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  1. News and updates for 19 May 2016
  2. Sources tell the BBC Daniel Craig has made no decision on return to Bond
  3. Artist Grayson Perry unveils phallic statue inspired by City bankers
  4. Celebrity injunction – High Court rules that stars cannot be named
  5. Ivor Novello Awards in London

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By Victoria Lindrea and Keily Smith

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

That concludes our live page for today, but we thought we'd sign off with voice artist Brian Hull giving you his rendition of Adele's Hello, featuring the full panoply of animated characters for which he's known. It's worth holding out for Donald Duck!

See you tomorrow.

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Dame Joan and the keep fit puddle

The never decreasing puddle outside the London home of Dame Joan Collins was the subject of much discussion on social media last week - and was even a point of discussion on Have I Got News For You.

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Dame Joan contacted Westminster City Council about the puddle which she claimed "could fit the Swiss Navy".

But she did not anticipate the Twitter backlash her "first world problem"  would prompt.

Writing in The Spectator today, Dame Joan said she received "a torrent of abuse and nasty tweets advising to me to ‘get over it’, ‘wear wellies’ and even one ‘go back to where you came from’ - which, considering I’m from London, left me wondering where he meant".

Meanwhile, Westminster Council have carried out an assessment on the puddle, but told the veteran star further work on the watery abyss "would carry significant cost implications". 

"In the meantime, I have become adept at circumventing the puddle with great dexterity," wrote Dame Joan. "My puddle is keeping me fit."  

Adele, James Blake winners at Ivor Novellos

Jamie Lawson

The Ivor Novello Awards are being handed out thick and fast now. 

The best song muscially and lyrically was won by Jamie Lawson (pictured) for Wasn't Expecting That. He thanked Ed Sheeran for signing him to his label, saying he will be forever grateful to the "ginger kitten". 

The Happy Mondays were given an Inspiration award for inspiring creative talent in others. 

James Bay collected his first Ivor Novello for Hold Back The River, the second track from his debut album Chaos And The Calm.

Adele was named songwriter of the year and gave her speech via a recorded video.   

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Anger over injunction ruling

The Supreme Court's decision not to lift the injunction over a celebrity couple and the story of an extra-marital affair has not gone down well with the newspaper editors. 

The executive director of the Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell, said the ruling was "disappointing". 

This is not just about the private lives of celebrities, it is about principles and practicalities. It is wrong that people in England and Wales cannot read in the media of their choice whatever everyone else in the world knows already. In practical terms...the court should not make orders which are ineffective."

Mr Satchwell's group represents newspaper editors and media executives. 

Apart from bringing the courts and the law into disrepute, injunctions are an expensive waste of rich people's money and of the courts' time. The courts are overwhelmed with other important work and today's judgment may well encourage greater use of injunctions.

Top Gear guests announced

Gordon Ramsay/Chris Evans/Jesse Eisenberg

Gordon Ramsay and Jesse Eisenberg will be the first two guests to appear on the revamped Top Gear when it launches at the end of the month.

Both the celebrity chef and The Social Network star will be interviewed by host Chris Evans and do a lap on the new racetrack at Dunsfold Park in Surrey. 

The BBC confirmed there would be two guests appearing in each episode of the show throughout the series.

The Sun claimed that Ramsay and Eisenberg - who is currently rehearsing for a show in London's West End - were brought in at the last minute, after Hollywood star Brad Pitt pulled out due to scheduling conflicts.

Take one irascible chef, Lex Luthor, fast cars and a ginger motormouth... this could get interesting!

Moyles makes light of losing listeners

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Big news for the radio industry this morning, as the latest RAJAR figures were published.

"What in the name of a fuzzy FM reception is a RAJAR?" you are probably wondering.

Well, they are the listening figures for UK radio. They're published every three months and let us know how many people are listening to all national and local stations, from Capital to Classic FM.

The latest figures cover January-March of this year, and, in a nutshell show that lots of people like Chris Evans, fewer people like Nick Grimshaw, and more people are tuning into BBC Radio 3.

BBC Radio 3 has three-year high for listeners

Petroc Trelawny and Clemency Burton-Hill

One particularly interesting stat to come out of this quarter are the latest figures for Radio X.

The station, previously known as XFM, launched in September, with a whole load of big name signings including Johnny Vaughn, Ricky Wilson and Vernon Kay.

Nationally, the station has gone up a whopping 40.1% since this time last year, when it was still XFM. Pretty good right? 

Well, not as good as it sounds - because that increase is mainly down to the fact that the station became available nationally when it rebranded. Previously it was only available in Manchester in London.

And when you look specifically at the London figures, it's much worse news. The station has actually gone down 34.8% since the last quarter.

Breakfast show host Chris Moyles has made light of the loss of Londoners on Twitter:

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It can take a long time for a new radio station to bed in, so it may take a few more months before the figures recover from the XFM fans abandoning the station.

We'll keep an eye out and bring you the next batch of RAJARs in three months.

By the way, RAJAR stands for Radio Joint Audience Research. If you remember that by the time of the next ones, you win a prize*.

*Editor's disclaimer: Prize is a dodgy cup of tea made by Steven in the office, so it's more of a punishment than a prize, really.

Iggy Pop hits Cannes

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop is in Cannes to promote a documentary about him and his band, The Stooges. 

Gimme Danger, directed by Jim Jarmusch, chronicles the outrageous life of the band, from their numerous break-ups, their revolving door line-up and their influence on the punk music scene. 

Iggy's never one to stay clothed for long in front of an audience, and his Cannes photo-call appeared to be no different. 

James Bay wins first Ivor Novello award

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Music reporter

James Bay

James Bay has just picked up the first trophy at the 2016 Ivor Novello Awards.

Hold Back The River won the most performed work prize, in recognition of the song's airplay ubiquity last year.

"I definitely didn't expect this," he said, explaining: "I don't [pay attention] to the numbers."

Into the Woods heads into the city

Following an acclaimed run off-Broadway, Fiasco Theater's reinvention of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical Into the Woods is heading to London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this summer.

The musical, described by US critics as "inspired" and "truly enchanting", will have a limited run from 1 July.

The musical was adapted for the big screen in 2014, in an all-star production starring Meryl Streep, James Corden and Emily Blunt.

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Stars on Ivor Novello red carpet

The Ivor Novello Awards are underway in London this lunchtime, and a whole host of musical faces have walked the red carpet. 

Among them are Snow Patrol, James Blake, Jess Glyn, Gaz from Supergrass and Shaun Ryder (and his e-cigarette).

Friends actress Courtney Cox is also there, supporting fiancee Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol.

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Who sets the trends in the fashion industry?

Our colleagues at iWonder have been looking at how the fashion industry has changed. Alexa Chung meets trend forecasters WGSN.

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Holly Willoughby's new dating show

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby is to host a new dating show on ITV.  

Meet the Parents puts the love lives of romantic hopefuls in the hands of those who "know them best" (theoretically): Their parents. 

The premise? Would-be daters meet the parents of their potential love interest first - and find out what to expect and whether to take it further.

So if you want your mum enlightening a potential suitor about your penchant for wearing your underpants over your trousers superhero-style, or sharing your teenage Flashdance routine, complete with photographic evidence - now's your chance.

Theatre critics unhappy over National scrapping free 'plus ones'

It's undoubtedly a perk of the job as a theatre critic to get a free ticket to see a performance. As is the benefit of getting a free "plus one" to allow an additional person to come along to enjoy the show too.

But the National Theatre has announced plans to scrap the traditional plus one and instead charge a fee for a second ticket, aiming to offer more free tickets to bloggers and other online writers.

Theatre critics have been expressing their concern over the matter - what do you think - unfair or fair enough? Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email and let us know.

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Theatre stops critics' free 'plus ones'

The National Theatre is to introduce a policy banning critics from bringing so-called "plus ones" free of charge to performances.

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Daniel Craig: No decision on Bond

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig hasn’t yet decided on whether he wants to do another Bond movie. Reports in the past 24 hours have suggested that the actor, who’s starred in four 007 movies, has turned down a deal to make any more films in the series.

But separate, authoritative Bond sources have independently confirmed to BBC News that Craig hasn’t made any decision about his future as 007, and that “no decision is likely to be made for a while”.

Earlier this year MGM, which controls the rights to the 007 franchise, told investors that the series was operating on a three-to-four year cycle, which means that the next Bond film isn’t due in cinemas until late 2018 at the earliest.

Warren Beatty comes out of the woodwork

Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty - who has been out of the public eye for some time - has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about his long-gestating Howard Hughes project.

The film, entitled Rules Don't Apply, is released this November and stars Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich (reportedly the new Han Solo) as an aspiring actress and her personal driver who start a romance, but have to circumvent Hughes's strict rules about on-set fraternisation.

Beatty, 79 - who has been nominated for an Oscar 15 times - will both direct and play the role of Hughes. His wife, Annette Bening, will also co-star in the film.

Asked why he had been out of the limelight for so long - Rules Don't Apply is his first film in 15 years - the father of four revealed he was a family man at heart.

I have four children and any one of them is more interesting than any 12 movies I’ve done.

Boldly going...

CBS All Access has released a teaser for the rebooted Star Trek television series.

It has the tagline "new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds" but the theme tune sounds pretty familiar.

The series will begin in spring 2017, and as yet no cast have been announced. 

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British Museum temporarily closed due to protest

The British Museum has been temporarily closed because of a Greenpeace protest about BP's sponsorship of their latest exhibition, Sunken Cities.

Images posted on Twitter show activists climbing the columns outside the London museum. Climbers are attempting to rebrand the exhibition as Sinking Cities on its opening day.

Greenpeace labelled BP's sponsorship "the irony of an oil company sponsoring an exhibition whose name practically spells out impacts of climate change".

It said:

The British Museum dedicates itself to learning, discovery and the conservation of human cultures, but the only discoveries BP seeks are more fossil fuels to dig up and burn which are already polluting our air and warming our world.

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Members of the public have also commented on Twitter:

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A BP spokesman said: "BP has a long history as a major supporter of arts and culture in the UK and we are proud to have partnered the British Museum for 20 years, supporting significant exhibitions such as the new Sunken Cities exhibition."

Jesse Eisenberg dodges Woody Allen questions

Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg, who stars in Woody Allen's latest film, Cafe Society, has ducked questions about sexual abuse allegations surrounding the US director, saying: "It's not my place to get involved in something like that." 

Eisenberg, who has appeared in two of Allen's films, told BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones that his interactions with Allen had been "minimal on a social level, and very wonderful and cordial on a professional level".

"I think it's dangerous to try people in the press," he added.

The Social Network star also revealed he had issues with a stalker, but argued that "the benefits of my public presence outweigh, to an unbelievably disproportionate degree, the annoyances that I have to deal with".

And listen to why he loves David Brent below:

Joe Jackson in hospital

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Joe Jackson, the head of the Jackson clan, has been admitted to hospital in Los Angeles.

Son Jermaine said the 87-year-old had been admitted after attending a routine doctor's appointment.. 

Jermaine told TMZ that Joe was doing much better and is in his room "telling jokes" and that all his vital signs were good.

He's just tired, he's 87. We are just holding on to him as long as possible.

Michael Buble needs vocal cord surgery

Michael Buble

Michael Buble is taking a break from singing to have surgery on his vocal cords, cancelling two big upcoming events so he's got time to "rest and recover".  

The star reassured fans that his "doctors expect a complete recovery" but in a post on Twitter, he admitted there would be "no talking or singing for a while". 

Buble was due to perform at a Marvin Gaye Tribute next month as well as being honoured with the Canadian Governor General Performance Arts Award. 

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Buble's in good company though - both Adele and Sam Smith have had vocal cord surgery and made a full recovery. The star's already had plenty of well wishes from fans and friends:

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Harry Potter sales continue to grow

Harry Potter is the gift that keeps on giving - especially for its publisher Bloomsbury. 

Last year, profits at the company rose 8% to £13m, largely helped by a 133% upturn in sales of JK Rowling's wizarding books. 

An illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone helped sales, while the release of a new film in the franchise and a stage play will no doubt boost sales further this year. 

Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton said: "Bloomsbury has had a very good year with strong revenue and book sales growth, including a significant increase in digital sales."

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The Exorcist to revisit stage and screen this autumn

Following on from the lacklustre reception which greeted the trailer for the forthcoming Fox TV adaptation of cult film The Exorcist, comes news of a stage production.

The play, written by John Pielmeier and based on both William Peter Blatty’s novel and William Friedkin’s 1973 film adaptation, will premiere at the Birmingham Rep in October.

The play - a faithful retelling of Blatty's book - “contains adult material which may shock and offended” and is recommended for the over-18s only.

The forthcoming TV series, starring Geena Davis, also premieres in the autumn - presumably to tie in with Hallowe'en - watch the trailer below.

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Terry Gilliam says he is resurrecting his troubled Don Quixote film with Monty Python co-star Michael Palin because it is "a dream nightmare" he wants to be rid of.

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Celebrity injunction stays

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Media correspondent

Attempts to overturn an injunction preventing details of the extra-marital sexual encounters of a celebrity couple being made public have been rejected. 

The Supreme Court says the story is private, there's no public interest in revealing it and, although the names have been published in America, Canada and Scotland, there would be 'intensive coverage' if the injunction were lifted. 

The four to one decision says just because the couple are well-known there is no 'right to invade privacy'. 

They are also concerned to protect the interests of the couple's children. 

One of the four judges, Lord Toulson, disagrees with the judgment, saying that while the publication of the story would involved "acute unpleasantness" the story is not going to go away "injunction or no injunction". He adds that the children are young and could be shielded from the immediate publicity.

Good Wife back, without the wife

Christine Baranski

A spin-off of The Good Wife is all systems go. 

Rumours began swirling last week that two of the cast of the legal drama, which ended this month in the US, had signed up to reprise their roles. 

Now it's been confirmed that Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart) and Cush Jumbo (Luca Quinn) will star in the new series for CBS All Access, the network's online service.

Neither of them were the titular "Good Wife", who was played by Julianna Marguelies 

The as-yet-untitled series will air in spring 2017.

'You shall pass!': Gandalf's tour of London's West End

Sir Ian McKellen

Why not take a tour of London's West End with a knight of the realm?

Official London Theatre has launched a free audio guide of London's Theatreland, voiced by none other than Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen.

From Leicester Square to The Strand, Sir Ian will divulge secrets of the London stage and the tales behind some of the capital’s most fascinating buildings, alongside personal anecdotes about his own experiences as a stage actor.  

The audio tour can be downloaded through VoiceMap.  

I know myself when I’m in a strange city that wandering around with your nose in a guidebook isn’t the best way to appreciate what’s going on. The important thing when you’re walking around a city like London is to look up and down the alleyways and round the corner. With a guide in your ear all this is much easier.

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Standing tall

Grayson Perry

Drawing inspiration from City bankers and traders, artist Grayson Perry has created a phallic statue. 

The Turner Prize-winner made the 68cm piece for his Channel 4 show All Man - in which he investigates male-dominated environments. The artwork, titled Object in Foreground, was temporarily exhibited in London skyscraper The Shard as part of filming for the show.

I was thinking of an object that could hold its own amongst all the marble (of the City lobbies) but drew attention to the unquestioned maleness of its world. Men dominate the financial centre, especially at the top, so I wanted to make something that said it's there all the time, it's the centre of gravity that's pulling us all in.

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Good morning

Welcome to Thursday's live page. 

Today, there's news from the Supreme Court about whether a certain celebrity can be named in the British press, Grayson Perry is unveiling a new artwork delving into the subject of "contemporary masculinity" (can you guess what it is, yet?!) and the Ivor Novello awards are announced later - so we'll be bringing you all the build-up from the red carpet.

Stay tuned.