Jess Denham

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Dr Dre has topped Forbes' highest paid musicians in the world list for 2014

Dr Dre beats Beyonce to top Forbes highest-paid musicians of 2014 list

The rapper has raked in a massive $620 million in the past 12 months

A still from 'The Interview' starring Seth Rogan (right) and James Franco

The Interview: Sony Pictures beefs up premiere security and bans journalists after hack

James Franco and Seth Rogen's Kim Jong-un comedy has angered North Korea

Sam Smith is one of the favourites to take home a trophy at the first BBC Music Awards

BBC Music Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith among Song of the Year nominees

Clean Bandit and Ella Henderson are also among the shortlisted artists

Mark, Katie and Sanjay in The Apprentice boardroom

The Apprentice result: Lord Sugar fires Katie Bulmer-Cooke and Sanjay Sood-Smith

The pair were sacked by Lord Sugar after failing in the puddings task

Mark Ronson has had two UK number two singles but never a number one...yet

Uptown Funk: Mark Ronson on track for first number one after Fleur East's X Factor rendition

The song's release was brought forward by five weeks after Fleur's performance

Talented potters are invited to apply for new BBC Two show Britain's Best Potter by 4 January

Britain's Best Potter in pipeline for 2015 from Great British Bake Off team

Applications are welcomed from artists who 'live and breathe pottery'

The Eye of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit Eye of Sauron art installation scrapped in Moscow after Russian Orthodox Church attack

Designers wanted to project a 3D light show from the top of a skyscraper in honour of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies release

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne did not watch Benedict Cumberbatch play Stephen Hawking before The Theory of Everything

Both actors have now portrayed the physicist on screen to widespread acclaim

Joey Essex, Sally Bercow and Dom Parker will be hitting the slopes for series 2 of The Jump

The Jump 2015 line-up: Joey Essex, Sally Bercow and Gogglebox's Dom Parker join show

Davina McCall is returning to host series two of the high-risk Channel 4 contest

Outkast performed a series of comeback shows in the summer of 2014

OutKast star Andre 3000 hated reunion shows: 'I felt like a sell-out'

The rapper wore custom jumpsuits in an effort to add something fresh

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there