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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee