Arts and Entertainment Susan Boyle, here performing 'I Dreamed A Dream', has tipped Meryl Streep to play her in a film about her life

The 'Britain's Got Talent' winner has declined to star as herself in the film

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on 22 April 2013

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas take a break from each other 'to work on their marriage'

Academy Award-winning actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage", a statement released by her publicist said.

Danielle de Niese says live cinema relays bring challenges of their own

Where a naked diva hides her mic

Amazing to think of how much an audience never sees during an opera performance – or never used to see. Live cinema relays from the world's leading opera houses can now convey a level of close-up detail rarely visible in a theatre. But that, says the soprano Danielle de Niese (pictured), brings challenges of its own. Especially if the costumes are none too substantial.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Broken City (15)

Allen Hughes DVD/Blu-ray (109mins)

Michael Douglas has denied saying his cancer was caused by oral sex

Michael Douglas denies saying his throat cancer was caused by oral sex and the HPV virus in Guardian interview

Michael Douglas did not say he developed throat cancer because of oral sex, according to his publicist.

Happy camper: Michael Douglas's biopic of Liberace had problems getting off the ground, but it was a hit at this year's Cannes Film Festival
Actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon attend the 'Behind The Candelabra' photocall

Cannes Film Festival 2013: Michael Douglas breaks down in tears about cancer during Behind The Candelabra press conference

Michael Douglas broke down in tears while talking about his recent bout of throat cancer during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on 22 April 2013

Catherine Zeta-Jones readmitted to clinic suffering bipolar disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones has readmitted herself to hospital for "maintenance" treatment for bipolar II disorder.

Rachel Whiteread

Cultural life: Rachel Whiteread, artist

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Eddie Izzard - £31,550: The multi-lingual stand-up comic has fronted Labour broadcasts and been talked of as a London mayoral candidate

Page 3 Profile: Eddie Izzard, comedian

He's on a world tour, no?

Odd couple: Jude Law and Rooney Mara in Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects

Jonathan Romney on Side Effects: Sex, lies and big pharma

If this ingenious drugs drama is Soderbergh's final film, then he's going out on a high

Slightly less illustrious leading man is Mark Wahlberg is a disgraced ex-cop scraping by as a private eye

Film review: Broken City - Oscars on the mantelpiece don't ignite the fire

Aweek on from the Oscars, it's curious to see Broken City and Arbitrage, two films packed to the gunwales with former Oscar winners and nominees, but which were never in much danger of winning awards themselves. They're B-movies with A-list casts. But as long as you see them as star-studded TV films, rather than prestige projects, both offer their share of guilty pleasure.

Oscars ceremony security 'on high alert in wake of mass shootings', reports claim

Los Angeles law enforcement is on 'high alert' ahead of tonight's Oscars in the wake of a wave of gun violence in the US, unconfirmed reports claimed today.

Shirley Bassey

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Shirley Bassey confirmed to sing at the Oscars

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Shirley Bassey and the cast of Les Miserables will sing on stage at the Oscars this Sunday.

Side Effects poster

Style over substance abuse? Side Effects include flopping due to absence of Channing Tatum

The art house posters behind Steven Soderbergh's new film have been blamed for its poor performance at the US box office. Might Channing Tatum have saved it?

Rooney Mara as Emily in Side Effects by Steven Soderbergh

Berlin Film Festival review: Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects is a preposterous guilty pleasure

This Freudian thriller is chock-full of murder, blackmail and illicit lesbian affairs

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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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
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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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
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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
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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?
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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

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