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US crime writer Elmore Leonard is recovering from a stroke in a Detroit hospital.

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Judge keeps ban on Jennifer Lopez 'home videos'

A judge is keeping a ban in place to prevent the release of home videos featuring Jennifer Lopez that her ex-husband and his manager have sought to distribute.

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Last Night's Television: Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1<br />The Cell, BBC4

Science hasn't been in the best of shape on British television recently. Equinox seems to have disappeared into some broadcasting black hole, Horizon has been steadily regressing into second childhood and mainstream offerings – such as Bang Goes the Theory – appear to be pitched at a hyperactive seven-year-old out of his skull on SunnyD. There are sporadic efflorescences of the serious on BBC2, but if you want something sustained and detailed your last best hope is BBC4, a little cranny in the rock that sustains some flourishing micro-cultures of straightforward instruction. And even here there are signs that the evolutionary pressures are having their effect. In The Cell, for example, Dr Adam Rutherford referred to Anthony van Leeuwenhoek as "a lens geek", to Robert Hooke as "the go-to guy when you had very small things to investigate", and concluded a little aside on Robert Brown's unique double contribution to physics and biology with the exclamation "Respect!", possibly the least convincing attempt to sound "street" since Richard Madeley channelled Ali G on the This Morning sofa.

John Hughes, leader of the Brat Pack, dies from heart attack at 59

Famed teen-film director John Hughes, the man behind coming-of-age classics such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club, has died of a heart attack, aged 59. A spokeswoman confirmed he collapsed during a morning walk in Manhattan, where he was visiting family.

Jennifer Garner: Actress with the ex factor

Her latest role sees her playing a single girl nursing a broken heart. At least life doesn't imitate art, Jennifer Garner tells Gill Pringle

Cinema's love guru: What guys can learn from Matthew McConaughey

I should probably face it: I'm never going to look like Matthew McConaughey. I'll never have those locks, those pecs, that smug grin. But by watching his movies, atrocious though they are, I might learn what makes him so irresistible to women. In his new film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, for example, McConaughey seduces his way through most of the models in North America, sabotage his brother's wedding, and snare Jennifer Garner.

Ready to Wear: Elasticated waist bands - the last word in fashion credibility

Susannah Frankel: Prada proposes we wear her elasticated waist bands with just a bra on top

David Usborne: Caroline has more than the J-Lo effect in this race

It is proper to query Caroline Kennedy putting herself forward as the best person to take Hillary Clinton's US Senate Seat. According to Gary Ackerman, a congressman from New York, and a Democrat, she doesn't have any qualifications, "except that she has name recognition – but so does J Lo".

Asian super-bean to gain roots in Britain

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Sexy is back, with a come-to-bed theme and slinky styles for Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana returned to their usual sexy Sicilian aesthetic yesterday. The classic ingredients were all there: baroque extravagance, references to Italian cinema – this time it was "The elegance of Luchino Visconti" – and 1950s-style corsetry. The twist came from experimenting with men's pyjamas and fabrics. These pyjamas were a very literal take on the theme. Apart from their pristine hair and make-up, the models looked as if they had just got out of their boyfriends' beds and imparted a seductive symmetry to the whole collection.

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