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Summary

  1. Celebrations mark 200th birthday of Charlotte Bronte
  2. Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain unveils birthday cake for the Queen
  3. New trailers for Bourne and Girl on a Train

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By Steven McIntosh and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's just about it from us for today - but just one little matter to deal with before we go.

    Earlier, we promised you cake - and we're a team of our word.

    Unfortunately we don't mean we're going to deliver an actual cake to your door, but rather bring you a couple of pictures of the Queen cutting the cake made for her by The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain for her 90th birthday.

    Earlier this morning we brought you Nadiya's tweets about baking it, boxing it and delivering it - and now, at long last, we can finally show you what the cake itself looks like:

    Nadiya Hussain, the Queen and her 90th birthday cake
    Nadiya Hussain, the Queen and her 90th birthday cake

    Suddenly we feel hungry. Better be going.

    See you tomorrow at 08:30 BST.

  2. Tove Lo teams up with Flume

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Tove Lo and Flume

    As well as being a pop star in her own right, Sweden's Tove Lo is an accomplished songwriter, whose credits include Love Me Like You Do (for Ellie Goulding) and Something New (for Girls Aloud).

    Her latest collaboration is with Australian dance producer Flume, on a tempestuous track called Say It. It finds the singer torn between a break-up and her carnal desires, singing lines like "break my bed to make me want to stay".

    It premiered as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last night.

    Speaking to Annie, Flume explained how the collaboration came about.

    Quote Message: I was in LA doing some writing and I went to see Kanye [West] at the Hollywood Bowl. On our way back, we stopped off at a bar. I heard a track that she [Tove Lo] did, I think it was Habits — I wasn’t really familiar with her stuff but I really, really liked it.
    Quote Message: I was like, 'who is this, I need to figure it out', so I Shazam'd it. Basically, my manager hit her up the day after and she happened to be in LA too and she was down to write. So, all within about two days, we got together and wrote that track. It just happened, it was easy, it was natural.
  3. The Girl on the Train trailer premieres

    The Girl on the Train started life as a novel by Paula Hawkins. Its huge sales success meant it didn't take long for Hollywood to come calling, and now it's been made into a film starring Emily Blunt.

    The first trailer has just been released - have a watch below and let us know what you think (especially if you're a fan of the book) on Twitter

    Warning: Third party content may contain ads.

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  4. Crackle announces Snatch drama series based on Guy Ritchie movie

    Variety

    Guy Ritchie, Brad Pitt and Jason Flemyng

    Guy Ritchie's 2000 gangster movie Snatch is getting a TV spinoff.  

    Crackle, owned by Sony Pictures, has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of a drama series based on the 2000 heist movie, which was directed by Guy Ritchie and starred Brad Pitt and Jason Flemyng (all pictured).

    The internet TV network announced the series at its 2016 upfront presentation in New York - it was the company's only new original programming announcement.

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  5. Lederer remembers her friend Wood

    Comic actress Helen Lederer has sent us her touching tribute to her friend Victoria Wood. She also included a fitting link to one of Wood's compositions. 

    Helen Lederer
    Quote Message: Victoria was every woman and yet unique. Kind, edgy, intelligent, ever changing and achieving. Her legacy lives. from Helen Lederer
    Helen Lederer
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  6. Johnny Marr to reveal all

    Johnny Marr is penning his autobiography, looking back on his childhood on through his Smiths years and his solo career.

    Set The Boy Free will be released on 3 November.

    "I wanted to convey a feeling of breaking free, that has been a constant throughout my life," he announced on his website.

    "A feeling that expresses itself as both escape and discovery. Transcendence. I found it through rock 'n' roll and art and a journey living both in the modern world."

    Smiths' bandmate Morrissey published his own autobiography in 2013, so it'll be interesting to read Marr's take on their professional relationship. Morrissey called himself "the servant" and Marr "the master".

    Johnny Marr
  7. Victoria Wood remembered at Funny Girl opening

    Sheridan Smith

    One funny girl paid tribute to another on Wednesday as Sheridan Smith took time out from a glitzy West End opening to remember Victoria Wood.  

    Quote Message: Victoria was one of my idols. I grew up watching all her stuff and she was someone I really looked up to. She was ridiculously talented so it's a massive loss. She had the ability to make you laugh and break your heart, within a second.

    Smith said that one celebrated Wood sketch - a parody of Cole Porter's Let's Do It in which Wood sang about having her bottom struck with a Woman's Weekly - had had her "crying with laughter".  

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  8. Injury forces ZZ Top tour cancellations

    Dusty Hill

    ZZ Top have had to postpone a number of tour dates after bassist Dustin Hill fractured his shoulder after tripping on a step at a concert venue in Texas.

    The band have cancelled nine dates, through until 7 May, and are hoping to reschedule.

    Quote Message: My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports. I’m not sure bass-playing qualifies as such but they’re doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we’ve received. We’re determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and see you soon! from Dusty Hill
    Dusty Hill
  9. Morrissey pays tribute to tea buddy Wood

    Morrissey and Victoria Wood

    Morrissey has paid tribute to Victoria Wood on his semi-official website.

    They may seem an unlikely pairing, but Morrissey was such a fan that he used her comedy as inspiration for his song Rusholme Ruffians.

    Victoria chatted to him for her BBC programme Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea, about his tea obsession, naturally over a cup of ceylon.

    Quote Message: Tears today for my dear friend Victoria Wood. So unbearable that it cannot be true. I am lost. from Morrissey
    Morrissey
  10. Taylor Swift gives Jimmy Eat World 1,500% sales boost

    Taylor Swift

    You may have seen Taylor Swift's ad for Apple Music when it was released on Monday.

    It showed her dancing and miming to The Middle by Jimmy Eat World - a song originally released in 2001. Indeed, Taylor says in the ad that she "used to listen to it in midddle school". 

    The ad has been watched 345,000 times so far and has been widely shared on social media.

    One side effect of the advert however, is that it has massively boosted Jimmy Eat World's popularity.

    Apple reports that the tune has enjoyed a 1,500% increase in worldwide sales since the advert premiered.

    To be fair, much of her fanbase were probably too young (or not born, shudder) to remember the original. So we imagine Jimmy Eat World are rather grateful to Swifty for bringing them to a whole new audience.

    Here on the Entertainment Live page, we wouldn't say no to a 1,500% increase in traffic, so Taylor, if you're reading this, if you could feature us in your next YouTube video that'd be great, cheers.

  11. My favourite line of Shakespeare

    Saturday marks 400 years of William Shakespeare's death. 

    We'll have coverage over the weekend of events taking place to mark the anniversary, but to whet your appetite, take a look at these stars of stage and screen paying tribute to the playwright by reciting a favourite line from his work:

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    Video caption: Stars of stage and screen recite a favourite line from the works of William Shakespeare
  12. On this day...

    The Queen, Iggy Pop and Charlotte Bronte all share a birthday today, but that's not all that's significant about 21 April.

    BBC Archive have just tweeted a photo from this day in 1964 - the date BBC Two aired the first ever episode of Play School.

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  13. BBC One drama Dickensian cancelled after one series

    Still from Dickensian

    Bad news for fans of BBC One drama Dickensian - the show has been cancelled after just one series.

    The 20-part programme, which was inspired by Charles Dickens's critically acclaimed novels, launched on Boxing Day 2015 with an overnight average of five million viewers for the first episode and 4.3 million viewers for the second. 

    However, it lost audience over the course of its run, falling to an overnight average of two million by February. Viewers complained about the lack of a fixed time slot in the schedules for the series.

  14. James Bond director Guy Hamilton dies

    Sir Roger Moore has paid tribute to Guy Hamilton, who directed him in James Bond movies Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun.

    It's reported the French-born British director has died at the age of 93.

    He directed 22 films from the 1950s to the 1980s, including four James Bond films, including Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

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    Guy Hamilton
  15. Missy Elliott teases possible collaborations

    Could Missy Elliott be back in the studio with Pharrell Williams? He's just posted this picture of the pair on his social media - and after the success of their 2015 track WTF (Where They From), we're hoping it's not just a throwback Thursday.

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    It seems a collaboration with Bruno Mars is on the cards though. Missy posted pictures of the pair "vibing" in the studio earlier this week, calling Bruno a "rare gem". We can't wait to hear the results.

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  16. Mean Girls unleashed on stage

    Tina Fey

    Here's some fetch news - Tina Fey has the whole summer to work on the Mean Girls musical after an unexpected gap opened in her schedule.

    The star of her Neflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt, Ellie Kemper, is having a baby so won't be working on series three for a while. 

    "We're working on the musical adaptation, and thanks to Ellie Kemper's pregnancy, we have this whole summer to work on it," Fey told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival.

  17. Why did Charlotte Bronte oppose votes for women?

    BBC iWonder

    Happy 200th birthday to Charlotte Bronte - the Jane Eyre author was born on 21 April 1816.

    She and her literary sisters are still widely loved for their novels, which are full of strong female characters who challenged the social conventions of their time.

    But while Charlotte argued that women should have more rights, she opposed votes for women. The BBC's Steph McGovern learns why from Prof Sally Shuttleworth from St Anne's College, Oxford, below. This clip is taken from BBC iWonder's guide titled What did the Brontes do for women?

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    Video caption: Bronte film on Charlotte Bronte letter to Elizabeth Gaskell
  18. Sara Bareilles writes "turn off your phone" song for theatre-goers

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Someone texts in a theatre

    The use of mobile phones in cinemas and theatres is one of the bugbears of modern life. 

    Last year, Broadway star Patti LuPone walked off stage and confiscated the phone of an audience member who was texting during the second act of Shows for Days; later commenting: "I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work onstage anymore."

    She's not alone. Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Richard Griffiths have all interrupted performances to scold audience members who couldn't be separated from their phones.

    But the producers of new musical The Waitress (based on Adrienne Shelly's bitter-sweet film) have come up with a novel way of reminding patrons to turn off their devices - a pop song by Sara Bareilles, which plays before every performance.

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    Bareilles, who also wrote the musical's score, told The Associated Press she was inspired to write the ditty after a phone went off during a particularly tender moment during previews.

    "The team and I spoke after the show, and I suggested a cellphone announcement that I would write and sing myself. I decided to rewrite the words to a song of mine called 'Cassiopeia,' and try to make something funny, in the style of the show, but that would still get the point across," Bareilles said.

    "I wrote it in an evening and recorded it at home. It seems to have done the trick, although the errant cellphone still makes me crazy."

  19. Fans pay tribute to Victoria Wood

    Victoria Wood

    So many of you have sent in tributes to Victoria Wood, who died yesterday at the age of 62

    We'll add some more over the day, but here is a small selection of them:

    Quote Message: Victoria wood was, what real women want to be, funny, intelligent and have charisma. She has sadly left us far too early, however probably laughing at us right now. Rest in laughter. from Debbie
    Debbie
    Quote Message: Wish to express my condolence re the death of Victoria Wood. Such a brilliant contribution to entertainment in the UK over at last 25 years. I have many superb memories of her sketches. She was a gifted comedienne. from Faith Stabler
    Faith Stabler
    Quote Message: One of the the truly great natural artists of the 20th century. A very very great lady! My condolence to her family. from Kim
    Kim
    Quote Message: Totally heartbroken at the news of brilliant Victoria Wood’s death. What a monumental loss. from Juliet
    Juliet
    Quote Message: Don’t normally shed a tear when famous people die, just sad they have gone, but I did this time. from David
    David
  20. Nadiya on making a birthday cake for the Queen

    Nadiya Hussain

    Reigning champion of The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, has tweeted a picture of the cake she's baked for The Queen on her 90th birthday.

    Well, not the cake itself exactly, but at least the boxes that the cake has been packed into, and the ingredients used to make it. But that'll do for now.

    We hope a picture of the actual cake will surface later today. We will of course keep you updated with any developments on this breaking story.

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    In the mean time, she's been talking about the process of making it:

    Quote Message: The design completely came off the cuff. I've gone for a vibrant colour and I've gone for the complete opposite of a traditional cake. I'd love to say that somebody gave me a specification but I had nothing which made it even harder. It was a free for all. I had complete creative control. from Nadiya Hussain
    Nadiya Hussain

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