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  1. News and updates for 23 February 2016
  2. Grimsby and Nobby roll into Leicester Square for world premiere
  3. All Saints kick off comeback with new single
  4. Justice League movie to begin filming in April

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By Genevieve Hassan and Helen Bushby

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  1. That's all folks!

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Our time is up for the day, but there's just enough room to squeeze in this picture of London's Odeon Leicester Square which has rebranded itself this week for the Oscars.

    No prizes for guessing who i's supporting to win best actor this weekend with its new name - Leodeon. See what they did there?

    Odeon Leicester Square
  2. Watch Casey Affleck and Stephen Colbert's awkward interview

    Actor Casey Affleck had a tense exchange with US TV host Stephen Colbert on Monday night.

    Affleck, promoting his latest film, crime thriller Triple 9, was teased when he sat down for not dressing up enough for the show.

    Colbert called him a "street corner Jesus" and then joked their tensions would end up in a fist fight. 

    The TV host also admitted he had not managed to watch Triple 9 because he was helping his son with a science project. 

    It ended on a slightly friendlier note... just about. 

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  3. Comedians go under the moon of love

    This past weekend saw the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. A host of comics were in attendance and to celebrate the event they lip dubbed a video to the Showaddywaddy classic, Under the Moon of Love.

    Watch the clip below and look out for appearances from Johnny Vegas, Romesh Ranganathan, Ed Byrne and The Last Leg's Adam Hills. 

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  4. Madonna ruffles feathers in Singapore

    Madonna on stage

    Madonna is due to stop off in Singapore this weekend as part of her Rebel Heart Tour.  But while 55,000 fans are eagerly awaiting the Queen of Pop's arrival - her first ever concert in Singapore - the country's Roman Catholic archbishop isn't as happy.

    Archbishop William Goh has said he has met with government officials to express the church's concerns over Sunday's concert and warned people against supporting those who "denigrate and insult religions", citing Madonna's "disrespectful use of Catholic and other Christian symbols".

    The singer was banned from performing in largely conservative Singapore in 1993 after police said her performances bordered on the obscene and were "objectionable to many on moral and religious grounds".

    But authorities have assured the archbishop restrictions are in place to ensure content deemed offensive would not be allowed on stage this time around.

    Over 18s are also only allowed to go to the gig, which local media has reported will not include a controversial section called Holy Water, featuring dancers dressed as scantily-clad nuns performing on cross-shaped stripper poles.

  5. Your views: Are You Being Served? casting

    You've been telling us your thoughts on the Are You Being Served? reboot - and so far, it's not looking good.

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  6. Charlie and Chocolate Factory 'to close' in 2017

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Sam Mendes's stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will close in London in 2017. 

    The production has been at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane since June 2013. 

    Based on the Roald Dahl children's book, it's been seen by more than 1.8 million people during its London run. 

    It will tour around the UK in 2017, while a Broadway production will open in New York later this year. 

    The current closing date is 7 January 2017, although a spokesperson told the BBC it may be booked for further performances in the West End before it ends its run.

  7. Moneysupermarket advert 'most-complained about' in 2015 advert

    One of the more memorable adverts of 2015 featured a man in heels strutting down a street while flaunting a rather pert posterior.

    However the Moneysupermarket ad was the most complained about of the year, attracting 1,513 complaints about its "overtly sexual" content, according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

    The ASA said while some viewers might have found the advert "distasteful", it was not judged to be offensive or in breach of the advertising code.

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  8. Mark Ruffalo adds voice to oil well dispute

    Mark Ruffalo

    Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo has added his voice to a dispute over a controversial oil well in Northern Ireland.

    The Spotlight star, who is up for a best supporting actor Oscar this Sunday, has written to the authorities in support of protesters.

    They are campaigning against an exploratory oil well at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim.

    Ruffalo, who founded an organisation called Water Defense, had written to Environment Minister Mark H Durkan outlining his concerns.

    The Incredible Hulk star said the "small amount" of oil and gas that might be found "pales in comparison" to the importance of protecting the water supply. 

    Ruffalo as the Incredibe Hulk
  9. James Martin to leave Saturday Kitchen after 10 years

    James Martin

    James Martin is hanging up his apron and leaving Saturday Kitchen after presenting the BBC One show for 10 years.

    The chef will host his final show at the end of March.

    Guest presenters will then front the cookery show from April onwards.

    He said:

    Quote Message: It has been an amazing journey and I have been privileged to work with some of the world's greatest chefs and some of the greatest names in showbiz. I wish the new chefs every success. I am looking forward to getting stuck into my new projects and to lots of lie-ins on a Saturday morning.

    The show was initially fronted in 2002 by Gregg Wallace, who went on to Masterchef, and then Antony Worrall Thompson. 

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  10. Commitments actor Johnny Murphy dies

    Johnny Murphy

    Johnny Murphy, the actor who portrayed Joey "The Lips" Fagan in The Commitments, has died. 

    He is thought to have been in his early 70s. 

    Glen Hansard, who appeared alongside Murphy in the film, paid tribute.  

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    Murphy's Commitments co-star Maria Doyle Kennedy also paid her respects.

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    Murphy found fame after playing Fagan in the film version of The Commitments, released in 1991. It tells the story of a working class boy in Dublin called Jimmy Rabbitte who decides to form a soul band. 

    Murphy's character, the band's trumpet player, memorably called his instrument Gina, after Gina Lollobrigida. 

    The actor also starred in Into The West, Waiting for Godot and Angela's Ashes.    

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  11. Michael Gambon's surprise at playing Winston Churchill

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    Michael Gambon

    Sir Michael Gambon has revealed his "shock" at being cast as Sir Winston Churchill in ITV's upcoming drama Churchill's Secret.

    He will portray the former prime minister's final years in office as his health declined.

    Lindsay Duncan will play his wife Clementine and drama will be directed by Charles Sturridge, who was at the helm of ITV's hugely successful 1981 series Brideshead Revisited.

    Sir Michael told Radio Times: "It was a shock when the director said 'we want you to play Churchill'."

    The actor added that Sir Winston and Clementine had "a profound relationship".

  12. Eddie Izzard: One marathon down, 26 to go

    Eddie Izzard has just crossed the finishing line on the first of his 27 marathons for Sport Relief. Here's the moment it happened.

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  13. Dolph Lundgren stars in Kindergarten Cop 2

    In case you missed the memo, there's a sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic and ITV2 weekend staple Kindergarten Cop.

    Alas, Arnie is not involved this time and instead has passed the baton on to fellow 80s action star Dolph Lundgren.

    Where can you see the film? On DVD of course when it's released in May.

    Here's the trailer.

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  14. Justice League movie to begin shooting in April

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    Zack Snyder

    DC Comics fans hold onto your hats - the long awaited Justice League film is officially a goer.

    Zack Snyder (pictured), who has directed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will return to helm the superhero fest and is set to start filming on 11 April at Warner Bros Leavesden studio in Hertfordshire.

    He spoke to Entertainment Weekly about why it's taken the best part of a decade to get the film green-lit:

    Quote Message: It was a little bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming. But I do feel like it’s a little bit of a creative hurdle. It seems like an easy thing to do at first glance, the idea that, ‘Oh, we just get the rest of the superheroes in there.’ But you have to [establish] a world where they can exist.

    A previous Justice League film was planned in 2007, to be directed by Mad Max's George Miller, with many of the superheroes already cast. The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer had signed on as Batman, Common was to be Green Lantern and The OC's Adam Brody was the Flash.

    But the project collapsed due to the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike when the script wasn't finished in time to begin filming.

    The new Justice League film will begin shooting two weeks after Batman V Superman is released, which focuses on the clash between Superman and the Caped Crusader, who is fuming after the Kryptonian wrecked half of Metropolis in Man of Steel. Who wouldn't be?

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  15. The Rock posts first pics from Baywatch movie

    When it was announced Zac Efron would be starring in a Baywatch film, many hearts were sent a-flutter at the thought of the former High School Musical star in red shorts and not much else.

    Filming has now begun and The Rock has posted the first images from the set.

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    The Rock said:

    Quote Message: Day 1. My character Mitch Buchannon just gave @zacefron's character Matt Brody the all important beach speech about what it means to have manly "Alpha balls". Zac's ad-libbed responses were brilliant! Talented and great dude. World get ready to have some fun, 'cause the beach will never be the same again.

    Zac also tweeted his own pic.

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  16. Michael Ball to host this year's Olivier Awards

    Michael Ball

    Michael Ball is to host this year's Olivier Awards.

    The West End singer and presenter has previously won two Oliviers - for best actor in a musical in 2008 for Hairspray and in 2013 for Sweeney Todd.

    The Olivier Awards, which are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, will be held at London's Royal Opera House on 3 April.

    Ball will also be hosting the nominations announcement, taking place at noon on 29 February.

    The announcement will be streamed live at

    Voting has opened on Tuesday for the Magic Radio Audience Award, the only Olivier voted on by the public.

  17. Katie Hopkins tweets post-brain surgery

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    Newspaper columnist and former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins has sent out her first tweet after having brain surgery to try to cure her epilepsy. She has had the condition since she was 19, and it has caused her arms to dislocate 42 times in three years. 

  18. Rihanna unveils two videos for Work

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Rihanna and Drake in the video for Work

    Last night, Rihanna and Drake unveiled two back-to-back videos for their latest single, Work. Within hours, the song had topped the Billboard charts, giving Rihanna her 14th US number one.

    That means she's had more number ones than Michael Jackson. Only The Beatles, with 20, and Mariah Carey, with 18, have had more.

    Sadly, we can't embed such a risqué video on the BBC. But here are some screengrabs of the bits that won't get us into trouble. There aren't many.

    Rihanna in the video for Work
    Rihanna and Drake in the video for Work
    Rihanna in the video for Work
  19. Is this the world's worst choir?

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    Video caption: Is this the world's worst choir?

    A woman who was told to stop singing when she was a child because she was spoiling it for everyone else, has set up a public choir.

  20. House of Cards's President Underwood portrait unveiled

    The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington has many portraits of US presidents on display.

    George Washington and Richard Nixon are among those hanging in the America's President's section - and now there's a new commander-in-chief joining them.

    A 6ft portrait of Kevin Spacey's fictional House of Cards character, President Francis J Underwood, was unveiled at the gallery last night.

    Painted by British artist Jonathan Yeo, it was created to promote the fourth series of the Netflix political drama.

    Kevin Spacey

    Yeo said his imposing portrait was intended to make the audience uncomfortable. 

    Spacey added:

    Quote Message: When it is hung at the right height you may wonder if I’m about to kick you in the face, which seems appropriate for this particular character.