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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.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Baytown Outlaws (15) Barry Battles (99mins)

This violent actioner opens with three redneck brothers massacring 13 heavily tattooed chaps in their Alabama home. Turns out they've slaughtered the wrong mob.

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

Relationships: All the single ladies... put your defences up

News that Jennifer Aniston is to marry Justin Theroux will have sent shockwaves through the celebrity magazine market. After all, who is going to be their "go-to" girl when they want to write about "unhappy", single females? Here are the front-runners:

Brought humanity to a nosy, meddlesome character: Joosten with her Best Guest Actress Emmy in 2005

Kathryn Joosten: US actress who starred in Desperate Housewives

The American actress Kathryn Joosten was known to millions of television viewers worldwide as Karen McCluskey, the nosy, gossipy neighbour in Desperate Housewives, observing the lives and relationships of the group of women in the fictional Wisteria Lane.

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

Eva Longoria's nightclub closes

A nightclub in Las Vegas owned by Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria is temporarily closing its doors amid financial troubles.

Justin Bieber set to host MTV EMAs

Justin Bieber is set to host the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

The Weekend's TV: The Pillars of the Earth, Desperate Housewives

A histrionic take on the 12th century

Last Night's Television: Jamie Does...Marrakech, Channel 4<br />Human Target, SYFY<br />Desperate Housewives, Channel 4

There was just enough time in the opening minutes of Jamie Does... Marrakech – a lurid, cacophonous whirl of chained monkeys, hawkers, Sufi dancing and charmed snakes – to recall the last time that primetime television sent a wide boy to the Moroccan city. That was two years ago when, how could we forget, Sir Alan dispatched his hapless apprentices to the heart of the souk to test their bartering skills and buy a kosher chicken, whereupon self-proclaimed "good Jewish boy" Michael collared a butcher, made the sign of the cross a few times and asked him to say "Allah!" over the doomed fowl.

City slicker: Las Vegas

With $8bn spent on designer hotels, restaurants and shops, the gambling capital of the world is re-inventing itself &ndash; again. Kate Simon reports

Best for splashing the cash: Moscow

Russia is in the throes of the coldest winter in a long while, and that, by any standard, is cold. Across Moscow, locals scuttle from A to B avoiding the huge phallic icicles which jut into the street from the spouts of drainpipes. At the doors to the metro, babushkas in headcarves and battered furs hunch against the bitter wind, begging for pennies. And, all the while, just a few paces away, Russia's super-rich are proving their impunity to these testing conditions.

Pandora: Hot Shot Shahid relinquishes his title

Pandora has lost track of Shahid Malik's comings and goings in recent weeks, what with his resigning as a minister over expenses, only to return to the Government a week later and then become the subject of an investigation by John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Desperate Housewives on the verge of a nervous breakdown

Pedro Almodovar takes his zany Spanish film to the American suburbs &ndash; and television

Desperate Housewives: The 100th episode

The smart satire notches up its century in Britain this week. But all is not well in Wisteria Lane. Guy Adams reports
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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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