Hyde Park concerts reduced from next year

High-profile gigs by stars including Madonna will go ahead as planned in London's Hyde Park this summer after a decision by councillors.

Madonna at the Super Bowl

Papa don't preach: Fortysomething women still rock

Madonna's Super Bowl show has drawn criticism for nothing other than the material girl's age. Fiona Sturges is indignant

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House

There is hell-fire enough at the close of Francesca Zambello’s 2002 staging of Don Giovanni to consume not just the Don but the entire production.

(Front row from left) John Kani portrays General Cominius, Vanessa Redgrave portrays Volumina, Ralph Fiennes portrays Caius Martius, Jessica Chastain portrays Virgilia and Henry Fenn portrays Young Martius in a scene from Coriolanis

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Can you all please stop going back to the future?

Madonna on the set of her film 'W.E.'

Film extra tells Madonna the real history of Wallis Simpson

A patriotic film extra decided to set his director straight over her revisionist take on royal history, despite the fact it was Madonna in charge.

Just like a scene from the movies . . .

Blockbuster movies part-filmed in the UK are expected to boost "location vacation" tourism in 2012. Castle Combe, in Wiltshire, prominent in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, used in The Woman in Black, are two locations hoping for a boom in visitors.

New Madonna single leaks online

The track, called 'Gimme All Your Love', has surfaced in full on the internet, showcasing a more dance pop sound than the hard edged, hip-hop influence of her last album, 2008's 'Hard Candy'. 

First Night: W.E., Venice Film Festival

So Wallis Simpson was a victim – and Madonna can direct

Madonna gets ready to cause a commotion in Venice

The star's latest film will premiere at this year's festival. Kaleem Aftab reports on the rumours of a troubled production

Diary: The jewel in Madonna's crown?

A pleasant diversion from the current nastiness is in store, courtesy of Madonna, whose eagerly awaited (if only because everyone expects it to be hilariously awful) Wallis Simpson biopic W.E. will finally get an airing at the Toronto Film Festival next month – once Harvey Weinstein has finished his reportedly extensive re-cut. Madonna's previous brushes with cinema have been less than well received (eg, Swept Away), but a Grazia magazine source has seen an early screening and claims the film is "very pretty" and "looks nice", both of which are up there with "the lighting was good" in the faint praise stakes. Moreover, Ms Madonna has taken a few liberties with the historical record: in the film, Mrs Simpson loses an unborn baby when she is assaulted by her first husband; King Edward spikes the drinks at a party to "ramp up the high-jinks factor"; and the former dances the twist for the latter as he lies on his deathbed. None of these incidents is believed to have occurred. Still, The King's Speech was criticised by some for its inaccuracies, and its director won an Oscar. Stranger things have happened. (Not many, though.)

Celebrity blunders: Things they wish they hadn't said

Kanye West was booed by crowds at the Big Chill Festival this week after he compared himself to Hitler onstage.

Madonna out of vogue with Radio 4 listeners

The singer fails to make the public's top 100 Desert Island Discs

Madonna launching Material Girl beauty

Madonna's Material Girl is launching a beauty collection.

Kabbalah charities under investigation for 'tax evasion'

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