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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.

Bill Clinton's controversial charity gala

The Clinton charity gala? It was the worst party ever...

Fundraiser that was short on fun offers apologies and refunds to angry guests

Left to right: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers

The Avengers: Superheroes unite to conquer cinemas

After a string of Disney flops, 'The Avengers' is breaking all records

DVD: Contagion

Contagion has all the clichés of a typical disaster movie, but none of the excitement.

Tim Walker: The award for best sponsor goes to ...

Tales From The Water Cooler: Perhaps we shouldn't broadcast awards ceremonies on television at all

Prince Charles to lead Dickens celebrations

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be leading celebrations today to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

TV credits 'should be bigger and slower'

End credits on TV shows need to be more prominent, says a report from the actors' union, Equity. More than 10,000 people took part in a survey after viewers' complaints over fast-rolling and shrunken credits.

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh, 106 mins (12A) Blood in the Mobile, Frank Piasecki Poulsen, 85 mins (12A)

Few thrills or spills, and not much else to detain you, in Steven Soderbergh's star-studded but curiously restrained thriller about a global virus outbreak

£100m jackpot up for grabs

An estimated £100 million will be up for grabs on Friday - one of the biggest jackpots in EuroMillions history.

Letter from the editor: Great Expectations

The BBC is expected to begin filming the opening scenes of its adaptation of Great Expectations today, on the marshlands of Tollesbury, near Maldon (where the salt comes from).

DVD: Country Strong (12)

Gwyneth Paltrow makes the most unconvincing substance abuser since Zammo took up cocaine in Grange Hill in this hokey tale of achy-breaky hearts in the land of country and western.

JLS want to sing at Olympics

JLS want to perform at the 2012 Olympics.

Gwyneth Paltrow's performance fears

Gwyneth Paltrow is a "nervous wreck" when she has to sing in public.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a rap fan

Gwyneth Paltrow knows every word to classic rap track 'F**k Tha Police'.

The cinema special effects that are saving real lives

Tony Gardner won fame making realistic bodies for Hollywood. Now he makes them to train medics. Guy Adams reports

A daring new take on a Dickens classic

Relocating Great Expectations to Calcutta is a bold move. Arifa Akbar discovers how a playwright rose to the challenge
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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
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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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