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  1. News and updates for 30 March
  2. Great British Bake Off Creme de la Creme reviews and ratings
  3. Bafta TV nomination reactions
  4. Daisy Ridley cried at Star Wars: The Force Awakens audition

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By Lauren Turner and Frances Cronin

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Goodbye for now - from us and J.Lo

That Jennifer Lopez is a good sport, isn't she? 

She's just taken part in Carpool Karaoke, to mark the one-year anniversary of the singing segment of the Late Late Show. 

As well as duetting with James Corden on a number of her hits, including On the Floor and Love Don't Cost a Thing, she let the host send a text from her phone.

After asking who her most famous contact was, Corden plumped for messaging Leonardo DiCaprio, pretending to be the singer.

But what did he reply...? Find out below. 

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And on that note - that's all from us for now. 

If you missed anything, just scroll down to catch up. We'll be back tomorrow morning for more arts and entertainment news, so do join us then.

Your views: Dirk Gently and GBBO Creme de la Creme

You've been emailing us with your views on some of today's arts and entertainment stories.

First up is Chris Page, who wrote about the casting of Samuel Barnett as the lead role in Dirk Gently, based on a series of books by Douglas Adams: 

This is a complete miscast - Dirk Gently as described in the books is a short, bald, middle aged man. It's even worse than casting Stephen Mangan in the BBC4 version. Douglas would NOT be pleased....

Amanda Pickering tweeted on the same subject: 

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And Katherine Series wrote in about Great British Bake Off: Creme de la Creme, which debuted on BBC Two last night: 

Total lack of charm and nothing to empathise with. In Bake Off original we could all see ourselves in that tent. But this was like sitting in on an exam for things we've never studied. I had put it on series record, but have now removed it. I shan't be watching it any more.

Do you agree? Let us know... 

Dons to discuss Don at Mad Men conference

Jon Hamm as Don Draper

It's going to be sharp suits and cocktails all round in Tennessee this May as dons discuss Don at an international conference about Mad Men.

Put on by the Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville, with help from the University of Salford, the three-day event will see "internationally renowned academics as well as television and film critics" discuss the ins and outs of the hit TV series and Don Draper’s adventures "in the seedy world of 1960s advertising".

Inevitably, given how often the drinks featured in the show, there will also be a cocktail party - with an invitation for delegates to dress as their favourite characters - and a DJ set featuring music from the show.

The University of Salford's Dr Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, who previously organised a conference about Twin Peaks and cult TV, says the series was worthy of being "critically appraised at this level" for a number of reasons:

It considered recent US history through the prism of advertising in such a fresh way [and] its depictions of gender politics, racial bias and the beginnings of counterculture are particularly significant.

Lucky Strikes and Old Fashioneds will, of course, be optional.

Robbie Williams tipped for judging role on The Voice

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Robbie Williams is reported to be top of ITV's wish list for new judges for The Voice, which moves to the channel from BBC One next year. 

The Daily Star reported that the X Factor had been trying to get the former Take That star to sign on the bottom line for some time, but that The Voice thought they would have more luck doing so because their filming schedule is shorter. 

According to the newspaper, an insider said: "Robbie ticks all the boxes in terms of personality and experience." 

So will we see Williams spin his big red chair for The Voice...? Well there's no word yet from ITV. 

This series of the voice has Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George and as judges. 

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Isla Fisher releasing series of children's books

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Actress Isla Fisher is writing a children's fiction series about a quirky babysitter. 

Marge in Charge sees the eponymous childminder, who is looking after two children called Jemma and Jake, make chocolate soup and dress up in their mother's clothes. 

Piccadilly Press has acquired world rights, excluding North America, for the three-book series. 

Fisher, star of Grimsby, The Great Gatsby and Wedding Crashers - as well as of course Australian soap Home and Away, for those who remember her in that - said she hoped Marge would be read as a bedtime story.  

I'm so delighted that Piccadilly Press will bring Marge in Charge to life - now that I have children of my own I see the joy and magic in their everyday lives and books are a crucial part of this.

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The first book will be published in July.

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Emily Eavis tells BBC 6 Music about Glastonbury's planned Bowie tribute

Emily Eavis has been telling BBC 6 Music about how Glastonbury Festival will celebrate the life of the late David Bowie at this summer's event.

Festival organiser Eavis said she had been speaking to members of the band who played with Bowie when he last performed at Worthy Farm, in 2000.

Eavis told Matt Everitt it would be a "lovely" tribute.

We're trying to do something that's in keeping with him and us and his history here. It's not going to be a massive, all-star tribute, but it's going to be something really personal and something I think that will mean a lot to people here.

Bowie's Glastonbury set will also be shown on screens around the site before the festival starts proper, either on the Wednesday or Thursday, said Eavis.

What would you like to see as a fitting tribute? Let us know. 

Bafta nominations - more reactions

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Justin Bieber tops Billboard Artist 100 chart for 10th week

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Congratulations to Justin Bieber, who has become the first male to stay on top of the Billboard Artist 100 chart for 10 consecutive weeks. 

The Artist 100 list ranks artists using a number of Billboard charts including the Hot 100 songs and the Social 50. 

It was launched in July 2014 and since then, Taylor Swift has spent the most time at the top, with 31 weeks, followed by Adele, who headed the chart for 10 weeks.

The other artists who've spent most time in the chart include The Weeknd, with eight weeks, and Drake, with six.

Bieber is currently in the middle of his Purpose world tour, which could explain his continuing popularity.

Finding Dory new characters revealed

Disney have released images of the new characters that appear in the upcoming Finding Dory - the follow-up to Finding Nemo.

Bafta nominated Idris Elba gets a mention here too as he voices a sea lion alongside Dominic West. 

Sea lions Fluke and Rudder are described as "a pair of lazy sea lions who were rehabilitated at the Marine Life Institute". 

Disney added: "Marlin and Nemo find them snoozing on a warm -and highly coveted - rock just outside the center. 

"These sea lions really enjoy their down time and would rather not be bothered mid nap - but their bark is far worse than their bite."

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Dory's parents are called Jenny and Charlie and are voiced by Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy.  

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We like the sound and look of Hank, voiced by Ed O’Neill. He's an octopus - although as he lost a tentacle he is, technically speaking, a “septopus”. 

Disney said of Hank: "He lost a tentacle—along with his sense of humor—somewhere along the way."  


But cutest award has to go to the otters - who don't have any actors' names assigned to them, so we guess they just squeak. We give them 11/10 for cuteness. 

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Playing Alf Garnett is a 'dream come true' for Day

We told you yesterday how Simon Day will take on the role of Alf Garnett in a BBC remake of a "lost" episode of Till Death Us Do Part from 1967. 

Today, Day admitted getting the role was a dream come true. 

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The show is part of a BBC season of special one-off sitcom remakes including Steptoe and Son and Are You Being Served.   

Sir Elton John's legal team slams 'baseless' lawsuit

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Claims that Sir Elton John sexually harassed a former member of his security detail have been described as "baseless" by the singer's legal team.

In legal papers filed on Monday in the US, Jeffrey Wenninger accused Sir Elton of making sexually suggestive comments towards him and groping him.

Mr Wenninger, a Los Angeles policeman, worked for the star from 2002 to 2014.

The singer's lawyer described him as a "disgruntled" former employee "seeking to extract an undeserved payment".

And called the claims "patently untrue". 

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Brit actor Samuel Barnett cast as Dirk Gently

We told you last week that Elijah Wood had been cast in a new Dirk Gently series for BBC America as the "reluctant assistant" Todd.

Now it's been announced that Brit actor Samuel Barnett will play the lead role of Gently in the series based on Douglas Adams's comic novels Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.  

Barnett starred in Jupiter Ascending and was also in the History Boys and the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve. 

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The BBC ran a pilot and three-part adaptation of Dirk Gently, starring Stephen Mangan, on BBC Four from 2010 to 2012 but it was not recommissioned after ratings fell.

This version will be written by Max Landis, son of Trading Places director John Landis.  

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And his casting earned the approval of Kim Cattrall. 

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Cue one very happy leading man. 

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BFI Southbank to celebrate Steven Spielberg

The British Film Institute has announced that BFI Southbank will be hosting a season dedicated to Steven Spielberg this summer. 

It will take place this June and July, featuring more than 30 of the director’s best-loved films, back on the big screen. 

It will start with an exclusive run of a brand new 35mm director’s cut print of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  

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David Tennant talks Hamlet on Front Row

One for David Tennant fans on Radio 4 tonight. 

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Bafta omissions - Twitter reaction to the nominations

There's quite a bit of debate about who was left out of the Bafta TV award nominations in the comedy section. 

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Rob Gibbons, one of the writers of Alan Patridge's Mid Morning Matters, thought many shows had been left out. 

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Katherine Jenkins releasing National Anthem single

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Katherine Jenkins was at the The Royal Albert Hall this morning to announce a special Queen's 90th birthday celebration single - a version of the national anthem. 

She will also be performing at Windsor Castle in May to mark the monarch's landmark birthday.

The four-night event takes place at Home Park, in the grounds of the castle.

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Why Eddie the Eagle wanted to emulate Alfred Hitchcock

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Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards - the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping - is delighted a film about his life has been made, following his journey to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

But he told the BBC he was "gutted" not to get a walk-on role in the new comedy. 

I was hoping I would be a bit like Alfred Hitchcock - he gets a cameo in all his films. I was thinking: 'Please ask me, please ask me!' And they never did. I would have loved to have been… even if I was just working in the restaurant, or a fellow ski jumper walking along.


Alfie Boe debuts in Finding Neverland on Broadway

It was the opening night last night in New York for Alfie Boe who joined the cast of Finding Neverland on Broadway.  

The British tenor had only just concluded his Broadway turn as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on 28 February.  

It seems he went down well in his new role, judging by these pictures showing him alongside co-stars Kelsey Grammar and Laura Michelle Kelly receiving a standing ovation. 

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James Norton on life after War and Peace

James Norton is back on TV tonight in Grantchester but the in-demand actor is also appearing on stage tonight too.

The star of BBC's Happy Valley and War and Peace is returning to the London stage after four years away. He appears in Tracy Letts play Bug, opposite Olivier Award nominee Kate Fleetwood.

Norton spoke to BBC News about the play and how he feels about the attention from the press and public.

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Tributes paid to US actress Patty Duke

Tributes have been paid to Patty Duke, after her death at the age of 69.

The US actress won a best supporting actress Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker in 1963, and an Emmy in 1980 for playing Keller's teacher in a TV movie.

The first tweet below is from her son, actor Sean Astin.

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Here is the nudes... Mass naked photograph to be staged in Hull

People posing at Lyon's Harbour for US photographer Spencer Tunick on 11 September 2005,

Residents of Hull are being encouraged to strip off to celebrate Hull becoming UK City of Culture in 2017. 

US photographer Spencer Tunick is staging a mass nude gathering in the port city and hopes hundreds of people will take part. 

The slightly shy will be glad to hear participants will be covered in cosmetic body make-up before assembling to represent the multiple colours of the sea. 

Luckily for those taking part, the gathering has been planned for summer - so it should at least be a bit warmer than it is now. 

The work, Sea of Hull, will be unveiled in 2017.   

Tunick has created more than 90 similar installations around the world.  

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Artist offers to paint over Kanye West mural - for a fee

Scott Marsh Kanye mural

The Australian artist behind a massive mural of the rapper Kanye West kissing himself has offered to paint over it - for a fee.

The six-metre high mural was painted by Scott Marsh after a friend did a mural of a nude Kim Kardashian at one end of the wall, saying he wanted to create an artistic "link". 

Last week a City of Sydney Council ordered the nude mural of Kardashian to be removed.

The council said there wasn't any development consent raised before it was painted on Zigi's art, wine and cheese bar.

Marsh said he is open to whitewashing his mural for US$100,000 (£69,500) and whoever pays will receive a one-off large print of the mural.

He said someone claiming to be a representative of the rapper had got in touch asking him to take it down but he was not convinced it was genuine. 

He says the offer is open to anyone, but may appeal to the global superstar.  

Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel reacts to her three Bafta TV nominations

It's fair to say Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel is a little bit excited about receiving three Bafta TV nominations - even if she did think it might be a hoax. 

She also said in a further tweet which isn't quite suitable for work, that she had been planning to go for a run but decided on a full English breakfast instead to celebrate her success. 

And she added in another tweet: "Won't winnem all, don't mind though, I'm very content retiring with the nominations". 

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Her nomination for Breakthrough Talent was announced last week as it is part of the Bafta Television Craft Awards, which take place on 24 April. 

Great British Bake Off spin-off ratings and reviews

Presenter Tom Kerridge and judges Benoit Blin, Claire Clark, Cherish Finden (L-R)

The Great British Bake Off professional spin-off show Creme de la Creme launched last night and attracted 3.5 million viewers - peaking at 3.9 million.

It may have been beaten by Holby City with 4.1 million and the England v Holland game which got 5.7 million, but it compares well with the first episode of Bake Off on BBC Two in 2010, which got 2.03 million at the time.

The show, presented by Tom Kerridge, saw three teams of professionals competing. For their showpiece round they had to reinvent the apple crumble, as shown in the picture below. 

Ana Paula, Neil R (L-R) working on Neil R's team showpiece

Many have said it was very tense and quite different to the light-hearted original. 

Buzzfeed's TV editor Scott Bryan was one who struggled with the differences.  

"There are many things in this show to offend anyone who watches regular Bake Off.Hold my hand and let’s try to get through this together," he wrote. 

The Guardian says "without the charm of the homebakers it’s all a bit sterile and perfectly executed: these people are baking machines rather than charming, flawed enthusiasts.

"'I want Mary Berry,' howls one of the contestants plaintively. Don’t we all?"  

Meanwhile, Michael Hogan in the Telegraph called it "a soggy-bottomed disaster". He said:

My complaint isn’t that this show wasn’t the main, mothership Bake-Off. It’s that it bore no resemblance to it whatsoever, thus seemed to be merely piggybacking cynically on the Bake Off 'brand'. At least on MasterChef: The Professionals, it’s recognisably the same franchise. Here the host, judges, challenges and setting were all different. It was like a Strictly Come Dancing spin-off starring prima ballerinas. Skilled, sure, but not Strictly.

Flora, who starred in the Great British Bake Off last year, wasn't sure about it either. 

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Bafta nominee 'overwhelmed and chuffed to bits'

The Bafta TV nominees certainly had a nice surprise over their cornflakes this morning when they found out, bright and early, that they were up for an award. 

Of course, they couldn't resist going on to Twitter to give their reaction.

Stephen Graham, nominated for best actor, Sian Gibson, in the running for best female comedy performance, Leigh Francis, who could win the best entertainment performance prize, and Dara O'Briain, who fronts best live event nominee Stargazing Live, have all told their followers just how pleased they are.

We'll bring you more reaction as we get it.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley cried during audition

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A few lucky Star Wars fans - and Newsbeat - had a sneak peek at a new documentary looking behind the scenes at The Force Awakens. 

They got to see the audition tapes of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who admitted he had auditioned nine times for the role of Finn. 

And they found out that Ridley cried during her audition. 

She had to perform the torture scene with Kylo Ren and was asked to do it again and again - and that she cried every time. 

But, says director JJ Abrams, that's when he knew he had found the right actress to play Rey.

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Great British Bake Off receives fifth consecutive Bafta TV nomination

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It's a fifth consecutive nomination for The Great British Bake Off in the features category, which it won in 2012 and 2013. 

And speaking of Bake Off, we'll bring you a reviews round-up shortly on spin-off show Creme de la Creme, so do watch out for that. 

Here are some of the other Bafta TV nominations:  

  • Sharon Horgan is up for the best female in a comedy programme award, for Catastrophe, alongside Sian Gibson, for Peter Kay's Car Share, Miranda Hart for Miranda and Michaela Coel for E4's Chewing Gum
  • The C-Word, telling the story of Lisa Lynch, which starred Sheridan Smith is up for the single drama prize, alongside BBC One's The Go-Between, Don't Take My Baby and Channel 4's Cyberbully. Sheridan is also up for best actress. 
  • Michelle Gomez gets a best supporting actress nomination for her role as Missy in Doctor Who 
  • Hugh Bonneville is nominated for spoof BBC documentary W1A, alongside Peter Kay, for Peter Kay's Car Share, Javone Prince, for The Javone Prince Show, and Detectorists' Toby Jones 
  • The Good Wife, Narcos, Spiral and Transparent are nominated in the international category
  • First Dates is nominated in the best reality and constructed factual category, alongside I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Gogglebox and The Secret Life of 5-year-olds
  • Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders and Holby City are nominated in the best soap category

Graham Norton, who is hosting the ceremony for the 10th time, could receive an award himself as he's nominated in the best entertainment performance category. 

TV special Adele at the BBC, which saw Norton in conversation with the Hello singer, is also nominated, in the best entertainment programme category. 

Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and the TFI Friday anniversary special are also up for the same award. 

Tulisa charged with drink-driving

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Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been charged with drink-driving and dangerous driving over an incident last September outside Southgate Tube station in North London.

It was reported at the time that the 27-year-old singer was involved in a collision in her Ferrari.

She has been bailed to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on 4 April. 

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Rylance and Elba head-to-head for Bafta TV awards

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He's already won an Oscar and Bafta film award this year - now Mark Rylance could be picking up the best actor award at the TV Baftas. 

The Wolf Hall star is up against Idris Elba, for Luther, Ben Whishaw, for London Spy, and Stephen Graham, for This is England '90. 

It's a good year for Wolf Hall, with a total of four nods for the historical drama, based on the Hilary Mantel book.

It's also nominated for best drama series, best supporting actor for Anton Lesser and best actress for Claire Foy. 

Sir Ian McKellen received his very first TV Bafta nomination - he's in the running for best supporting actor for The Dresser. He's previously been nominated three times for Bafta Film awards. 

The TV Baftas will be held at London's Royal Festival Hall on 8 May. 

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Good morning and welcome

Lauren Turner

Entertainment Reporter

The long weekend has had us double checking the day of the week, but yes, it is actually Wednesday today. 

In the past hour, we've had the Bafta TV awards nominations, so we'll be bringing you all the news on who is nominated for what - and why Adele might receive yet another gong to add to her collection. 

Last night, Star Wars fans had a chance to see a documentary looking behind the scenes at The Force Awakens - we'll let you know what made Daisy Ridley cry. 

And we're also just hearing that former X Factor judge Tulisa has been charged with drink driving. 

Stay tuned for all this and more...