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Lady Gaga against gun crime: Celebrities petition for new arms laws in wake of Sandy Hook massacre

Lady Gaga, MC Hammer and Goldie Hawn are among 100 big names to have publicly condemned America's gun policies

Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman: auteur, innovator, genius... and a big fan of the Blues Brothers

Documentary reveals guilty pleasures of art house director renowned for bleak films

Guru Sai Baba's legacy: Death threats and scandal

The passing of the Indian holy man has left a spiritual hole and an even bigger controversy. Andrew Buncombe reports on the struggle to regulate his earthly affairs

Diary: Alicia's keys just got cheaper

And you thought you were having a tough recession? Well, spare a thought for those unfortunate international celebrities who can't even sell their mansions in the current economic climate.

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy buy £4m home

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy have purchased a £4 million home in the UK.

DVD: Knight and Day (12)

"Sometimes things happen for a reason," Tom Cruise's Roy mysteriously points out to Cameron Diaz's sweet-natured June at an airport.

High and wild in the Rockies

Matt Carroll finds aspects to Aspen in Colorado that the brochures don't tell you about

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The selfish search for the self

For these middle-class wives, theirs is an existential crisis borne out of over-high expectations and, frankly, emotional greed, consumerism of the heart

Diary: Just the role for J-Lo?

Poor Jennifer Lopez just can't catch a break. First her new album Love? was postponed by her "parting of the ways" with record company Epic. (While performing the lead single, "Louboutins" at last year's American Music Awards, J-Lo lost her balance and fell over onstage. She was wearing Louboutins.) Then her big summer rom-com, The Back-Up Plan, got the critical cold shoulder. Now, it seems someone is trying to sabotage plans to install her as a permanent judge on American Idol. She was rumoured to be replacing Ellen DeGeneres, who recently quit the show. But, claimed People magazine's anonymous source, "her demands got out of hand... [producers] Fox had just had enough". Another insider, however, hotly denied the story, saying the reports were "wildly exaggerated". Whether or not she wins a judge's spot, Lopez at least has a handful of developing film projects to keep her occupied. Among them is a remake of Overboard, the 1987 rom-com starring Goldie Hawn as a spoilt, difficult billionaire socialite. Could be just the role for J-Lo.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (04/07/10)

Digging deeper than Nadal

Revenge of the epic movie flops

They've tried remaking hits from the past &ndash; now Hollywood studios are planing to revisit the films that failed. Arifa Akbar reports on a plot so bizarre it might just work

Melissa Benn: Goldie and Toby's laugh-in

Stop going round setting up new schools. Support existing ones

Nancy Meyers: The rom-com queen

She's the most successful female director in Hollywood and she's just chalked up another hit at the box office. What's Nancy Meyers' secret?
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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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The Interview movie review

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas