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  1. News and updates for 18 February 2016
  2. Adele reveals she "cried all day" after off-key Grammys performance
  3. Eurovision Song Contest changes its voting system
  4. Mad Max leads Empire Film Awards nominations
  5. Frank Spencer returns for Sport Relief

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By Steven McIntosh and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye, my friend

    Steven McIntosh

    Entertainment Reporter

    It's not the end.

    (Because we're back tomorrow.)

    Indeed, maybe we'll have some more Spice Girls-related stories. But unless there's another member taking part in a Sport Relief-related baking challenge tonight it's probably unlikely.

    Before we go, here's a nice picture of Yoko Ono from last night's NME awards. Not only did she go home with the inspiration award, but today is her 83rd birthday.

    All things considered this is a good day to be Yoko Ono.

    If you missed it earlier, you can catch up on all the goings on from the NME awards here.

    And we'll see you tomorrow for another live page from 08:30 GMT.

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  2. Ryan Reynolds turns his talents to interviewing

    Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are both in London at the moment with films to promote.

    Perhaps because his latest movie Deadpool turned out to be a surprise hit, Ryan appeared to find himself at a loose end earlier this week, having completed his promotional tour for the superhero film.

    That may be why he decided to gatecrash Hugh Jackman's press interviews for Eddie The Eagle - released next week - and conduct an interview of his own.

    Could Ryan have a new career as a film journalist ahead of him? Judge for yourself:

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  3. The Batmobile visits Blue Peter

    Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood in the Batmobile

    If you're a fan of Batman, and you're a fan of Superman, then we imagine there's a certain film coming out soon that you're very much looking forward to seeing: 

    Kung Fu Panda 3. 

    It probably also hasn't escaped your notice that Batman v Superman is on the way. There isn't long to wait now for its release - it hits cinemas on 25 March - and to get fans excited, the Batmobile has been brought to the UK.

    Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood has taken it for a spin for its first UK appearance and went for a drive around the BBC's MediaCity in Salford. You can catch Barney’s Batmobile adventure on Blue Peter at 17:00 GMT on CBBC on 10 March.

    Quote Message: It’s every kids dream to sit in the Batmobile and even though I couldn’t drive it, I got to sit in it so that must make me Robin! from Barney Harwood Blue Peter presenter
    Barney HarwoodBlue Peter presenter
    Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood in the Batmobile
  4. Eurovision rule change explained

    Poland's Eurovision 2014 act

    There still seems to be a bit of confusion on how the new Eurovision Song Contest voting system will work.

    We've tried to break it down and explain it more clearly to help.

    How the new voting system works 

    • Each country participating will now be able to score a maximum of 24 points - 12 from the five-member juries and 12 from the voting public - instead of combining the jury and public televote. 
    • As with every year, only the top 10 countries in each vote receive points (1-9, 10, 12). The new system means that even if a song is marked down by the jury, it will not affect the public vote. This means the jury cannot sway the public vote and vice versa. 
    • For example, Poland's busty butter-churning act of 2014 (pictured) was voted in the bottom five by the UK jury, but scored the highest with the British public. However when the scores were combined, it did not score enough to get into the overall top 10 and so it received no points from the UK at all. 
    • Now after the jury votes have been counted, the televoting points from all participating countries will be combined, providing one score for each country. These televoting results will then be announced, starting with the country receiving the fewest points from the public and ending with the country that received the highest number of points. 
    • Organisers hope the new system will create a more exciting show where in previous years the winner has been known before voting has finished.
    • Now the actual winner will not be known until the final moments of the voting as the audience learns what the public think. A song ranked fifth with the judges and 200 points behind the leader may race to the top if if is ranked higher with the voting public. 
    • While it is technically true a country may never score "nil points" again as double points are on offer, it may still be the case a country may not be rated by either the jury or the public.

    There you go - clear as mud.

  5. Beyonce adds another London tour date

    Billboard magazine

    Beyonce performs at the Super Bowl

    Wembley Stadium has a capacity of around 90,000.

    You'd have to be pretty popular to put on a concert there, charge between £43.50 - £123.50 for tickets and sell out.

    But not only has Beyonce done that, she's now added a second date, on 3 July. That's 180,000 screaming fans across two days in London alone, bearing in mind she's also playing stadium dates in Manchester, Sunderland and Glasgow. 

    Given the number of free days Queen Bey's team left on either side of her original Wembley date, it's likely they were expecting to have to add another, provided demand was high enough. The question now is whether her popularity will stretch to a third date at the stadium.

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  6. Round-up of other showbiz stories

    Saoirse Ronan

    You may have become so caught up in our award-winning* live page that you haven't seen some of the other stories that we're running on BBC Arts & Entertainment today. 

    Catch up below:

    *Live page has not yet actually won an award.

  7. Brits breakthrough nominees bid for your vote

    It's not long to go before the Brit Awards next Wednesday.

    The public can vote for the best British breakthrough prize, but with voting closing tomorrow, some of the nominees have been canvasing on Twitter for last minute votes.

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    Years and Years have an odd tactic of lip-syncing to Jess Glynne. Reverse psychology?

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  8. Archers boss heads to EastEnders


    Sean O’Connor, the editor of long-running Radio 4 soap The Archers, is swapping the farm for Albert Square.

    He will take over as the executive producer on BBC One soap later this spring, replacing Dominic Treadwell-Collins who has been at the helm for the past two and a half years.

    Under his reign, EastEnders has seen the arrival of the Carter family - headed up by Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright - and the Who Killed Lucy Beale? plot.

    O'Connor is no stranger to Walford though - he previously worked on the show as a director and story producer, storylining the famous Kate and Zoe Slater plot and domestic violence storyline between Little Mo and Trevor.

    Read more on the EastEnders website.

  9. Iron Maiden's world tour stops in Cardiff (in style)

    "Band visits city to play concert" admittedly may not usually be a newsworthy story, but when that band is Iron Maiden and they're touching down in Cardiff in a plane as stylish as this... well, you make an exception don't you.

    Iron Maiden's plane
    Iron Maiden's tour plane
  10. Independent editor says newspaper model is 'kaput'

    The Spectator

    Amol Rajan

    Last Friday we heard the news the Independent newspaper is to cease printing in March - continuing as an online-only brand.

    Its little sister - the i paper - will continue in print form.

    Now the Independent's editor, Amol Rajan, has said in a new column for The Spectator he knew he would be the paper's last editor from the day he got the job.

    He said:

    Quote Message: The business model for printed general news from Monday to Friday is kaput. Justin Byam Shaw, part owner of the digital Independent, understood that one future for journalism is specialism. Thriving periodicals such as the Spectator and Private Eye can pursue that. But for providers of general news in a landscape dominated by the BBC, free is the future.

    Read Amol Rajan's article.

  11. Mad Max leads Empire Award nominations

    Mad Max

    Mad Max: Fury Road has topped this year's Empire Film Awards with 10 nominations, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens just behind with nine. 

    Both films are up for best film, along with The Hateful Eight, The Martian and The Revenant.

    The best actor category will see Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) up against Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Macbeth/Steve Jobs), Tom Hardy (Legend/Mad Max: Fury Road) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed).

    And Oscar favourite Brie Larson (Room) will compete with Emily Blunt (Sicario), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) for best actress.  

    The awards - which will be revealed at a London ceremony on 20 March - are voted for by the public via the film magazine's website.

    Read the full story.

  12. Parsons congratulates Merton on Just A Minute record

    Yesterday we told you about Paul Merton passing a milestone on BBC Radio 4's Just A Minute.

    Merton has now clocked up more appearances (347) on the programme than veteran player Kenneth Williams.  

    He's now second only to Clement Freud - who appeared regularly on the show from its first episode in 1967 right up until his death in 2009.

    Among those congratulating Merton was show host Nicholas Parsons - another figure who has featured in every series since the beginning. Here he is paying tribute to Merton:

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    Video caption: Nicholas Parsons celebrates a momentous moment in Paul Merton's Just a Minute career.
  13. NME Awards: Round-up

    The NME awards took place last night at the Brixton Academy.

    This is actually quite a tricky ceremony for us to cover as the trophies given out at the awards are in a rather offensive shape. So we're somewhat limited to the photos we can post. But we think we can get by with some of these nice pictures of bands performing live and on the red carpet.

    Wolf Alice

    Wolf Alice (above) were the biggest winners, taking home two awards for best live band and best track for Giant Peach. They had been nominated in six categories in total.

    Meanwhile - best British band went to the Maccabees, who also performed live at the ceremony.

    The Maccabees

    Charli XCX took home the best solo artist prize.

    Charli XCX

    While the other big winner of the night was Foals, taking home best album for What Went Down. The band said on the red carpet they plan to take a break before making a new record.


    And turning up for the ceremony to bring a little more glamour to proceedings was Kylie Minogue.

    Kylie Minogue

    You can read more about the ceremony on the Newsbeat website. (Warning: They haven't censored the statues)

  14. ITV2 announces new Family Guy episodes

    In case you missed the news yesterday, ITV2 will start broadcasting new episodes of Family Guy from Monday, 29 February.

    The channel bought rights to show the animated sitcom in March last year after it was announced BBC Three was moving online.

    The BBC still has rights to show episodes from previous series of Family Guy for at least the next two years though if you want to catch repeats.

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  15. First AbFab movie trailer released

    The first trailer for the Absolutely Fabulous movie has been released. 

    Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders are back in character and the 55-second teaser sees them soaking up the sunshine as they drink cocktails and take walks on the beach. 

    Okay, so admittedly there's nothing to suggest what the actual plot of the film is going to be, but it's made us excited for its release all over again.

    Watch the teaser below. "Coming soon sweetie darling..."

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  16. Another star baker crowned in Sport Relief special - spoiler alert!

    Earlier we mentioned Michael Crawford is bringing back his Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em character Frank Spencer for Sport Relief.

    But he's not the only celebrity getting involved with the cause this year.

    Last night's episode of the Great Sport Relief Bake Off saw Louise Redknapp, Geri Halliwell, John Simpson and Jermaine Jenas compete to be star baker to help raise money for the charity event.  

    It was Geri Halliwell that took the title this week. Her bakes must have had some real spice (sorry).

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    She's the third star baker of the series so far. David Cameron's wife Samantha prevailed in the first episode, whilst last week Girls Aloud alumnus Kimberley Walsh outshone former shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

    Previous girlband experience clearly ups your chances of success in this series - but sadly Louise Redknapp (who was in Eternal many moons ago) didn't have quite so much luck. Bit of a shame if you ask us as we were rather impressed by her football pitch:

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    Arguably less impressive was footballer Jermaine Jenas's take on Wembley Stadium:

    Find out more about The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.  

  17. BBC News scoops seven RTS awards

    BBC News coverage won seven prizes at last night's RTS Television Journalism Awards.

    Among the awards were scoop of the year for Newsnight's report on the closure of charity Kids Company, while Jeremy Bowen won interview of the year for his exclusive with Syria's President Assad.

    Sky News was named news channel of the year for a second year in a row and ITV's Julie Etchingham won network presenter of the year.

    See the full list of winners on the RTS website and watch highlights from the London ceremony below.

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  18. Lisa Kudrow was the only Friend who had to audition twice

    Five of the six main cast members from Friends have reunited for a special programme to pay tribute to James Burrows - a US TV director who oversaw 15 episodes of the sitcom, including - crucially - the pilot.

    Matthew Perry wasn't there in person as he's appearing in the West End at the moment, but he did appear via video link from London to introduce the other five.

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    Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of the recording was Lisa Kudrow's revelation that she had to audition for her part as Phoebe twice. She mentioned she was called in to audition for Burrows separately after her initial audition. The other four looked puzzled, and revealed they never had to did it.

    It's unlikely Kudrow will be losing sleep over it though - the final combination of the six actors proved to be hugely popular with audiences and Friends became one of the most successful sitcoms in TV history.

  19. Zayn Malik reveals his album cover

    Zayn Malik left One Direction last year. You might've heard about it.

    While the other four members continued to record their next album - Made In The AM - without him, Zayn set about launching a solo career. 

    It's fair to say it got off to a good start, with debut single Pillow Talk going straight in at number one both in the US and the UK last month.

    All eyes (or rather, ears) are now on Zayn ahead of the release of his first solo album. It's called Mind of Mine and Zayn tweeted the cover art on his Instagram account overnight. 

    It's taken many by surprise - instead of a current photo of the singer, he's opted for a snap from his childhood. It depicts a young Malik complete with tattoos on his arms. (Presumably not real ones.)

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    He also appeared on Jimmy Fallon's chat show last night to perform his new single It's You for the first time. 

    The 23-year-old will release Mind of Mine on 25 March, exactly one year after he left One Direction.  

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  20. Holly Willoughby to write parenting guide

    The Bookseller

    Holly Willoughby

    Good Morning presenter Holly Willoughby is no stranger to writing books.

    Her bibliography includes the School For Stars series of novels - which she co-writes with her sister Kelly - and in 2010 she released a book about friendship, which she wrote with her own best mate Fearne Cotton.

    But now she's venturing into a new area: parenting manuals.

    Harper Collins is to release Truly Happy Baby in June. The publisher says the guide is "written by a mum you can trust". Willoughby is more than qualified - she has three small children of her own.

    The book will feature chapters on "feeding, sleeping, well-being, and looking after you – as well as how to manage going back to work", Harper Collins said.

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