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The end: Dino De Laurentiis dies aged 91

Dino De Laurentiis, the prolific Hollywood impresario who was behind more than 500 movies and left an indelible footprint on the way the industry makes and markets major films, has died. He was 91.

Brian Viner: Why Scousers are in the ascendant

This has been a great week for the frequently-maligned scouse accent. On Tuesday, BBC Breakfast constructed a jolly item out of a study – a study! – that revealed Liverpudlian to be the accent most appreciated by the nation's plantlife. Apparently, a lily talked to soothingly by a scouser grew 10.2 inches in the same time that one addressed in cockney grew only 6.7 inches. Loving encouragement in Geordie yielded only 5.5 inches of growth, and the lily practically recoiled from a Birmingham accent, growing a mere two inches. I hope that Prince Charles, our most celebrated talker to plants, takes note. If he dispenses with the Queen's English and takes up Queen's Drive English, Queen's Drive being Liverpool's residential ring-road, his garden will flourish.

A rare glimpse of Audrey Hepburn's world

In 1953, a relatively unknown British actress going by the name of Audrey Hepburn arrived back in Hollywood after making Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck. After a tiring day of publicity shots for the film that would earn her an Oscar, she retired to a studio car where one more photograph was taken to capture her elfin beauty.

Thompson gives the girls at her old school an English lesson

She has ingratiated herself with the nation's youth through her role as the somewhat unhinged Professor Sybil Trelawney in the Harry Potter films, but now actress Emma Thompson has had something of a swipe at the Muggle population of her own alma mater.

All her material possessions: Sally Ann Lasson gets a tour of

Marie Helvin says she has been on a diet all her life but judging from a close look at her, it's surely been worth it. Still fabulous at 57, Helvin is in the process of decluttering her life, and to that end is auctioning off many of her clothes and dresses, including the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche wedding outfit from her 1975 marriage to David Bailey. A photograph included in the lot shows the couple with their witnesses: Tina and Michael Chow, Michael Roberts and Cathy Damon, another supermodel of the day. A little piece of fashion history with an estimated value of £300 -500.