As Liberace, Douglas’s macho image falls away with one twinkle of an eyelid

Jonathan Romney on Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra: All hail, the queen of Hollywood

Michael Douglas's Liberace is more than mere mimicry – it's a brilliantly satirical homage

Carl Froch connects

Boxing: Fabulous Carl Froch keen for shot at Ward after Kessler classic

'I want him here. He needs to leave his safety zone,' says Briton following his gruelling victory over Dane

Cameos 'Diamond' Joe Biden is the latest to post a selfie

Diamond Joe Biden, Scranton's finest, strikes again. While our politicians struggle awkwardly with pop culture (think David Cameron hanging with One Direction or Gordon Brown "enjoying" the Arctic Monkeys), the US Vice-President shows us how it's done.

Tom Hanks in 'Lucky Guy'

Lucky Guy: Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron play

At long last, Hollywood's great polymath is making his stage debut. Nikhil Kumar reports on the actor's role as a legendary tabloid journalist – and the thousands clamouring for tickets

DVD & Blu-ray review: Girls: Season 1 (18)

Lena Dunham directs, produces, writes, stars and sheds her clothes quite a bit in these tangy adventures of four twentysomething New Yorkers: self-absorbed Hannah (Dunham), uptight Marnie (Allison Williams), promiscuous Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and goofy Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet, very funny).

Market Report: Traders love Eros after HBO Asia deal

Bollywood producer and distributor Eros International has just gone prime time.Its deal with HBO Asia, the pay TV group, is a "game changer" according to its house broker, Peel Hunt. The pair will launch two new premium, advertising-free movie channels, HBO Defined HBO Hits, in India.

Full stream ahead as Netflix and Disney give a vision of the future

Multi-year deal will see online movie provider become exclusive US subscription service for the legendary studio. By Tim Walker

Spinal Tap's Christopher Guest to make 'mockumentary' series starring Chris O'Dowd

Guest will write, direct and appear in his BBC One debut 'Family Tree'

HBO is celebrating four decades of making great TV. So, what were they up to before The Sopranos and Co?

HBO celebrates forty years of sex, violence and... Fraggles

The grounbreaking cable channel is celebrating four decades of making great TV. So, what were they up to before The Sopranos and Co? Tim Walker finds out

Poverty trap: A child in Camden, New Jersey, the most impoverished US city

Poverty: The election issue that dare not speak its name

Out of America: Neither Obama nor Romney has much to say on the 46 million who live below the breadline

DVD: Parade's End (15)

"He's making corrections in the Encyclopaedia Britannica," wails Rebecca Hall's spiteful Sylvia to her cerebral, cuckolded husband, Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch, in Ed Stoppard's adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's Edwardian drama.

Time Warner reaps £51.5m dividend from IPC turnaround

IPC Media, the magazine giant behind Marie Claire, NME and Country Life, has shown why its US owner Time Warner has been keen to hang onto it as the British company paid a £51.5m dividend.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

Jon Hamm in not-so-hot shocker.

If you're a man, and as of yet, you are not quite as hot as Jon Hamm, don't despair; there's still hope. You may grow into it. For even Jon Hamm wasn't always so hot.

Kennedys open up for TV documentary on RFK's widow

The Kennedys may be America's most famous political dynasty, but it took one of their own to get them to open up about their private lives and their place in U.S. history.

Aaron Sorkin 'sacks The Newsroom writers' apart from ex-girlfriend

Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom has received mixed reviews since it appeared on television screens last month. The Independent’ TV critic Grace Dent noted its “base-notes of ordure” and declared it “not heinously bad [but] simply not amazing”.

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Through the stories of his accusers
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Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
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The last Christians in Iraq

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Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
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The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible