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Those who have seen the Aussie actress’ naked scenes in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated movie would probably agree with him

Bling it on! Embrace statement accessories

Statement accessories are the smart and affordable way to update last year’s party looks, says Gemma Hayward. Be bold and embrace embellishment

Stephen Foley: Can Hefner bear to part with Playboy?

US Outlook Someone needs to persuade Hugh Hefner to hang up his dressing gown. The 83-year-old founder of Playboy magazine is in talks about selling his company, according to rumours swirling on the New York Stock Exchange, but it remains uncertain if the old lech can bear to part with it.

Hugh Hefner: Bunny Guy

Entrepreneurial spirit and a bid for sexual freedom were behind Hugh Hefner's launch of Playboy in 1952. So why does he describe himself as a romantic? In LA, Jaci Stephen meets the man in the silk pyjamas

McCain's daughter called a 'slut' after busty Twitter pic

Meghan McCain, daughter of failed presidential candidate John McCain has apologised over a Twitter picture that saw her labelled a 'slut' on the microblogging site.

Simon Carr: Disney's role in a boy's awakening

News that Marge Simpson is doing Playboy sent me on a journey

'Hip, cool, unusual': Marge Simpson goes nude

She has just turned 20, boasts an hour-glass figure, and has millions of male admirers around the world. But there Marge Simpson’s similarity with your average Playboy cover-girl ends.

'Ello, 'ello, what's going on ear then?

At first glance it might look like a particularly tasteless advert for Playboy, but the giant inflatable rabbit which spent yesterday floating above bemused shoppers and tourists in central London is in fact a work of art.

Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer facing more charges

More charges were filed yesterday against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith, with prosecutors claiming he helped obtain the drugs that killed the former Playboy model.

Guy Adams: Jack of all trades, a master of Hollywood

LA Notebook

The model and the murder hunt that ended in a motel room

First a Playboy model was brutally killed, then the prime suspect's body was found. Guy Adams explains why the case raises awkward questions for US reality TV

Fugitive reality TV contestant Ryan Jenkins found hanged in Canadian motel

The Reality TV contestant, Ryan Jenkins, on the run and wanted in connection with the murder of his Playboy model ex-wife, Jasmine Fiore, has been found dead in Canada.

Simon Carr: Is all this gloom really justified?

Maybe every portrait is a self-portrait and we fear we’re doomed

'Tycoon' hunted as Playboy model's body found in bin

A self-proclaimed reality TV “millionaire” is bring sought by police after the dead body of a Playboy model believed to be his wife was found hacked to pieces inside a rubbish bin on a suburban street in Los Angeles.

'Playboy' wins rights to serialise lost Nabokov novella

In a symbolic marriage of high culture and low-brow titillation that recalls its glory days, Playboy is to serialise the final work of the Russian-born American novelist, Vladimir Nabokov, which has stayed hidden for more than 30 years.

Hollywood alert as madam to the stars prepares to tell all

Some of Hollywood's best-known party animals could have their bedroom secrets aired in court after a woman pleaded guilty to running what prosecutors called America's "most exclusive" prostitution ring.

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