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Orlando Bloom wants to play Joe Strummer in a biopic of the late singer.

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Orlando Bloom not allowed toilet break during labour

Orlando Bloom had to "pee in a bottle" when wife Miranda Kerr was in labour.

British child actor to star alongside Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean

What's it like be a 15-year-old playing a pirate in a Hollywood blockbuster alongside Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz?

Orlando Bloom says fatherhood has changed his life

Orlando Bloom says becoming a father has "changed everything" in his life.

Turkey: Pillars of wisdom

A family holiday to Turkey is a chance to explore ancient remains and fairytale landscapes, but it can also prompt some awkward questions from your children

Reality starlet pleads to burgling Bloom house

A reality starlet accused of burgling Orlando Bloom's house pleaded no contest yesterday to felony burglary and was sentenced to up to six months in county jail after reaching a deal with prosecutors.

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In recent years, the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow has become famous for its very public disputes between audiences and judges. Not winning has often made for bigger headlines and greater notoriety. British-born Freddy Kempf took third prize in the 1998 competition but public adulation awarded him the gold medal and the press, wholeheartedly lending ballast to the protest, dubbed him "The Hero of the Competition".

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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Odeon, Leicester Square, London

All hail Gollum and the orcs after Jackson's maddening goodbye to the world of Tolkien

The incredible shrinking Tolkien

Like many other fans of the Lord of the Rings novels, Guy Keleny was impressed by last year's film. But the new instalment is another story

Edinburgh Festival: Homer's where the art is

After 3,000, years the stories of the Trojan War are still gripping actors and audiences.

Arts & Books: Troy: this time it's personal

Andrew Rissik was one of the rising stars of British drama. Until he was struck down with ME. Now he's back with the epic radio play, Troy.

Obituary: Phil Hartman

WHEN the actors providing the voices of The Simpsons cartoon series threatened to go on strike earlier this year unless they got hefty pay rises, the news made headlines around the English-speaking world. It gave viewers the chance to put faces to the names they regularly see on the credit sequences and to realise how versatile those performers can be, since they often lend their talents to several characters.

Film Reviews: The changing face of sci-fi with a heart

About a decade ago, there was a rash of silly, airy fantasies, all of them descended from Disney's Freaky Friday, in which people swapped identities the way children trade bubblegum cards. The new thriller Face/Off is a more imaginative work than any of those films, but is it a more sophisticated one?
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
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Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
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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