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She ‘twerked’, stripped on stage and repeatedly licked her lips, but Miley Cyrus’ VMA appearance is just one of the many outrageous moments to emerge from the show.

Fans force Kurt Cobain's widow to flee house

The Seattle house where the tortured Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide three years ago is to be put up for sale by his widow, the outspoken actress Courtney Love, writes Marianne Macdonald.

A LOVE SUPREME

With Hollywood movie deals and pals like Madonna and Demi has Courtney Love lost her cool?

Milos vs the people

`One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', `Amadeus' and `Ragtime' all focused on defiant outsiders. Now Milos Forman has embraced a pornographer. He tells Jasper Rees why

Why it's in to be out

Cool is dead, even geek chic is history. The truly hip toy brazenly with style disaster, says Eleanor Bailey

Before and after

In her thirties, a woman is meant to turn into an elegant, confident dresser who doesn't buy mistakes. But how?

Ten tips for a happy, hype-free New Year

New year's resolutions are never kept, so the experts tell us, because they are too general. The more specific a resolution, apparently, the more chance we have of sticking to it. In this spirit, I propose that in order to improve the quality of life of our nation we resolve simply to become less self-deluded than we were in 1996. So here's wishing you all a hypocrisy-free 1997 full of more hope than hype.

Cinema: Courtney Love for the Oscar!

With `The People vs Larry Flynt', the woman America loves to hate has come good at last. Dennis Lim reports from New York on an unlikely rehabilitation

Fan mail

Group therapy

Art for my sake

Cinema and the art world have always had an uneasy relationship. Now Julian Schnabel presents his take on the short life of fellow painter Jean-Michel Basquiat

TELEVISION A Very Important Pennis (BBC2) The long-term appeal of the BBC's celebrity stalker may not be as big as some of his victims' egos. By Jasper Rees

In A Very Important Pennis, the carrot-topped geek who accosts celebs with scaldingly rude questions was released on Hollywood. And Hollywood, where celebrity is next to godliness, hadn't a clue what to make of him. Time after time, the stars would be seduced, like moths to the flame, into the alluring glare of the camera light, only to get their wings singed to a crisp.

Pop Albums: Lyric sheets: Smurf Interview

The Smurfs are back in the charts, with an album of covers, including the works of Supergrass, Technohead and Shaggy...

How wrong can they be?

Alanis Morissette is young, Canadian and mainstream. Does that make her a fake?

Catch a shooting star

Half Haitian, half Puerto Rican, a fluent speaker of Caribbean Spanish, and a jazz expert with a library of more than 3,000 records, Jean- Michel Basquiat epitomised the multilingual power and multifarious stimuli of New York. With a potent bland of cheek, chutzpah and contrariness, Basquiat fused his painting and his persona to turn himself into one of the meteoric symbols of the boom-time Eighties, only then to be seized- upon with equal rapaciousness as one of its first casualties when he died from a heroin overdose at the age of 27, in August 1988.

The stuff of nightmares

Heroin isn't the only substance that has bad karma. Special Brew, I think, has the same effect, as do rubber plants in houses and overlong exposure to the Ford Cortina

FILM; Going by the book as Les Mis gets modern

THIS week's celluloid sees a battalion of the needy, the depressed, the neurotic and the chronically spoilt; but for an outsize tale of pain and triumph, Claude Lelouch's Golden Globe-winning take on Les Miserables (12) stands alone. That the film works at all is due to Lelouch's stoic resolve to deliver his singular vision. Victor Hugo's sprawling novel of social conscience is regarded in France with a veneration equalled only by that accorded the Bible, and has provided similar mileage - at least 10 movies plus the musical, fondly termed "The Glums" by its cast.
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen