Guilt trips?: To make celebrities - such as Larry David - do your bidding, public encouragement, or indeed bribery, might help

Charity: How to make celebrities do what you want

Want Larry David to join Twitter? It's just a click away... if you're willing to make a donation. Luke Blackall reports on high-level bribery

Harvard goes Gaga for new human rights star

The hallowed lectern at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre has, over the years, been graced by such speakers as Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and Mikhail Gorbachev. Yesterday, a very different sort of global opinion-former joined their lofty ranks: Lady Gaga.

Actress Demi Moore has suffered from 'exhaustion'

Moore seeking help for exhaustion

Demi Moore is seeking professional help to treat her exhaustion and improve her health.

Marc Maron: Live from the comedy garage

In a spider-ridden Los Angeles garage, surrounded by half-read self-help books and the whiff of stale cat's-pee, a stand-up comedian called Marc Maron has for the past two years been taking listeners on a twice-weekly journey behind the red velvet curtains of his profession.

Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men character revealed

Ashton Kutcher will play broken hearted internet billionaire Walden Schmidt on 'Two and a Half Men'.

Hugh Hefner didn't expect split from Crystal

Hugh Hefner "didn't see" the break-up of his relationship with Crystal Harris coming.

Orlando Bloom not allowed toilet break during labour

Orlando Bloom had to "pee in a bottle" when wife Miranda Kerr was in labour.

Larry King: Morgan 'was oversold'

The veteran US chat show host Larry King has given his verdict on his successor, Piers Morgan: the British former tabloid editor "may have been oversold" to the Americans public, he told BBC Radio 4 .

Oprah bets her chat show on an entire TV network

Winfrey launches a $400m cable channel dedicated to her brand

Oprah Winfrey audience taken on holiday

Oprah Winfrey has surprised the audience at the premiere of the 25th and final season of her talk show with an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia.

Killers (12A)

A profoundly silly and boring non-com in which domesticity collides with professional death-dealing, a la Grosse Point Blank.

O'Brien ends 'Tonight Show' stint on a high

Early ratings suggest that Conan O'Brien won a hefty audience for his final hour hosting The Tonight Show, which he has been forced to give up to the former host Jay Leno after tumultuous negotiations with the NBC network that have been plastered across the American press.

Presenter gives a new twist to 'Tonight' saga

Conan O'Brien protests over NBC plan to move show to after midnight

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Ryan Seacrest 'stalker' pleads not guilty

A man arrested outside Ryan Seacrest's workplace has pleaded not guilty to a felony stalking charge.

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there