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Summary

  1. News updates for 14 March 2016
  2. Frozen cast reunited for charity event
  3. Rumours of a new Stone Roses album
  4. Chris Evans says Cenotaph Top Gear footage 'should not' be used

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By Genevieve Hassan and Kev Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks!

    It's that time again for us to shut up shop for the day. If you're just joining us read on for news on the cast of Frozen reuniting for a mini sing-song, Justin Bieber's merchandise woes, Emmerdale set tours and much more besides.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:30 GMT, but until then check out this sweet video to the song Stormtrooper by Icelandic singer Bara Heiða.

    It features a lonely imperial footsoldier learning to love.

    See you tomorrow!

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  2. Ariana Grande saves Tidal

    Ariana Grande

    Pop star Ariana Grande was the host and musical guest on this weekend's edition of Saturday Night Live - which gave her the opportunity to show off her secret talent: Musical impersonations.

    In a sketch that spoofed the technical problems at streaming service Tidal, Grande plays Chloe the intern, who has to save the company by performing karaoke versions of hits by Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Rihanna.

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    The star also premiered songs from her forthcoming new album Dangerous Woman, and pulled off a pitch-perfect impersonation of film star Jennifer Lawrence.

  3. Iron Man and Captain America battle with thumb war

    Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr

    The upcoming Captain America: Civil War sees the Cap battle against his former buddy Iron Man.  As a taster to what you might see on screen, stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr squared off in a thumb war at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards this weekend.

    Fifth Harmony

    Among the winners at the ceremony - who are "rewarded" with a good sliming - were Fifth Harmony (pictured above), who won favourite music group, Adam Sandler for voicing Hotel Transylvania 2 (favourite animated movie) and host Blake Shelton (pictured below).

    Adele, Justin Bieber  and Jennifer Lawrence were also winners, but didn't attend the LA ceremony so missed out on the gunge. We would have paid to see that.

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    Video caption: Green slime was the star of the show at the 29th Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles
  4. Radiohead announce world tour

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Thom Yorke of Radiohead

    We already knew Radiohead were playing a handful of festivals this summer, now the band have announced details of a mini world tour.

    The group will play three nights at London's Roundhouse in May, as well as dates in Paris, New York and Mexico City.

    First up, however, is a two-night stint in Amsterdam on 20 May - suggesting the band's ninth album is imminent.

    The full schedule and ticket details are available on Radiohead's official website.

  5. Gemma Arterton says more female directors needed

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Gemma Arterton has bemoaned the lack of opportunities given to female directors.

    Gemma, who's currently starring as Nell Gwynn in a West End production, said sexism in the film industry "needs to change".

    "There are loads of them out there, they're just not being given the opportunity to do what they want to do, or being given the money to do what they want to do," she told Radio 4's Today programme.

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    Video caption: Actress Gemma Arterton says gender inequality in the film industry "needs to change".
  6. Kanye West: A big fan of Justin Bieber

    Kanye West and Justin Bieber

    His merchandise people may not be able to spell properly but at least Justin Bieber has a big fan in the form of Kanye West.

    He tweeted over the weekend that he feels What Do You Mean? by the Biebs was the best song released last year. A strong contender, to be fair.

    What was your favourite song of last year? Let us know by tweeting us @BBCEntsTeam and we'll post some of your suggestions this afternoon. If you need a little help, have a look at 2015's best-selling singles.

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  7. CBBC unveils new logo

    The Guardian

    The old and new CBBC logos

    CBBC has undergone its first makeover for nine years.

    The children's channel has unveiled a new logo (above right), and also tweeted a photo of the presenting team in their new studio:

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    It's not the first BBC network to unveil a new logo this year - BBC Three had a makeover in January before it switched to being an online-only channel.

    The CBBC team has also released this short promotional video, which outlines what the new CBBC will look like.  

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  8. Kendrick Lamar tops Billboard chart

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Kendrick Lamar

    Pimp Pimp... Hooray!

    Kendrick Lamar's off-cuts album Untitled Unmastered has debuted at number one on the US Billboard chart.

    Released without advance notice on 4 March, the album consists of songs recorded during sessions for the rapper's Grammy Award-winning To Pimp A Butterfly, itself a chart-topper last year.

    The record sold 142,000 physical copies and, once streams were taken into account, it earned 178,000 "album-equivalent sales", Billboard reported.

    The Compton-born rapper was in Manchester over the weekend to launch a new range of trainers - but he took some time out to trade rhymes with local musicians.

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  9. Emmerdale starts village tours

    Emmerdale

    If you've ever wanted to go behind the scenes at The Woolpack, Home Farm and Bob's Cafe in Emmerdale, now's your chance - the ITV soap is opening its doors for visitors.

    Fans will be able to tour the working TV set within the Harewood Estate in Leeds from the end of April.

    The soap's current home has been somewhat secret after too many fans visited its old location in Esholt, making filming difficult.

    Keeping up the mystery, tour visitors will have to picked up from another location and then taken to Harewood House to help stop general public access.

    Don't get your hopes up you might bump into the Dingles though - the tours are only going to be open at the weekend when the cast won't be around.

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  10. Jazz singer Ernestine Anderson dies

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Ernestine Anderson

    Jazz star Ernestine Anderson - whose voice Quincy Jones called "the sound of honey at dusk" - has died at the age of 87.

    A singer from the day she was born (she could allegedly mimic Bessie Smith's raw vocals at the age of three) she refined her skills in church, and was enlisted to trumpeter Russell Jacquet's big band after winning a talent competition at the age of 12.

    She went on to sing with Johnny Otis, performed at the inauguration of US President Eisenhower, and played over the world, from the Carnegie Hall to festivals in South America, Japan and London - where she set up home in the 1960s.

    Anderson earned four Grammy nominations during her career - two of which came in the 1990s when she signed to Quincy Jones' Qwest label.

    The musician paid tribute to his friend on Facebook this weekend. He said:

    Quote Message: Rest in peace to the greatest female jazz singer to ever come out of Seattle, Ernestine Anderson. We started out as youngsters in Bumps Blackwell's band, and I'm proud to say that your place as one of the great ladies of Jazz will never be denied. God Bless you Ernestine.

    Here's a recording of Anderson in her early prime - live at Seattle's legendary jazz Club, The Penthouse, in 1962.

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  11. JJ Abrams worked on a Roger Rabbit sequel

    Vulture

    JJ Abrams

    We can only imagine how potentially awesome this would have been.

    The Force Awakens director J J Abrams has revealed in a podcast that he once met with Steven Spielberg about doing a follow on film to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. 

    Sadly, it didn't get beyond development stage. 

    He told the Nerdist podcast

    Quote Message: I went into a meeting… actually, it was for a Roger Rabbit sequel. It was a whole thing. I actually have some storyboards for a Roger Rabbit short. Honestly, we never really got to that phase [where it got serious]. We were writing an outline, but it honestly went away before it was anything.

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  12. Westminster City Council responds to Top Gear stunt

    Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans

    Westminster City Council has responded to the controversy surrounding the filming of a Top Gear stunt at a London war memorial over the weekend.

    Show host Matt LeBlanc and a professional driver performed "doughnuts" near Whitehall's Cenotaph.  

    Fellow presenter Chris Evans apologised for the stunt on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning and said the footage "should not" be broadcast.

    A spokesperson from Westminster City Council said:

    Quote Message: What the Top Gear team did on the day was not what had been agreed during the planning process. At no time had the BBC producers made Westminster City Council aware that the car was going to be doing anything but drive down Whitehall. There was no discussion between BBC producers and Westminster City Council about wheel spins and a 'doughnut' and permission would not have been given to do so.
    Quote Message: We have spoken to the producers today to express our disappointment and we welcome the statement from Top Gear presenter Chris Evans who has said this footage will not be shown.
    Quote Message: We support filming in central London and others have used the same location without any incident. We are very sorry for any upset that has been caused and will be strengthening our procedures to make sure that film and TV production companies will not deviate from pre-agreed plans in the future.
  13. Justin Bieber t-shirts recalled after spelling error

    You know how it goes - you're a megastar about to go on a world tour and you have to get a bunch of merchandise made. So you get some t-shirts printed only to find a spelling error in the text. D'oh!

    Justin Bieber fans spotted the typo after buying the $45 (£31.30) tops and posted pictures on Twitter.

    The word that proved to be so difficult was "purpose" - strange considering it's the name of Bieber's album and tour...

    All the t-shirts have been recalled and fans are being offered a correctly-spelled replacement.

    Note to self - always use the *speelchecker.

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      *error intended for comedy puroses

  14. Harrison Ford: 'A rangy, languid man' said Sir Alec Guinness

    Oscar Isaac

    The Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac (above) read from a letter at the weekend which revealed actor Sir Alec Guinness's doubts about making the original Star Wars film.

    Sir Alec, who died in 2000, played Obi Wan Kenobi in A New Hope - but he had originally bemoaned the film's "terrible dialogue".

    He also couldn't quite remember the name of a certain other member of the cast.

    He told his friend Anne Kauffman that he had been working with Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, "and Tennyson (that can't be right) Ford. Ellison? No! Well a rangy, languid man who is probably intelligent and amusing."

    At the same event, Letters Live - which sees performers reading out literary correspondence to a live audience, a letter was also read out from the mother of a young cancer sufferer to Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

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  15. BreakingSir Peter Maxwell Davies dies aged 81

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

    Composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, has died at the age of 81.

    He worked with both the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras for 10 years. 

    In 2004, he was made Master of the Queen's Music and, in 2014, he was made a Companion of Honour in the New Year's Honours list.

    He was suffering from leukaemia. 

  16. Stevie Wonder brings Songs In The Key of Life to London

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Stevie Wonder

    Since 2014, Stevie Wonder has been playing his seminal 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life in its two-hour entirety, backed by a band that often swells to more than 30 members.

    But the UK hasn't had the chance to see the critically-acclaimed show... until now.

    The star has just been announced as one of the headliners at this summer's BST Festival in Hyde Park, where he'll treat the audience to hits like Sir Duke, I Wish and As.

    If you don't know the record already, it is that rarest of beasts - a double album that justifies its astronomical length. Over 17 tracks (21 if you include the EP that came bundled with the original vinyl) Wonder showcases his versatility and musicality, touching on just about every genre available to him without ever putting a foot wrong.

    Beginners daunted by the album's scope and length should check out Stylus Magazine's nine-track, 45-minute primer - what it calls "the single greatest LP in the history of pop music" - but beware that you'll miss out on some of Wonder's most intriguing, experimental tracks. 

    Not this one, though...

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  17. Aylesbury teenager wins BBC Young Musician award

    Alexandra Ridout

    What were you were doing when you were 17 years old?

    If you're anything like us, the answer is probably wearing baggy jeans and using far too much hair gel.

    But for Alexandra Ridout, a trumpeter from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, the answer is winning the BBC's Young Musician 2016 Jazz award. Not bad going at all.

    Alexandra, who is currently studying both jazz and classical trumpet at The Purcell School of Music, was crowned the winner after competing against four other 15-21 year olds at the contest in Cardiff on Saturday.

    She clearly comes from a musical family, as one of the other competitors was her own brother, 21-year-old Tom Ridout, who plays the saxaphone and recorder.

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    Quote Message: The whole thing has been an amazing opportunity. I can't believe I even got this far. I wasn't expecting to win, but now that I have, it's incredible. from Alexandra Ridout
    Alexandra Ridout
  18. Chris Evans: Cenotaph footage 'should not be aired'

    Following his on-air apology earlier today, Chris Evans has said footage of the Top Gear stunt filmed near the London war memorial should not be broadcast.

    Fellow show host Matt LeBlanc and a professional driver performed the 'donut' manoeuvre near to the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

    Speaking on Monday morning, Evans said: "That footage will definitely not go on the air, no question about it."

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    Video caption: Chris Evans: "That footage will definitely not go on the edit"
  19. Are the Stone Roses about to release a new album?

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    The Stone Roses

    According to The Mirror, The Stone Roses are "set to release their first album in 22 years" ahead of their UK gigs this summer.

    “It’s a long time coming but they feel the time is right now," an unnamed source told the paper. "They’ve been back in the studio. Everyone is very excited about it.”  

    Hmmm...  But is it true? 

    The band's spokesperson declined to comment - which is less emphatic than a full denial - yet similar rumours circulated when the band last reformed in 2011, to no avail.

    We do know that the band have a vault of unreleased songs they demoed in between their first two albums, so it's possible that those are being polished up for a new record.

    But in 2013, guitarist John Squire told BBC 6 Music a new album would take "about five years to complete".

    In the words of renowned music critic Donald Rumsfeld, the record remains an "unknown unknown".