Arts and Entertainment

Mario Testino’s talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Testino has a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best — and that is what makes him the best.

Robert Downey Jr as Marvel Comics' superhero Iron Man

Iron Man 3 tops 2013 global box office as sequels and reboots dominate

Eight of the top 10 financial sucesses of last year picked up on previous films

Philip Berg drew several major celebrities, including Madonna, to the Kabbalah Centre

Philip Berg dead: Farewell to the rabbi who made Kabbalah the religion of stars

Berg drew several major celebrities to his new-age brand of ancient Jewish mysticism, including Madonna and the actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

Would you shell out for a snail facial?

A face full of snails might not be your average person's idea of an expensive salon treatment, but that's just what Japan's high society have been shelling out for lately - at a cost of £65 for a five minute session.

George Osborne wearing his high-tech wristband

Chancellor and trendsetter: George Osborne is rocking a trendy new Jawbone 'Up' wristband

It is designed to help users sleep better, exercise more effectively and stay away from unhealthy food

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Why Microsoft's console name game just doesn't add up

On Tuesday, before a roomful of panting games journalists and sore-thumbed enthusiasts, Microsoft unveiled its latest games console. The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed. As gamers ruminated on the implications of the ’box (not hardcore enough? Better than the forthcoming PlayStation 4?), some of us were left confused.

'I thank absolutely everybody. Waaaaah' - Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscars, 1999

Acceptance speeches: Say it in five words

Tonight is the 17th annual Webby Awards, which are almost as famous for their five-word acceptance speeches as they are for the websites rewarded for their excellence.

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Paris.

Spot the difference? Madonna and Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey flattered to have inspired Madonna's Met Ball 2013 look

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey has said that she is flattered that she appears to have inspired Madonna's headline-grabbing look at a New York gala.

The light stuff: Robert Downey Jr in 'Iron Man 3'

Iron Man 3 has second biggest US box office opening ever but can't beat The Avengers

Iron Man 3 has had the second biggest opening weekend ever at the box office in North America.

The light stuff: Robert Downey Jr in 'Iron Man 3'

Iron Man 3 has record $21.5m opening in China

Iron Man has outgunned the entire Avengers crew in China.

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iStyle: Sheer delights

Filmy fabrics are all about showing just a hint of skin. Emma Akbareian shows you how to get this season’s revealing new look just right

he light stuff: Robert Downey Jr in ‘Iron Man 3’

Coldplay star Chris Martin has twice called 999 after setting his kitchen on fire

Firefighters have offered to give Coldplay star Chris Martin free safety lessons after his culinary disasters.

Stella McCartney poses with her awards

A stellar end to Stella McCartney's Olympic year

There couldn’t have been a happier ending to 2012 for designer Stella McCartney, who was named both Designer and Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last night.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project