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  1. News updates for 26 January 2016
  2. Undiscovered century-old Beatrix Potter story to be published
  3. Matt Smith to play famed photographer
  4. Miley Cyrus to star in new Woody Allen Amazon series
  5. Game of Thrones star 'dragged to hell' in new play

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By Emma Saunders and Kev Geoghegan

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  1. TTFN

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    Sadly, it's time for us to depart for the day. But we'll be back again tomorrow with more of the latest arts and entertainment news. 

    Thanks for joining us and catch up with you in a bit.

  2. Batman v Superman

    Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice will be winging its way into cinemas in the spring but we have a trailer to whet your appetite in the meantime.

    And this one gives a glimpse of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.

    Ben Affleck stars as Batman vs Henry Cavill as Superman.

    Who's your money on?

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  3. Jerry Springer joins Good Morning Britain

    Jerry Springer

    US chat show host Jerry Springer is joining ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain.

    Jerry will be covering the US presidential election, starting on Monday 1 February.

    The former mayor of Cincinnati should have some interesting insights as the race hots up.

  4. Lysette Anthony joins Hollyoaks cast

    Lysette Anthony in Hollyoaks

    Lysette Anthony - once described as the "face of the eighties" by photographer David Bailey, is to join the cast of Hollyoaks.

    She will play the tempestuous Marnie Nightingale - ex wife of Mac and mother of James, Nathan and Ellie. 

    She's best known to TV audiences for the 1980s BBC One sitcom Three Up, Two Down, pictured below. 

    Ray Burdis and Lysette Anthony

    "Quite simply I am utterly 'made up' joining Hollyoaks," she said.

    "It's a fabulous show, great cast and brilliant crews - a lovely place to work."

    She added that her character Marnie is back "determined to humiliate and destroy" her ex-husband. 

  5. Festivals round-up

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    LCD Soundsystem

    It's that time of year where festivals start to unveil their headline acts - giving us a clue about who has got new music in the works.

    Dance act LCD Soundsystem are to play their first UK date since reforming at Lovebox in London's Victoria Park this July. They will headline on Saturday 17, while Major Lazer take the honours the previous day.

    The award-winning Green Man festival has invited Belle and Sebastian, James Blake and Wild Beasts over to the Brecon Beacons in Wales (they all said yes).

    And Arcade Fire will play their first European shows in two years at NOS Alive in Portugal (July 9) and Bilbao BBK Live in Spain (July 7-9).

    Before all of that, there's the BBC 6 Music festival in Bristol next month. Tickets for the main shows - featuring Primal Scream, Foals, Laura Marling and Suede - sold out minutes after going on sale yesterday. 

    But the station has just announced auxiliary daytime and late night shows - including performances by Julian Cope, Saul Williams, Julio Bashmore and Craig Charles.

    You can find out more on the 6 Music website.

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  6. Prado Museum acquires Florentine masterpiece

    The Virgin of the Pomegranate by Guido di Pietro, known as Fra Angelico

    A masterpiece by artist Fra Angelico has been acquired by the Museo del Prado in Madrid for a cool 18m (£13.7m) euros. 

    The Virgin of the Pomegranate is the only Florentine masterpiece in existence from the early 15th Century.

    It will be purchased over the next four years with the help of 10m euros from the Spanish government, 4m euros from the Friends of the Prado and another 4m euros from the museum's own funds.

    The painting is being bought from the Duke of Alba, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martinez de Irujo.

  7. NWA actor Corey Hawkins in new series of 24

    Deadline Hollywood

    Corey Hawkins in Straight Outta Compton

    Corey Hawkins is best known to cinema audiences as Dr Dre in the box office hit film Straight Outta Compton.

    But now he's reportedly been cast as the lead in the next series of 24.

    24 Legacy reboots the franchise, which starred Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, with brand new characters, led by military hero and CTU operative Eric Carter (Hawkins). 

    Sorry Bauer fans, Kief is not reprising his role and is not creatively involved in the project.

  8. Self-taught US artist Thornton Dial dies

    Thornton Dial

    US artist Thornton Dial, who used discarded junk to make colourfully painted sculptures, has died at his home in Alabama at the age of 87. 

    Born in 1928, the self-taught artist's work dealt with history, politics and race relations. 

    He came to wide attention in the art world in 1987 and his works are held in the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington and the High Museum in Atlanta. 


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  9. JK Rowling to receive US literary prize

    JK Rowling

    JK Rowling is to receive a prestigious award from literary and human rights group Pen America.

    The Harry Potter author will be presented with the Pen/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award on 16 May at the group's annual spring gala in New York.

    Pen (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) said it was honouring the author in recognition of her support for free expression and charitable causes.

    Previous winners have included Sir Salman Rushdie and Sir Tom Stoppard.

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  10. The rollerdisco still going after 50 years

    Here is something a little bit different, the Moonlight Rollerway in California which is still going strong after more than 50 years.

    It used to be a factory manufacturing WW2 fighter planes.

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    Video caption: Moonlight Rollerway in California still sees hundreds of skaters on weekend nights
  11. Domingo sees double

    Placido Domingo

    Opera star Placido Domingo met his match when he got up close with his wax double at the Madrid Wax Museum, which was made to celebrate his career and mark his 75th birthday. 

    "I hope that the people who come here realise I am from Madrid and am very proud to carry Spain's name around the world," he said. 

    "My special thanks because this an extraordinary tribute."   

    Domingo is set to open the Los Angeles Opera's season as Macbeth in September.

  12. White Oscar on Variety cover

    Film trade magazine Variety has waded into the Academy Awards Oscars debate by featuring a white Oscar statuette on its latest cover, accompanied by the words: "Shame on us."

    For the second year running, no black or minority actors have been nominated in the four Oscars acting categories and numerous actors have backed director Spike Lee's announcement that he could not support the "lily white" awards show.

    Variety co-editor-in-chief, Claudia Eller, tweeted "we are all to blame".

  13. Dame Judi Dench triumphs at critics' awards

    Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh

    Dame Judi Dench has won the prize for best Shakespearean performance at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

    Dame Judi played Paulina opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh's tortured king Leontes in The Winter's Tale.

    Her win comes 18 years after she won the critics' award for best actress for Amy’s View.

    The other winners, announced at today's ceremony at London's Prince of Wales Theatre, were:  

    Best New Play: Hangmen by Martin McDonagh

    Best Musical (new or revival): Bend It Like Beckham

    Best Actor: Kenneth Cranham in The Father

    Best Actress: Denise Gough in People, Places and Things

    Best Director: Robert Icke for Oresteia

    Best Designer: Anna Fleischle for Hangmen

    Most Promising Playwright: James Fritz for Four Minutes Twelve Seconds

    Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright): David Moorst in Violence and Son

  14. Sian Blake partner 'to return to UK'

    Arthur Simpson-Kent

    The partner of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake, who was found dead with her two sons in her garden, has told a Ghanaian court he will return to the UK.

    Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, appeared at an extradition hearing in Accra.

    He said he voluntarily submitted and would have returned to the UK previously had he not been arrested.

    He left the UK on 19 December following the deaths of Ms Blake, 43, and their two young sons, Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon.

    The Metropolitan Police launched a murder investigation after Ms Blake, who was last seen in public on 13 December, was found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, London, with their two children on 5 January.

    Mr Simpson-Kent was arrested at a Ghanaian beach resort on 9 January.

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  15. Costa Book Prize final

    Kate Atkinson

    Just a reminder that it's the Costa Book Prize final later tonight - the five finalists are:

    • Andrew Michael Hurley (best novel award winner) for his suspense novel, Loney.
    • Kate Atkinson (best novel) for wartime drama A God in Ruins
    • Andrea Wolf (best biography) for her book about forgotten scientist, Alexander von Humboldt
    • Don Paterson (best poetry) for his latest collection, 40 Sonnets
    • Frances Hardinge (best children's book) for her Victorian fantasy novel The Lie Tree

    Take a look at the main BBC News Entertainment and Arts page this evening to find out who will take home the £30,000 prize.

  16. Star Trek to celebrate anniversary in New York

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Star Trek

    Trekkers, gather round.

    As you'll know, Star Trek is marking its 50th anniversary in September and the Hollywood Reporter has now revealed the celebrations will kick of with a three-day event, Star Trek: Mission New York, from 2 - 4 September.

    Taking place at the Javits Center, the event is being put together by Comic-Con planners ReedPOP. 

    The company's senior vice president, Lance Festerman, said in a statement that the convention "will be a completely unique fan event unlike anything seen before, giving (fans) the chance to go beyond panels and autograph signings, and immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe".

    Star Trek's official anniversary is on the 8 September, half a century after the show's 1966 debut on NBC.  

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  17. Ellie Goulding has lucky escape

    BBC Newsbeat

    Ellie Goulding says she had a lucky escape in Norway recently.

    The singer posted a photo of her all-terrain vehicle sinking into a lake after the ice cracked and said she was minutes away from going under with it.

    The picture shows the wagon she was travelling in with tour photographer Conor McDonnell half-submerged in the frozen water.

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  18. Chris Brown will not face battery charges

    Chris Brown

    Singer Chris Brown will not be charged by authorities in Las Vegas after a woman accused him of hitting her and taking her phone in a casino hotel room earlier this month.

    The County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said there wasn't enough evidence to seek misdemeanor battery and theft charges. 

    Police had said the woman complained Brown struck her and took her mobile phone when she tried to take his photo during a private party.

    His publicist had called the woman's account "unequivocally untrue".

  19. Last Shadow Puppets on tour


    Alex Turner

    The Last Shadow Puppets have announced a tour following the news that they will release their second album, Everything You've Come to Expect, on 1 April.

    But there are only nine dates, with just four of those in the UK.

    The tour will kick off in Edinburgh on 26 March and conclude in LA on 20 April. 

    Here's the full list:

    Edinburgh, Usher Hall (March 26)Paris, Olympia (March 29)London, Hackney Empire (April 1)Liverpool, Olympia (April 2)Sheffield, City Hall (April 3)Amsterdam, Paradiso (April 7)New York, Webster Hall (April 11)San Francisco, The Fillmore (April 17)Los Angeles, The Theatre at Ace Hotel (April 20)

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  20. Matt Smith to play Robert Mapplethorpe

    Deadline Hollywood

    Matt Smith

    Matt Smith, who is still best known for playing the Doctor, is reportedly set to play larger-than-life photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a new biopic.

    The film is to be directed by writer-director Ondi Timoner, whose 2015 documentary Brand: A Second Coming, about Russell Brand, opened the SXSW festival.

    Girls actress Zosia Mamet has been cast to play singer Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe’s one-time lover and best friend.

    Zosia Mamet

    Mapplethorpe, known for his black and white nude portraits, died of Aids in 1989 at the age of 42. 

    Timoner said: “I am ecstatic to have found Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet. They will bring indelible passion, raw humanity, and authenticity to this timeless, inspiring story.”

    She also tweeted:

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