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Carmen Zapata was an Emmy-nominated actress who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. "She was an inspiration for me," said Luis Vela of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her film credits included Sister Act.

Tim Pigott-Smith plays Wodehouse, left, in the drama

BBC to bring P G Wodehouse in from the cold with drama about his time in Nazi internment camp

P G Wodehouse is remembered as the comic author who created Jeeves and Wooster, yet for decades he has also been burdened with the reputation of wartime traitor due to accusations he collaborated with the Nazis.

Vampire facelifts, bull testicles, bird droppings, diamond nail varnish... Hollywood stars sweat blood to look good at Oscars

Whether putting their faith in leeches, cupping or even human placenta, Hollywood stars stop at nothing to beat the ageing process – and in the week of the Academy Awards looking dazzling is more important than ever.

Cast of BBC2's The Hour

Time's up for The Hour as BBC axes third series

The end is nigh for the period drama set in a 1950s newsroom

Cool Runnings, The Snowman, Mr Stink, Dragon's Den, Bad Santa

Our pick of the best on the box this festive season

Kevin Clash poses with Elmo

U is for… uncertain times. What now for Elmo?

Puppeteer behind Sesame Street's most widely loved character resigns over alleged relationships with teenagers

Downton Abbey: Fellowes’ biggest success would also qualify, as it has a British cast and makes lavish use of Highclere Castle in Berkshire

Michelle Obama wants a sneak preview of Downton Abbey because, weirdly, it captures the zeitgeist

Why is it this buttoned-up drama is such a hit in the US?

Claire Danes's discredited CIA agent, Carrie Mathison, is back in the thick of it

Lebanese hit out over US drama Homeland's 'lies' in depiction of Beirut

The Lebanese have grown used to their capital city of Beirut being used as a synonym for destruction and violence. But a recent episode of the hit US drama Homeland was apparently one negative portrayal too far, and now the government is threatening to sue the makers of the show.

Homeland: The best-known of the spin-offs is America's favourite drama after cleaning up at the 2012 Emmys. It tells the tale of a former prisoner of war, Sgt Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis (pictured), and Claire Danes' suspicious CIA agent, Carrie Mathison.

John McCarthy brands 'Homeland' plot 'ridiculous'

Former hostage John McCarthy has voiced his concern over violent scenes in Homeland, the hit drama about a US war hero turned by al Qaida, and dubbed part of the show's plot "ridiculous".

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in 'Homeland'

Former Lebanon hostage John McCarthy slams US drama Homeland, calling it's depiction of captivity 'ridiculous' and 'grotesque'

McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon after being seized by Islamic Jihad

Composer Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and won a Tony for "A Chorus Line," has died in Los Angeles aged 68.

Revealed: Austerity, the IRA and Shirley MacLaine to feature in third series of Downton Abbey

Austerity, Irish republicanism and a formidable arrival from America in the form of Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine will provide the latest challenge to the aristocratic Crawley family, when Downton Abbey returns to screens.

Aaron Sorkin 'sacks The Newsroom writers' apart from ex-girlfriend

Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom has received mixed reviews since it appeared on television screens last month. The Independent’ TV critic Grace Dent noted its “base-notes of ordure” and declared it “not heinously bad [but] simply not amazing”.

Sierra Leone denies film's corruption claims

The Sierra Leone government held crisis meetings last week after undercover film-makers claimed to have exposed a chain of corruption and deceit linked to illegal logging which is destroying the west African country's environment.

Screen Talk: Royal flush

Fox Searchlight has marked a comedy spec script from Easy A writer Bert Royal with a gold star.

Chris Colfer discovered Glee axe on Twitter

Chris Colfer found out he was leaving 'Glee' through Twitter.

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
Twenty two years later Jurassic Park series faces questions over accuracy of the fictional dinosaurs in it

Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
Genes greatly influence when and how many babies a woman will have, study finds

Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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