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From Dietrich to Clooney: the hotels where Hollywood legends stayed

Travel takes on a new meaning when you follow in the footsteps of film stars. You could request Bungalows 1, 7 or 21 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA, where Marilyn Monroe liked to stay, from $1,500. Or you could check into the Harlequin Suite at London’s Dorchester where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in the pink marble bathroom, which costs from £7,455 per night.

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Edinburgh acts' funny money offer could raise

Murky things are happening on the Edinburgh Fringe – and it's not even August yet. This year's fastest-emerging trend is for bribery with three acts offering cash in return for bums on seats. Nathan Cassidy is giving audiences £1 to see his show Free Pound on the Free Fringe (ticket cost: "minus £1". Donations welcome). Elsewhere, Mark MacNicol has gone for a money-back clause: if audiences don't like his "sexy, sensual, dark" theatrical take on Fatal Attraction, he will refund the £8 ticket price from his own pocket. And Irish comedian Caimh McDonnell has taken the most audacious route, promising to donate £100 to Macmillan Cancer Relief for every review published in a "recognised media source" before 20 August (only one review per outlet, sadly). Will any of these stunts work? Or will it emerge that these are, in fact, shows you couldn't pay a man, woman or Arts Diarist to see? And whatever happened to old-fashioned flyering on the Royal Mile in the rain?

Obama gets 'ruff' with White House opponents

It was the annual White House correspondents' dinner on Saturday, hosted by the late-night talk star Jimmy Kimmel, and the Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama didn't waste the opportunity, poking fun at himself and his administration (a little) and at his foes in the overheated political chamber of an American election year (a lot).

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