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Chinese artist Sheng Qi committed an act of physical protest during the Tiananmen Square massacre. He tells Emily Jupp it is still his proudest moment

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Why would a well-known and popular actor, who, some critics might say, has left his glory days behind him, choose to support a team like Aston Villa?

Muse lead singer Matt Bellamy was a surprise torch bearer

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Anyone lucky enough to have heard the Cup of Life by Ricky Martin knows that official anthems to accompany sporting events couldn’t possibly be a bad idea. So thank goodness London 2012 has not one but five.

Didier Drogba – Chelsea
33-year-old Drogba has struggled to strike a partnership with Fernando Torres, while his previous partner in crime Nicholas Anelka has agreed a move to China. The Ivorian has also been linked to China as well as Russia, though a move to the continent may be more realistic. With some improved performances of late he may still be of use at Stamford Bridge, particularly in the latter stages of the Champions League.

Shanghai Shenhua step up Didier Drogba pursuit

Shanghai Shenhua today claimed they were in talks to sign Didier Drogba just a month after landing his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

Angelina Jolie in Cannes to promote movie

Angelina Jolie said her latest film, Kung Fu Panda 2, had some "pretty heavy lessons" for its young audience including her own children.

Jackie Chan and Yo-Yo Ma help welcome China's leader

For Chinese-Americans in Washington, the only party in town on Wednesday night was the state dinner at the White House. The courtiers from the Chinese embassy and Hu Jintao's entourage from Beijing were joined by the glitterati of Chinese-American society.

The Green Hornet (12A)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz

DVD: Karate Kid, For retail & rental (Sony)

Not the 1980s original, but the Beijing-set remake starring Will Smith's son, Jaden, alongside Jackie Chan.

Little Big Soldier (15)

Jackie Chan goes from mock to epic in the course of this odd-couple road comedy, set during China's internecine struggles in the third century BC.

The Karate Kid, Harald Zwart, 140 mins (PG)<br/>The A-Team, Joe Carnahan, 119 mins (12A)

Mr and Mrs Will Smith give their son a film to star in &ndash; and it's enough to make a grown-up wince

The Karate Kid (PG)

Ain't that a kick in the head

DVD: The Spy Next Door (PG)

"You make me laugh," Amber Valetta's Gillian tells Bob, Jackie Chan's prim pen salesman. Only Bob's really an international spy and he's not funny in the slightest.

The bird flu dance is all the rage in Paris

Bird flu, or la grippe aviaire as it is known in France, is all the rage in Parisian nightclubs. Not the disease, you understand, but the dance, a variation on the popular style coupé-décalé, which originated in the Ivory Coast.

Jonathan Ross signs chat show deal with ITV

Jonathan Ross has signed a deal to present a chat show for ITV, it was announced today.

The thoughts of Chairman Mao (starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li)

As China prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic, a new blockbuster tells the story of its founding. Naturally, the nation's biggest movie stars took part, as Clifford Coonan reports from Beijing
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