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'

Gladys Knight: The veteran Motown singer on her farewell tour

Gladys Knight, all sugary smiles and motherly love, is discussing why she's not giving up on the UK with an ungracious adios.

Album: J Tillman, Year in the Kingdom, (Bella Union)

To say that J Tillman is the drummer in the Fleet Foxes is like saying that Michael Jackson sang with the Jackson 5 – it's true but it tells only half the story.

Observations: How cinema's inside man manages to do the right thing

Spike Lee was on typically rambunctious form at The Independent Interview on Monday at London's BFI. In a wide-ranging discussion, guided gently and not always successfully by David Lammy, MP, the director covered everything from the release of Do the Right Thing 20 years ago and the racism of critics, to how Barack Obama is coping with a post-election onslaught from "redneck crackers" ("The euphoria of him winning has gone. He's under attack"), and the changing face of cinema, where funding is scarce. "Unless you're Spielberg, Lucas or Tyler Perry, it's hard to get a film made." Nevertheless, the single-minded director (he demands final cut on all of his movies) revealed that he had turned down big-budget directing jobs in the aftermath of his most successful film, Inside Man. "Every available bank-heist movie that had been lying around was dusted off and sent to me".

Guy Adams: Anna Nicole’s docs were warned about 'pharmaceutical suicide' - so, what about Michael Jackson's?

Fascinating documents were unsealed in Los Angeles today revealing affidavits that have been filed in evidence against two of the doctors who treated Anna Nicole Smith in the run-up to her death.

Judge allows mother to challenge Jackson estate

A judge has ruled that Michael Jackson's mother can challenge the men currently administering her son's estate without losing her substantial stake.

Brief film teaser for Michael Jackson fans

Michael Jackson fans were given a brief taste today of the glittering spectacle their late idol was planning at his string of axed shows.

Michael Jackson glove sells for £29,500

A bejewelled white glove Michael Jackson tossed to an Australian fan more than a decade ago has sold at auction for 57,600 Australian dollars (£29,500).

Jacksons gather to lay Michael to rest in Los Angeles

Amid a sea of white flowers and with a bejewelled crown on his gold-plated coffin Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest at an elaborate private mausoleum on a hillside near Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson finally laid to rest in Los Angeles

King of Pop Michael Jackson was finally being laid to rest today at a private ceremony attended by Michael Jackson's close friends and family.

Michael Jackson's death ruled as homicide

Michael Jackson's death has been ruled as homicide, the Los Angeles County Coroner said today in a move that could lead the way to criminal charges.

Guy Adams: Jackson case fuels healthcare debate

LA Notebook

Michael Jackson at the Gates of Heaven and Hell, Underbelly

A mere eight weeks have passed since the demise of Michael Jackson and here, inevitably, comes the Fringe's response. Put together with what could be considered indecent haste, this play about the King of Pop's adventures in the afterlife turns out to be a surprisingly polished affair.

Michael Jackson burial delayed

Michael Jackson's family yesterday delayed his burial by five days as a judge ruled that a touring show of his memorabilia could go on and police raided another pharmacy in their ongoing probe of his sudden death.

Album: Michael Jackson, The Motown 50 Mixes (Motown)

Planned well before Jackson's death, as part of Motown's 50th anniversary celebrations, The Motown 50 Mixes takes songs from the period when the most freakish thing about the singer was his talent, and picks apart the original arrangements, winnowing away many of the parts in order to focus attention more tightly on his vocals.

Guy Adams: 'I told the truth!' - Michael Jackson's doctor breaks his silence

Two months into the real-life soap-opera surrounding Michael Jackson’s death, the pantomime villain of the piece has finally broken his silence.

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