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'The Wire' dealer and a real-life drugs bust

Felicia Pearson's criminal past won her a part in the gritty Baltimore drama. Now she's in trouble with the law again

The Tempest (PG)

Like Alonso and Gonzalo under Ariel's soporific spell, you may experience "a strange drowsiness" during Julie Taymor's film interpretation of Shakespeare's late play. What kept me awake was Helen Mirren's imperial performance as Prospera (above), gender-flipped from Prospero in the film's boldest coup, and her touching relationship with her daughter Miranda, also beautifully played by Felicity Jones. The switch from masculine to feminine lends the story a deeper sense of reconciliation and forgiveness, though as a spectacle Taymor's film exhausts rather than exhilarates, failing to establish any sense of scale or control. It roars and rages, like a tempest, but aside from Mirren its thunder is mostly fake.

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The actress who died on Monday, wasn't just a screen icon. She taught Hollywood to deal with sex.

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There was a time when the annual Oscar red carpet was the place to see the world's most extraordinary actors parading ever more outrageous and exuberant designs.

Children lack morals, says Lumley

Joanna Lumley has criticised the way that British children are brought up with "slack" morals. The actress, 64, said the younger generation needed to be given greater responsibilities.

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Our fair lady: Why America is falling in love with Eliza Doolittle

Her mum was a West End sensation, her dad an RSC bigwig. Her gran runs the most famous talent school in Britain. But the platinum-selling Eliza Doolittle is determined to do things her own way as she attempts to conquer America

BBC probe into Real Hustle claims

The BBC is investigating claims that actors were hired to impersonate fraud victims on its television show The Real Hustle.

Billy Ray Cyrus fears for daughter Miley

Miley Cyrus' father is "scared" for her.

Sport on TV: A flower blooms in the desert. Keep the goats away from it

Apparently Afghanistan's "national sport" is buzkashi, or riding around on horseback trying to grab the headless carcass of a goat. So it's a great shame that they didn't qualify for the Cricket World Cup which is about to be held in their back yard. They came very close, and it could have helped to transform the sporting landscape in the benighted country. Sadly for the Afghans – but happily for the rest of us – there's no World Cup for buzkashi.

Mila Kunis bullied for looks

Mila Kunis was bullied at school for her looks.

'Spider-Man' gives critics arachnophobia

The reviews are in for the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Maria Schneider: Actress best known for starring opposite Marlon Brando in the controversial film 'Last Tango in Paris'

The French actress Maria Schneider became famous over-night when she starred opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial film Last Tango in Paris (1972), which featured perhaps the most famous sex scene in cinemahistory, in which Brando, with the aid of a slab of butter, appears to have anal intercourse with his co-star.The sequence caused a world-wide furore, and the film was banned in several countries (including parts of the UK). Schneider and Brando, along with Bertolucci, were idicted by an Italian court on charges of obscenity for participating in the making of an erotic movie, and it was banned in Italy until 1987.

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David Arquette is "feeling good" after completing rehab.

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Nicole Kidman's two-year-old daughter is excited to be a big sister.

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