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Summary

  1. News and updates for Wednesday 27 January 2016
  2. Dad's Army stars attend world premiere in London
  3. Bradley Cooper imposter uncovered at Sundance Film Festival
  4. One Direction release "final" video
  5. Woman's Hour launches monthly late-night show

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By Neil Smith and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. And we're done

    Neil Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all we have time for on today's live page, but we'll be back tomorrow with another busy bulletin full of arts and entertainment news.

    We'll leave you with a newly released clip from Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming comedy Grimsby, a spy spoof about a resourceful secret agent (Mark Strong) with an Achilles heel in the form of a spectacularly gormless brother (guess who?).

    Warning: this clip features gunfire, physical injury and an exaggerated Northern accent.

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  2. Bradley Cooper impersonator exposed

    The face of a man who has reportedly been gatecrashing parties at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah by pretending to be actor Bradley Cooper has been exposed - thanks to a fan of the star who took a selfie of himself with the impostor and posted it on Instagram.

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    Based on this evidence alone, we think the man whom one website has dubbed "Cradley Booper" is a pretty decent likeness for the Oscar-nominated star of the Hangover films. But what do you think? Let us know through the usual channels.

    Here's a picture of the real Bradley Cooper for you to compare.

    Bradley Cooper
  3. 10-hour film of paint drying rated U

    A 607-minute film of paint drying on a wall has been granted a U certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

    Journalist turned film-maker Charlie Lyne made the 'film' as an act of protest against the fees the BBFC charges to classify movies.

    Two BBFC examiners watched the film over a period of two days before coming to the conclusion it contained "no material likely to offend or harm". (What, not even enamel cruelty?)

    Here's how Lyne, who raised the money needed to submit his film to the BBFC via the Kickstarter fundraising website, celebrated getting his point across.

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  4. Academy changes 'not about political correctness'

    Dawn Hudson and Cheryl Boone Isaacs

    The chief executive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - the organisation that hands out the Oscars - has said new measures aimed at diversifying its membership are not about being "politically correct".

    Following a backlash over this year's all-white acting nominees, the Academy has pledged to double the number of female and minority members by 2020 and strip voting rights from those who have not been active in the industry for the past decade.

    Dawn Hudson (pictured above with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs) told the Hollywood Reporter the changes were part of ensuring the Academy remained an elite institution.

    Quote Message: We are the best of the best in the film industry. We don't feel that we have looked far and wide enough for the best of the best. It's not about political correctness, it's about building the best team, the best institution, the best artists. Because unless you have the best artists voting... you don't have a real reflection of the best of our film culture.

    Meanwhile, Animal House actor Stephen Furst has hit out at the proposed changes, saying the Academy is being ageist and sexist.

    "One of the many reasons for the lack of diversity in nominees this year is that many members vote without watching all the films," he claimed in a open letter published by Variety.

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  5. Michael Douglas to be honoured at Cesars

    Michael Douglas

    Having brought you news earlier about Catherine Zeta Jones, it seems fitting that her husband, actor Michael Douglas, should also get a look-in.

    How convenient, then, that the organisers of the Cesar awards - France's version of the Oscars - should choose today to announce they are to present Douglas with an honorary Cesar at their awards ceremony next month.

    Douglas will receive his accolade in Paris on 26 February, two days before the Oscars are handed out in Los Angeles.  

    Here's what the French Academy had to say about the 71-year-old star of Wall Street, Basic Instinct and many, many more.

    Quote Message: His unique background in American cinema makes him an absolute star, and he has become a legend in his lifetime.

    Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert are among the nominees for the Cesars proper, having both been shortlisted for their performances in the marital drama Valley of Love.

    My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse), the story of an anthropologist looking back over his life, and Marguerite, about a wealthy opera lover with a terrible voice, lead the field this year, having received 11 nominations each.

  6. Is protest music dead?

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    John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-in"

    "What's happened to all the protest songs?"

    It's a common question among a certain generation of musicians - people who grew up with John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On? or Mississipi Goddam, Nina Simone's vitriolic response to the murder of four children by the Ku Klux Klan.

    Well, it seems the genre isn't entirely dead - as Bombay Bicycle Club's Jamie MacColl discovered on a Radio 1 documentary last night.

    The guitarist, who is related to politically-motivated singers Ewan MacColl and Pete Seeger, looked at rap's response to police brutality in the US and uncovered the furious subtext to Hozier's Take Me To Church.

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    Video caption: Jamie MacColl talks to Hozier about one of the biggest songs of the last 2 years

    The conclusion? Protest music still exists, but the messages are less explicit than in the '60s and '70s. 

    Listen to the whole programme on the iPlayer.

  7. Ai Weiwei closes exhibit in anti-Denmark protest

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has pulled the plug on an exhibition of his work in Denmark in protest at the country's plans to confiscate asylum seekers' valuables to pay for their upkeep.

    His Ruptures exhibition closed on Wednesday at the Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen, having been expected to end in April.

    Here's how the artist and collector Jens Faurschou announced the decision on Instagram.

    Ai Weiwei Instagram post

    Read more on this story and check out this 360 degree virtual tour of Ai's 2015 exhibition at the Royal Academy in London.

  8. Your views: Dad's Army movie

    After telling you earlier about critics' mixed reviews for the big-screen version of Dad's Army, lots of you have been getting in touch with your thoughts.

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  9. Watch out, Oh Wonder are about

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Oh Wonder

    London pop duo Oh Wonder have briefly turned into Jeremy Beadle for their new video, Lose It.

    The musicians, Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, invited five dancers to audition for the clip,. Mid-way through their prepared routines, though, the artists were surprised by... well, a surprise.

    "The dancers were truly losing it, in every sense of the word," said the band. "And it was magical to watch..."  

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  10. Olivier Awards launch YouTube channel

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    Olivier Awards

    This year's Oliviers will be streamed on YouTube in an effort to make the awards more accessible to a global audience.

    ITV will screen highlights from the ceremony, which will be held on 3 April at London's Royal Opera House, with the full bash available to watch internationally on YouTube shortly afterwards.

    The nominations for this year's awards will be announced on 29 February.

  11. Will Smith performs about face

    Hollywood star Will Smith is currently touring the world promoting Concussion, the American football-based drama that has gotten an awful lot of press for NOT landing its lead an Oscar nomination.

    Here's a few snaps of the Independence Day actor having fun in Madrid on Wednesday with a massive picture of his own face.

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    Will Smith
    Will Smith

    La Verdad Duele, incidentally, translates into English as "The Truth Hurts".

  12. Vampire Weekend guitarist quits

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Vampire Weekend

    Rostam Batmanglij, who co-wrote Vampire Weekend's biggest hits with singer Ezra Koenig, has announced he's leaving the band.

    "My identity as a songwriter and producer, I realised, needs to stand on its own," he wrote in a lengthy Twitter post.

    Confusingly, the guitarist and keyboard player said he would continue to work with the band - who are currently recording their fourth album - while pursuing other projects.

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    Koenig also released a statement on Instagram, which attempts to make some sense of the "Is he in the-band or not?" question.

    Quote Message: A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I'm psyched about the work we've already begun for LP4 and I'm psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of.

    So that's that cleared up, then.

    Rostam's work outside Vampire Weekend includes collaborations with Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Haim, Santigold, Jenny Lewis and Ra Ra Riot.

    He recently released a hymn-like solo single, EOS, and has hinted that more solo material is on the way. 

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  13. Broadway suffers from US snowstorm

    Woman in New York's Times Square

    The massive snowstorm that hit the east coast of the US also hit Broadway box office receipts, figures show.

    With New York under 26 inches (66 cm) of snow, most shows were reduced to six performances instead of eight after theatres were forced to close.

    The Broadway League said takings for the week were $15.98m (£11.2m) - much lower than the previous week's haul of $26.2m (£18.3m) - with every show losing money.

    Attendance also dropped, from 257,867 to 174,717 theatregoers.

  14. Rihanna single premieres on Radio 1

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    The cover for Rihanna's Work

    Rihanna's new single has just premiered on BBC Radio 1. Just as we predicted earlier, it's called Work and it's a duet with Drake.

    It's a minimal, repetitive track, Rihanna declaring her love in a drowsy vocal. "If I get another chance to / I will never, no never neglect you," she slurs over a subtle dancehall beat.

    You can hear it or buy it on Tidal - the streaming service in which Rihanna reportedly has a 3% stake.

    Once you've heard it, please let our colleagues at Radio 1 know your thoughts.

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  15. One Direction release 'final' video

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    One Direction

    Just days before Zayn Malik releases his debut solo single, One Direction have put out what could be their last ever video.

    History is a nostalgia-packed ode to their fans, "the greatest team the world has ever seen". 

    If the bitter-sweet lyrics don't set you off, the video probably will. Featuring archive footage of the boyband from their fresh-faced X Factor days, it's precision-targeted at their fans' tear ducts.

    Blub away.

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  16. Stallone to be honoured in Santa Barbara

    Sylvester Stallone

    It's turning into quite a January for Sylvester Stallone, what with a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice award and an Oscar nomination for his comeback performance as Rocky Balboa in Creed.

    Now the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is getting in on the act, having revealed the 69-year-old as the recipient of its annual Montecito Award.

    Stallone will be presented with the accolade - given each year to a performer "who has given a series of classic and stand-out performances throughout his or her career" - on 9 February.

    Here's what the festival's executive director, Roger Durling, had to say about its latest honouree.

    Quote Message: Sylvester Stallone's performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created.
    Quote Message: Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes. He is a true legend in our field.

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  17. All Saints announce new album

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    All Saints

    Night swimming, beach walking, always silent, never talking girl band All Saints are back, Back, BACK! 

    The group - marketed as the cool alternative to the Spice Girls in the 1990s - have largely been silent since 2007's Rock Steady, which limped into the charts at number 40.

    But they've just announced a new single - One Strike, out on 26 February - with an album called Red Flag to follow. 

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    The band famously fell out in 2001 over a combat jacket, which both Shaznay Lewis and Natalie Appleton wanted to wear for a photo shoot.

    The incident spelled the end of their chart-topping imperial phase, but a nostalgia tour with the Backstreet Boys last year inspired them to return to the studio.

    “We didn’t force ourselves into this situation,” says Natalie. "I just missed being with the girls. It makes us happy."

    The new single is described as "lovelorn yet uplifting" and refers to Nicole Appleton's split from Oasis star Liam Gallagher. 

    "The lyrics came from somewhere very real," says Lewis, the band's chief songwriter. "Nic was going through a lot of things at that time. That was at the forefront of my mind because it was the heaviest thing going on."  

    Nicole's sister Natalie adds: “The first few times I heard it in my car I couldn’t stop crying, because I could hear so clearly what it was about.”

    We don't get to hear the record for a while yet - so let's revisit one of the band's biggest songs, Pure Shores, which hit number one in 2000.

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  18. Woman's Hour launches late-night show

    Lauren Laverne

    Radio 4's Woman's Hour is to launch a regular late-night programme hosted by Lauren Laverne.

    An eight-part series of Late Night Woman's Hour was broadcast in August last year, and now the show has graduated to a monthly slot.

    The first episode launches tomorrow, with each edition available first as an extended podcast on the last Thursday of the month, before being broadcast on Radio 4 the following day.

    February's Woman's Hour will also launch The Green Room, a BBC pilot video project aimed at younger women.

    Here's what Laverne (pictured) had to say about the programme.

    Quote Message: I'm so excited to be part of the Woman's Hour team. Woman's Hour has a wonderful history, but has also never felt more relevant. I've been a listener for years and hope that our late-night shows can continue the programme's fearless, surprising and engaging line of inquiry, finding out more about women's lives today.
  19. Sundance: Slave biopic 'sells for $17.5m'

    Nate Parker (centre) in The Birth of a Nation

    A film about the leader of an 1831 slave revolt in Virginia has been snapped up at Sundance for a reported $17.5m (£12.2m).

    If the amount Fox Searchlight is said to have shelled out for The Birth of a Nation's worldwide distribution rights is indeed accurate, it would be the largest ever generated by a Sundance title.

    Nate Parker's film about Nat Turner, a slave who taught himself to read and became a preacher before ultimately leading a deadly rebellion, has certainly caught the zeitgeist at this year's festival, arriving as it does in the midst of a heated debate about racial diversity in Hollywood.

    The title of the film is similarly charged, being the same as a DW Griffith epic from 1915 whose heroic depiction of the Ku Klux Klan continues to be divisive and contentious.

    It is understood Netflix bid even more - as much as $20m (£14m) - for Parker's film, which Fox Searchlight now plans to position as a year-end awards contender.

    Here's how the company and the director marked the sale on Twitter.

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