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

You ask the questions (Such as: Tamara Beckwith, what exactly do you do?)

Tamara Beckwith, 28, was brought up in Richmond, Surrey. Her father, Peter Beckwith, is a property magnate and Tamara is the sole heiress of his fortune, estimated at pounds 40m. She was expelled from Cheltenham Ladies' College at 16, after falling pregnant with her daughter Anouska, now 12.

Theatre: Misplaced imagination

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Racing: Gosden puts in a word for Glamis

A long-shot may add to the excellent Derby record of another Newmarket `outsider'.

I've got my own project to do (sniff)

Musical differences. Personal differences. Sex. There are many reasons why bands break up. And they're all part of the career trajectory, man.

THE CRITICS: TELEVISION: We call it Sofa Sunday in our house

A n earnest old Dubliner of my acquaintance, who has lived in London for more than 20 years, has never owned or rented a television set. "Why would I want to," he asks in genuine puzzlement, "when there is still so much to read?" He has just finished Anna Karenina, which reminds me of someone else I know, who was deeply hurt recently when her husband of 15 years left her for a woman with whom he had had a passionate love affair in the mid-1970s. "He thinks he's behaving like someone in a Tolstoy novel," she said, bitterly. "But I've told him there's a man doing exactly the same thing in Emmerdale."

Russia ignores war to hang dreams on a star called Alla

THERE SHOULD have been no argument about the item leading yesterday's midday news by NTV, one of Russia's main channels - the Balkans war, right? Wrong.

Preview; First call

Rachel Weisz (above), hot new British starlet, follows in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor, who used her tremulous sexual presence to great effect in the movie version of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer. Back then, Katherine Hepburn played the fearsome mother, a role now inhabited by the great Sheila Gish. She has performed in countless productions of Williams's plays - notably in A Streetcar Named Desire. The pairing of Gish and Weisz in this typically torrid, macabre tale of a mother's bitter quest to avenge the death of her son, is a positively mouthwatering prospect.

Racing: Dobbin is lost in the country

IT WILL be of no consolation to Tony Dobbin, but if ever a jump jockey was to get confused by the configuration of a course it would be in the Sporting Index Chase, a cross-country encounter, that was held at Cheltenham yesterday, writes Richard Edmondson.

Fashion: Alexandre the Great: what a hair-stylist

The century's most glamorous names have had their hair cut by him, among them the Duchess of Windsor. Alexandre is now celebrating 60 years in the industry.

Pretty little babies

Child stars rarely make it to dignified maturity. Will the latest baby faces fare any better? asks Tobias Jones
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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