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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American pop artist and film maker Andy Warhol

Still plugged in: Andy Warhol's grave livestreamed to mark pop artist's 85th birthday

Andy Warhol was undoubtedly an exponent of experimental and boundary-pushing art forms. But it is impossible to know what his opinion might have been of an unusual venture set up to celebrate his 85 birthday: a live webcam feed from his grave.

Bassist Jared Hasselhoff of the American rock group Bloodhound Gang is seen pushing the Russian white-blue-red tricolour flag into the front of his pants during a concert in the city of Odessa July 31, 2013

Bloodhound Gang: Last week they were barred from Russia, today they face 'hooliganism' charges in Ukraine

The American rock group face potential criminal action after 'Evil' Jared Hasselhoff allegedly urinates on Ukrainian flag

Nina Felix by Bob Dylan, 2013

Bob Dylan's artwork enters hallowed halls of National Portrait Gallery (despite being 'amalgamations' not portraits)

Bob Dylan may have earned himself a host of complimentary descriptions from “poet of our time” to “lyrical genius”. But the 110 million album-selling folk musician has been battling to be taken seriously as a visual artist for almost as long as he has been singing songs, and now 12 of his artworks are set to enter the National Portrait Gallery - the first time he has exhibited in a public museum in the UK.

Derren Brown performs his Infamous show at the Palace Theatre, London

Man falls from balcony during Derren Brown live show having been 'pushed by his wife as a joke'

Derren Brown makes a living by bamboozling his audience into behaving in extraordinary ways. But the illusionist described the “terrifying” moment a man plunged over a 45ft balcony during one of his live shows this weekend.

A message on the St James' theatre Facebook read:

'Some people are gay, get over it!' Actor has the last word in battle with homophobic heckler

When an audience-member responded with “disgust” to an unexpected gay kiss at a London theatre this week, one of the play’s actors decided to take a stand against homophobia.

Apologies and the unapologetic: J Cole and Kanye West

From J Cole to Kanye West: Apologies – and the unapologetic - music industry

Today's popstars are more likely to be found saying sorry than singing. But do they mean it?

Avatar grossed $2.8bn at the box office

James Cameron to make three Avatar sequels

James Cameron will make three follow-up films to his 2009 3D epic Avatar rather than the two movies he had originally planned.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis sustained minor injuries in a car crash in California yesterday.

Jodie Foster rushes to aid of Jamie Lee Curtis who is hospitalised after car crash

Trading Places star Jamie Lee Curtis, 54, was reportedly rushed to hospital following a car crash in California yesterday where she was supported by fellow Hollywood actress and friend Jodie Foster.

Jack White and Karen Elson pictured together at the Quantum of Solace premiere in 2008.

Jack White's wife Karen Elson granted restraining order against him over 'fears for her safety'

The estranged wife of American rocker Jack White has reportedly filed for a restraining order against him amid “fears for her safety and that of their children” over their pending divorce settlement.

Cover story: Solo by William Boyd

First look: Cover for new James Bond novel, Solo

You might be forgiven for mistaking the cover of the new James Bond novel, Solo, for something relating to another well-loved long-running franchise in the process of being rebooted: Star Wars (although the novel has nothing to do with Hans Solo, obviously).

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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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