Arts and Entertainment Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, here pictured with Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor

The actress' role as Patsey was influenced by the singer's 'child-like quality'

Lady Gaga is an eccentric sort, but few had her down as a colossal hoarder… Of Michael Jackon’s property.

Lady Gaga to open Michael Jackson museum with £1.25m of memorabilia she owns

Among her MJ arsenal, Gaga treasures his famous Swarovski-encrusted crystal glove, which cost her a cool £117,800

Derek Acorah car crash: TV psychic Derek Acorah charged with careless driving

Police say the Merseyside-based medium charged with careless driving and failure to provide a breath test

Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC job over Sarah Palin ‘defecation’ comments

The British-born journalist said he regretted the 'deeply offensive' suggestion made after the Republican compared US debts to slavery

Conrad Murray was given four years in jail for manslaughter

Michael Jackson ‘accidentally killed himself’ claims pop star’s former doctor Conrad Murray

‘He was a drug addict. Michael Jackson accidentally killed Michael Jackson,’ the convicted cardiologist claims

Martin Bashir says Sarah Palin is an 'idiot' and suggests someone should defecate in her mouth

Bashir used his afternoon show to launch a scathing attack on Ms Palin over her comments comparing the US national debt with slavery

Connan Mockasin: 'I don't like flashy bass playing'

Fantasy band: Connan Mockasin

'I don't want a flashy bass player'

Now that's what I call a short film: A new book condenses plots into five-second graphics

If you’re fed up with movies getting longer, this book is just the ticket, says Gillian Orr. But can you recognise your favourite in our gallery?

Bruno Mars performs live

Music review: Bruno Mars- 'A very contemporary pop thrill'

“There’s a place in my heart for old-school music, and this is an attempt to write a song like the ones I grew up listening to,” declares Hawaiian-born megastar Bruno Mars before the righteous, foot-sweeping, synchronised-dancing Soul Train rush of “Runaway Baby”.

Fulham v Stoke City: Mark Hughes on familiar ground as he returns to Craven Cottage

The Welshman admits he made a mistake leaving the Cottagers in 2011

Michael Jackson announcing the concerts in 2009

Michael Jackson's family lose AEG court case

Jackson's mother Katherine claimed that AEG Live hired Dr Conrad Murray to be the singer's physician without considering whether he was fit for the job

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bids employees a tearful farewell, promises that Microsoft will 'change the world again'

The exiting CEO who will retire August 2014 made an emotional final speech to the company's 13,000 full-time staff

Attorney Brian Panish presents his dramatic closing arguments to a packed courtroom

Jackson family sues promoter AEG Live for late King of Pop’s lost earnings

Lawyer demands £181m, saying firm hired doctor who caused singer’s death

Mohamed Al Fayed unveils a statue in tribute to Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is HIStory: Controversial statue removed from Fulham stadium Craven Cottage

The tribute to the late singer was not well loved

Justin Timberlake steals the show at the MTV VMAs, performing with 'N Sync for the first time in seven years

The one-off performance raised the roof at MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday

*NSync in 1999

Justin Timberlake and *NSync set to reunite at VMAs, say reports

The band were spotted at a JT gig last week

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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