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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Kim Scott holds a fossilised mussel she has unearthed

A fistful of sand dollars: Ancient molluscs and 'two-million-year-old sea lion's mouth' found in Hollywood’s fossil treasure trove

When movie stars sink their handprints into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, they may think that they’re leaving a mark on the city’s history. But just a few miles away, researchers are uncovering the remains of some rather more ancient celebrities.

Shailene Woodley is widely tipped as the next Jennifer Lawrence

Hollywood's search for a new star, redemption for an old one, tipping tips and drug money

Will Shailene Woodley really prove to be The Next Jennifer Lawrence?

Anti-gay protesters rally in Jinja, east of the capital Kampala

How Uganda was seduced by anti-gay conservative evangelicals

Critics of the country’s homophobic law blame the views of fundamentalist US Christians

Mitch Seavey works with his dog team after he arrived at the White Mountain checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in White Mountain, Alaska

Dog sled racing: World’s most gruelling sled race gains a new obstacle - no snow

The race across Alaska has seen several competitors drop out due to injuries caused by the unseasonable conditions

Postcard from... Los Angeles

Can a film change the world? Probably not, but it might be able to change SeaWorld.

Canning's case has attracted widespread publicity

Spoiled brat or neglected child? A US court must decide as Rachel Canning's lawsuit to force her estranged parents to support her continues

The case appears to be a referendum on two rival approaches to parenting

AL Kennedy’s comments: Rumbled! But I only lived in Kensal Green

I read AL Kennedy’s comments on the current state of literary fiction – all those novels “about thirtysomething people in Kensal Green” – with a shudder of recognition.

Bitcoin ‘creator’ Satoshi Nakamoto is pursued by reporters as he leaves his home in Temple City, California, this week

Bitcoin ‘creator’ Satoshi Nakamoto tracked down, but says story has no currency

Mysterious creator of the controversial cryptocurrency may not have been unmasked after all

Drawing power: the Shamrock Social Club

Shamrock Social Club is the place to get inked in Hollywood - as Cate Blanchett has shown

The slogan of the Shamrock Social Club, a tattoo parlour on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, is "a place where the elite and the underworld meet".

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil