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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer released at Comic-Con

First trailer for Peter Jackson's final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy released as fans prepare to say goodbye to Middle Earth

Joaquin Phoenix is to quit acting

Joaquin Phoenix 'in talks' to play Doctor Strange

Actor is said to be in advanced negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy beats Hercules in battle for US box office

'Lucy' punches her way to the top spot at the box office in Scarlett Johansson's best debut yet

Sarah Palin: Executive Barbie

Sarah Palin launches online TV channel to 'cut through Washington's crony capitalism'

Former Alaska governor says she is "tired of media filters" as she launches subscriber-based website

Magaluf bar ordered to pay 55,000 euro fine and close doors for a year

The "Magaluf girl" video made headlines earlier this month after footage emerged of a young British woman performing a sex act on 24 men

'Magaluf girl' bar ordered to pay €55,000 fine following 'mamading' video investigation

The bar where an 18-year old was filmed performing a sex act on multiple men will have to close its doors for a year

Singer Chubby Checker and HP settle penis measuring app lawsuit

Twist singer claimed sexual nature of the app had caused "irreparable damage" to his legacy

George Osborne

UK economy bounces back to pre-recession levels

UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter but fears remain about economy's reliance on consumer spending

American hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin files for divorce while his wife of 10 years was on holiday with their children

Hedge fund manager argues "any attempt" at reconciliation would be "impractical" for the family

Michael Bloomberg defends Israel trip in tense CNN interview

Former Mayor of New York blasts CNN presenter for "insulting America" by asking if the FAA ban was introduced for political reasons

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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