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Ms D'Auriol had stayed overnight at the clinic after undergoing plastic surgery

The immersive world that games like GTA 5 offer is the appeal, not the violence

Grand Theft Auto is a razor sharp satire of modern American culture

The News Matrix: Tuesday 24 September 2013

80 prisoners freed ahead of UN meeting

Actress Nicole Kidman shakes hands with fans at a red carpet event promoting Wanda Group's Oriental Movie Metropolis project in Qingdao, Shandong province.

The rise of Chollywood: Billionaire Wang Jianlin signs Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman to create world's biggest film studio

Jianlin has signed a 50 billion yuan deal to build China's version of Hollywood

Will GTA 5 stand the test of time?

We gamers are a fickle bunch. Memories of GTA IV have warped over the years, recognising its minor faults rather than its major triumphs

The Lone Ranger performed poorly at the box office

‘Blockbuster’ Jerry Bruckheimer splits with Disney as power pairing fades

Hollywood studio to cut its losses after ‘The Lone Ranger’ proves costly

John Singleton believes black directors should tell

Director warns of 'troubling trend' of hiring white people to tell 'black stories'

Boys n the Hood director John Singleton accuses Hollywood of 'latent racism'

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed to play black-listed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a new film

Life after Breaking Bad: Bryan Cranston lands film role as black-listed screenwriter in Trumbo

The actor will play communist Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo

JK Rowling: People defined me as a single mother on benefits and assumed I wasn't fit to raise my child

JK Rowling has revealed the “slowly evaporating sense of self-esteem” she felt after being stigmatised as a single mother on benefits while writing her first Harry Potter novel.

London man stabbed and robbed of his copy of GTA 5

The latest title in the Grand Theft Auto series was given a midnight launch in stores across the UK

Britney Spears signs '$30m Las Vegas showgirl deal'

Global megastar is expected to confirm a series of Sin City performances

The News Matrix: Thursday 12 September 2013

Colorado ousts gun control advocates

On the right wavelength: Richard Bacon

The week in radio: Richard Bacon's uplifting broadcast from the cancer ward

"Hear the inspiring story of the man with terminal cancer who achieved his goal as a magician and comedian," went the blurb for Richard Bacon's show on BBC Radio 5 Live. Oh God, I thought. Must we? You see, I had imagined, in a cynical moment, a kind of queasy Bucket List-style scenario in which a pale-faced man in surgical gowns and smothered in tubing is wheeled on to a stage in order to pull a rabbit out of a hat for the last time as the audience howl in tear-stained approval, possibly with choirs of angels looking on.

Megan Blake, Air Hollywood K9 Flight School Program Director, sitting left, front row, with dog Super Smiley, far right, and other puppies from the Canine Companions for Independence pose for a photo during a K9 flight simulation at the America's Family Pet Expo

Hollywood studio teaches dogs how to keep calm on flights

For £221 your pet can learn to fly

Ashley Walters in Top Boy

TV review: Top Boy, Channel 4 - Everybody loses on the Summerhouse Estate

Ray Donovan, Sky Atlantic

Ricky Burns is floored by Ray Beltran in the eighth round in Glasgow

Boxing: Hometown heist by Ricky Burns leaves future plans in the dock after lesson from robbed loser Raymundo Beltran

Scottish lightweight must rethink strategy after Beltran denied deserved victory

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