Tim Walker

Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of '50 Shades of Grey'

Sam Taylor-Johnson interview: Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen

The adaptation of the mega-selling novel is one of 2015's most anticipated films

Max Brooks with his father - legendary comedy auteur Mel

World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

The Harlem Hellfighters are some forgotten heroes of 1918. Brooks talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker

Postcard from... Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city of big, guilty pleasures: gambling, strippers, grand buffet dinners, Celine Dion. But it also has some more modest delights, such as the Pinball Hall of Fame on Tropicana Avenue. This charming museum, which first opened in 2006, houses around 400 restored, playable pinball machines and arcade games in 10,000 square feet.

Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, pictured in 2010

US-Cuba relations: Fidel Castro backs restoring diplomatic ties between the two nations – but still doesn't trust them

A letter published in the state-owned newspaper was the former leader's first acknowledgment of last month's move to normalise relations after more than half a century of hostility

Chocolate has a lower legal cocoa limit in the US (Getty)

Hershey's angers US chocolate purists by forcing company to stop importing 'yummy' Cadbury bars

The British Cadbury’s Dairy Milk has a higher fat content and lists its first ingredient as milk; the US version begins with sugar

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists

Postcard from... Los Angeles

Stephen Colbert isn’t due to debut in Letterman’s chair on the Late Show until September, but his late-night replacement on Comedy Central has already started work.

The Duke of York with his accuser, Virginia Roberts

Virginia Roberts sex claims: Prince Andrew arrives in Davos amid calls for him to answer 'sex slave' allegations under oath

Virginia Roberts goes public with detailed account of 'sexual contact' with royal 

The outbreak was originally limited to Disneyland visitors

Disneyland measles outbreak: Disease spreads beyond California raising fears for children who have not received MMR vaccine

The US believed it had eliminated measles more than a decade ago and that there was no danger of domestic transmission

Former US envoy for North Korea policy Stephen Bosworth speaks to reporters at a hotel lobby in Singapore

Sony Pictures hack: US had hacked North Korea first, leaked documents show

NSA's monitoring of North Korean computer networks was intended to provide an “early warning radar” for any aggressive cyber-activity

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links