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Brits voters give tips for 2015

New acts George The poet, James Bay and Years and Years are being tipped for success in 2015 after being shortlisted for the Brits Critics' Choice Award.

Art school blaze caused by foam can

A fire service report says the Glasgow School of Art blaze was caused by gases from a foam canister coming into contact with a projector.

Lebanese diva Sabah dies, aged 87

Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, popularly known as the "Diva of Music" in the Arab world, dies at the age of 87.

Keating 'liberated' by West End debut

Boyzone singer Ronan Keating calls making his West End debut in musical Once a "liberating" if exposing experience.

Birdman set to soar at Spirit Awards

Showbusiness satire Birdman leads the flock at this year's Spirit Awards after being nominated for six prizes, including best film.

Shakespeare Folio found in France

A rare Shakespeare First Folio, regarded as the most important book in English literature, is discovered in a small French town.

Witherspoon and Kidman set for TV

Oscar winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are to star in a TV series written by Ally McBeal writer David E Kelley.

Educating Rita to return to Liverpool

Willy Russell's Educating Rita is to have its first professional production in Liverpool in 13 years to mark the 35th anniversary of its 1980 premiere.

ITV's Grantchester gets second series

ITV's detective drama Grantchester is commissioned for a second series after an average of 6.6 million viewers watched the first series.

AC/DC drummer appears in court in NZ

The Australian drummer of rock group AC/DC briefly appears in court in New Zealand, arriving late, to face a charge of threatening to kill.

More Bill Cosby shows cancelled in US

Two more Bill Cosby shows are axed as the veteran comedian continues to face allegations of sexual assault.

International Emmys for UK shows

British TV productions win three awards at the International Emmys in the US, including a best drama prize for axed Channel 4 series Utopia.

Marilyn Monroe photos auctioned

A collection of photos of Marilyn Monroe collected by Welsh snooker star Dominic Dale over 25 years sells for more than £25,000 at auction.

Captain Kirk not trekking to Cheshire

Star Trek legend William Shatner denies rumours he will boldly go to switch on the Christmas lights in a Cheshire town.

Cuba stages first musical in 50 years

Award-winning musical Rent is to have a three-month run in Havana, Cuba's first Broadway show in more than 50 years.

US university gets Marquez archive

The University of Texas acquires the archives of Nobel prize-winning late Colombian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Festival founder to leave in 2015

The founding artistic director of Manchester International Festival is to leave after next year's event.

Steve Jobs biopic moves to Universal

Universal Pictures take on a movie based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs following Sony Pictures' departure from the project.

Star Wars and Avengers lifts Pinewood

Big budget productions including the latest Star Wars and Avengers films have helped profits higher at Pinewood Shepperton.

Wizard of Oz costume sells for $3m

The Cowardly Lion costume from classic film The Wizard of Oz sells for more than $3m (£1.9m) at an auction in New York.

Metallica headline Reading & Leeds

The American heavy metal band are announced as the first headliner for the festival over the bank holiday weekend.

Katy Perry to play Super Bowl show

Singer Katy Perry is to headline the NFL Super Bowl half-time show next February.

Band Aid single storms to number one

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? debuts at number one in the UK singles chart after selling more than 312,000 copies last week.

Argentina Top Gear lands festive slot

The controversial Top Gear special that has prompted complaints from Argentine diplomats will air at Christmas, the BBC announces.

Older children turn to online viewing

Older children watch half the amount of live television per day than adults, preferring to watch content online, new research suggests.

Sports Personality shortlist named

Ten contenders are named on the shortlist for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 14 December.

VIDEO: The new wave of Israeli filmmakers

Israeli directors are creating everything from westerns to cannibalistic fantasies as Talking Movies' Tom Brook has been finding out.

VIDEO: 'I found rare Shakespeare Folio'

Librarian and Medieval literature expert Rémy Cordonnier tells the BBC about the moment he discovered a rare and valuable William Shakespeare First Folio.

VIDEO: Nun's Like a Virgin hit raises eyebrows

A nun who won Italy's version of The Voice singing contest has released an album, revealing some unusual song choices.

VIDEO: Sabah, Lebanese singing legend, dies

Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, one of the Arab world's best-known entertainers, has died aged 87.


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