Editorial: Arise, plain Danny Boyle

So Danny Boyle, who directed the Olympics Opening Ceremony with such wisdom, wit and ingenuity, has turned down a knighthood. And good for him. Not because a knighthood per se is a bad thing, though we have misgivings about the whole honours system, but because acceptance would have been a betrayal of everything he has said and done in his artistic career. Above all, it would have negated the spirit of cocking a snook at the Establishment, the ingredient that distinguished London's Olympics opening from so many others.

Feminists denounced, then embraced, Bond girls

The James Bond films were the vanguard of the sexual revolution. Sean Connery, the suave star of six of the first seven movies, played Bond as a devilish version of elegant Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's spectacular travelogues To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

Sshhhhhh! Don't tell anyone. It's a secret

Has there has ever been a tougher time to keep schtum, asks Simon Usborne

Escaping 'spoilers' has never been harder

Sshhhhh! Don't tell anyone about the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

As Danny Boyle asks people not to blab about his opening ceremony, Simon Usborne wonders if there's ever been a tougher time to keep schtum

Freida Pinto: 'My heart will always be in Mumbai, but London is my second home. I love it there'

Slumdog star Pinto in anti-poverty role

Freida Pinto, the actress best known for her role in Slumdog Millionaire, was so touched by a trip to Africa where she met some of the world's poorest girls that she has signed up as a charity ambassador.

Danny Boyle (centre) on Oscar night

Slumdog the musical calls in Julian Fellowes

Danny Boyle has broken off talks on staging his hit movie after an argument over artistic control

Trishna (15)

Starring: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth

Immortals 3-D (15)

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto

Slumdog to stardom: How Freida Pinto has adapted to the demands of fame

In just three years, Freida Pinto has turned from 'Slumdog' neopphyte into one of Hollywood's hottest properties, witha starring role in the new 'Planet of the Apes' reboot. But, she reveals to Sam Peters, she was more than happy to shoot her latest film back in India

DVD: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (12)

"I need direction," whines Gemma Jones's jilted wife to a swami (Pauline Collins).

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (12A)

Starring: Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins

Serious Men, By Manu Joseph

One of the strongest debuts of 2010, this bittersweet Mumbai tale of high minds and low plots never quite won the plaudits it deserves. Now – with a more populist, even Slumdog Millionaire-ish cover - it has a second chance.

The stars are aghast – Hollywood's juiciest new roles are going to unknown actresses

For Phyllida Lloyd, the decision must have been straightforward. Not only has she worked with Meryl Streep before, but she knows that – in casting the Oscar-winner as Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming biopic Iron Lady – she is almost guaranteed a hit. Streep, after all, is both extremely famous and extremely bankable. Last year Forbes named her the seventh best value-for-money star in Hollywood. The third woman on the list, she was trumped only by Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Aniston. She is, at least on the face of things, a pretty sound bit of casting.



Freida Pinto: All she is saying is give peace a chance

The star tells Gill Pringle why critics are wrong to sneer at an Indian actress being cast in the role of an Arab girl in Miral
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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment