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How to stop Hollywood being so sexist: Geena Davis’ feminist manifesto

The Thelma & Louise actress is so disillusioned with the film industry’s attitude, she’s drawn up a manifesto

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Dylan Neal has been cast as Anastacia Steele's stepfather in Fifty Shades of Grey

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Don’t be dazzled: the lights of Baku may be bright, but Azebaijan has its darker corners

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The Independent was supposed to wake up this morning under the plushest sheets known to Azerbaijan. But a construction tycoon and friend of the President who had been due to host this reporter in Baku, the former Soviet republic's capital city, decided at the 11th hour that he was not welcome. So I'm still here in London, left out in the warmth.

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Walt Disney was known to be an inveterate chain smoker, a habit which led to the lung cancer that would eventually kill him. Yet thanks to his own studio’s ban on screen smoking, a new film about the late Hollywood mogul will not depict him lighting up once.

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Boston gangster convicted at earlier trial of 31 crimes - including 11 counts of murder

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