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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

Hit & Run: Twins spell trouble in Hugh's harem

That Hugh Hefner, eh? Age cannot wither him, nor custom stale his infinite variety – or the infinite non-variety of his girlfriends.

The contestants seeking to win Big Brother crown

These are the female contestants appearing in the new series of Big Brother.

Caroline Lucas: There's light at the end of the tunnel

After years of infighting and unworkable policies, the Greens are at last presenting a united front – and their leader might even become her party's first MP. Geoffrey Lean meets Caroline Lucas

Martin Hickman: How TV porn moved into the mainstream

When Richard Timney switched on his television in the Home Secretary's home in Redditch, Worcestershire, his choice of "adult" entertainment would have included films like Only Fools and Arses and Filthy British Sluts.

Cyburbia, By James Harkin

Doctor Who's Cybermen are half-organism, half-machine and all steely logic and brutality. Their aim is to conquer the universe by turning all living creatures into versions of themselves. Thus cyberised, the victims are fated endlessly to communicate in metallic tones, pursuing their dispassionate mission of universal domination. There is an element in James Harkin's elegant re-framing of our internet culture that is warning us about the Return of the Cybermen.

Alice Hawkins: Girlie show

Showgirls, Page Three stunnas, socialites - they’re all supermodels to photographer Alice Hawkins, writes Susie Rushton

John Walsh: When the Playboy mansion crumbles

From the start, 'Mad Men' has been about the erosion of male identity

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Brian Viner: Television, teenagers and pornography

I cannot equate a 1977 Playboy centrefold with what is now online

Joan Smith: Yes, I hopped into bed with Minxy Malone

On why exploitation, not sex, is the problem with porn

Pandora: Quote, unquote ... the things they said (and maybe wished they hadn't)

"Reshuffles were not always the finest moments. There was more than one connection when the wrong person came through. The Prime Minister would be half-way through and then have to say, "I don't think this is the conversation I'm supposed to be having, why don't you come in next Wednesday?' People like me would have to come up with a job for them."

Lehman broker 'ran $4.8m insider trading ring'

A Lehman Brothers broker whose wife works for the public relations firm Brunswick has been charged with running a $4.8m insider trading ring, using information about the merger and acquisition deals that his wife was working on.

Bettie Page: Queen of the Fifties pin-ups who became a cult figure

Though her modelling career only spanned seven years in the Fifties, the American pin-up Bettie Page fuelled many a fantasy and helped usher in the sexual revolution of the Sixties.

Christie Hefner to step down as Playboy chief

Christie Hefner plans to step down next year as chairman and chief executive of Playboy Enterprises Inc (PLA.N) after two decades on the job, the adult entertainment company said yesterday.

Folk singer Odetta dead at 77

Odetta, the deep-voiced folk singer whose ballads and songs became for many a sound track to the American civil rights movement, has died at age 77, her manager said today.

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