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Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis has been jailed for 270 days and handed a three year probation for attacking a woman at his Los Angeles mansion.

Prince Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Paris Jackson pictured in August 2012

Prince to testify in AEG trial four years on from Michael Jackson's death, as speculation is cast on children's paternity

Michael Jackson said he wished his children could have the normal, stable childhood that he never had.

Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s mother

Michael Jackson wrongful death trial to commence next Monday

The civil trial over the death of Michael Jackson is set to get formally underway next week after jury selection was completed in the $40 billion case that pits the pop star's mother against concert promoters AEG Live.

Singer Marc Anthony (L) and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (R) arrive for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards

Marc Anthony files for divorce from Jennifer Lopez

Latin pop singer Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, ending their seven-year marriage.

Randy Newman, Royal Festival Hall, London
Gotye, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Wouter de Backer, aka Gotye, may have a No1 under his belt, but he's a reluctant star. For a lesson in performance, over to Randy ...

Jessica Chastain

Screen Talk: Double trouble

Plans are afoot for an ambitious double feature film project starring Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton.

Entire staff suspended at LA abuse inquiry school

All the staff at a school where two teachers were arrested on suspicion of child abuse have been suspended while education officials investigate the claims.

Stan Lee: 'Each day when I come to work, it's a new exciting day'

Stan Lee: Creator of the Hulk and Spider-Man is a £4bn Marvel

Even at 89, the man behind the phenomenally successful comic book and film franchises isn't slowing down – and, in a rare interview, he says he can't wait to meet his fans in London later this month

The Artist wins again as talk of Oscar success grows

The Artist has continued its love affair with American cinema, winning best-produced film at the Producers Guild Awards and boosting its chances for an Oscar nod at the Academy Award nominations this week.

Head found in Hollywood park identified

Authorities have determined that a dismembered head and other body parts found in a rugged hillside park near the famed "Hollywood" sign are the remains of a man who lived in an a nearby apartment.

Taylor attacks the decision to let a transgender boy join the Girl Scouts

The great Girl Scout cookie row

Viral video demands nationwide biscuit boycott

Legionnaire's found at Hong Kong's government headquarters

Bacteria which cause Legionnaire's disease have been found throughout Hong Kong's brand new, £432 million government headquarters.

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, 100 mins (PG)

A French pastiche on American silent film is a smart, witty treat – and much more besides

Spanish royal ordered to court over claims

A judge yesterday subpoenaed the son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos to testify as a suspect in a corruption case, deepening a public relations nightmare for the royal family at a time of acute economic crisis.

Spanish royal Inaki Urdangarin in corruption probe

The son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos has been summoned to appear before a judge as a suspect in a corruption case.

Largely silent, Le Quattro Volte, would even have had Buster Keaton raising a glass of grappa 

Arts review of 2011 - Film: 2011 was definitely the Year of the Goat

Russia, Korea, Greece, France...the world delivered as much good cinema as you could wish for – just forget about Hollywood

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project