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When will TV and film start opening the door to transgender actors, asks Paris Lees

Shirley Bassey performed

Shirley Bassey urges Cannes Festival luminaries to pull out their 'Goldfingers' at Aids fundraiser

With an apt rendition of "Goldfinger," singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D'Antibes, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for Aids research.

The Cannes Festival Diary: Sex scenes getting real

Lars Von Trier’s upcoming porno Nymphomania may not have been ready for Cannes, but “real sex” has surfaced in two of the best-received films at the festival.

Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra: Liberace biopic throws spotlight on gay marriage at Cannes Film Festival 2013

The relationship between the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young lover dazzled at the Cannes film festival yesterday and threw the spotlight on gay rights at the movie industry's largest annual gathering.

Michael Douglas plays the pianist Liberace opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's film Behind the Candelabra

Cannes Film Festival 2013 review: Behind The Candelabra - Michael Douglas brilliantly captures Liberace's showmanship

Had Hollywood been brave enough to back this made-for-TV biopic, Steven Soderbergh would be attracting serious Oscars buzz

The UK latest figures show 2.3 million people used cannabis in the last year

Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes

Regular users of the drug found to have lower levels of insulin after fasting, research shows

Man who spent years copying out the Bible nears revelation

A New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible is finally penning the last lines.

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year.

Andrew Mitchell's 'plebgate' bike sells at auction for £10,600

The auction's proceeds will go to a charity helping Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS

Remembering Justin Fashanu a different way, 15 years after his death

Complexity has been ironed out from the footballer's legacy

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year.

Bidding on Andrew Mitchell's 'plebgate' bike closes tonight

The auction's proceeds will go to a charity helping Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS

Bicycle at centre of 'plebgate' row put on sale on eBay by former chief whip Andrew Mitchell

All proceeds from the sale will go to charity

Workers make preparations before a dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University on 25 April 2013 in Dallas, Texas (AFP)

Shock and awe in Dallas as George W Bush’s library mission is accomplished

Blair and Berlusconi present at grand opening to mark the rebuilding of a reputation

Lesley Fitz-Simons was known for her role in Take the High Road

Lesley Fitz-Simons: Scottish actress known for her role in Take the High Road

The actress Lesley Fitz-Simons literally sailed into the Scottish soap opera Take the High Road in 1983. She was first seen stepping on to land in the fictional village of Glendarroch from the ferry boat that took her character, Sheila Lamont (later Ramsay), to and from school across the water in Auchtarn. The bright teenager soon brought scandal to the tightly knit community, becoming pregnant by Eddie Ramsay, a petty criminal, during her final year at school. With her father furious, mother distressed and chances of going to university dashed, she left for Glasgow, had the baby and gave it up for adoption – not even knowing whether it was a boy or a girl.

Madonna pictured carrying her Malawian adopted son David Banda in 2007

Madonna takes her adopted children to see their Malawi birthplace

Madonna is visiting Malawi with the two children she adopted from the impoverished African country.

Cheap generic drugs from India turned the tide against HIV and this court case means this can continue

The judges’ decision will help secure the supply of affordable medicines for millions of the world’s poorest

Happy clappy: The plastic grin on Gavin Creel’s Elder Price, left, makes him look like a living cartoon

Theatre review: The Book of Mormon - Lord, they move in hilarious ways

Despite the hype, the South Park duo's satirical musical swipe at the Church of Latter-Day Saints doesn't disappoint ... and that's gospel truth

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn