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Consumer goods giant Unilever today made a €4.1 billion (£3.4 billion) long-term bet on soaring growth in India, as it unveiled plans to raise its stake in its Indian subsidiary.

Gwyneth Paltrow at Iron Man 3 premiere

Iron Man 3: Gwyneth Paltrow claims 'Most Beautiful' title 'obviously not true' at premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow says she's thrilled to be picked by People magazine as World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2013 but it's "obviously not true."

Baron Cohen shows in <i>The Dictator</i> that he can be just as taboo-tramplingly entertaining when scripted

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Dictator' takes his camel out in Cannes

'The Dictator' knows how to make a scene.

DVD: Hugo (U)

There's a common misconception that Martin Scorsese's most compelling films only deal with the Mob, but three of his finest – After Hours, The King of Comedy and The Age of Innocence – barely have a hoodlum in sight.

How to survive a horror movie

If you want to survive a horror film or a crime movie, there are some basic rules: avoid sex and bathrooms &ndash; and never, ever, do 'one last job', says Ben Walsh

DVD: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (12)

What in Satan's kittens is a pecs-out, pumped-up Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Jarhead) doing in Mike Newell's dunderheaded rot?

DVD: Shutter Island (15)

Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller wallows in the conventions of its genre.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (12A)

Like Pirates of the Caribbean, the origin of this sword-and-sorcery epic is almost its own disclaimer: "based on a video game".

From Amstrad to Hollywood: How Prince of Persia hit the big screen

Game-to-film adaptations have largely proved to be blockbuster flops. So why does programmer Jordan Mechner believe this month's Prince of Persia movie will buck the trend? David Crookes finds out.

Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese, 138 mins, (15)

DiCaprio stars in a Fifties Gothic mystery, set in a hospital for the criminally insane, that will leave you baffled but entertained

Shutter Island (15)

Schlock and little awe from Marty

Diamond geezer: Ray Winstone on fame, films and how to survive family life

Some actors endorse watches, perfumes or cars. Not Ray Winstone. He recently put his name to a pie, a steak-and-kidney concoction called The Winstone.

Nehru's great-grandson arrested in India

The great-grandson of India's first prime minister was arrested today as police investigated charges against him of making hate speeches and inciting violence against Muslims ahead of national elections, a court official said.

Nehru heir under fire for 'anti-Muslim rant'

A great grandson of India's first prime minister was filmed at an election rally allegedly threatening to cut the throats of Muslims.

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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