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Outlook Champagne bonuses, Christmas cracker competitions, "Grand in your Hand" contests: welcome to the wacky world of Lloyds bank's staff incentive plans.

Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC job over Sarah Palin ‘defecation’ comments

The British-born journalist said he regretted the 'deeply offensive' suggestion made after the Republican compared US debts to slavery

Alec Baldwin has a troubled history with the press

Run-in with paparazzo takes chat-show host Alec Baldwin off the air

Network suspends 'Up Late With Alec Baldwin' for two weeks after alleged 'gay slur'

'30 Rock' star, Tina Fey

Tina Fey to produce new 'Cheers-style' comedy after 30 Rock ends

Tina Fey is planning a new comedy series after 30 Rock -  but the comedian has decided her next role will be behind-the-scenes.

Donald Trump's golf course in Scotland

So where is “the world’s greatest golf course”? Ask Donald Trump

The entrepreneur has failed to create thousands of jobs through a supposed billion-pound investment that were key to approval for his hugely controversial golf resort

Iggy & the Stooges Ready to Die (Fat Possum)

Album review: Iggy & the Stooges Ready to Die (Fat Possum)

Iggy's in a pretty bad mood throughout Ready to Die, the first time that he and The Stooges have shared co-billing since 1973's Raw Power.

Kevin Spacey in Richard III

Kevin Spacey’s stage poser gets
some tweetwise responses

The Arts Diary

DVD review: To Rome with Love

If you're not a Woody Allen fan, subtract one point from the above rating. If you are an Allenite, you'll still be forced to file To Rome with Love among his minor works.

On the road: Ricky Gervais and Jerry Seinfeld in the latter’s new internet comedy series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

Seinfeld's back on the road with his friends

After an absence of 10 years, the comedian's launches an innovative new show but it is only available on the internet. By Guy Adams

On the road: Ricky Gervais and Jerry Seinfeld in the latter’s new internet comedy series, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

No coffee for you! Seinfeld's back, with a few friends

The comedian's innovative new show is only available online

Rock of Ages, Adam Shankman, 125 mins (12A)
Polisse, Maiwenn, 127 mins (15)
A Royal Affair, Nicolaj Arcei, 128 mins, 15)

What happens when Tom wigs out? Not much sex, no drugs and naff-all rock'n'roll

Russell Brand hosting MTV Movie awards

Trending: The MTV Movie Awards is a most colourful cavalcade

If British TV has been dominated by flag-waving this week, across the pond, America's been busy crowning its own royalty at the MTV Movie Awards 2012. Fewer corgis, more Kardashians. But Sunday night's awards (screened last night on MTV UK) managed to have a few moments where the action was suitably red, white and blue hued.

Actors (from left):Kenneth “the Page” Parcell, Danny Pudi as Abed and Aziz Ansari

Trending: Character actors of the world unite!

In the mid-Nineties, US network NBC had one of the all-time great television line-ups, with Friends, Seinfeld and ER. Not just great shows, but record-breakingly popular ones, too.

The iPhone phenomenon that is Angry Birds

Margaret Robertson: Games are not made addictive – some people just can't say no

If you try to make a game addictive, gamers will see through you quite quickly

<p><b>Alec Baldwin</b></p>
<p>In his prime Baldwin all but topped the heart- throb charts, but had a dramatic fall in <em>30 Rock</em>.But in <em>It's Complicated</em> he gets to resurrect his love god status opposite Meryl Streep. </p>

Alec Baldwin kicked off LA flight for playing game

Alec Baldwin has made a fresh addition to the annals of celebrity misbehaviour after being thrown off a flight for committing the mortal sin of playing online Scrabble.

George Clooney was one of Barack Obama’s most fervent supporters in the run-up to the 2008 election

No happy ending: the end of Obama's Hollywood romance

Clooney, Hanks, Spielberg – the stars feted him in 2008. Now the President finds his friends out of the picture

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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
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003