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

The film version of 'Shawshank Redemption' with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

Shawshank Redemption voted 'best Oscars also-ran'

Prison drama The Shawshank Redemption has been hailed by movie buffs as the greatest film to miss out on a best picture Oscar.

Mira Sorvino and her host Richard Lugner in Vienna

You shall go to the ball: Austrian tycoon picks this year's partner

Hollywood A-listers jet in to add sparkle to Vienna's annual event with an image problem

Bore horse: Daniel Day-Lewis is the best thing about Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

Daniel Day-Lewis favourite to take best actor Oscar for Lincoln according to new poll

Daniel Day-Lewis is expected to make Hollywood history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar on 24 February but the public is split over who deserves the Best Supporting Actor prize.

Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Skyfall, Anna Karenina and Life of Pi win at the Art Directors Guild awards

Skyfall, Anna Karenina, and Life of Pi were winners at the Art Directors Guild awards on Saturday, a ceremony that celebrates production design in Hollywood.

Ben Affleck scoops Directors Guild award for Argo

Affleck lost out on the nomination for best director at the Oscars, but there are still hopes the film will win best picture

CIA chief admits use of torture in hunt for Bin Landen

The outgoing US defence secretary has admitted that intelligence obtained using enhanced interrogation techniques or torture was used to "put together the puzzle" that led the American military to Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years

Barbra Streisand to sing at the Oscars 36 years after A Star Is Born performance

Barbra Streisand will perform at the 85th annual Academy Awards for the first time in nearly four decades on 24 February.

Adele has been asked to perform 'Skyfall' at the Oscars

Adele to perform her Oscar-nominated hit 'Skyfall' at the Academy Awards ceremony

Adele will perform her hit Bond theme "Skyfall" at this year's Oscars - her first live performance since last year's Grammy Awards.

(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Helicopter pilot diverted due to bad weather prior to Vauxhall crash, inquest hears

The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London had been diverted because of bad weather before his aircraft clipped a crane and then plunged to the ground, an inquest was told today.

Steven Spielberg outbid by his wife at Lincoln charity auction

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was outbid by his wife when the pair went head-to-head at a charity auction following the European premiere of Lincoln.

Sundance is now so big it's a bit much for me says founder Robert Redford

What started out in one cinema with a couple of dozen films now has an 11-day run and takes over an entire ski resort

Daniel Day-Lewis tipped for Oscars hat-trick after Golden Globe triumph

Veteran director Jim Sheridan has tipped two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis to make movie history and scoop an Oscar hat-trick.

Jodie Foster 'comes out' in baffling acceptance speech at Golden Globes

In a frank, emotional and occasionally baffling speech, Jodie Foster spoke publicly about her sexuality for the first time last night, as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.

Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis at this month’s Critics Awards and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow

Golden Globes: The stars, and the swipes

Hollywood gets set for its close-up at the first big awards show tonight

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there