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The Villa di Colonnata, which inspired Pinocchio author Carlo Collodi, is on the market for £8.8m

Pinocchio villa for sale at £8.8m near Florence

The house's gardens feature in Carlo Collodi's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio'

Chris Jefferies during the police investigation into Joanna Yeates' disappearance

Joanna Yeates' 'eccentric' landlord Christopher Jefferies to be focus of new ITV drama

The drama will tell the story Christopher Jefferies, played by Jason Watkins

President Ilham Aliyev with his wife Mehriban at the polls

Azerbaijan releases election results… before the polls even open

Electoral commission accidentally publish results showing a victory for Ilham Aliyev, the country’s long-standing President, a day before voting

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Dolphin killing town in The Cove to open a marine park - and continue annual slaughter

Taiji will continue to hunt small whales and dolphins despite project

‘My Nazi grandfather would have shot me’: Nigerian woman discovers she is granddaughter of Schindler’s List ‘Butcher of Plaszow’ Amon Goeth

Jennifer Teege stumbled on shocking family secret after coming across book about the brutal Nazi commander

Mandy Rice Davies (right) with Charlotte Blackledge (left), who plays Mandy Rice Davies in the musical

The Profumo Affair and me: Mandy Rice-Davies on scandals, Christine Keeler and Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical

Stephen Ward, the new musical, arrives in the West End this December

Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses

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Lawrence also set to appear in adaptation of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites

Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the premiere of the film The Fifth Estate at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival

The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch exposes Wikileaks in Toronto Film Festival debut

The Fifth Estate, an unlikely thriller that chronicles the emergence of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and its enigmatic founder Julian Assange, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last night.

Angelina Jolie at the Oscars earlier this year

Angelina Jolie to receive honorary Oscar

Oscars season kicked off this week as actors Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi were the first to receive honorary Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said.

Naomi Watts attends the Diana premiere in Leicester Square, London

Naomi Watts appears appropriately regal on the red carpet for Diana premiere

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Jack Nicholson 'retires from acting due to memory problems'

Hollywood veteran Jack Nicholson has quietly retired from acting due to memory problems, according to reports.

From Russia with love: Russian military choir perform Adele's Skyfall

A video of a Russian Military choir giving an impassioned rendition of the theme tune to Skyfall, has gone viral after James Bond’s traditional adversaries performed on breakfast TV in St Petersburg.

Brace yourself: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in 'Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

Hollywood still has a blind spot when it comes to race

Black film-makers have enjoyed a bumper year but the industry has a bias against African-Americans, says Kaleem Aftab

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Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is to team up with Peep Show writers for a new Channel 4 drama

Danny Boyle to team up with Peep Show writers for Channel 4 police drama

Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle is to team up with the writers of the comedy Peep Show to make a drama show for Channel 4 on the subject of modern British policing.

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