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Summary

  1. News and updates for 11 February 2016
  2. Four new presenters added to Top Gear line-up
  3. Kanye West reveals new album title
  4. Ronan Keating talks Boyzone supergroup

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By Frances Cronin and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    That's all for today's live feed of entertainment and arts news stories. 

    We'll be back tomorrow at 08:30 GMT when Radio 1's Greg James will be entering his last day of his Gregathlon for Sport Relief and Kanye West could well have changed the name of his album, again. 

    Until then we'll leave you with stars including Jon Hamm and Octavia Spencer dramatically acting out Justin Bieber's song Sorry. 

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  2. Has Sesame Street been gentrified?

    Last August, Sesame Workshop - the group behind the long-running US TV show Sesame Street - signed a five-year deal with HBO giving the cable channel exclusive first-run on all new episodes.

    But critics have since complained that the formerly gritty inner city setting has moved upmarket, with Oscar the Grouch now residing alongside recycling bins and Elmo moving into a Brownstone.

    Executive producer Carolyn Parente argues that the "renovation" is intrinsic to the show's survival. 

    "The reason we're here 45 years later is because we evolve, we listen," she says.

    And Elmo's opinion: "If everything stays exactly the same that would be boring, don't you think?" 

    Listen to Nick Bryant's report.

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    Video caption: The neighbourhood used as the setting for Sesame Street seems to have gone upmarket.
  3. Battlestar Galactica - film plans revived

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Battlestar Galactica TV event sign

    Battlestar Galactica is making yet another bid for big screen glory.

    The cult 1978 TV series was reinvented in the new millennium to considerable acclaim and ran on the Syfy channel from 2004 to 2009.

    At the time, Universal began developing a film with Bryan SInger in the director's chair. But the project stalled and Singer is no longer attached.

    Hollywood Reporter claims plans for a big screen version have been revived by 50 Shades of Grey producer Michael De Luca and Bluegrass films, on behalf of Universal.

    If the movie goes ahead, it would give the studio a sci-fi rival to Disney's mega-hit Star Wars and Paramount's Star Trek, which releases its third film, Star Trek Beyond, this summer.

  4. 'Mr Bates' banned for drink-driving

    Brendan Coyle, the actor who played Mr Bates in the hit ITV show Downton Abbey, has been banned from driving after being caught at nearly three times the legal alcohol limit.

    The 52-year-old actor, who appeared before King's Lynn Magistrates' Court under his real name of David Coyle, was given a 50-month driving ban.

    Coyle was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a 12-month community order and a 15-day rehabilitation activity to be supervised by a probation officer. 

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    Brendan Coyle
  5. Psychologist analyses Kanye's Twitter feed

    Kanye West

    Kanye West may have finally decided on an album title, but his indecision has been rife on Twitter over the past few months. 

    Kanye's tweets tend to cause a stir - but what's really going on in his head?

    BBC Music asked a psychologist to analyse the rapper's Twitter feed. 

    The word narcissist seems to appear a lot. 

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  6. Star Wars production company 'disappointed' at prosecution

    Harrison Ford

    We told you earlier how the production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted over an incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

    The Health And Safety Executive has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd - a subsidiary company of Disney.

    A spokesperson for Foodles has now issued a statement in response. 

    Quote Message: Cast and crew safety is always a top priority. We provided full co-operation during HSE’s investigation into the on-set accident that occurred in June 2014 and are disappointed in HSE’s decision.
  7. Arts Council England hands out grants to regional theatres

    Arts Council England have handed out more than £10m of grants to 39 projects around the country today. 

  8. When Richard Burton and Liz Taylor performed in a student play

    Richard Burton, Liz Taylor

    It's hard to believe, but 50 years ago Hollywood superstars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor took time out of their busy schedules to perform for no money in a student production in Oxford. 

    Burton had agreed to play the title role in Oxford University Dramatic Society's production of Dr Faustus in 1966 to thank Prof Nevill Coghill, who two decades earlier had championed Burton's acting talent when the young Welshman had a brief stint studying English at the university's Exeter College.

    Taylor's non-speaking role in the play, as Helen of Troy, marked her stage debut. 

    The cast and crew have been telling the BBC about their memories.

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  9. Milo Ventimiglia joins Gilmore Girls revival

    Some exciting news for Gilmore Girls fans, as it's revealed that Heroes' star Milo Ventimiglia will be reprising the role of Jess for the Netflix revival. 

    It was confirmed by the man himself on Twitter. 

    The show is returning with four 90-minute episodes written and directed by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband and producing/writing partner Daniel Palladino.

  10. Top Gear line-up: social media responds

    Much tomfoolery on Twitter about the seven-strong line-up for the rebooted Top Gear. 

    Not to mention the abundance of middle-aged men...

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  11. Arcade Fire's 'deep love' for Bowie

    In other David Bowie news, Arcade Fire have released a film of their memorial parade to the singer which was held in New Orleans last month. 

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  12. Gwen Stefani returns to The Voice US

    Hot on the heels of Miley Cyrus's new assignment on The Voice US comes news that Gwen Stefani is returning to the show - as an advisor to Team Blake.

    Stefani, who relinquished her red chair to Christina Aguilera this season, will be assisting her boyfriend Blake Shelton.

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    Quote Message: You start thinking who are the ultimate artists out there that you can get to mentor your team.... And it's like, wait a minute, this is perfect! And I actually know her, it'll be easy to call her. from Blake Shelton
    Blake Shelton
  13. Star Wars prosecuted over Harrison Ford accident

    Harrison Ford

    The production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted over an incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

    The actor was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon in June 2014.

    The Health And Safety Executive has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd - a subsidiary company of Disney.

    Ford was airlifted to hospital where he underwent surgery.

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  14. House of Cards - new season trailer released

    Can't wait for the next series of House of Cards? A trailer for season four has been released to get you in the mood...  

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  15. Greg James reaches another milestone

    Radio 1's Greg James has reached another milestone on his Gregathlon. 

    He's doing five triathlons this week for Sport Relief and he's just finished his fourth 1500 metre swim. 

    Wow. 

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  16. 'Standard Thursday' for new boy at Top Gear

    New Top Gear presenter Rory Reid is taking the announcement in his stride. 

  17. Macca moves into mojis

    Sir Paul McCartney

    News on a bit of a change of direction musically for Sir Paul McCartney.

    The Beatles star has composed music for a range of moving emoticons or mojis. 

    The Love Mojis are for Valentine's Day and come via the tech giant Skype.  

    The set of ten mojis include a banana, an octopus, a cupid shooting his arrow and a turtle hugging himself. 

    Sir Paul said it "turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging".  

    Quote Message: You suddenly realise you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds. It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio."
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  18. Berlin Film Festival kicks off

    Berlinale

    The annual Berlin Film Festival opens today, with the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! launching proceedings in the German capital on Thursday night.

    Stars George Clooney and Channing Tatum are expected on the red carpet, while Meryl Streep heads up this year's jury - as they judge the 18 contenders in competition for the Golden Bear.

    Steve Coogan in Shepherds and Butchers

    Films to look out for at the 11-day festival include:

    War drama Alone in Berlin, starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson as a married German couple and Rush star Daniel Bruhl as a Gestapo officer.

    South African legal drama, Shepherds and Butchers, starring British stars Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough.

    War on Everyone, the latest black comedy from Calvary's John McDonagh, takes him to New Mexico where we follow a pair of corrupt cops as they pick on the wrong adversary.

    Genius, theatre director Michael Grandage's first feature film, is a biography of the literary editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth), with an ensemble cast including Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Laura Linney.

    Arabic language films will also feature strongly, with Inhebbek Hedi, about an engaged Tunisian man who falls in love with a tourist guide, among the competition entries.

    The theme of migration also will be front and centre at the event this year. 

    "Refugees have always played a role at the Berlinale," festival director Dieter Kosslick told Agence France Presse, recalling the festival's beginnings in 1951.

    "Back then many Germans were refugees and the festival was founded to foster understanding in German society and among nations."

    Refugees will be taken behind the scenes of the festival and there will be a refugee-staffed food truck. Germany has taken in more than a million refugees over the past year, the largest number of any European country.

  19. Bieber: a singer and a gentleman

    The stars were out in LA last night for the Yves Saint Laurent menswear show. 

    Courtney Love joined Oscar nominees Lady Gaga and Sylvester Stallone in the front row, alongside ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and Justin Bieber. 

    What a charmer.