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If there was a "miaow!" button on my keyboard, I'd have worn it out on Sky Living's new modelling talent show. With Naomi Campbell on the judging panel, it could never be less than diva-licious, but The Face set itself apart from America's Next Top Model and even the superb RuPaul's Drag Race with an extra 20 per cent added bitchy. You see, it wasn't just the contestants in competition last night, it was the judges too.

Charlie Chaplin's golden notes

What better film to celebrate the season with than Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush, particularly when it comes with orchestral accompaniment and Carl Davis?

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Did you know that ‘Smile’, composed by Charlie Chaplin for ‘Modern Times’, reached No 2 in the UK charts when Nat King Cole recorded it, and that it was Michael Jackson’s favourite song?

NY's notorious Limelight goes from dancefloor to shopfloor

It was once home to some of the most notorious parties in Manhattan's history, a former church turned monument to pleasure where celebrities such as Grace Jones, Cher and Burt Reynolds partied alongside half-naked, chemically enhanced club kids to some of the hottest tunes in the city.

What happened when Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin?

When giants of science, literature and culture get together, we expect to feel the earth move. But these stellar gatherings are as likely to disappoint as dazzle, argues John Walsh

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For offences against women, this director outdoes the villain himself

Me Cheeta, By James Lever

A Hollywood memoir with a difference: this witty satire purports to be the first-person story of Cheeta, the chimp who co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan films. Cheeta recounts his early life in the jungle, his "rescue" by humans, his first, blissful taste of banana, the voyage in a crate on a ship to America, his lifelong friendship with Weissmuller, and the loss of his virginity to a cageful of female chimps in the grounds of Charlie Chaplin's mansion.

Sunnyside By Glen David Gold

Charlie Chaplin returns to life in this dazzling novel

Silent Comedy, By Paul Merton

A master of verbal humour obsessed with the comic constructions of the silent era, Paul Merton celebrates the gags of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd with expert insight and a fan's enthusiasm.

Bob Dylan - 'These songs have a more romantic edge'

Bob Dylan talks to Bill Flanagan about his 'surprise' new album

Album: Take That, The Circus, (Polydor)

"Greatest Day", the current Take That single, was precision-tooled to be the soundtrack to a million office-party snogs.

France forgets giants of British cinema

No wonder Peter O'Toole looks shocked: the prestigious <i>Cahiers du Cinema</i> has revealed its list of the 100 greatest films of all time &ndash; and not one of them was made here. John Lichfield reports

The science of comedy: The best gags from this year's Fringe

What makes a good joke? For Brendon Burns, winner of last year's if.comedy award, it's all about algebra and hang time. (Eh?) If that doesn't raise a chuckle, here's 50 top gags from comedians on this year's Fringe

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Off-the-graph oddity. The least that can be said for Harmony Korine is that his films aren't like many others.

The ecstasy

What a woman. She upset the Pope, achieved the first on-screen orgasm and, if legend is to be believed, patented radio-controlled missiles in her spare time. David Thomson pays tribute to the extraordinary Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood star like no other
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