Hugh Grant said it was “fun” play a darker role on Cloud Atlas

Hugh Grant shows his dark side in multiple Cloud Atlas roles

Hugh Grant said last night it was "fun" to bring out a darker side for his multiple roles in the screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas, rather than the bumbling English gent he normally plays.

Editorial: Arise, plain Danny Boyle

So Danny Boyle, who directed the Olympics Opening Ceremony with such wisdom, wit and ingenuity, has turned down a knighthood. And good for him. Not because a knighthood per se is a bad thing, though we have misgivings about the whole honours system, but because acceptance would have been a betrayal of everything he has said and done in his artistic career. Above all, it would have negated the spirit of cocking a snook at the Establishment, the ingredient that distinguished London's Olympics opening from so many others.

Feminists denounced, then embraced, Bond girls

The James Bond films were the vanguard of the sexual revolution. Sean Connery, the suave star of six of the first seven movies, played Bond as a devilish version of elegant Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's spectacular travelogues To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest.

Relationships: Do you speak celebrity sparkler semaphore?

Ladies! Do you know about the code? The secret semaphore that every engaged or married woman learns as soon as her partner gets down on one knee and pops the question? (No, not who's going to take the bins out, but: will you, my darling one, be my wife?)

The cast of Desperate Housewives – Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan

The Desperate Housewife, the series creator and a court case stranger than fiction

Nicollette Sheridan was the British star of Marc Cherry's suburban soap opera. Now she's suing him for punching her in the head – and then sacking her

Halle Berry gets restraining order against man

Halle Berry has been granted a restraining order against a man found on her property three times in recent days.

Halle Berry to be honoured at style awards

Halle Berry is to be honoured at the Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards next month.

And the bride wore Saab...

A model in a tulle wedding dress provided a traditional ending to the Elie Saab Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday. With its corseted bodice, veil and yards of tulle, the romantic gown lived up to the fashion show's reputation for grand, extravagant creations fit for real and aspiring princesses.

DVD: Push (12)

Nick (Chris Evans) and Cassie (Dakota Fanning) are a pair of rebel psychics on the run from a shadowy organisation known as "The Division".

The Independent Film Forum: 13. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on the new superhero flick, starring Hugh Jackman

Bond ambition: Gemma Arteron swaps Thomas Hardy for Ian Fleming

Gemma Arterton graduated from St Trinian's to star as Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Now she's playing opposite Daniel Craig in the new Bond film. Is this the start of global domination for the girl from Gravesend?

Things We Lost in the Fire, 12A

Things We Lost in the Fire, (15)

This is the other way Hollywood goes with bereavement, a three-hanky sobfest that makes a song and dance about personal growth and "letting go". Halle Berry, at her most tremulous, faces losing her hubby (David Duchovny) by turning to his best friend from childhood (Benicio Del Toro), a recovering addict.

Revlon given $150m cash makeover

Film: It's a brilliant time to be Will Smith

But for Hollywood's other black actors, it's still the same old story: bit-parts, typecasting, and a strange dearth of romantic leads. From Erin J Aubry in Los Angeles
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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

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The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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