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Get Lucky wins BMI song of the year award

The Get Lucky team were also honoured earlier this year at the Grammys in Los Angeles

Co-written by Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, it was honoured by licensing body Broadcast Music Inc (BMI). Lyricist Sir Tim Rice received the Icon award for his contribution to music. Van Morrison, meanwhile, was honoured for his classic track Brown Eyed …

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Walking Dead breaks US cable TV record

Andrew Lincoln is one of the main characters of The Walking Dead

The fifth series opener of US drama The Walking Dead has been watched by 17.3m people, breaking cable viewing records. It marks the biggest cable audience for a non-sports programme in the US, according to television viewing figures tracking company Nielsen. The post-apocalyptic horror, which stars British actor Andrew Lincoln, …

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Benedict Cumberbatch kicks off London Film Festival

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley attend the opening night gala screening of The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley attend the opening night gala screening of The Imitation Game

The Sherlock star plays computer pioneer Alan Turing in wartime drama The Imitation Game. Speaking at the film’s European premiere in a wet and windy Leicester Square, Cumberbatch described Turing as “an extraordinary man”. His performance is already being tipped as an Oscar contender. “To be asked to play such …

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Johansson beats Johnson at US cinemas

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and Dwayne Johnson in Hercules
Scarlett Johansson plays the title role in Lucy, while Hercules sees Dwayne Johnson take the lead

Johansson’s Lucy, an action thriller about a woman who unlocks hitherto untapped brain powers, made $44m (£26m) in the US and Canada over the weekend, according to studio estimates. Johnson’s fantasy Hercules had to settle for an estimated $29m (£17m) between Friday and Sunday. The film’s distributor Paramount said the takings …

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