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Summary

  1. News and updates for 28 January 2016
  2. Foals and Disclosure headlining Reading & Leeds Festival
  3. Joseph Fiennes 'shocked' to be playing Jacko
  4. Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer discuss Top Gun 2 plot

Live Reporting

By Frances Cronin and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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  1. So Long, Farewell

    That's all for today's entertainment live page. 

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:30 GMT - so tune in then for more news, schmooze, and more celebrity meltdowns, probably.

  2. Zayn Malik is ready and covered in paint

    Zayn Malik may have pulled out of the Graham Norton show this weekend due to "scheduling" problems, but he has tweeted that he's "ready" to get going with his solo material. 

    The former One Directioner told us this by tweeting a picture of himself almost naked and covered in paint.

    His first filmed interview is now with Zane Lowe, which can be heard on his Beats 1 radio show at 17:00 GMT today. 

    A few quotes have been released ahead of the broadcast and it seems Zayn did not want to be in One Direction from very early on.   

    Quote Message: I think I kind of always wanted to go. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time. I think I kind of always wanted to go. From the first year, I never really wanted to be there in the band. When I realised the direction that we were going in, mind the pun, with the music, I instantly realised it wasn't for me. How do you write a song from five people's perspective? I realised I couldn't put any input in. I couldn't give my opinion on this or that because it didn't fit the grain of what we were as a band, or what we represented. So, that's when it became frustrating for me." from Zayn Malik
    Zayn Malik
  3. Boy George signs up for Celebrity Apprentice

    Boy George

    The Voice coach Boy George is clearly enjoying his return to TV fame - so much so, he's signed up to appear in the new series of Celebrity Apprentice in the US. 

    He'll be competing against, among others, Kyle Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, Carnie Wilson from Wilson Pickett and Motley Crue's Vince Neil.

    It's also been announced that Tyra Banks and Jessica Alba have signed up as advisers. 

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is stepping into Donald Trump's shoes, since Trump is apparently otherwise engaged...

  4. Another Twitter rant - this time from Brian McFadden

    Brian McFadden

    News of another Twitter meltdown now which saw Brian McFadden threaten to "strangle" a fellow Twitter user.

    It started when the former Westlife star tweeted a photo of himself taking part in winter sports reality show The Jump.  

    He wrote under the picture that the Channel 4 show had gone to new heights this year, prompting someone to tweet back "unlike your career". 

    "Shut your face" was McFadden's first response and then it went downhill... before he deleted the tweets.

    Read more.

  5. Leonardo DiCaprio meets the Pope

    Pope Francis and Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio had a private audience at the Vatican today with Pope Francis. 

    A picture of the meeting was released by the Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano, which seems to show the Pope bowing to Leo. Shouldn't it be the other way round?

    The pair discussed their shared concern over the environment and the actor, who is nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Revenant, gave the Pope a cheque from his charitable foundation. 

    He also gave him a book of works by the 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. While the Pope gave him a leather-bound copy of Laudato Si and his earlier document, The Joy of the Gospel.

  6. Catherine Zeta Jones talks diversity, roles for women and theatre plans

    Catherine Zeta Jones

    Catherine Zeta Jones has joined in the discussion about diversity in Hollywood. 

    The Oscar-winning actress, who is starring in the new Dad's Army movie, was asked about roles for women over 40 in a webchat for the Mumsnet website earlier today, and got to talking about the current debate about diversity in Hollywood.  

    Quote Message: "It's not that there aren't great stories to be told about women in their 40s, it's just that the big bosses in Hollywood feel that the demographic of moviegoers are less interested. I wanted to be in film because I was brought up watching great performances by women in their 40s.
    Quote Message: There's talk in Hollywood about diversity right now, and it's a good conversation to be had, and necessary. But when we say diversity, let's mean diversity for actors with ethnic differences, age differences, and sex differences.
    Quote Message: "Regarding the diversity issues that are sweeping Hollywood at the moment, I still find it sad that we're even discussing this at this time. But in the defence of the Academy Oscar voters, they can only vote on what they see. Let's go back to the writers, to the filmmakers and more importantly, the studios who finance movies, to get them to have projects where at least diversity has a chance."

    She also said that she is looking forward to going back to Broadway in the near future to do a play - not a musical - something she has never done before. 

    "I am very excited about that prospect," she said.

  7. Tyra Banks becomes a mum

    More celebrity baby news now - and congratulations are due to Tyra Banks, who has become a mum.

    The America's Next Top Model presenter announced on Instagram that she has had a baby boy via a surrogate.

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    Quote Message: The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world. from Tyra Banks
    Tyra Banks
  8. Rihanna thanks fans for album reaction

    Her eighth album was a surprise release last night and Rihanna is happy with how her fans are reacting....

  9. Casting announced for Lemony Snicket series

    Malina Weissman

    Casting is pushing ahead on Netflix forthcoming adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

    Supergirl star Malina Weissman - who plays the young Kara in the CBS series - will play elder sister Violet, while newcomer Louis Hynes will play brother Klaus.

    Neil Patrick Harris is understood to be playing Count Olaf - the role played by Jim Carrey in the 2004 movie adaptation.

    Filming on the series, based on the classic children's book, will begin in March.

  10. Forthcoming Austen/zombie adaptation 'lifeless'

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    "Brain dead". That's the Hollywood Reporter's verdict on the forthcoming film adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring Lily James and Matt Smith.

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that most people will do anything to make money," writes Keith Uhlich, explaining the creation of the 2009 best-selling novel which mashes up Jane Austen's classic with the zombie genre.

    He deems the subsequent film, from director Burr Steers, "lumbering, lifeless, and... almost entirely charmless".

    "Best curl up with a good book, instead. I know one you might like…" he concludes.

    Read more.

    We've yet to hear what anyone else thinks though - we'll bring you a reviews round-up when more reviews come out.

  11. Jo Brand nears end of walk for Sport Relief

    It's taken her seven days to walk from Hull to Liverpool. 

    But there's only a few miles left now...

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  12. Dreyfuss backs calls to shake up Academy membership

    Actor Richard Dreyfuss has welcomed the proposed changes to the Academy membership voting rules, saying it is "up to us to clean up our Academy - then voting will be different".

    Richard Dreyfuss
    Quote Message: I think that the one important change is to clean up and brush off the membership of the Academy. So that people who are over 90, we say goodbye to, and people who haven't voted in 30 years, we say goodbye to. And we get younger and people of different cultural backgrounds into the Academy.
    Quote Message: But you don't screw around with the Oscars. You don't blame artists, you blame the structure of the Academy. That's different than blaming the artist for not writing greater films for minorities. You get into that then you're getting into some real bad ground." from Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss

    Dreyfuss was speaking at the premiere of the made-for-TV film Madoff, in which the 68-year-old plays disgraced financier Bernie Madoff.

    He won the best actor Oscar for The Goodbye Girl in 1978.

  13. Clockwork lion sculpture unveiled in Trafalgar Square

    Trafalgar Square has welcomed a fifth lion. 

    Countdown star Rachel Riley unveiled the sculpture on Thursday, as part of Big Cat Week which begins on 1 February.

    The lion is built entirely from clockwork mechanics, echoing the National Geographic's Iniative that time is running out for many big cat species.

    It will stand in the London square for a limited period before being auctioned to raise money for the iniative.

    "Today we have more statues of them than actual cats roaming the world so it is important that we raise awareness of these majestic creatures and point to their rapid decline," said co-founder of the Big Cats Iniative, Dereck Joubert.

    Rachel Riley unveils fifth lion in Trafalgar Square
    Quote Message: You don’t need a maths degree to notice the staggering decline in lion populations... from Rachel Riley
    Rachel Riley
  14. NY Philharmonic announces new music director

    Jaap van Zweden

    The New York Philharmonic orchestra has announced that Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden will become their next music director. 

    He will serve as Music Director Designate for the 2017–18 season and take up the post officially in 2018–19.

    Van Zweden is currently music director of both the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Read more.

  15. Cate Blanchett to make her Broadway debut

    Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett is to appear on Broadway later this  year. 

    She will star in The Present, opposite Richard Roxburgh, in a production that originated at the Sydney Theatre Company last summer. 

    The Chekhov play is adapted by Blanchett's husband, playwright Andrew Upton, and will be directed by Brooklyn director John Crowley. 

    The play is about a woman celebrating her 40th birthday with a party full of mismatched characters. 

    The actress has previously appeared off Broadway, but The Present will mark her official Broadway debut.

  16. Zayn Malik pulls out of Graham Norton show and 'upsets' Ryan Reynolds

    Zayn Malik

    Former One Directioner Zayn Malik has pulled out of appearing on this week's Graham Norton show due to "scheduling" issues.

    It was due to be his first TV appearance since leaving the boyband. 

    In a statement BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat was told: "Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with recording commitments, Zayn's appearance on Graham Norton has been postponed."

    His first interview on camera will now be with former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, which will be broadcast on Thursday night for Apple Music's radio station, Beats 1.

    Read more.

    Fellow guest Ryan Reynolds was pretty upset when he found out, but was consoled by host Graham Norton.  

  17. Zoolander hits world's highest catwalk

    Derek Zoolander, aka Ben Stiller, has walked the world's highest catwalk in Australia - on Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

    He was there for a fan screening of the sequel to the 2001 hit film about a clueless model. 

    The film is out in the UK on 12 February. 

    View more on twitter

    He's also managed to get himself on the cover of Vogue. 

    View more on instagram
  18. Def Leppard premiere video on Guitar Hero

    Def Leppard

    Def Leppard are the first music act to debut a video promo through the game Guitar Hero. 

    Dangerous, from their latest album, will premiere on Guitar Hero Live which can be accessed on games consoles, ipads and Apple TV. 

    Fans can play along with the track - plus they've also put up Def Leppard videos for Let’s Go and Rock of Ages. 

    Singer Joe Elliot said the band were "thrilled".

    Quote Message: The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they’re playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it’s amazing to see how interactive music has become. There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for Dangerous debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans.
  19. JK Rowling's writing dilemma

    The Harry Potter author has given us an amusing update on how the writing on her latest work is going...

  20. Bake Off no match for Midsomer Murders

    Despite pulling in a respectable 4.6m viewers, the first episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off proved no match for ITV's long-running Midsomer Murders - now in its 19th year - which won 23.3% of the audience share over Bake Off's 20%.

    Apparently death was - once again - brought to Midsomer, this time the village of Burwood Mantle, following an international cycle race. Bet no one whipped up a Paris-Brest though...

    The episode, which ran between 20:00-22:00 GMT, drew an audience of 5.1m.

    Midsomer Murders