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The striker refused to play for Stoke after texting manager Mark Hughes

Regal bearing: Emilia Clarke stars as the dragon-mother Daenerys Targaryen

Heads Up: Game of Thrones

Bring on the swords, sex, saucy language ... oh, and dragons

DVD & Blu-ray review: End of Watch (15)

David Ayer DVD/Blu-ray (109mins)

Kelsey Grammer is his role as corrupt Chicago Mayor Tom Kane in Boss

Television: Frasier's always on Kelsey Grammer's mind

Can new show Boss help him escape his own creation's straightjacket?

Shocking video shows dozens of drug addicts sprinting to a dealer's car just seconds after he arrives on housing estate

Clip filmed on CCTV camera just yards from children’s playground at 8.30am

Actress Emma Watson has turned down the role of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh's new film

She shan't go to the ball: Emma Watson turns down role in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella

The slipper doesn't fit for Emma Watson who has turned down the title role in Kenneth Branagh’s new film Cinderella.

Book of a lifetime: The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

When I first read The Transit of Venus, I was rather underwhelmed. I was in my twenties then and recently back in Australia after a period when I had thought I would make my life in France. I came to Shirley Hazzard's third novel by way of The Bay of Noon and The Evening of the Holiday. These ravishing early novels, both set in Italy, fed my nostalgia for Europe. I identified intensely with their young female protagonists whose private dramas were lifted into grandeur by the antique backgrounds against which they played out.

Skyfall's the limit: Sam Mendes turns down Bond follow-up

Sam Mendes has said he will not direct the next James Bond film saying other upcoming projects need his attention.

Bath Literature Festival: Stories from the Fringe

PD James: Pride and waspishness

Book of a lifetime: The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

I've given a lot of thought to books that hold a significant meaning for me; the books that have stayed with me long after the final page has been turned. There are many books that have shaped me. To select one feels like an impossible task, like choosing between salade niçoise and buttery mashed potatoes. I love both at different times of the year.

James McAvoy stars in Danny Boyle's new film, Trance

Heads Up: Trance, Danny Boyle's ultra-violent new thriller starring James McAvoy

No standing on ceremony: Boyle's back, and it's bloody

Marvel's superheo art: The Avengers

Marvel at the art of the comic-book superhero

He's the $10bn man: comic-book writer Stan Lee's superhero creations have created some of the world's biggest box-office takings. Now, for the first time, his creations in their original form are to be sold as fine art.

Bob Levenson: Advertising director who helped inspire the series 'Madmen'

Bob Levenson was considered by his peers as one of the best ever advertising copywriters, if not the best, one of the original "Mad Men" who launched the creative revolution on Manhattan's Madison Avenue in the 1960s and tossed conventional ideas out of the window. During more than a quarter of a century at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) – said to have been the model for the Mad Men TV series – Levenson created many of the ads which changed the face of advertising, in the cinema and in the rocketing new phenomenon that was commercial television. He won every award in the business, several times over, was elected in 1972 to the Copywriters' Hall of Fame (now known as the Creative Hall of Fame) and was often described as "the writer's writer".

Love Actually

Love Actually beats Dirty Dancing and Ghost in 'most romantic film' poll

Love Actually has been named the nation's most romantic movie in a new study into viewers' emotional reactions.

The Blagger's Guide To: love in literature

50 Shades of Pooh, and other unlikely romantic interludes

Kosovo's Arta Dobroshi starred in the Dardennes brothers' The Silence of Lorna.

Brits absent from European Shooting Stars at the Berlin Film Festival

Daniel Craig and Carey Mulligan have scooped the accolade in past years

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?