Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson has been arrested for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend and vandalising her home

50 Cent arrested after girlfriend claims he attacked her and vandalised LA home

Rapper 50 Cent has been charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend, believed to be the mother of his baby, and trashing her Los Angeles home.

Nice and sleazy: Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace

Lovelace trailer - Amanda Seyfried as notorious Deep Throat porn star Linda Lovelace

The first trailer for a biopic of Linda Lovelace, the notorious 1970s porn star who will forever be synonymous with Deep Throat, has been released.

Brooke Vincent pictured with an Aziendale gift bag in front of a description of the bogus company's

ITV threatens legal action over 'defamatory' Channel 4 Dispatches sting on Coronation Street stars

You might expect it of Rosie Webster, but not of her more sensible sister Sophie. The actress who plays one of Coronation Street’s most morally astute young characters is among a number of the soap’s stars who appear to have been caught in a sting by a Channel 4 Dispatches programme.

A lock of Mick Jagger's hair goes on auction at Bonhams in London

Rolling Stones heirloom? Lock of Sir Mick Jagger's hair snipped by ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton fetches £4,000 at auction

A clump of Sir Mick Jagger’s hair has fetched £4,000 at auction, twice its estimated sale price and more than four times the £900 raised for a lock of bandmate Keith Richards’ barnet.

<p>Kate Moss (bronze glitter), 2013</p>
<p>dye-destruction print</p>
<p>image 42 ¾ x 42 ¾ in. (108.6 x 108.6cm.)</p>
<p>sheet 50 x 50in. (127 x 127cm.)</p>
<p>Estimate: £20,000-30,000</p>

Kate Moss celebrated as 'great modern muse' in Christie's contemporary art sale

Portraits of supermodel Kate Moss by major contemporary artists from Sam Taylor-Wood to Chuck Close are to go on sale in an auction celebrating the fashion model’s influence as a “great modern muse”.

Palmed off on kids: Steve Carell voices Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', a sequel with nothing for adults

Despicable Me 2 and the Minions triumph at UK box office

Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 has dominated the UK box office on its debut week taking more than rebooted Superman film Man of Steel made on its first weekend.

Lead singer Marcus Mumford performs during a concert by Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury 2013 exposure sends Mumford & Sons heading for number one in the UK album charts

The Rolling Stones might have been who everybody talked about, but Glastonbury’s final headliners seem to have benefitted most from their exposure on the Pyramid stage this weekend as Mumford & Sons are heading for number one – despite not having released a new record.

Mick Jagger performing at Glastonbury

Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones were the best headliners in Glastonbury's 43 year history, says Michael Eavis

The Rolling Stones were the best headliners in Glastonbury’s 43-year history according to the festival’s ‘father’ Michael Eavis.

The animator behind the iconic opening credits to 1978 film Grease has died aged 93.

Grease and Lady and the Tramp animator John David Wilson dies aged 93

The animator behind the iconic opening credits to 1978 film Grease has died aged 93.

<p><strong>Batman</strong></p>
<p>Batman was first created by DC Comics in 1939 before being made into a 15-part film series in 1943. A film franchise based on the popular superhero began in 1989 with Tim Burton directing the first two titles <em>Batman</em> and <em>Batman Returns</em>. Christopher Nolan took over directing The Dark Knight series in 2005.</p>
<p>The latest Batman instalment, <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, took $1.1 billion in international box office sales. </p>

Christian Bale says his Batman days are over

Dark Knight star Christian Bale is planning to hand over his Batman cape and says he won’t appear in the upcoming DC superhero film Justice League.

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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
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
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash