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Summary

  1. News and updates for 17 March
  2. Debbie McGee pays tribute to husband Paul Daniels
  3. Radiohead's residency sells out in seconds
  4. Too Naked for the Nazis named oddest book title

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By Victoria Lindrea and Steven McIntosh

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye (for now)

    Eddie Izzard running a marathon for Sport Relief

    That's all from us for today's Entertainment Live page... But wait! Come back!

    There's just time for us to remind you that it's Sport Relief tonight, which you can watch live on BBC One from 19:00 GMT.

    There's even a Sport Relief live page to go with it, which kicks off at 18:00 GMT.

    Best of luck to Eddie Izzard (pictured) who's running the final two of his 27 marathons in 27 days on Sunday, to raise money for the charity at home and in South Africa.

    As for us, to coin a phrase, we'll be back bright and early on Monday morning from 08:30 GMT. 

    See you then and have a great weekend.

  2. This weekend at the flicks

    With the weather being somewhere in between winter and spring, it's still a little chilly to be thinking about picnics in the park just yet, so you may well be considering a trip to the cinema this weekend.

    Fortunately there are plenty of major new releases coming out today:

    Still from 10 Cloverfield Lane

    First up is 10 Cloverfield Lane.

    Is it a sequel to Cloverfield? Or a spin-off? Neither, by the sounds of it. Producer JJ Abrams has described it as a "blood relative" of the 2008 film. Which we think means that it's not the same characters or a development of the plotline, but it is set in the same 'universe' as its predecessor.

    What's it actually about though? Glad you asked. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a character called Michelle who, after surviving a car accident, wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard (John Goodman) tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. But is he telling the truth?  

    (It looks pretty scary, to be honest, so be prepared to hide behind your popcorn.)

    Still from High Rise

    Next up is High Rise. The big-screen adaption of the famous JG Ballard novel is about a doctor (played by 'man of the moment' Tom Hiddleston) who moves into a London skyscraper where rising tensions and class warfare lead to anarchy.

    As luck would have it, we recently interviewed the film's stars, Sienna Miller and Ben Wheatley, about the film. You can watch it here.

    Quote Message: JG Ballard is polarising. The subject matter is uncomfortable and weird and people aren't used to watching films that are like Seventies movies that actually leave you with something that isn't "popcorn". I think this film will stay with you forever and it's dark. from Sienna Miller
    Sienna Miller
    Joseph Fiennes

    And then there's Risen, starring Joseph Fiennes (pictured).

    He plays Roman military tribune Clavius, a character who remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroads when he's tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) following the Crucifixion. You can watch the trailer on YouTube.

    It's fair to say that none of the major films released this week sound like a barrel of laughs, but fans of psychological thrillers, in particular, should be happy.

    However, if you fancy something a little less mainstream, there is of course Marguerite, which follows a wealthy woman (played by Catherine Frot) who follows her passion to sing in front of audiences.

    There's just one problem: No-one tells her how bad she is. (Something we've seen happen in real life many times with talent show contestants before they make it on to TV.)

    If you need a little help deciding what to see, BBC film critic Mark Kermode ranks this weekend's films below. It's fair to say he liked High Rise:

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    If you do go to the cinema over the weekend, let us know what you saw and whether or not you liked it. You can tweet us @BBCNewsEnts

    Or if you'd rather wait until something lighter or more child-friendly comes along, don't worry - next week sees the release of Disney's Zootopia.

  3. Victoria Beckham hits Hong Kong

    Victoria Beckham launched her first shop outside Britain earlier today.

    The former Spice Girl's store in Hong Kong lies in the upmarket Central district, amid a cluster of high-end brands and five-star hotels. 

    Crowds of fans waited outside, before Victoria emerged in a fitted black turtleneck dress.

    She tweeted this photo:

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  4. Madonna accidentally pulls down fan's top on stage

    The Independent

    Madonna on stage

    Madonna is in the news again after the singer accidentally exposed a fan’s breast on stage.

    Madonna was performing in Brisbane on Thursday evening as part of her long-running Rebel Heart tour, which finishes this week, when she invited a fan on stage.

    In video footage, the singer is seen tugging on the woman’s top, which came down, exposing her to the audience.

    But the woman in question, 17-year-old Josephine Georgiou, has since told the Courier Mail: "Only I get to decide if I’m humiliated or not – why would people assume I am humiliated by my own breast, nipple or body? I didn’t realise my boob was such a big deal - it was nothing to me."

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  5. Funeral held for Coronation Street creator Tony Warren

    Coronation Street cast members carry Tony Warren's coffin at his funeral

    The funeral of Coronation Street creator and writer Tony Warren has taken place at Manchester Cathedral.

    Warren, 79, who started the Granada Television show when he was 24, died on 1 March after a short illness.

    Cast members Alan Halsall, Mikey North and Ryan Thomas carried the coffin into Manchester Cathedral (pictured), watched by the crowds outside.

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  6. Major Lazer offer new song for free

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Major Lazer

    Major Lazer - the globe-spanning supergroup who scored a major hit last year with the club track Lean On - have flung open the door to their vault and offered their fans a brand new song.

    True to form, Number One is an absolute racket - combining a lilting reggae groove with some rib-rattling bass parps. But it's sure to go down a storm at their live shows, with a call-and-response vocal hook that tips its hat to Arrested Development's Everyday People.

    You can download it for free on Soundcloud.

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  7. The Little Prince to skip the cinema and go straight to Netflix

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Rachel McAdams

    You know what it's like.

    There's a movie that comes out that you want to see, but you keep putting it off because you're so busy, and before you know it's vanished from the cinema.

    Then you have to wait ages before it's broadcast on a channel you don't have, and then wait for it to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, and then maybe, if you're lucky, it eventually reaches on-demand services.

    Well - the many middle men of that path have just been cut out of that process for new film The Little Prince. an animated movie based on the 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

    It has one heck of a cast list - with Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams (pictured), Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard and James Franco all providing voices.

    It had been slated for release on 18 March - but now instead of hitting the cinemas, it's going straight to Netflix.

    'Straight-to-DVD' movies in the past have traditionally been a signal that the film in question is less-than-amazing, but these days it's all change. In the new age of streaming services, it's likely we could we see a lot more films being released this way.

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  8. Michael Ball to take over Wogan radio slot

    Michael Ball

    Michael Ball is to take over BBC Radio 2's Sunday morning slot, following the death of Sir Terry Wogan.

    Weekend Wogan, which ran every Sunday from 11:00-13:00, will now be replaced by The Michael Ball Show.

    Ball said he had "learned so much" from "friend and mentor" Sir Terry, who died in January aged 77.

    The station also announced Claudia Winkleman will leave the Arts Show to front a new Sunday night slot and Craig Charles will host a Saturday funk show.

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  9. Have Soundcloud and Sony buried their differences?

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Logos for Soundcloud and Sony music

    Last year, Sony music pulled all of its tracks off streaming website Soundcloud, prompting outrage from artists like Madeon.

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    But the label's dispute with Soundcloud appears to be over - as industry website Music Business Worldwide reports that Sony has bought an equity stake in the company.

    It paves the way for the German-based company to launch a music subscription service similar to Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and Apple Music.

    However, Soundcloud and Sony have so far refused to confirm the deal, with the former telling the BBC: "We do not comment on rumours".

  10. Why is Jeremy Irons trending on Twitter?

    Jeremy Irons is trending on Twitter - after he uttered a very rude word on Chris Evan's Breakfast Show on Radio 2 this morning. Profuse apologies followed on air, from Chris, Jeremy et al.

    Some listeners took a different view...

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  11. Selena Gomez: Bonus content

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Here's a snippet that got cut from our interview with Selena Gomez, in which she discusses an unusual lyric - "You're metaphorical gin and juice" - which crops up in her new single, Hands To Myself. 

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    If you want to hear that lyric in context, here's the (slightly steamy) video.

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  12. David Tennant to play the original angry young man

    David Tennant

    David Tennant is to star alongside Sir Ian McKellen in a new radio adaptation of Look Back in Anger.

    John Osborne's provocative 1956 play will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 next month, 60 years after it made its debut.

    The station has also announced a forthcoming drama based on Jack Monroe's A Boy Called Jack, starring Jaime Winstone as Monroe.

    Also on Radio 4, Lenny Henry will front a Rogue's Gallery of genre-bending monologues - each with a sting in the tail.

  13. BBC brings new bands to SXSW

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Black BBC Introducing logo
    Image caption: Black BBC Introducing Logo

    Over the years, BBC Introducing has helped launch the careers of acts like The 1975, Florence + The Machine, George Ezra, Rizzle Kicks and MGMT - so it's worth paying attention when they champion new bands.

    Earlier this week, the strand brought five brand new acts to the SXSW festival for a showcase of new British talent - and you can watch their performances over on the BBC Music site.

    Highlights included Cardiff rock band Estrons and singer-songwriter Frances, who has been called "the next Adele".

    Take a look:

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    Video caption: ESTRONS perform Make A Man at the BBC Introducing & PRS Foundation SXSW showcase in 2016.

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    Video caption: Frances performs Grow at the BBC Introducing and PRS Foundation SXSW showcase in 2016.
  14. Theatre considers lasers to shame people using mobile phones

    The Daily Telegraph

    Theatre auditorium

    There are arguably few things in life more distracting than people who use their smartphones in the theatre or cinema.

    Anthony Biggs, the artistic director of London's Jermyn Street Theatre, has been thinking up new ways to stop audience members from getting out their phone during a performance.

    We're talking about: Laser shaming. Biggs told the Daily Telegraph it's time to "give it a go".

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    Quote Message: Having somebody sit next to you with their phone on, even vaguely in your eyesight, makes you irrationally angry... I think we should use lasers. from Anthony Biggs, artistic director of the Jermyn Street Theatre
    Anthony Biggs, artistic director of the Jermyn Street Theatre
  15. Meeting Selena Gomez

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Selena Gomez

    I've learned over the years not to have high expectations when meeting a pop star. That way, anything more than, "I just make music for myself and if other people like it, that's a bonus" counts as a good interview.

    But Selena Gomez surpassed my expectations. Despite having had three hours sleep, she was funny, thoughtful, engaging and candid throughout our 20-minute encounter. That's not something you expect from a former Disney star.

    We talked about sexism and sleaze in the music industry; how she used music as a crutch during a "chaotic" year of illness and break-ups; and what it's like to give birth on film.

    You can read the full interview here.

  16. Emma Watson beatboxes

    Emma Watson

    Emma Watson has been lending her support to #HeForShe - a campaign which advocates gender equality. 

    As a well-known feminist, this comes as no surprise, but you might not have expected her to show off her beatboxing talents as part of the campaign.

    Check out her skills during an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

    50 house points, Hermione!

  17. Sainsbury's to stock vinyl

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Vinyl albums

    Following the lead of supermarket rival Tesco, Sainsbury's has announced it will start stocking vinyl albums in a selection of its stores.

    That means you can buy Adele's 25 with your spuds and sausages. And if you don't like it, you can melt it down and turn it into a fruit bowl. Everybody wins.

    Vinyl will come to 171 stores from next Monday, and the chain's head of music, Peter Selby, says it's here to stay.

    "We don’t see this as a novelty gifting fad but a complimentary part of our existing music offer with a long term future."

    Although they make up a tiny percentage of the overall music market, vinyl sales have been increasing for several years (demand increased by 60% in 2015). And non-traditional retailers - including Argos, WH Smith, Urban Outfitters and supermarket chains - now sell more music than HMV.

  18. Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC star in trailer for Zombie film

    Nick Carter

    Prepare yourself for some epic late-90s boyband news.

    Former members of the Backstreet Boys, N Sync, O-Town and 98 Degrees have clubbed together to star in a new film about zombies.

    Dead 7, an original movie for the Syfy channel, stars BSB's Nick Carter (pictured) as a gunslinging hero in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested Wild West.

    He is joined by a crew of ex-boybanders on his zombie-slaying quest.

    "Where can I see a trailer for this early contender for the 2017 best picture Oscar?" we hear you ask. 

    Watch it below:

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  19. ENO call off industrial action

    Planned industrial action by the English National Opera chorus, which was due to take place tonight, has been called off - after a pay dispute was resolved.

    Last month, the chorus said it would refuse to sing in the first act of tonight's performance of the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten, which is currently playing at the London Coliseum.

    The action was called off earlier this week, and a settlement between the ENO and the chorus has since been reached.

    Quote Message: In the harsh financial realities ENO finds itself, as a result of cuts from Arts Council England, the Chorus have had no choice but to agree to reductions in their guaranteed pay. We hope that this will mean that ENO management stabilises the company and returns it to all-year round opera production in the near future.
    Quote Message: I pay tribute to the dignity with which Chorus members have conducted themselves through this very difficult time. They are an astonishing group of people. from Christine Payne Equity General Secretary
    Christine PayneEquity General Secretary
    Members of the English National Opera choir

    In February, 42 out of the company's 44-strong chorus voted to strike over a dispute with the company about pay and jobs.

    In a statement on Friday, ENO's chief executive Cressida Pollock said the two parties had reached "a fair compromise".

    Quote Message: I am delighted that we have been able to reach a deal with Equity. We recognise the fundamental importance of the ENO Chorus in delivering world-class opera.
    Quote Message: We listened to the concerns of the Chorus and have reached a fair compromise that preserves the permanent ensemble, focussing on our London Coliseum season, whilst ensuring that we have the building blocks in place to increase our outside work. from Cressida Pollock Chief executive, ENO
    Cressida PollockChief executive, ENO
  20. Nina Gold to receive Bafta special reward

    Nina Gold

    You may not have heard of Nina Gold.

    However, the chances are you probably have heard of Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, London Spy, The King’s Speech, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

    If you're a fan of any of those films and TV shows, then you're also unwittingly a fan of Nina Gold, who was responsible for casting them.  

    Gold is a behind-the-scenes veteran of the industry and one of the first people directors enlist to help them pick the perfect actor for a part.

    Now she's been announced as the recipient of a Bafta special award, which "recognises Gold’s outstanding contribution to casting across over 100 television and film productions".

    She will be honoured at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards on Sunday 24 April at The Brewery, London.

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