News Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

No doubt Atkinson's first play for 25 years will add to his back catalogue of flawed English stereotypes

Hero or Villain? Rowan Atkinson

On paper, Rowan Atkinson should be easy to hate. A multi-millionaire petrol head, whose brother nearly ran Ukip, a friend of the Prince of Wales, purveyor of hit-and-miss comedy and cash-in spin-offs. A rubber-faced, slimmed down Jeremy Clarkson.

Eddie Marsan in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Dwarfs threaten '100-midget march' over Snow White and the Huntsman film

The makers of a major new film about Snow White are facing stern criticism – and a "100-midget march" – from the disability rights lobby for using fully-sized British actors to play the seven dwarfs.

Angelina Jolie and William Hague speak out against rape in war zones

Angelina Jolie was greeted in Whitehall by the Foreign Secretary William Hague yesterday as she offered Hollywood backing to the Government's global campaign against sexual violence.

Lee Daniels

Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels says there are not enough roles for African American actors in films

The Oscar-nominated director of Precious said today that there are not enough roles for African American actors in films.

Marks & Spencer slashes sales targets as profits dip

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland slashed his sales targets for the high street retailer today as he unveiled its first fall in profits in three years.

Cannes do attitude for the stars of tomorrow

The iconic film festival has a habit of unearthing exciting talent, as Nick Clark found out

Harrison in rehearsals for 'Step 9 (of 12)'

'I have never had a plan B'

Blake Harrison gained notoriety as Neil in 'The Inbetweeners'. But his new West End role will stop him being typecast as a dimwit, he tells Matt Trueman

Delicacy (12A)

Starring: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini

Last Night's Viewing: Derek, Channel 4

Ricky Gervais has insisted that Derek, the titular lead of last night's comedy "pilot" is not in his view disabled. Then again, Ricky Gervais thought there was nothing wrong in using the word "mong" to accompany comic gurning on Twitter, so you might not want to rely too heavily on his judgement of fine distinctions in this area. You might reasonably be a little wary about Channel 4's bona fides, too, given the promotional marketing (if not the actuality) of its current series The Undateables. Hardly surprising really that Derek has already stirred up a minor fuss over its propriety. Is this a comic exploitation of a group already subject to far too much callow mockery, or is it, as Gervais would have us believe, an empathetic account of an oddball outsider?

Film and television industry 'discriminates against women, ethnic minorities and the working class'

The British film and television production industry is dominated by the middle-classes who “hoard” opportunities and benefit from family ties, new research has found.

Between the Covers 08/04/2012

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Second coming: Sheen preaches gospel of the arts in Port Talbot

In these austere times, it won't only be residents of Port Talbot who recognise the description of "a town with low self-esteem" where it "felt like there was little going on". But not every industrial town has a son like Michael Sheen to do something about it.

Don Gallagher (pictured) and Peter Lawrence were together for 11 years

Legal history made as actor loses £300,000 in gay 'divorce' ruling

A West End star lost part of the £1.7m settlement he was awarded following the break-up of his civil partnership, after the Court of Appeal ruled that his "home-making" role did not entitle him to a larger slice of the couple's assets.

Death of a Salesman, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is the sort of play that benefits from a pertinent revival. Rarely has his take on the hollow heart of the American Dream seemed more relevant as American self-belief continues to falter amid economic fragility and continued job insecurity.

David Cameron with President Obama at Downing Street last year

Now, Old Etonians are storming the White House

'Homeland' star is just one OE invited to dine with the President

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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