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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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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home