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As Gossip Girl ends, fan Sarah Hughes assesses the star potential of its cast

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Jody and Simon Blake have spent the past couple of months showing off their twins, Reuben and Floren, to friends – and delighting in the looks of bemusement that greet them. Because while Reuben went back to school yesterday, his sister, Floren, will have to wait until 2017. The children were born five years apart, but technically they are twins because they were born from the same batch of embryos.

Dim up North: The Desperate Scousewives gamely give us a semi-scripted window on their world

Desperate Scousewives, E4, Monday
Money: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? BBC2, Tuesday

Liverpool's would-be slebs may be dull, but a film on wealth creation exposes a truly odious world

Taylor Momsen quits acting

Taylor Momsen has quit acting.

Green Lantern (12A)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively

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Gossip Girl made Blake Lively a star, and now the actress has made the show's location her home. She tells Kaleem Aftab about her new turn as a big-screen super-villain

Justin Bieber makes TIME's influential list

Justin Bieber has been included on TIME magazine's annual 100 most influential people list.

Blake Lively voted world's most desirable woman



Blake Lively has been named the world's most desirable woman.

On the agenda: London International Animation Festival; Getty Images Gallery; Gossip Girl; Open House London weekend; Ian Rankin; Un-Convention

We're off to market to see Diana Dors and getting an Edinburgh tour from Ian Rankin

Gossip Girl franchise grows up

Once your books have become a cultural phenomenon, what do you do next? If you're Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl franchise, the answer is – leave high school behind and graduate to college. Nor is that the only thing she's graduating to. Von Ziegesar's newest novel, Cum Laude, is being marketed not to a teen audience, but to adults.

Win 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee' on DVD and a copy of the book

Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright Penn and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively head an all-star cast including, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Julianne Moore, in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, available on DVD for the first time from 2 November.



Barbie goes to Hollywood

World's best-known doll is coming to the big screen. But who can fill her shoes?

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This sequel is just so 2006, despite its funny moments &ndash; and 'Borat' did it so much better

Blake Lively: 'I felt like I fooled them'

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