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After initially dismissing as 'haters', those who criticised her for using the racist term to describe her white son, Madge later said sorry

Lara Pulver with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes mystery: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate and the case of character licencing rights

Sherlock Holmes would have unravelled the case in a heartbeat. Yet so far there is no explanation as to why the estate of the fictional detective’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has failed to fight a lawsuit in the US that could leave it out of pocket.

Watch the winning entries from a stranger sort of student filmmaking competition

Can recycling might be something of a whimsical subject, but when the can-making industry decided it wanted to sponsor a competition for budding student cinematographers, they got an incredible response.

Housing: Bovis warns over boost for lending

A new price bubble could be fuelled by government initiatives to prop up the housing market, the chief executive of Bovis Homes warned today.

Too much hanging around: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Cut! Why it's time to snip the bloated blockbusters

Today's action films are way too long to be truly enjoyable, says Daniel Bettridge

Samantha Cameron was behind Smythson's Nancy bag and its red diary which is in a new Sherlock Holmes film, starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr

How is Samantha Cameron breaking into Hollywood? Elementary, my dear Watson

Smythson – the upmarket stationery firm that employs PM's wife – turns to product placement

How is Samantha Cameron breaking into Hollywood? Elementary, my dear Watson

Smythson – the upmarket stationery firm that employs PM's wife – turns to product placement
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Screen Talk: Beginning of the end

Given the apocalyptic weather and natural disasters that hit parts of the world in 2011, many movies in development reflect harsh prospects for humans on earth.

‘Getting back into football sorted me out,’ says Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones: The caring side of bullet-tooth Tony

The Brian Viner Interview: No, Vinnie Jones has not gone soft living in La La Land, but he helps newly-arrived Brits in Hollywood, wants to curb anti-social behaviour and has a plea for his old mate Gazza

Two's company: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson in 'Sherlock'

The case of the amazing reinvention: On set with the stars of TV’s Sherlock

Even his creator failed to kill the world's greatest detective, so it's no surprise that he is back, most notably in the new series of the BBC's acclaimed updating. Gerard Gilbert goes on set with its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Madonna gets ready to cause a commotion in Venice

The star's latest film will premiere at this year's festival. Kaleem Aftab reports on the rumours of a troubled production

Last Night's TV: Seven Dwarves/Channel 4</p><p>Wilfred/BBC3

When Channel 4 announced that it was dropping Big Brother two years ago the Channel's head said that filling the hole it left in the schedules would involve "the most fundamental creative overhaul in our history". So, what are they treating us to in the week that Channel Five throws open the doors to the Big Brother house for the first time? One of the "event dramas" they promised?

Minor British Institutions: Pyjamas

Pyjamas have seen something of a revival these past chilly winters. Not the mimsy ones in pastel colours whose principal existence now is in the parallel world of modesty-conforming television bedrooms, but the full flannel, with stripes, cord and top pocket (for your hanky, of course). What could be more comforting and more secure (so long as you've tied the cord properly) while the ice grips and the wind whistles without?

It's hip-hop's turn to hijack scrabble

When did Scrabble get so twee? Everyone's favourite word-game has been hijacked by the indie-pop crowd that shows no signs of relinquishing "Scrabble Sundays" and DIY letter-jewellery. Isn't it time that verbally dextrous hip-hop claimed a triple-letter-score or two?

Guy Ritchie's home taken over by squatters

Guy Ritchie's £6 million London mansion has been taken over by squatters.

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