster with tears streaming from her eyes, as a can of CS gas lies beneath her. 

    It includes an interactive code which, when scanned, links to a video of teargas and rubber bullets allegedly being used in a police raid on 5 January.

    Workmen have already begun removing the artwork.

    A workman removes the Banksy mural

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  18. Labyrinth remake in the pipeline?

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    There are rumours afoot that a remake of the 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King (above), is being planned.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio TriStar has made a deal with The Jim Henson Co. and has hired Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman.

    However, she has taken to Twitter to deny the reports..

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    There have also been reports that the film is not a remake but will be a sequel.

    We'll try and keep you posted on any developments.

  19. Lulu to perform Bowie song on her tour


    Lulu has said she will sing her David Bowie collaboration The Man Who Sold the World on her upcoming UK tour.

    "I can't not sing The Man Who Sold The World. I can't not do that song," she said.

    Bowie co-produced her version of the song, which was the title track from his third studio album with musician Mick Ronson. 

    She released the single in 1974 and it hit number three in the charts - her next top five hit after 1969's Boom Bang-A-Bang.

    She added:

    Quote Message: Like everyone of his generation, I feel sad for him, but I feel really sad, because I'm a woman, for his wife and for his family. From what I can tell, I think they're coping with it beautifully and I think he came to terms with his death quite admirably. from Lulu
  20. Revenant tops freezing US box office

    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio's ice-encrusted survival film The Revenant has topped the US box office in a weekend when millions across the eastern US were engulfed by a massive snowstorm.

    Despite the freezing weather, The Revenant, which makes you feel chilly just watching it, took in an estimated $16m (£11.2m) in its third week of wide release.

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in second place with $14.3m (£10m). 

    But its success is showing no sign of waning, having taken $1.94bn (£1.36bn) - it's expected to exceed $2bn next week. 

    Last week's number one film, comedy Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, fell to number three with $13m (£9.1m).