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The MP for Tottenham spoke to The Independent about a short film project on social housing in the capital

How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian, By Stewart Lee

A verbose, sprawling, self-referential memoir by the David Foster Wallace of alternative stand-up

Movie dross that leaves all joking aside

Don't bank on the multiplex to assuage World Cup misery, says Ben Walsh – Hollywood comedies just aren't funny anymore

Get Him To The Greek (15)

Russell Brand, hirsute imp of the perverse, gets to play at extended length (ahem) a rock star "legend" he first incarnated in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Meet the new action heroines

Angelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood actress to take on a role originally written for a man – a trend that is growing fast

The Rolling Stones back at top of album charts

The Rolling Stones are on course to have their first No 1 album for 16 years, sales figures suggest.

Disgusting Bliss: The Brass Eye of Chris Morris, By Lucian Randall

Long before Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand earned BBC censure for "Sachsgate", Chris Morris was causing mayhem on the airways by inserting obscenities into the news (at BBC Radio Bristol) and jokingly insinuating the death of the (very much living) Michael Heseltine, which earned him a BBC suspension.

BBC should spend more on compliance, says report

More cash should be spent on ensuring radio programmes meet editorial standards in the wake of the Sachsgate furore, a report into the aftermath of the scandal said today.

Jonathan Ross may return to Channel 4

Channel 4 has been in talks with Jonathan Ross with a view to the presenter returning to the station where he began his broadcasting career after his contract with the BBC ends in July.

E Jane Dickson: The sex lives of others are no affair of ours

For most celebrities, a stint in rehab is a quickway to turn a love rat into a victim

Hot gossip: Ten years of Popbitch

Just a decade ago, stars of stage, screen and TV had little to fear from the media. But when a young celebrity-obsessed couple launched a weekly gossip email, the game changed forever.

Russell Brand 'pops the question' to Katy Perry

Russell Brand and Katy Perry are said to have become engaged during a romantic holiday.

Joss Stone: 'I just think some people are genuinely nasty characters'

An outspoken audience with Joss Stone

The end of the bachelor pad

They have long been every single man’s dream – boasting plasma screens and flashy sound systems – but the recession has hit the masculine flat-for-one hard. Kate Burt reports

DVD: Russell Brand, Scandalous

Ooh, you are naughty. At times during this 80-minute set, it all gets a bit Carry On. But such is Brand's appeal (ahem) based on his sexual antics that the audiencedoesn't seem to care.And nor will you if you normally find Brand funny – it's more of thesame, as he bangs on about reactions to his part in Sachsgate ("Sendhim to Afghanistan!")and hosting the MTVVideo Music Awards(various death threats).But if he's not your bag,baby, this won't changeyour mind.

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'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

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If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

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