Chateau Marmont - Welcome to the Hotel California

Sofia Coppola's new film is set in LA's Chateau Marmont, scene of scandals from Harlow to Depp. Gillian Orr checks the guest book

Why forgiveness is a dish best served cold for Taylor Swift

As musical feuds go, it wasn't exactly Oasis versus Blur – but the resolution that came last night was a big moment nonetheless. Twelve months after the rapper Kanye West visited mortification upon the music industry by insulting its youthful superstar Taylor Swift at 2009's MTV Video Music Awards, the country singer used this year's ceremony to sing a song of forgiveness – and, to everyone's relief, Kanye smiled.

Machete, Venice Film Festival

Machete has its origins in a "fake" trailer Robert Rodriguez dreamed up when he was working with Quentin Tarantino on their B-movie tribute, Grindhouse. It's a full-length film that plays like dozens of trailers loosely cut together. Blood-spurting set-piece follows blood-spurting set-piece with little in the way of characterisation or narrative to get in the way. Rodriguez and his cast – which includes (among others) Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin and Robert De Niro – clearly had a blast making the film. In patches, it is entertaining and ingenious. However, the director seems fatally uncertain whether he is making a full-blown action movie or a spoof.

Lindsay Lohan admits flaws but says career is not over

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has admitted she was irresponsible in a new interview released on Tuesday, but downplayed alcohol or drug troubles and declared her acting ability was still in top shape.

Business Diary: A McDonald to lead McDonald's

Congrats (we think) to Steve Easterbrook. The boss of McDonald's UK and president of Northern Europe has been promoted to "global chief brand officer" (whatever that is). But Diary could not help but notice the deliciously convenient surname of his successor: step forward Jill McDonald, who moves up from her job as the chief marketing officer at McDonald's UK. Ms McDonald (no relation to founders Dick and Mac McDonald) has been at the fast food giant since 2006, and will be hoping it's more than just her surname that attracts attention over the coming months.

Diary: Do they mean Lindsay?

Lindsay Lohan recently filed a $100m lawsuit against E-Trade, an online stock brokerage, over a TV ad featuring a "milkaholic" baby named Lindsay (or possibly "Lindsey"; the screenplay isn't readily available). Lohan's lawyer Stephanie Ovadia says it's defamatory, and a "subliminal" parody of her client. E-Trade says the US contains 250,000 Lindsays. Ovadia says Lohan's first name has the stand-alone status of Oprah's or Madonna's. Not so, says E-Trade: "Oprah" and "Madonna" are registered trademarks. This week Ovadia filed new papers: "Some names such as Bill, Hillary, Bush, Tiger, Paris, Johnny, Allen, are very common names," she contends. "There may be millions, if not billions, of people with these names in the world. Some words may not necessarily be just the names for human beings but may convey other meanings also... 'Tiger' is an animal and is associated with a jungle or zoo in a particular context. However, when used in the context of [the] Golf game world, it conveys [a] totally different message." Who could argue with that?

A gift from Les Paul, with no strings attached: Musical pioneer's guitars up for auction

More than 100 signed instruments were intended for the world's biggest stars. But almost half were never claimed and are to go on sale

Lindsay Lohan leaves jail for hospital

For the first time in several years, Lindsay Lohan found herself being rewarded for good behaviour today, when she was whisked-out of prison under the cover of darkness and allowed to swap her spartan jail cell for the gilded cage of an upmarket Los Angeles rehabilitation clinic.

New model army: Why fashion has fallen out of love with its A-list clotheshorses

Unknown faces are replacing famous faces. Finally the frocks may be the stars of the show, writes Susannah Frankel

Trouble brewing over 'tea of the gods'

Some claim kombucha fights cancer and arthritis, others say it's toxic. And it's about to arrive here

Lindsay Lohan begins prison sentence

Actress Lindsay Lohan has begun a jail sentence for a probation offence that underlined the starlet's inability to put a 2007 drug case behind her.

Lindsay Lohan heads for jail with Hollywood send-off

Lindsay Lohan chose to complete her journey from the stars to the gutter in a manner that felt grimly appropriate, given the nature of her downfall: she arrived in court fashionably late, expensively attired, and trailed, as ever, by a vast army of paparazzi.

Lindsay Lohan begins jail term

Lindsay Lohan was taken into custody today to start a 90-day jail term for violating her probation on a 2007 drunk-driving and cocaine-possession charge.

The <i>IoS</i> World Cup Quiz

By the end of the day it really will be all over. Here's a few questions to while away the minutes till the big game and to see if you've been paying attention (answers below)

Lindsay Lohan: Fallen star in search of a happy ending

Her criminal convictions generate more fame than her acting, yet few doubt her potential. Can she stay out of trouble long enough to fulfil it?
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