News Colin Farrell has revealed that he enjoyed an unusually close relationship late actress Elizabeth Taylor before she passed away in 2011 aged 79

The actor, 37, claimed he enjoyed an unusual relationship Hollywood icon, who was 40 years his senior

My Word is My Bond, By Roger Moore

Roger Moore, as the Saint, was a boyhood hero of mine, so I hoped to be able to give this a cracking review. And there are some good things about it. Moore is amiable, and seems to have met almost everyone in Hollywood; no autobiography with cameos from David Niven, Tony Curtis, Lee Marvin, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana and Yootha Joyce could be entirely without interest. There are a few funny anecdotes, too: The Wind Cannot Read was apparently known as "The Illiterate Fart" in movie circles.

Richard Burton: In from the cold

Richard Burton wasn't just another over-hyped hellraiser with a tawdry love life and a legacy of lousy movies. Look again at the star who brought beauty to the screen, says Geoffrey Macnab

Retiring hotelier reveals secrets of his celebrity guests

As the manager of one of Asia's most famed hotels for more than four decades, Kurt Wachtveitl has done just about everything.

Danny La Rue, the queen of drag, dies aged 81

Danny La Rue, the pioneering female impersonator, stage legend and gay icon, died on Sunday night at his home in Kent, aged 81. He had been fighting cancer.

One Minute With... Elizabeth Jane Howard

Where are you now and what can you see?

I'm in my daughter's house in Cheltenham, looking out at a charming stone lion in the garden.

Marriage scene: Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes From A Marriage'

Quiet hell of a rotten relationship

Philip Hensher: Why go to a concert if all you want to do is film it? You should be dancing...

The offer was, to someone of my age and culture, irresistible. Madonna was touring with a show in her old, grand style. I'd always kicked myself for not making the effort to see the great Blonde Ambition tour, nearly 20 years ago now. She was coming to Zurich with a show called Sticky and Sweet. Forget the off-putting title; for once, we were going to get on the train and go and see the woman Rupert Everett calls the Funny Little Thing do what she still does best.

Francis Wyndham: Bruce, Jean, Vidia and me

Journalist and critic Francis Wyndham has been a mentor to Jean Rhys, Bruce Chatwin, Alan Hollinghurst and VS Naipaul. As his own short stories are republished, he talks to the novelist Edward St Aubyn and Suzi Feay about his legendary literary life

Evelyn Keyes: Versatile Hollywood leading lady

Despite over a decade of Hollywood stardom, Evelyn Keyes is probably best remembered for playing Scarlett O'Hara's sister in Gone With the Wind, and for her colourful private life. Her four husbands included the directors John Huston and Charles Vidor, plus the bandleader Artie Shaw, and she was sweetheart to the flamboyant showman Mike Todd until he left her for Elizabeth Taylor. On screen, Keyes established herself as an attractive and versatile leading lady in such films as Here Comes Mr Jordan, The Jolson Story and Johnny O'Clock, without ever attaining superstar status.

Hazel Court: Forties film heroine who later became a cult favourite as a horror movie 'Queen of Scream'

Pert and pretty, Hazel Court was a versatile actress who for several years was the epitome of the deceptively demure, often spunky, but very English heroine in British films of the Forties. Her engaging performances in such films as Dear Murderer and Holiday Camp have become largely forgotten, however, due to Court's emergence in the Fifties as the star of early Hammer horrors and the stylish Edgar Allan Poe adaptations made by Roger Corman with such horror icons as Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, which made her a cult favourite with fans of the genre and earned her the label "the Queen of Scream".

Burton had secret affair with Monroe, claims book

Richard Burton's affair with Elizabeth Taylor, who went on to become his wife – twice – is infamous. But a new biography of the great Welsh actor claims that he also cheated on his first wife with the Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner.

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Revealed: the curious story of the wandering pearl that linked a queen to a movie star

One was a Catholic queen who died leaving England in economic ruin and religious dissent. The other was also a queen, of the big screen at least, who became as famous for her string of husbands as her movie career.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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