Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Digital Arts Editor for The Independent. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Less is Mor: CNN sacked Piers Morgan from his TV show after just three years

Piers Morgan gets permanent job on ITV's Good Morning Britain

The former Mirror editor is coming to a sofa on a TV screen near you

Concussion director won't take New York Times' accusations lying down

Concussion director Peter Landesman accuses New York Times of 'working for the NFL'

The newspaper published claims he edited the film to keep the sports conglomerate happy

Darth Vader (C) and Stormtrooper figurines are displayed during the kick-off event of Disney's Star Wars Celebration 2015 (Getty)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens global toy unboxing live: Disney cashes in early on $20bn merchandise market with ‘Force Friday’

Episode VII might be months away but studios and toy makers don’t care

Pedro Pascal as Javier Peña and Boyd Holbrook as Steve Murphy in the Netflix Original Series

Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal on Narcos: Who needs dragons when you've got cocaine?

Westeros is not a million miles from Bogota according to the actor

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei poses with his passport in Beijing. Chinese dissident artist and free speech advocate said that authorities in Beijing returned his passport, more than four years after it was confiscated following his 81-day secret detention

Ai Weiwei refused six month visa by UK over undeclared 'criminal conviction,' claims Britain is denying his 'rights as a citizen'

The artist claims he was never officially convicted by Chinese authorities despite being detained for 81 days

Secrets of JK Rowling's Harry Potter workings have been revealed in a new bibliography
Revellers enjoy Somersault despite the mud

Somersault Festival, North Devon, review: Bombay Bicycle Club, Laura Marling and Passenger shine despite the continuous rain

Cars got stuck in the mud and tents were almost washed away but festival-goers were kept happy with a sparkling musical lineup

One of Japan's best-known contemporary artists Makoto Aida stands next to his work, a large calligraphy hanging from a ceiling that openly criticises the education ministry, at an art exhibition for children at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Controversial Japanese artist defiant over calls to take down artwork mocking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Makoto Aida claims works are "humorous" and "not political"

The BFG by Bennett

The first Roald Dahl approved BFG illustration is whizzpopping

Earliest drawing of the gentle giant is quite different from Quentin Blake's version

Riley won't eat broccoli - or was that green peppers? - in Inside Out

Inside Out: Pixar makes crucial change for Japanese audiences by editing out broccoli

The green vegetable doesn't have such a dubious reputation elsewhere in the world

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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The Arab Spring reversed

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