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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Hollywood actress, Lauren Bacall, pictured in 2007, has died at the age of 89

Lauren Bacall dead: Hollywood film and stage legend dies aged 89

The star, best known for acting opposite her husband Humphrey Bogart, is believed to have suffered a stroke at her home in New York

Robin Williams has died aged 63

Robin Williams dead: Actor was found hanging in his bedroom by his personal assistant, police say

The Oscar-winner had endured a long struggle with drug and alcohol abuse

Robin Williams dead: A comic genius with the equal ability to wring tears from his audience

A viewer could discern inklings of what may now be interpreted as Williams’ own deep and authentic pain

Elayn Hunt Correctional Centre purchased 20 vials of the painkiller hydromorphone from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital

Death penalty: Louisiana ‘blagged drug from hospital’

Hospital 'assumed it was for Department of Corrections patient'

President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, about the ongoing situation in Iraq

Iraq crisis: Critics in Congress line up to lambast 'weak' Obama response

President Barack Obama came under fire from his opponents in Washington yesterday as the US launched further air strikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) in Iraq.

Larry David with the cast of Parks and Recreation

Larry David to star in his own Broadway play use tried-and-trusted technique - being himself

The 'Seinfeld' creator will make his stage debut in 'Fish in the Dark'
Patricia Krenwinkel (centre) arrives at court with fellow ‘Family’ members Susan Atkins (left) and Leslie van Houten in 1969

Patricia Krenwinkel - the woman who helped murder seven people for Charles Manson - says she did it because she 'just wanted to be loved'

Patricia Krenwinkel helped kill seven people 45 years ago. Now, finally, she has tried to explain why

Postcard from... Disney Studios

Spend a day at Disney Studios in Burbank, California, and you’ll begin to appreciate the attention to detail this hallowed institution pays not only to its films or the rides at Disneyland, but also to its work environment. On a visit to Disney last week I was struck by the uniformity of the Art Deco font used in all the studio’s signage: from the signs pointing to the car park, to the ones in the loos entreating people to wash their hands.

Number of porn films shot in Los Angeles shrinks after condom law was passed

The number of permits issued for porn productions in LA County dropped by 90 per cent

Syracuse students are also famous for enthusiastically getting behind their sports teams

Syracuse University voted USA's number one party school

Syracuse University has been named the number one “party school” in the US, but its administrators say they are not in the mood to celebrate. The private college in New York state topped the annual ranking, which is compiled by the Princeton Review based on a survey of approximately 130,000 students across 379 US universities.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam