Arts and Entertainment Box office draws: Katy Perry (left), Beyoncé (centre) and Justin Bieber (right)

Nothing says global pop star right now like appearing on the big screen in a documentary about your life: your music, your relationships, your family, your tantrums, your tears. It's a narcissist's dream. Now Beyoncé is said to be directing, producing and appearing in a film that will include concert footage, backstage scenes and interviews with her and her loved ones. Clearly her day job of singing, designing and acting wasn't fulfilling enough.

Johann Hari: Obama's robot wars endanger us all

The drones have killed some jihadis. But the evidence suggests they create far more jihadis than they kill - and make an attack on me or you more likely with each bomb

David Lister: It was not Corden's stomach you could see. It was the generation gap

Something very unusual happened at an awards ceremony this week. There was a moment of genuine drama. At the Glamour Women of the Year evening, Sir Patrick Stewart turned on the host James Corden accusing him of discourtesy, and the two actors then verbally slugged it out.

Caught in the Net - A lo-fi wall of sound effect

The Morning Benders are a Californian four-piece signed to Rough Trade. In early March their second LP, 'Big Echo' (produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), will be released. The band, in the months preceding the record, picked up some textbook music blog/viral hype with a video for their song "Excuses", one of their first songs to be heard from the album. The video, shot by San Francisco bloggers Yours Truly, is a simple live studio recording that included a cast of San Francisco's indie musicians, including John Vanderslice and members of Girls. The band and their backing ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists combine nicely to create a lo-fi "wall of sound" effect. Watch the video at, while on a free mp3 of the album version of the track is available (another song, "Promises", also streams there). The song is an unashamedly romantic and something of a love letter to Phil Spector. Indeed, one of my colleagues considered it "a retro step too far" and I can see his point, but I still liked it. Maybe I'm just a sucker for such niceties.

Terence Blacker: Marriage isn't always the ideal state

It has been an excellent summer so far for the Smug Marrieds. Those grim representatives of connubial bliss, invented by Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones during the 1990s, will have been delighted to read the various pro-matrimony reports and surveys of recent weeks. First, Iain Duncan Smith re-affirmed the Tories' commitment to the institution of marriage, arguing that the privileges and legal protections it provides should not be extended to those who live together. Then a Swedish study, reported in the British Medical Journal, revealed that various forms of stress are likely to increase a person's vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease later in life. It was the grim long-term mental effects of divorce which were given the headline treatment.

Meet the squeaky clean movie teens

The debauched days of the Rat Pack, the Brat Pack and other young Hollywood hedonists with their excess-all-areas lifestyles are gone, says Gill Pringle. Today's stars don't drink, do drugs, or have sex

Album: Florence & the Machine, Lungs, (Island)

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Oasis scoop best British band at NME awards

Oasis scooped up NME pop music magazine's award for best British band on Wednesday, while former US president George W. Bush was named villain of the year for a record-breaking sixth time.

The British are coming – this time to the Grammys

But broadcasters fear US audiences may be put off by foreign domination of prestigious music awards

The day I met President Obama

When Barack and Michelle Obama threw open the doors of the White House, Leonard Doyle was in the queue

Nothing Goofy about this TV talent spotter

Disney TV boss Anne Sweeney is ranked 15th most powerful person in the world. She talks to Esther Walker about new movie 'Camp Rock', follow-up to 'High School Musical'

Pop music: Wholesome screams of the Jonas fans

When a thousand teenage girls went wild at the Royal Festival Hall in London last week for the Jonas Brothers, the obvious question was what fantasies were their yells meant to signify?

Jonas Brothers: Pure talent

They're holy and impossibly wholesome, but when Russell Brand thought he could use America's Jonas Brothers for cheap laughs, he got it so wrong. By Esther Walker

Brand fails to conquer but Britney sweeps board at MTV awards

Britney Spears swept the board at MTV's Video Music Awards today, in an appearance that was hailed as a "resurrection" of her career.

No sex and no drugs, please. We're Disney. (That's what they all say)

The Jonas Brothers are the latest pop exports from the House of Mouse. Let's hope they don't go the way of Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and the rest
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