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When Chris Christie briefly considered a bid for the White House in 2011, many suggested the popular New Jersey Governor was too fat to be President. However, if he decides to run in 2016 his weight may be less of a burden; in an interview with the New York Post, Christie has revealed that he underwent secret gastric-band surgery earlier this year, and observers say it is already paying off.

Ne-Yo - A leading light, content in the shadows

Ne-Yo may be one of R&B's most-wanted, but he's intent on steering clear of the media's intrusive glare.

Clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix apologises on David Letterman show

Actor Joaquin Phoenix has returned to David Letterman's TV talk show to apologise for his controversial appearance last year that turned out to be an elaborate piece of performance art.

I'm Still Here (15), Casey Affleck, 108 mins

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I'm Still Here (15)

When two-times Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix announced that he was giving up acting to pursue his dream of becoming a hip-hop artist, many were bemused.

Casey Affleck: 'Joaquin Phoenix film is a hoax'

Casey Affleck has admitted to what many critics suspected all along - that his documentary about Joaquin Phoenix is a fake.

The rent boy and me: pastor tells all (but no kiss)

Anti-gay activist says he is victim of 'misleading innuendo' over holiday snap with male escort

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"We hope that other philanthropists will also be interested in maintaining quality journalism to protect freedom of speech and encourage investigative reporting to promote greater transparency in society." Alexander Lebedev speaks out after acquiring The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.

Super Bowl Diary: Brangelina's Public Display of Affection

Preparing, perhaps, for yesterday's announcement that they are to sue the News of the World over "false allegations" that they are splitting up, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie turned the game into one big Public Display of Affection. The starry couple, who own a house in New Orleans' French Quarter, spent Super Bowl afternoon at the stadium, rooting for their team while exchanging hugs, smiles, and high-fives for the cameras.

O'Brien ends 'Tonight Show' stint on a high

Early ratings suggest that Conan O'Brien won a hefty audience for his final hour hosting The Tonight Show, which he has been forced to give up to the former host Jay Leno after tumultuous negotiations with the NBC network that have been plastered across the American press.

To the loser, the spoils: Conan quits with $33m pay-off

Saga that has transfixed America comes to an end with O'Brien standing aside in favour of Jay Leno

Judge refuses to dismiss David Letterman extortion case

A judge has refused to throw out the criminal case against a TV producer who is accused of trying to blackmail late-night TV host David Letterman.

Basketball: Bullets over the court

The revelation that one of the NBA's star players brought guns into his team's changing room has exposed the uncomfortable links between the sport and gang culture

Sacha Baron Cohen sued for £67m over Bruno 'terrorist' slur

A Palestinian shopkeeper portrayed as a terrorist in the film Bruno is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, US talk show host David Letterman and others in a £67.5 million defamation case.

Now, we go live to a breaking sex scandal...

Following the David Letterman revelations, rumours are now flying about a rampant 'culture of depravity' at the cable channel ESPN
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