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Summary

  1. News and updates for Wednesday 23 March
  2. European premiere for Batman v Superman
  3. Sir Lenny Henry receives fellowship from RTS
  4. Tributes paid to A Tribe Called Quest rapper

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By Neil Smith and Lauren Turner

All times stated are UK

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  1. Clocking off

    Neil Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    Time for us to take our leave, but we'll be back tomorrow with another page of news, trailers and other fun stuff.

    It'll be our last live page before the long Easter weekend, so we very much hope you'll stop by.

    Bye for now.

  2. Tom Hiddleston addresses James Bond speculation

    Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager

    Tom Hiddleston thinks the only reason he's being tipped to be the next James Bond is because he plays spy Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager (above).

    Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel on his US chat show, Hiddleston said: 

    Quote Message: I play a British spy in The Night Manager so people I think have made the link.
    Quote Message: As somebody who grew up with Sean Connery and Roger Moore, when you mention it there's a part of me that goes: 'Really? Are you kidding?'
    Quote Message: But I feel like who's going to be the next James Bond is one of the nation's favourite pub conversations. It's up there with who's going to win X Factor and when is the England national side going to live up to its full potential.

    Watch the interview below.

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  3. The Weeknd pulls out of Rihanna tour

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    The Weeknd

    The Weeknd is no longer supporting Rihanna on her world tour. 

    The Oscar-nominated R&B singer was meant to be part of the support for the Anti tour, alongside Big Sean and Travi$ Scott.

    Promoters Live Nation said: "Due to some unforeseen changes with upcoming projects, The Weeknd will no longer be joining Rihanna on her upcoming international Anti world tour."

    It's not yet known if he'll be replaced.

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  4. The football movies just waiting to happen

    Jamie Vardy

    BBC Radio 5 live will be chronicling Leicester FC's astonishing season later with a special programme called Leicester: The Impossible Team.

    Among the interviewees will be Adrian Butchart, the Hollywood screenwriter who is hoping to make a film about star striker Jamie Vardy (above).

    With that in mind, our friends at BBC Sport have been inviting their readers to come up with posters for other potential football movies.

    Here are a few of the suggestions they've received.

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  5. I Will Survive preserved for posterity

    Gloria Gaynor

    Pop quiz, hotshot. What do I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (pictured), Billy Joel's Piano Man and the original soundtrack from A Streetcar Named Desire all have in common?

    Answer - they're all to be found on the latest list of recordings to be selected to enter the US National Recording Registry.

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  6. Jackman goes potty for a pastry

    Australian star Hugh Jackman is hard at work at present, banging the drum for feel-good comedy Eddie the Eagle.

    But that doesn't mean the X-Men actor couldn't take time out on Tuesday to enjoy an authentically Parisian pain au chocolat.

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    Eddie the Eagle, a fictionalised biopic of British Olympic ski jumper Michael "Eddie" Edwards, is out in the UK on 28 March.

  7. Pet Shop Boys profiled to mark 30th anniversary

    To mark the 30th anniversary of the Pet Shop Boys releasing their debut album Please, BBC Radio 2 has produced four new documentaries about one of Britain's most successful music duos.

    The first, which airs tonight at 22:00 GMT, takes Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe back to where it all began.

    Graham Norton will introduce the series, later editions of which will focus on Neil and Chris's forays into ballet, opera and musical theatre.

    The series will also address the importance their image has played over the last 30 years, as this photo montage-cum-interview snippet demonstrates.

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    Video caption: Watch Pet Shop Boys over three decades as they discuss the importance of their image
  8. Bridget Jones 3 trailer drops

    Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones

    Bridget Jones is back - and this time, she's holding the baby.

    That much can be gleaned from the title of the third instalment in the British film series that began way back in 2001 with Bridget Jones's Diary.

    Renee Zellweger returns in Bridget Jones's Baby to discover she's expecting. But who, pray, is the father - the ever-reliable Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or new beau Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey)?

    All will be revealed (possibly) when Sharon Maguire's film is released in September. Until then, watch the film's US trailer.

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  9. Comedian Kevin Hart to write memoir

    Kevin Hart

    Actor and comedian Kevin Hart is to write a memoir about his experiences growing up - and how his early failures as a comedian actually helped his career.

    Given his surname, you can forgive him for choosing a pun-tastic title - From the Hart - for the upcoming tome. 

    Announcing he was writing the book, Hart said he told his children he was a big deal every day. "Now I'll have a book out to prove it," he added.

    Hart - the star of The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard and the Ride Along films - will publish his memoir next year.

  10. Rowan Atkinson: Arts world 'cynical' about comedy

    Rowan Atkinson

    The arts world has a "long-lasting cynicism" about the importance of comedy, Rowan Atkinson has complained.

    The Mr Bean and Blackadder star, who plays Inspector Maigret in a new ITV drama, told the Radio Times he did not want people to think he had taken on the role of Georges Simenon's legendary detective "to achieve some kind of respectability".

    Quote Message: It's quite weird the way that the arts community still has a long-lasting cynicism over the artistic value of comedy.
    Quote Message: There's the thinking it's just farting about for money, whereas as soon as you play a serious role, you're doing something of meaning. It's as if they think an art is something nobody laughs at and nobody makes any money out of, which is an attitude that I would dispute.
    Quote Message: When you play a serious role - as far as I'm concerned - I'm using exactly the same skills as playing something more obviously comic. It's slightly different muscles, but the same skillset.

    Maigret Sets a Trap, the first in a series of new films about Simenon's methodical, pipe-puffing sleuth, is on ITV on Easter Monday at 21:00 BST.

  11. Lollapalooza: 2016 line-up revealed

    Thom Yorke of Radiohead

    The line-up for this year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago has been revealed, with Radiohead (pictured), LCD Soundsystem and Red Hot Chili Peppers topping the bill. 

    The event, from 28 to 31 July, will also see performances from Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and The 1975.

    Jane's Addiction, the band of Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, is also among the 170-plus acts on the bill.

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  12. Elijah Wood to star in Douglas Adams comedy

    Elijah Wood

    Elijah Wood is to play Dirk Gently's assistant Todd in a new BBC America series about the late Douglas Adams's popular detective character. 

    The series is based on the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency novels Adams penned when not writing his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.

    The comedic thriller will be written and directed by Max Landis, son of Trading Places director John Landis.  

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  13. What else is at the cinema this weekend?

    Obviously Batman v Superman will be a big draw this weekend.

    Yet the latest superhero opus is far from the only new release to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland on Friday.

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    Directed by France's Alice Winocour, Disorder is a brooding thriller about a soldier turned security guard who is charged with protecting the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman.

    Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts and Germany's Diane Kruger take the lead roles in a film that has been likened by some, not without reason, to 1992's The Bodyguard.

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    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is the slightly belated sequel to the 2002 romantic comedy that became an unexpected sleeper smash around the world.

    Nia Vardalos and John Corbett return to reprise their roles as Toula and Ian, who now have a teenage daughter to contend with as well as Toula's well-meaning but intrusive Greek relatives.

    Keep your eyes peeled for our feature on the film in the coming days.

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    Zootropolis, meanwhile, is an animated adventure from the Disney studio that imagines a modern metropolis not unlike one of our own - only, this one is entirely populated by animals.

    Released as Zootopia in the US, the film centres on a rookie rabbit cop who teams up with a wily fox to crack a case involving mysteriously disappearing mammals.

  14. Brussels film festival to go ahead

    The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is set to go ahead next week, despite  Tuesday's bombings in the city.

    Festival organisers tweeted the news with the words: "Let horror only be on screen."

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    The event - an annual celebration of sci-fi, horror and cult TV and cinema - will launch as scheduled, on 29 March, with a screening of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (pictured).

    Lily James (with sword) in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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  15. The mirth and misogyny of Andy Capp

    Andy Capp memorabilia

    How did a layabout lout from the north-east of England who is prone to bouts of excessive drinking and spousal abuse come to be so popular?

    That's the question that hangs over Andy Capp, the flat cap-wearing northerner who is still going strong almost 60 years on from his first appearance.

    Andy, who has featured in more than 20,000 cartoon strips since 1957, can be found in more than 300 newspapers in North America and has even inspired a stage musical.

    On the day a collection of Andy Capp memorabilia (pictured) goes under the hammer in North Yorkshire, the BBC's Duncan Leatherdale attempts to get the bottom of his enduring appeal.

    Read the feature.

  16. David Walliams introduces The World's Worst Children

    David Walliams

    Comic actor turned author David Walliams is releasing The World's Worst Children, his first collection of short stories. 

    News of the publication will be a surprise to many, as Walliams was expected to release his next children's work in the autumn. 

    The World's Worst Children, illustrated by Tony Ross, features cautionary tales about characters including Sofia Sofa, a couch potato who is actually turning into a sofa.

    Here's what Walliams had to say about the book, to be published in May.

    Quote Message: I loved writing this collection of stories, as I let my imagination run completely wild. There is a huge emphasis on surreal humour in this book. I hope children around the world will enjoy it, even the most reluctant reader.
  17. Justin Bieber says 'meet and greets' exhaust him

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    Justin Bieber has announced he is cancelling "meet and greets" with fans like the one pictured above - because they're just too darn draining. 

    Here's how the singer justified his decision on Instagram.

    Quote Message: I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy. [I] want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression.

    Bieber, whose Purpose World Tour is currently in Los Angeles, said he wanted to stay in a "healthy mindset". 

    After his announcement, #WeAreHereForYouJustin started trending on Twitter.

    His management team also said there had been a "security incident" that had caused them to rethink plans before and after gigs.

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  18. Hilary Swank announces engagement

    Hilary Swank and Ruben Torres

    Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank has announced on Instagram that she has become engaged to her boyfriend, the former tennis pro Ruben Torres.

    The 41-year-old, who was previously married to actor Chad Lowe, said Torres had surprised her with a proposal while the pair were out hiking.

    Hilary Swank Instagram post
  19. ENO musical director explains resignation in email

    Mark Wigglesworth

    Mark Wigglesworth has said he has resigned as musical director of the English National Opera because it is "evolving now into something I do not recognise". 

    In an email to colleagues, he said the ENO's "plan for the future is one that the board and chief executive have always known [he] cannot support".

    "As hard as I have tried to argue to maintain what I believe to be the fundamental pillars of our identity, I have failed to persuade others of this necessity," he wrote.

    Wigglesworth's departure after just six months in the role is the latest in a series of upsets at the embattled opera company.

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  20. RTS honour Suranne Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins

    Suranne Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins

    Two of the top prizes at this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards went to Sir Anthony Hopkins, who won best actor for BBC Two's The Dresser, and Suranne Jones, for BBC One's Doctor Foster.

    New mum Jones wasn't at the ceremony, so the award was picked up by Tom Taylor, her on-screen son, instead.

    Here are some of the other winners from Tuesday: 

    • Drama serial - The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, ITV
    • Drama series - No Offence, Channel 4
    • Scripted comedy - Catastrophe, Channel 4
    • Entertainment - Release the Hounds, ITV2
    • Entertainment performance - Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Britain's Got Talent and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
    • Daytime programme - Judge Rinder
    • Soap and continuing drama - Emmerdale
    • Single drama - Coalition
    • Writer, drama - Peter Morgan for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
    • Writer, comedy - Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan for Catastrophe

    There was also a lifetime achievement award for Baroness Joan Bakewell. 

    Accepting the award, she stated there were "not enough older faces of women on the news or television" and also spoke out in support of the BBC, which some feel is at risk of having its size and scope curtailed by the government.

    Quote Message: There needs to be reform, there needs to be adjustment, there does not need to be abolition. I am asking you all to stand up for what we love and what began our lives in this world of television.

    Dec Donnelly - such a joker - tweeted the following after the ceremony in central London.

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