Arts and Entertainment Too close for comfort: Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma, in 'Bates Motel'

...but 21-year-old Freddie Highmore has the Psycho stare, he tells Gerard Gilbert, as he takes on one of the screen's best-known roles

Actor Rob Lowe visits the White House earlier this year

Killing Kennedy: Rob Lowe to play assassinated American President JFK in 50th anniversary movie

American actor Rob Lowe will portray slain American President John F. Kennedy in a television movie.

The gossip on a fresh batch of A-list actors

As Gossip Girl ends, fan Sarah Hughes assesses the star potential of its cast
Teen queens: Blake Lively and Leighton Meester

Gossip Girl: Start spreading the news about a fresh batch of A-list actors

As Gossip Girl ends, fan Sarah Hughes assesses the star potential of its cast

Pop star Rita Ora with her satchel which is available in various colours and sizes from £94 cambridgesatchel.co.uk, 15 Shorts Garden, London WC2.

Buckle up for the ride

This fashionable It-bag started life at a kitchen table, says Harriet Walker. Now the Cambridge Satchel Company is going to town

Clémence Poésy attends the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Our new favourite mademoiselle

Actress, musician and model Clémence Poésy is poised to star opposite Michael Caine. Gerard Gilbert meets the rising vedette

Dim up North: The Desperate Scousewives gamely give us a semi-scripted window on their world

Desperate Scousewives, E4, Monday
Money: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? BBC2, Tuesday

Liverpool's would-be slebs may be dull, but a film on wealth creation exposes a truly odious world

Interview with Nick hewer of the apprentice

The Young Apprentice starts on Monday. What's the difference between the teenagers and the adults?

Why a degree doesn't mean higher pay

Thousands of teenagers who leave school with just GCSEs are earning more than those who go on to complete a degree course, according to research published today.

Taylor Momsen quits acting

Taylor Momsen has quit acting.

The Inbetweeners Movie: When comedy takes a break

It's a path well-travelled, from TV sitcom to holiday movie. Will those Crete-bound 'Inbetweeners' make the trip more successfully than their predecessors? Matt Chorley investigates

Caught & Social: Teen Choice Awards are a scream

Teen Choice Awards in LA reward stars young and old, from veterans to the future contestants on Celebrity Rehab.

Teenager on hack charge

A teenager has been charged with hacking into the Serious and Organised Crime Agency website.

Mexican 'hitboy' jailed after hanging rivals

A Mexican judge has sentenced a 14-year-old US citizen to three years in prison for murder, kidnapping and drug and weapons possession. Authorities say the boy confessed to killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found suspended from a bridge.

Teenagers mauled in bear attack

A brown bear with her cub attacked teenagers on a survival-skills course in Alaska, badly injuring two in the group.

When actors play musicians

Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley? Fans won't be happy, says Gillian Orr
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there