Lynne Ramsay, seen here at the closing ceremony of this year's Cannes Film Festival, is being sued by the producers of Jane Got a Gun

Director Lynne Ramsay facing legal action over Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun

Court documents allege that the acclaimed director of We Need To Talk About Kevin was 'repeatedly under the influence of alcohol'

Natalie Portman has attacked the way Hollywood presents women

Natalie Portman attacks Hollywood's 'macho' women characters

The actress says real women can be 'weak' and 'vulnerable'

Edinburgh Festival preview: Dance - Rite of Spring, Édouard Lock and LA Dance Project

Dance Odyssey is a new scheme whereby you can see a clutch of performances, films or talks on one ticket. Worth a look is Christopher Hampson's Rite of Spring (Festival Theatre, eif.co.uk, 18 Aug), and Scottish Ballet's world premiere of a work by king of speed, Édouard Lock (16 Aug).

Actor Karen Gillan speaks onstage at Marvel Studios

Karen Gillan ‘unlocks’ the secret of her post-Dr Who career at Comic-Con

Karen Gillan pulled off a surprise (and a wig) as she revealed a shaved head at the Comic-Con event in California.

Natalie Portman named most lucrative star in Hollywood

Star tops films list of best actors for the buck with her movies raking in $42.70 for every dollar she is paid

Miss-leading Dior: Natalie Portman 'miracle' mascara advert banned by consumer watchdog

Natalie Portman’s eyelashes have been the subject of intense scrutiny after a Christian Dior advert for mascara featuring the actress and the “miracle effects” of the makeup was banned for misleading consumers.

London Eye: Australian flag-bearer choice cooking up a storm

The choice of Australian flag-bearer at Friday's Olympic opening ceremony has turned into a battle of the sexes with the only woman to represent the country at five Games jokingly threatening a sit-down protest if a man again receives the role.

The 'standout issue' for most of the cinemagoers who complained, was a lesbian sex scene between Natalie Portman and co-star Mila Kunis

Black Swan draws the most complaints of 2011 as Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' lesbian sex scene leaves cinema goers hot under the collar

The 'standout issue' for most of the cinemagoers who complained, was a lesbian sex scene between Natalie Portman and co-star Mila Kunis

Boyd Holbrook

Screentalk: Wild about Boyd Holbrook

Boyd Holbrook will play the object of desire of Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen in Naomi Foner's Very Good Girls. Peter Sarsgaard and Demi Moore also star in the story of two best friends determined to lose their virginity. They fall in love with the same artist (Holbrook) in the film set to shoot in New York in June.

Kara Hayward

Observations: The latest child star with brains to back up their movie career

Kara Hayward is the latest in a line of child actresses who have brains as well as talent. The 13-year-old star of Cannes opening-night film Moonrise Kingdom has been a member of Mensa since the age of nine. Some of the Massachusetts native's artwork and poems have been published. So she looks odds-on to join the club of brainy actresses who, having taken Hollywood by storm, decide to take a career sabbatical to study. 

George Lucas and his girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, joined actress Dakota Fanning to watch the Rodarte show

George Lucas and the other unexpected fashion-show fans

New York Fashion Week comes to a close today and, as always, who sits front row at which show has been getting almost as much attention as the clothes themselves.

Azzedine Alaïa and Naomi Campbell at the Groningen Museum in The Netherlands

Ten people who changed the world: Azzedine Alaia, a furious fashion talent

Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

Arts review of 2011 - Dance: How ballet became a blast again

Wayne McGregor's fiery new work stepped out of dance's comfort zoneI and re-energised the form

OMG's profits sink after Stan Lee project hits the rocks

OMG, the British company whose technology is used in top-selling films and video games including Call Of Duty, saw it full- year profits fall 80 per cent after a project drawn up by Stan Lee of Marvel Comics hit the rocks.

DVD: Your Highness (15)

Danny McBride, one of the many corpulent, charmless, surreally unfunny US "comics" landing lead film roles at the moment (also see Kevin James, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill), stars in and wrote this woeful sword-and-sorcery spoof.

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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