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With less than a week to go until the 71st annual Golden Globes this Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the first round of presenters for the event.

Men, women & the secrets of skin colour

For him, the female ideal is fair-complexioned and pure; but for her, it's the wild, dark Heathcliff types who attract

Row erupts in the Ledger family over fate of dead actor's millions

Barely a month after Heath Ledger's funeral, his family have turned on each other in a public row over the film star's will.

Oscar Diary: Ben Morris take us through his night at the Oscars

After you bag the statue, you get to talk to John Travolta. Award-winner Ben Morris gives us the lowdown on his big moment

Sally Hawkins: From a bit-part in Little Britain to the toast of Berlin

It is a long way from the role of girlfriend of Little Britain's stage hypnotist Kenny Craig to the best actress Silver Bear award at the Berlin film festival, but with a bit of help from one of Britain's most prolific directors, Sally Hawkins has managed the journey with startling ease.

England face gamble in rushing return of Harmison

England's cricketers have predictably rallied behind their captain, Andrew Flintoff, after the team's failure to defeat Sri Lanka in the first Test at Lord's. Flintoff received some criticism at the conclusion of the drawn match but he will be hoping to call on Stephen Harmison, his closest friend and staunchest ally, during the second Test which starts at Edgbaston this Thursday.

The Third Leader: Shaken and stirred

Classics: The National Motorcycle Museum

Just one year after the devastating fire, classic bikes are back on show, says Tim Luckhurst

Alexander the (not so) Great fails to conquer America's homophobes

It has been ridiculed by critics and shunned by cinema-goers but the latest film from the controversial director Oliver Stone has still managed to raise hackles across the US.

Theatre: Vikings and victimhood

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Guerin murder suspect in court

A man held by police investigating the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin appeared in court in Dublin yesterday on drugs-related charges.

Dublin prison siege ends as officers freed

A siege inside Dublin's Mountjoy Jail ended late last night after more than 48 hours of captivity for four prison officers. The four, taken hostage by a group of prisoners as part of a protest mainly against jail conditions, were freed after negotiations.

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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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