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Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria defends new drama Devious Maids from 'sexy Latina' stereotype attack

The actress Eva Longoria has rejected criticism of her controversial new series, Devious Maids, which has been accused of perpetuating stereotypes of Latina woman in the United States.

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Dallas stars launch revamped series

Stars of the classic US soap opera Dallas have been reunited in London to mark the arrival of a new series to UK television screens.

Jennifer Aniston is to marry Justin Theroux

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U-turns are a sign of strength, says PM

Desperate Housewives star, Kathryn Joosten, dies aged 72

The actress Kathryn Joosten, best known for playing nosey neighbour Karen McCluskey on the hit US TV show Desperate Housewives, has died aged 72 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Desperate Housewives to end in 2012

'Desperate Housewives' will end in 2012.

Dallas: The oil barons are back

Dallas was bold and brash, the ultimate Eighties soap. But will anyone tune in to the 21st century remake? By Sarah Hughes

TV credit where credits are due

With ‘Dexter’ and ‘Mad Men’ leading the way, TV title sequences are outdoing their film forebears. Gerard Gilbert celebrates the rebirth of an art form

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 50: Smoked fish chowder

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'Last stand' at palace in battle for Ivory Coast

The International Committee of the Red Cross said today that more than 800 people were killed on Tuesday in intercommunal violence in the Ivory Coast town of Duekoue.

Cultural Life: Marianela Nunez, ballerina

Ballet: I went to see the Royal Ballet's 'Giselle' at the Royal Opera House. My fiancé, Thiago Soares, was playing Count Albrecht with Mara Galeazzi as Giselle. It was a wonderful performance. I loved every minute of it. The whole company was brilliant and the production is fantastic in every way. It's one of my favourites to watch and dance.

Oil, greed and double dealing: JR is re-shot as 'Dallas' returns

JR is to be shot again – by the cameras, at least. Actor Larry Hagman has, not for the first time, ended months of suspense by confirming that he will reprise his most famous role in a TV remake of Dallas, the 1980s soap.

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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