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

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Final Twilight film leads 'worst film' field with 11 Razzie nominations

Vampires, a man in drag and a deadbeat dad scored the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and cinematic performances of 2012, the annual Hollywood lowlight awards announced the day before the Oscar nominations.

Skyfall was released in October 2012 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise, but which 007 outing was released for its 40th anniversary in 2002?

Skyfall tipped for Bafta success

Film critic Mark Kermode has tipped Skyfall for awards success at this year's Baftas.

Page 3 Profile: Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor

Ah, everyone's favourite Malibu-dwelling Welshman. What has he done now?

Brigitte Bardot threatens France exile over elephant slaughter

Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.

James McArdle as Harold Abrahams, with Nicholas Woodeson as his controversial coach, in <i>Chariots of Fire</i>

Chariots of Fire runs out of steam and closes West End run early

Olympians may have dominated 2012, but it seems theatre-goers have had their fill of Britain’s sporting triumphs as the West End adaption of Chariots of Fire ends a month earlier than planned.

On the hunt: Jessica Chastain stars as CIA agent Maya in action thriller, Zero Dark Thirty

Heads Up: Zero Dark Thirty

Revenge is a dish best served in a kick-ass action flick

Jessica Chastain in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Senators slam ‘gross inaccuracies’ in Katherine Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty

Members of government involved in intelligence have baulked at suggestions in the film that torture was used to obtain information in the hunt for al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden

Video: Man of Steel trailer released

Superman's latest incarnation Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill is slated for release in June 2013.

Bah, humbug! Snowman creator hates Christmas

For three decades it has been a heart-melting festive favourite. But now Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, has revealed his frustration at how his story was hijacked by Christmas sentimentalists – saying it was meant to be about death.

Stellar Heather Headley with Lloyd Owen

First Night: The Bodyguard, Adelphi Theatre London

With Whitney's star role reborn, it seems we'll always love her

Branagh in new version of Macbeth

Sir Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in a new production of Macbeth as part of next year's Manchester International Festival.

Page 3 Profile: Lucy Prebble, Playwright

The playwright prodigy...

Page 3 Profile: Michael Arndt, Screenwriter

So who is this then?

DVD: Margin Call

Margin Call is set in the offices of a Wall Street investment firm on the eve, literally, of 2008's financial crash.

DVD & Blu-ray: Margin Call (15)

JC Chandor's snappy drama, which bites like Glengarry Glen Ross, centres on Zachary Quinto's entry-level analyst unearthing a potentially ruinous high-risk project for his wealthy Manhattan firm.

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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

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project