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Protests growing against Dorchester Collection over 'stone the gays' and anti-women laws

Oscars buzz for 'Skyfall': but will the Academy overlook franchise prejudice?

Genre films don't usually do well at the Oscars and 007 films certainly haven't. Can Sam Mendes' dark, melancholy Bond win voters over?

ITV's This Morning victim of celebrity sperm donor hoax

Daytime television show This Morning fell victim to a hoax after it publicised a new celebrity sperm bank called Fame Daddy.

Atonement director Joe Wright to bring Olivier-winner Chiwetel Ejiofor back to London stage

Anna Karenina director Joe Wright is to stage A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic next summer, starring acclaimed actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Victor Frankenstein - voiced by Charlie Tahan - with Sparky, his dead dog

First Night: Frankenweenie, The Odeon, Leicester Square, London Film Festival

Burton dazzles as always but fails to breathe life into his latest creation

Edgy touch: Seth MacFarlane, director and co-writer of Ted

'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane to host The Oscars 2013

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

'Lincoln' and 'The Master' fight for Oscars attention

Films such as Ben Affleck's Argo and Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman's The Master already are proven Academy Awards contenders through rapturous reactions from festival crowds or early theatrical audiences. But many of the potential front-runners have yet to arrive.

Album: Nicola Benedetti The Silver Violin (Decca)

Nicola Benedetti believes that film music is the primary contemporary conduit for classical or orchestral music.

Pierson in 2004 at an Academy Awards dinner

Frank Pierson: Writer and director who won an Oscar and two Emmys

His later career was notable for his work dealing with episodes in the history of America

'Sakountala' by Camille Claudel

How Rodin's tragic lover shaped the history of sculpture

Camille Claudel inspired one of the world's great artists. A new play aims to give her the respect she deserves.

DVD/Blu-ray: A Cat in Paris (PG)

Another old-fashioned slice of Gallic whimsy that could have made in the Fifties.

Luke Blackall: Staying in with my new friends Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Ian Thorpe

Man About Town: Fancy a game of ping pong between courses?

Irish Prime Minister leads tributes to 'trailblazing' author Maeve Binchy

Bestselling author Maeve Binchy was today dubbed a “trailblazer” for a generation of female writers, as tributes poured in following her death last night.

Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle who masterminded the opening ceremony

With Mary Poppins and the Prodigy, a £27m pageant comes to the Boyle at last

A quintessentially British spectacular last night kicked off the London 2012 Olympic Games

Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch in Edwardian drama Parade's End

Sir Tom Stoppard returns to the small screen with Edwardian drama

Parade's End, on the BBC, is a £13m co-production with HBO

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album