Jess Denham

Jess Denham reports on Arts + Entertainment for The Independent website

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Big Brother 2015: Timebomb house pictures revealed and everything looks super retro

Expect a giant aqarium and duvet covers so glitzy they'll make you squint

Noel Gallagher moaned about the lack of excitement in guitar-rock recently

Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify

'I'd rather have one good album a year than a billion s**t songs at my fingertips'

Homer Simpson conforms to the stereotype: the fifty-something male is overweight, comically unheroic and cartoonish

The Simpsons renewed for two more seasons

Homer Simpsons and the gang will be around for plenty more sofa sessions

Singer Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus perform via satellite at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips are releasing an album together

Frontman Wayne Coyne reckons it's going to sound like Pink Floyd and Portishead

George RR Martin: ‘I think the Sad Puppies have broken the Hugo awards’

Game of Thrones fans have the Grateful Dead to thank for inspiring George RR Martin

The US author says he always has the band's songs 'rattling around his head'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is 'really sorry' for killing off Fred Weasley

Poor Fred Weasley died in a dramatic explosion in the seventh and final book

Kit Harington plays MI5 agent Will Holloway in Spooks: The Greater Good

Kit Harington on filming his own Spooks stunts and the fate of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

The actor talks to Jess Denham about the pressures of taking on a role in a movie adaptation with such high expectations

Prince played a series of surprise gigs in London earlier this year

Baltimore riots: Prince records tribute song after Freddie Gray dies in police custody

The legendary singer-songwriter has taken to the studio to address the issue

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious 6'

New on Netflix UK May 2015: From Fast & Furious 6 to World War Z and Grace and Frankie

Our pick of the best films and TV shows coming to the streaming service

Colin Firth as Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service 2: Matthew Vaughn reveals how Colin Firth might return

Firth has not ruled out a return as spy Harry Hart in the developing sequel

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'