News Philomena Lee in Dublin at the launch of the Philomena Project, a campaign to open up Irish adoption records

Philomena Lee, the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, launches project to help find children who were forcibly adopted

Coogan in 'Philomena' with Judi Dench

Real-life Philomena says film is not 'anti-Catholic'

A New York Post review described the film as '90 minutes of organised hate'

Stratospheric: Sandra Bullock stars in the epic sci-fi drama 'Gravity'

Gravity soars past Thor to top UK box office

The film has had one of the biggest original sci-fi openings in recent years

Britons Antony Gormley and David Chipperfield win 'Japanese Nobel' prize

A renowned sculptor and architect, both from Britain, were among the five artists to receive the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award, dubbed the “Japanese Nobel,” which comes with a cheque for £100,000.

Judi Dench

When picking inspiring women, it helps if they’re real

When 4,000 British ladies were asked by Baileys who they thought the most spirited and inspiring women of all time were, they threw up a curious bunch.

Bath Literature Festival: Stories from the Fringe

PD James: Pride and waspishness

A Blagger's Guide To: Pride and Prejudice

'It is a truth universally acknowledged ...'

Putting extra zeros in 007: Daniel Craig is highest-paid Bond with £31 million contract

Daniel Craig, 44, is officially the highest-earning Bond actor in the franchise’s 50 year history, being paid more than £31 million to play the spy twice more.

The 10 Best puzzles and games

Cool, fun, silly and educational – here’s our pick of the finest distractions for children. No screens required...

Daniel Craig is a Bond with a steely presence in Skyfall

Review: Skyfall, Sam Mendes, 140 mins (12A)

The new 007, with its wit, panache and crashing thrills, is the freshest, most entertaining in ages

Judi Dench cemented her place in the lady dude hall of fame later in the week by getting a picture of herself on Twitter wearing a Dench cap

Nejazzle? Dame Judi proves she's totally Dench

If there was even the slightest shred of doubt that Dame Judi Dench was a National Treasure™, she more than proved she's a pearl among women with a cheeky bit of bling at the Skyfall premiere this week. Despite her characteristically elegant garb, Judi was sporting a cheeky 'jazzle! No, it wasn't a vajazzle, it was a nejazzle – a sparkly set of self-adhesive crystals in the shape of the 007 logo tucked behind her ear (above, left). Unexpected and playful, it rocked. She then cemented her place in the lady dude hall of fame later in the week by getting a picture of herself on Twitter wearing a Dench cap (above). Dench as in Judi, but also in Stay Dench, the clothing range created by rapper Lethal Bizzle and footballer Emmanuel Frimpong. Dench, you see, is a phrase used by the youth to describe something as being "sick" – keep up at the back – which means "nice".

Trailer of Bond's new film, Skyfall

James Bond will fake own death in new movie Skyfall

James Bond will be seen faking his own death in the action-packed forthcoming movie Skyfall.

DVD: Clone

After the death of Eva Green's boyfriend, Matt Smith, she gives birth to his clone.

Jaipur's Palace of Winds

Rajasthan: A family adventure in India

The dazzling state of Rajasthan has long lured travellers – and your children will love it too, says Amar Grover.

Jane Austen is back in the frame

When academic and biographer Paula Byrne announced the discovery of what seemed to be a new drawing of Jane Austen, there was a frenzied debate over the picture's authenticity. Arguments are bound to be reignited by the news that the controversial portrait will go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of the celebrations for World Book Day, before moving to Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton this April. The picture, showing a thin-faced woman gripping an inky quill, accentuates Austen's professionalism.

Life-changing: Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady

Michelle Yeoh: Crouching tiger, hidden dragon, political prisoner...

James Mottram on the Bond star playing Aung San Suu Kyi in a new biopic

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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