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, was published in 2014.

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The Church of Scientology community center in the neighborhood of South Los Angeles

'Going Clear': HBO broadcasts film alleging torture by Church of Scientology

It’s the film the Church of Scientology would rather you didn’t see: on Sunday night HBO broadcast director Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which contains devastating claims about the controversial religion.

Meagre snowfall has left slopes in Olympic Valley, Tahoe, almost bare, weeks before the traditional spring melt

California drought brings greatly reduced snowpack - which is bad news for skiers... and for everyone else

Snow-melt makes up 30 per cent of the state's annual water supply, forcing Governor Jerry Brown to allocate $1bn for water projects

Willie Nelson relaxing at his home in Texas

Cannabis country: Willie Nelson to sell own blend of marijuana

Nelson, who is 81, revealed plans to launch 'Willie's Reserve'

Modern CGI spectacular: Lily James in 'Cinderella'

Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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Mike Pence, who has previously opposed needle exchanges, announced the programme yesterday

Indiana HIV epidemic sparks emergency measures - drug users sharing needles emerge as likely cause

Governor declares public health emergency as almost 80 people are diagnosed with the virus

‘The Late Late Show’ presenter James Corden is joined by Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks for his first night as host

Humble James Corden wins over US with 'The Great, Great Show'

Even the critics are impressed as British actor pitches it right as TV host

Software engineer Tina Huang has claimed that Twitter’s informal promotion process unfairly favours its male employees

Sexism and Silicon Valley: now Twitter faces gender discrimination lawsuit from software engineer Tina Huang

Ms Huang claimed Twitter’s informal promotion process unfairly favours its male employees

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced he is running for president in 2016

Ted Cruz: Republican Senator announces 2016 US presidential bid on Twitter

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Mel Brooks: The comic genius and legend of stage, film and TV, for whom it's still springtime

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Fox has created its own TV Empire - now everyone wants a piece of it

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