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Beyonce leads the MTV VMA Awards 2014 nominations with eight

MTV VMAs nominations: Beyonce, Eminem and Iggy Azalea lead 2014 shortlist

The annual ceremony will take place in California on 24 August

Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne in David Fincher's film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl

Gone Girl set to open New York Film Festival

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are set to star in David Fincher's thriller

‘Dawn of Planet of the Apes’ also looks set for success in the Chinese market

Andy Serkis' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Oscars chance in doubt, says Gary Oldman

The Academy has yet to honour performance capture acting at the awards

Garth Brooks, Country Music Singer

Garth Brooks ticket refunds begin for cancelled Dublin gigs

Fans have been promised full refunds after all five July shows were dropped

Sam 'Falcon' Wilson will take over from Steve Rogers to be the first black Captain America

Marvel announces black Captain America after confirming new female Thor

The US comic book publisher is pushing for greater diversity in its major titles

US film director Ron Howard

Ron Howard to make official Beatles documentary

The 'Rush' director is a lifelong fan of the Fab Four

Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley launch Art Everywhere at Waterloo Station

Art Everywhere exhibition launches featuring the UK's most popular artworks

The public's favourites will go on display across 30,000 UK outdoor sites

Dan Smith performs with Bastille at Somerset House on 15 July

Bastille, Somerset House, gig review: Ella Eyre and new song 'Blame' make for energetic set

Dan Smith and his band get a somewhat static crowd dancing in no time

Pete Doherty (L) with Carl Barat (R) at The Libertines' reunion gig in Hyde Park

The Libertines' Pete Doherty writes rambling review of his own gigs: 'I felt as though I was ballsing it up bad'

The singer made NME promise to print his account of their Glasgow shows

Newcomer Neel Sethi will be the only on screen actor as Mowgli in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book

Disney's The Jungle Book casts newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli

The 10-year-old actor will play a boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle

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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices