Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr is an arts and features writer for The Independent.

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Supreme team: Holland-Dozier-Holland with Diana Ross and the Supremes in a rehearsal room in Motown's Hitsville USA building in Detroit

Holland-Dozier-Holland to be honoured with 2,543rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Why did it take so long for the men who wrote the soundtrack to a decade to be honoured, asks Gillian Orr
Sugar rush: a display board from the show

Do you have a sweet tooth? Science Museum's new exhibition reveals it's all your mum's fault...

At the exhibition's preview, Gillian Orr discovers how we learn to yearn in the womb
Sole sister: Fancy a shoe-shopping trip with Home Secretary Theresa May?

Political fundraisers: From shoe shopping with Theresa May to Iron Man Endeavour with Iain Duncan Smith

A Tory auction has raised eyebrows as well as funds. But it's not the first time a party has peddled absurd prizes, says Gillian Orr

Photographer Yoko Ishii's images show wild Sika deer roaming the streets in Nara, Japan

The deer are treated as divine creatures, thanks to a local legend

David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are three of the five Brits included in the 'Vanity Fair' Hollywood gatefold

Vanity Fair Hollywood issue: Between you, me and the gatefold

A star’s position in the magazine's annual Hollywood shot speaks volumes

The Oscar-winning actor's deep, rich mutterings will deliver you to the land of nod

Jeff Bridges releases sleep album to help the world's stressed-out dudes gets some shut-eye

Bridges is Hollywood's most laid-back man but did Gillian Orr fall for his patter?

Amos Chapple's images of Yakutsk in Russia shows locals go about their daily lives in temperatures as low as -50C

Yakutsk is generally considered to be the coldest city in the world

Director Ava DuVernay, whose feature film Selma is nominated in this year's academy awards, photographed at London's Corinthian Hotel. (Justin Sutcliffe)

Ava DuVernay interview: the 'Selma' director on Martin Luther King, Hollywood's diversity problem and the Oscars

"We need to challenge the industry to acknowledge that films should not be told from one point of view and not only one point of view should be celebrated."

Cartoon by Dave Brown

Charlie Hebdo: Cartoonists celebrate free speech in new 'Draw the Line Here' book

British cartoonists are planning a book to raise money for their murdered French colleagues' families. This is about free speech, The Independent’s Dave Brown tells Gillian Orr

Photographer Matt Lankes' portraits of the cast of Boyhood influenced the film's storyline

The young actor playing the titular "boy" in Richard Linklater's Oscar-nominated movie became fascinated with photography, and his character develops a similar interest

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Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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