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  1. News and updates for 3 March 2016
  2. Australia reveals Eurovision Song Contest entrant
  3. First trailer for all-female Ghostbusters released
  4. David Hasselhoff joins Baywatch movie
  5. Spencer Matthews: Steroid use was 'big mistake'

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By Lauren Turner and Genevieve Hassan

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  1. Goodbye and thanks for reading

    Lauren Turner

    Entertainment Reporter

    That's about all we've got time for today. 

    Thank you for your pictures from World Book Day - and for the reaction to the new Ghostbusters trailer. 

    Here's what reader James Anderson emailed to say on that subject: 

    Quote Message: I ain't afraid of no ghost but what I'm scared senseless at is what I've just seen from this trailer. Reboots are supposed to bring the old franchise from the dead not send it crashing back down. It wasn't the announcement of the all-female cast that had me sighing into my morning coffee it was the specific actresses they picked. Case and point from this trailer, we can clearly hear the drab ad lib stuttering of these comedians as they chew up and spit out their lines from the script.

    Do you agree? Or are you looking forward to seeing Ghostbusters back on the big screen again? 

    We'll try to include your thoughts when we're back in the same place tomorrow morning to squeeze in as much entertainment news as we can before the weekend.

  2. First Sausage Party image released

    Sausage Party

    Seth Rogen has been working on his debut effort at writing an animated film for a while now - and finally he has produced the first picture for us to behold.

    Set in a supermarket, Sausage Party - we know what you're thinking, stop it - is an adult comedy about a hot dog sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence.

    As well as Rogen, it also features the voices of Salma Hayek as Teresa Taco, Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Jr, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco and Michael Cera.

    It's due in cinemas in August.

  3. Irvine Welsh says Trainspotting sequel will see characters 'involved in vice in innovative way'

    Irvine Welsh

    The sequel to Trainspotting is going to see the original characters of the hit film, which has just marked its 20th anniversary, "getting involved in the vice industry in a very innovative way", says author Irvine Welsh. 

    "The main element to the story is basically Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud getting back together again," he told Vice News, adding he was "very excited" about it. 

    "It's got the potential for some great, incendiary performances from the actors," he added.

    Original stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan Bremner and Robert Carlyle are all returning for the new film.   

    Kelly Macdonald, who played Diane, has now said she's in talks to join and has read the script.  

    She said:

    Quote Message: It would be so interesting to work with the same people, and everyone will have changed, but I definitely know how to stand on a marker now. Trainspotting was my weird beginning, and I'm so grateful for it because that could have been it, but it's not, and now I'm actually getting to do this job that I really love.

    Ewan McGregor, who plays Renton, said it was a "very beautiful, beautiful script", adding: "I don't think any of us would have wanted to be involved in something that wasn't going to live up to the first film." 

    Read the full story.  

  4. YouTube vlogger Zoella launches book club

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    Zoe Sugg

    YouTube star Zoella is launching a book club with WHSmith. 

    The vlogger - whose real name is Zoe Sugg - spoke of the importance of disconnecting from smart phones and looking at books as the collaboration was revealed. 

    Eight titles will launch initially in the scheme, which is aimed at attracting more young readers. 

    Girl Online writer Zoella said:  

    Quote Message: I’m passionate about books because reading is one of the rare things that doesn’t need wifi, and it’s important to have that little break and to be looking down at a book, instead of at our phones and tablets - there is nothing quite like being carried away in a story or shown something new.
  5. Matthew Perry gives thumbs up to friend's Top Gear role

    Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry

    Matthew Perry has said his former Friends co-star Matt LeBlanc is going to be "great" in his new role as a Top Gear co-host. 

    He told Alan Carr, which will be broadcast on Chatty Man tonight:

    Quote Message: It's a very exciting job for him because he loves cars. He must be thrilled. I haven't spoken to him since he booked the gig but he is going to be great.

    He hailed LeBlanc, who starred as Joey Tribbiani in Friends with Perry, as "one of the nicest, funniest guys in the world". 

    Perry is currently in the UK performing in his West End play The End of Longing. 

  6. First trailer for all-female Ghostbusters

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    Featuring more slime than an episode of Tiswas, here's the first official trailer for the new, all-female remake of Ghostbusters.

    It premiered via Ellen DeGeneres' TV show this morning and director Paul Feig revealed he had used real actors to play the film's ghosts. 

    Quote Message: I don’t want my actors acting with tennis balls, as they do in so many of these CGI movies. So Bess Rous, who plays the first ghost who eco-projects all over Kristin - that was her, in that dress, in this LED suit, with this thing that kind of picked her up and pushed her forward. Then with our CG team we go in and play with that look.

    What are your thoughts on the first glimpse of the new film? Email us at or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

  7. Tribeca announces first films

    Tribeca Film Festival

    The Tribeca Film Festival announced the first 55 of the 101 films to show at this year's event last night - with more than a third directed by women.

    Cartoon comedy Nerdland, featuring the voices of Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt, James Franco thriller The Fixer and short films directed by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Mia Wasikowska are on the bill.

    April's festival will also feature a special prize for women film-makers - the Nora Ephron Prize - named after the award-winning When Harry Met Sally screenwriter.

    Read the full story.

  8. No Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl today

    Sheridan Smith and her father Colin in 2011

    Sheridan Smith won't be appearing at today's performances of musical Funny Girl.

    A spokesperson for London's Menier Chocolate Factory confirmed the star would not be appearing on Thursday.

    The star, whose father (pictured above with his daughter) is unwell, has been replaced for the last two nights by understudy Natasha J Barnes.

    The sell-out show is due to end on Saturday and transfers to the West End's Savoy Theatre next month.  

    Smith later tweeted a photo of her embracing her father with the words: "Not moving :)"

  9. National Gallery director reconsiders historical remits

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    The director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi, has said he's considering showing works made after 1900, traditionally the time period focused on by Tate Britain.

    The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz spoke to Radio 4's Today programme about how the 20-year agreement between the two galleries is now being reconsidered.

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    Video caption: Will Gompertz explains the National Gallery director is reconsidering historical remits
  10. Costume designer Jenny Beavan doesn't mind if people didn't clap her Oscar win

    You may have seen the Vine circulating yesterday showing British costume designer extraordinaire Jenny Beavan going to collect her Oscar for Mad Max: Fury Road at the weekend, and it appearing as if hardly anyone was applauding her. 

    And if not, here it is: 

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    Well now, Beavan has spoken saying she didn't mind "in the least" if people didn't clap. 

    She also spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about her outfit - saying Mad Max director George Miller had "loved" her vegan leather jacket with the Immortan Joe symbol on the back, as a nod to the apocalyptic film.  

    Quote Message: I just think I was quite slow. It is so easy to trip, even though I was wearing a sensible pair of boots. I just wanted to take it slowly. And, honestly, I didn’t clap the whole time [during the ceremony] - your hands get tired.
    Quote Message: We had done a huge amount of clapping by that time. They didn't have to! I don’t mind in the least if they didn't clap. I felt really good, I felt the warmth, I was so proud of doing the film for George [Miller] and it didn’t matter what anyone else thought, really.

    Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu, who was one of those appearing not to clap, has told the Guardian such speculation is "mean-spirited and false".  

    He also sent them a gif showing that he did indeed applaud.

    "By editing and omitting the full reality and suggesting I felt anything but admiration is mean-spirited and false," he said. "What you don’t see in the 10 second clip being circulated is my applause for Jenny as she ascended the stairs to the stage."

    Inarritu added he had learned "that I should never cross my arms when I am sitting down".  

  11. Goats and rabbits contribute to Yeasayer's new album

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter


    Psych-pop band Yeasayer popped into BBC Radio 1 last night, where their new single Silly Me was premiered in Annie Mac's "Hottest Record In The World" slot.

    The band revealed they'd recorded it (along with the rest of their new album Amen & Goodbye) on a farm in upstate New York, surrounded by goats and bunny rabbits.

    "Chickens would wander into the booth," said singer Chris Keating, "But it's a nice headspace to make a record - especially one like this, where we wanted to remove ourselves and get weird."

    But recording on a farm had one major pitfall, in the form of an electric fence. 

    Find out why in Annie Mac's interview below - which handily contains the new single as well.

  12. Richard Gere: Homelessness 'like solitary confinement'

    Richard Gere

    Richard Gere has compared homelessness to being in "solitary confinement" after filming his latest movie Time Out of Mind. 

    It tells the story of George, who is surviving on the streets of New York, and ends up at a homeless centre.  

    Gere spent more than 12 years working on the film.

    Quote Message: In the process of making the film, I might have learned more how quickly one can mentally deteriorate, and the isolation that one can feel in the streets. Even in a city like New York - 12 million people passing by - without the social interaction, it's like solitary confinement.
    Quote Message: How quickly those issues come up, and how difficult it becomes to be retrieved once that process of falling off the cliff of mental stability starts to happen.

    Gere put himself in the position of a homeless man on the streets of New York, with much of the movie shot by long-range lens. 

    No one recognised him.

  13. Ant and Dec nominated for RTS awards for 15th time

    Ant and Dec

    Ant and Dec have been nominated a staggering 15th time for the Royal Television Society (RTS) programme awards.

    The presenting pair, who recently hosted the Brits, are up for an award in the entertainment performance category. They face competition from Jack Whitehall as a panellist on A League of Their Own and The Last Leg's Adam Hills. 

    The Last Leg is also nominated in the entertainment programme category, where it faces competition from The Graham Norton Show and ITV2's Release The Hounds.

    Wolf Hall, based on the Hilary Mantel novel, has two nominations - it's in the drama serial category and Claire Foy, who plays Anne Boleyn, is also up for best female actor. 

    Channel 4's This is England '90 also received two nominations, for drama serial and drama writer for Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. 

    The ceremony takes place on 22 March in London.

    Read more.

  14. Modern Family star joins Dirty Dancing remake

    Deadline Hollywood

    Sarah Hyland

    Yesterday we told you about how former Pussycat Doll and Dancing with the Stars winner Nicole Scherzinger had been cast in the US TV remake of Dirty Dancing.

    Now it's been announced Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has also signed up to star as Lisa Houseman - Baby's older sister who falls for womanising waiter Robbie.

    Abigail Breslin stars in the role originally made famous by Jennifer Grey.

    Read the full story. 

  15. Australia's Eurovision song contest entry revealed

    They said it was a one-off when Guy Sebastian represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna last year. 

    But the EBU reference group - the contest's governing body - voted unanimously for Australia to take part again and now it's been revealed that its singer will be Dami Im. 

    The South Korea-born singer won the X Factor down under in 2013 and has hit the top of the charts in Australia. 

    And it seems she's pretty excited about heading to Sweden for Eurovision... 

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    She was announced by Sebastian and Conchita Wurst, who won the contest in 2014. 

    Im is going to compete in the second semi-final on 12 May - whereas Sebastian had his place in the final guaranteed last year. 

    It's not yet been decided if Australia, which had previously sent Jessica Mauboy to perform as an interval act, will be a permanent participant.     

    Quote Message: I am so thrilled and honoured to be representing Australia at Eurovision this year in Stockholm. I am really excited to be following in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy who have both graced the Eurovision stage before me.
    Quote Message: I truly believe that the Australian public and Eurovision fans around the world are going to love the song I will be performing in Sweden. I cannot wait to showcase it to the world and represent Australia to the best of my ability! from Dami Im
    Dami Im

    Im's Eurovision song will be unveiled on 11 March. 

    The Sydney Morning Herald's senior music writer Bernard Zuel has written about Im for those wanting to know more about the singer - but notes she has "floundered without quality songs" and that no one seriously thinks Australia could win. 

    Time will tell... 

  16. New Order, Maccabees and The National to headline Latitude

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

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    New Order, The Maccabees and The National have all been confirmed as headliners for this summer’s Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

    It's the first ever headline slot for The Maccabees, whose latest album - Marks To Prove It - went to number one last October, while The National's appearance is billed as a UK exclusive.

    Over on the 6 Music stage, artpop innovator Grimes takes a headline slot, while other performers at the three-day event include Chvrches, Courtney Barnett, John Grant, The Lumineers and Laura Mvula.

    Latitude’s theme this year will be "Love Thy Neighbour" following the Europe-wide migrant crisis.

    You can see the full line-up on the official site.

  17. World Book Day: Children's Laureate speaks to Sara Cox

    "Keep a sketchbook with you at all times - and draw in it every day."

    That's the advice from the Children's Laureate, writer and illustrator Chris Riddell. 

    Speaking to Sara Cox, who is standing in for Chris Evans on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, he said budding illustrators should "spend time just having fun doing a little drawing", adding: "If kids get into that habit they'll find it's a real key to unlock one's imagination and everything follows from that."

    There are 15 million book tokens being distributed today, the 19th World Book Day, so children in schools can get a free £1 book. 

    Riddell described it as a "tremendous" initiative and shows children how fun books can be.

    He even did a special World Book Day sketch for Cox, which you can see below.

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    Video caption: Children's Laureate Chris Riddell talks to Sara about World Book Day 2016
  18. Finding Dory trailer released

    A full-length trailer for this summer's Finding Dory - a sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo, if you hadn't already guessed - is making waves after being released online. 

    The film tells the story of forgetful Dory, voiced by chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, who is on an adventure to reunite with her family. 

    According to IMDB, the voices of British actors Idris Elba, Michael Sheen and Dominic West are also due to feature.  

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    Finding Nemo won an Oscar for best animated feature in 2004 and remains one of Pixar's most succesful films.    

    The new film is due in US cinemas in June, with its UK release the coming month.