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29 January 2015 Last updated at 12:15

'Dippy' makes way for blue whaleImpression of new display

London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.

Colleen McCullough Thorn Birds author McCullough dies

Australian author Colleen McCullough, best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, dies aged 77.

Olivia Vinall as Hilary in The Hard Problem by Tom StoppardMixed reviews for Stoppard 'brain' play

Tom Stoppard's new play, The Hard Problem, opens at the National Theatre to mixed reviews.

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    12:15: This sick beat™
    Taylor Swift

    Pop star Taylor Swift has been granted trademarks for phrases such as "this sick beat" and "party like it's 1989" in the US.

    It means other people will be prohibited from using the sentences (which crop up on her recent album) on t-shirts, calendars and... er, walking sticks.

    Read more on the story.

    12:10: Bafta dinners

    We all assume actors starve themselves to squeeze into those award ceremony outfits - something that was (partially) confirmed by Into The Woods star Anna Kendrick in her hilarious 2014 Oscar Diary.

    But did you know that the nominees all get a slap-up meal at the Baftas? Associated Press reporter Hilary Fox has spent the morning with chef Nigel Boschetti, who's putting together the menu, and tweeted the results.

    Here's what the stars will be scoffing as they break their diet.

    Bafta starter

    Starter: Terrine of Roasted & Smoked Salmon with Avocado & Crab Salad.

    Bafta main course

    Main course: Trio of Beef: Braised Short Rib, Shin with Herb Crust and Fillet, with Beans, Carrots and Dauphinoise.

    Bafta dessert

    Dessert: Cacao Nib Parfait, Hacienda Chocolate Mousse, Milk Puree and Kirsch Cherries.

    11:57: Bart biopic announced: Deadline
    Geoffrey Rush

    Geoffrey Rush is to star in the musical biopic Consider Yourself: The Lionel Bart Story, alongside Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan.

    It tells the story of an untrained musician who couldn't read or write music, yet became the first person to have three West End musicals running.

    The title comes from one of the best-known songs from Oliver! - Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.

    Read the full story.

    11:19: Kasabian conspiracy BBC Newsbeat Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Kasabian have hit back at the Brits, after they failed to pick up a single nomination for this year's awards.

    "It's a conspiracy. They're trying to shut rock'n'roll out," said guitarist Serge Pizzorno.

    "What sort of message does that send to working class rock'n'roll bands which the industry is in dire need of?"

    But the band, who headlined Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage last year, will get to play one awards show. They've just been announced as the opening act for the Baftas.

    Read the full story.

    11:15: Horrible writing prize
    James Herbert Award - shortlisted novels

    A six-strong shortlist has just been announced for the James Herbert Award, a new literary prize celebrating horror writing.

    We were expecting creepy titles like The Hell Claw or Brains of Death but, sadly, they're much more mundane: Bird Box and An English Ghost Story are among the nominees.

    Chair of judges, Tom Hunter, says: "The first year of a new literature prize is always viewed with one eye on the past of the genre and one on the future and, given this is a horror prize, perhaps a third eye watching behind to check for unspoken things lurking in the dark."

    Find out more on the official website.

    11:06: Perry's SuperBowl secrets
    Katy Perry's SuperBowl manicure

    Katy Perry's painted her toenails to look like American footballs as she prepares to play the SuperBowl half-time show this Sunday.

    Everything else is a closely-guarded secret, but director Hamish Hamilton - who previously oversaw the London 2012 opening ceremony - says Perry will bring "her personality, flair and humour" to the 12-minute performance.

    The British director, who is also in charge of the Oscars telecast, also told The Wrap about the difficulty of staging a large-scale show in the middle of a major sporting event.

    "The size of the tunnels in the stadium have a huge impact, as it's a logistical exercise getting a large amount of people out onto the stage and the grass at one time," he said.

    "If the stadium has fat tunnels that is great; if they are skinny and winding then that can be a problem."

    10:49: Subtitle snafus

    You've been getting in touch to convey your frustration (or delight) with subtitling errors on TV.

    David Wrigglesworth tweets: This was a favourite of mine on "Match of the Day".

    Match of the Day subtitles

    Dom Graham tweets: "Subtitles are always on the TVs in my gym. Almost every programme contains some complete gobbledygook, usually relating to names."

    And Alex Fletcher reminds us of this gem.

    BBC Breakfast subtitle

    Well, I never.

    If you have any other examples, tweet us at @BBCNewsEnts or email

    10:30: Book diversity charter discussed The Bookseller

    More than 50 representatives of the book industry met yesterday to discuss a new diversity charter for children's publishing.

    Zanib Mian, director of Sweet Apple Publishing, said bookshops often ghettoised books that celebrate diversity and difference.

    "Publishers are trying to publish unself-consciously, but booksellers are selling them self-consciously," she told delegates. "Children reading should see those characters as being like them, not as an issue to be understood."

    The initiative, called A Place At The Table, is supported by authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo and Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.

    Read the full story.

    10:20: Geezer arrested
    Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler (above, left) has spent the night in jail after being arrested in a US bar.

    According to police in California's Death Vallery, the bassist was involved in "an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window".

    The British star, whose real name is Terence Michael Butler, was given a citation and released "after detox".

    Read more on this story.

    10:12: Tributes to Colleen McCullough
    Colleen McCullough

    Friends and colleagues have been expressing their grief over the death of The Thorn Birds author Colleen McCullough, who has died aged 77.

    Author Tara Moss tweets: "So sad to hear of the passing of Colleen McCullough. She was fierce, funny and so supportive of other writers. Irreplaceable. RIP Colleen."

    Broadcaster Richard Glover tweets: "RIP Colleen McCullough. I can't think of anyone who took such a miserable childhood and turned into a life of such luminous achievement."

    Writer Angie Andrews tweets: "Didn't we all decide that Colleen McCullough wasn't allowed to die? Sadly, she was mortal after all."

    09:55: Wolf Hall viewing drops
    Damian Lewis in Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall lost one million viewers between its first and second episodes, early overnight figures suggest.

    Starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, the opening episode of the historical thriller became BBC Two's most-watched drama in a decade, with 3.9 million viewers last week.

    Wednesday night's episode saw that figure fall to 2.9 million. ITV's Midsomer Murders won the timeslot, with an average audience of 4.8 million (not including ITV+1).

    Coronation Street was again the evening's most-watched show, drawing in 7.8 million soap fans.

    09:41: Game of Drones: Will Gompertz Arts editor

    Tweeting from from the Old Royal Naval College in London, Will says: "First time a drone has ever been allowed to fly in The Painted Hall, Wren / Thornhill's masterpiece".

    Will Gompertz tweet
    09:38: Ronson sales conundrum via Twitter

    Music journalist Michael Cragg tweets: "This is mad: Mark Ronson's album 'sold' 48,582 copies in US last week, but only 9,640 of that were actual album sales. It's at Number 10!"

    For those of you not versed in the dark art of the Billboard charts, the compilers now count streaming and download data to decide what position an album gets.

    Nielsen Soundscan counts 10 downloads of any track from an album as the equivalent of one album sale; and 1,500 song streams as the equivalent of one album sale.

    In other words, someone's been playing Uptown Funk a lot on Spotify this week.

    09:26: Problem play? Tim Masters Entertainment correspondent, BBC News
    Olivia Vinall as Hilary in The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard

    Tom Stoppard's much-anticipated new play The Hard Problem opened at the National Theatre last night.

    The story, which centres around a young psychology researcher Hilary (Olivia Vinall) at a neuroscience institute, poses big questions about the nature of consciousness.

    It's undoubtedly a mental work-out over its 100 minutes, but there's an affecting human story at its core.

    Early reviews are mixed. The Guardian's four-star review called the play a "stimulating work that occasionally suffers from information overload".

    But The Telegraph found it "a major disappointment" and awarded two stars.

    The play, at the Dorfman theatre, is the last to be directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, who steps down at the NT later this year.

    We'll have a full round up of reviews later.

    09:16: Get involved:

    Ofcom has criticised subtitles on live TV shows - saying people who are deaf or hard of hearing get an "inferior service".

    Among the clangers it mentions are Princess Leia being called "Present Cesc lay ya" and lemon transcribed as "lepl on".

    Have you spotted any egregious errors? What's your favourite subtitle slip-up? Get in touch by tweeting @BBCNewsEnts or emailing us at

    09:01: Thornbirds author dies
    Colleen McCullough

    Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a hit TV show, has died at the age of 77.

    A former neuroscientist, McCullough stumbled into writing after her mother sent her on a shopping trip.

    "I went to town with the five pounds to buy an overcoat, and I saw a Blue Bird portable typewriter for five pounds so I bought that instead," she told Australia's Radio National.

    The author had lost her sight in recent years and resorted to dictating her novels.

    Publisher Harper Collins Australia said on Twitter her contribution to Australian writing "has been immense".

    Colleen McCullough
    08:58: One killed on Scorsese set

    A construction worker has been killed, and two people injured, on the set of Martin Scorsese's new film, Silence.

    The Taiwan Daily reports that a ceiling collapsed during the building of wooden structures for the movie, which is based on Shusako Endo's novel.

    A spokesperson for the film said the incident occurred after a building on the CMPC Studios backlot was deemed unstable and an independent contractor was hired to "reinforce and make it safe".

    "Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured," they added.

    08:42: Children to write Proms
    Children at the launch of the Proms in 2006

    Schoolchildren are being given the chance to write music for this year's Proms, the BBC has announced.

    Two special concerts will be staged at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring music from the "Ten Pieces" initiative, which encourages pupils to respond to classical music in the classroom.

    Some of those responses - whether they're music, dance, art or animation - will be selected and performed at the Ten Pieces Proms on 18 and 19 July.

    You can find out more on the Ten Pieces site.

    08:29: Kanye's new video
    Kanye West video

    Kanye West popped up on Ellen de Generes' US chat show last night, to unveil the video for his collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney.

    Only One is sung from the perspective of West's mother, Donda, who died in 2007 during a surgical procedure. The lyrics have her talking to West from heaven, giving advice on how to raise his daughter, North.

    The one-year-old appears with her father in the clip, which was shot by Oscar-nominated director Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich).

    You can watch it on the Ellen show's website.

    08:28: Goodbye, Dippy
    The NHM's diplodocus skeleton

    London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the dinosaur and moving in a blue whale.

    The decision to replace the much-loved Diplodocus was made, in part, because it is just a plaster-cast model.

    "Everyone loves Dippy, but it's just a copy," says Sir Michael Dixon, the NHM's director.

    "What makes this museum special is that we have real objects from the natural world - over 80 million of them - and they enable our scientists and thousands like them from around the world to do real research."

    Read the full story.

    08:27: Rise and shine: Mark Savage Entertainment reporter, BBC News

    Good morning and welcome to our live coverage for Thursday, 29 January.

    We'll be bringing you the latest news from the worlds of entertainment, culture and media. And maybe some daft YouTube links as well.


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