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Eric Cantona posing at the Cannes Film Festival 2013

Eric Cantona to head French film festival jury

Eric Cantona, the iconic Manchester United footballer who quit football to become an actor, is to head the jury on an Anglo-French film festival.

Miriam O'Reilly has won her landmark victory against the BBC after a two-year court case

After Falkirk, another selection wrangle looms for Labour - with ageism campaigner versus recent politics graduate

Will Nuneaton candidate be 56-year-old Harman-backed Miriam O'Reilly or 22-year-old local Victoria Fowler?

Teddy boys: Defiant Beitar fans’ slogan is ‘Your hatred burned our love’

European Under-21 Championship: Israel put on united front as Beitar do their worst

Football can bring people together or force them apart. In Israel they make claims for the positive case while acknowledging that in one notorious instance the opposite tends to happen.

Oliver Assayas gives us his fond scrapbook of a Seventies youth

Film review: Something in the Air - French salad days of music, Gauloises, and a revolution that never came

Despite the title Something in the Air, the 1969 Thunderclap Newman hit of the same title doesn't feature in the new film from French writer-director Olivier Assayas.

Paolo Di Canio’s arrival as Sunderland coach has led many miners to want to remove their historic banner from the club in protest

Suspicious miners prepare to vote over Sunderland's appointment of Paolo Di Canio

The Italian's appointment has proved hugely controversial

Bath Literature Festival: Protect young women with a ban on pornography, panel hears

Panellists debate right to free speech and moral obligation to protect the vulnerable

King Henry VI of England (1421 - 1471), the last ruler of the House of Lancaster who lost his throne to the Yorkist leader Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses.

'Hung be the heavens with black' - Globe to stage Shakespeare's Henry VI on War of the Roses battlefields 550 years on

Touring productions of parts 1, 2 and 3 will be performed on the sites of landmark battles

Editorial: Bravo, Ken Loach – please accept our medal instead

It is always reassuring when someone in the public eye turns out to be all of a piece. One such is the TV and film director Ken Loach, who has just proved once again that you cannot put a cigarette paper between his art, his life and his beliefs.

Drama worth doing time for

Michael Winterbottom's latest film for TV was five years in the making. It's not a vanity project, he tells Gerard Gilbert, but a human tale shot in real time
John Simm as Ian in a scene from 'Everyday'

Michael Winterbottom's 'Everyday' is a prison drama that was worth doing time for

The director's latest film for television was five years in the making. It's not a vanity project, he tells Gerard Gilbert, but a human tale shot in real time

Haneke wins Cannes Palme d'Or for second time

Michael Haneke today won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize for a second time with his film about love and death, “Amour.”

New film releases this weekend

2 Days in New York (15)

The Kid With A Bike (12A)

Starring: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France

James Howson in 'Wuthering Heights'

From here to obscurity: the young star who found that fame is fickle

Having portrayed an award-winning Heathcliff, James Howson is now back on the dole

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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
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Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
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Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
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Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
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10 best smartphones

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Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
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Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books