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The Box (12A)

Director's box of tricks fails to push the right buttons

Farrah Fawcett fact file

Farrah Fawcett was born on 2 February 1947 and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Cameron Diaz honoured on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Cameron Diaz has become the latest celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Candid Cameron Diaz

You may think that Cameron Diaz's latest role, playing the mother of a dying child, is a blatant Oscar bid – but she denies it. The actress tells Gill Pringle what her real motivation is for taking on such a hard-hitting part

Catherine Townsend: Cameron Diaz defends child-free women

So Cameron Diaz has spoken out in defence of women who don't want children by telling Cosmopolitan magazine that women are 'afraid to say that they don't want children because they're going to get shunned.'

Cameron Diaz: Women who don't want children fear being shunned

Women fear being shunned if they say they do not want children, Cameron Diaz has said.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/open-air-cremat.html">Minority Report: Open air cremations, a seriously hot potato</a>

On Tuesday we published a report about how a 69-year-old Hindu "guru" from Newcastle is launching a High Court battle next month to try and enshrine in law the right to cremate bodies in the open.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/sikh-and-muslim.html">Minority Report: Freshers week 'seduction website' angers Sikhs</a>

Sikhs have angrily condemned a website (left) which appears to be run by young male Muslims and boasts about seducing Sikh women during freshers week at university.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/minority_report/index.html" target="_blank">Minority Report: Has Ian Blair shot himself in the foot?</a>

So the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has finally succeeded in forcing out his increasingly troublesome nemesis and No 3 Tarique Ghaffur (the pair are pictured together in 2005).

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/minority_report/index.html" target="_blank">Minority Report: Is there really any animosity between Britain's Sikhs and Muslims?</a>

In the past few days two reports have highlighted what may indicate rising tensions between Britain's Sikh and Muslim communities and if they are correct should we be worried?

The greatest hits of Don LaFontaine

Watch some of the trailers that made Don LaFontaine's voice famous

Legal Bills: The intolerable cruelty of finding the right lawyer

Ahead of a shake-up in the market, how to ensure you get justice with your legal bill

BAA backs &pound;10.3bn Spanish takeover

The airports operator BAA looked set for foreign ownership today after it backed a £10.3 billion takeover offer from Spanish consortium Ferrovial.

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game