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

DVD: My Week with Marilyn (15)

"Trying to teach Marilyn how to act is like trying to teach Urdu to a badger," rages Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis's frivolous drama about the brief relationship between third assistant director Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) on the set of Olivier's stinker The Prince and the Showgirl.

Simon Callow

Simon Callow talks the circus, Jamie Oliver and coming out

Simon Callow – actor, director and writer – doesn’t have many regrets, but he says he would love to have joined a circus. He would be “a clown of course.”

Driver says: 'I was devastated when 'The Riches' was cancelled after two seasons. I'm still sad about it but I did a good job'

Minnie Driver: 'When I'm riding an 8ft wave, it feels like I'm flying'

I've always loved the idea of playing an inspiring, rabble-rousing teacher I had an amazing teacher at my school called Alastair Langlands, who introduced me to my first love: storytelling. He made language, words and poetry magical, which has stayed with me. It's what attracted me to the role of a drama teacher in [my new film] Hunky Dory.

Reese Witherspoon: 'It's every girl's fantasy to have two hot guys battling over you. I'm doing it for the ladies'

Up close with Hollywood's golden girl

Fighting off the men on screen is one thing, says Reese Witherspoon. But real-life, modern dating? You can keep it, she tells Gill Pringle

Reese Witherspoon: Face to face with Hollywood's golden girl

Fighting off the men on screen is one thing, but real-life, modern dating? You can keep it, she tells Gill Pringle

Simon Kelner: No offence, Chloë, but Manchester is just fine by me

How quick we are to take offence. I have written before that it's the sign of an increasingly infantile society when, as soon as anyone speaks their mind or says something remotely off-colour, there's usually a reaction bordering on the hysterical, followed by widespread condemnation and ultimately a demand for a grovelling apology. Calm down, dear, I'd like to say – yet that would only incense half the population.

Dominic Lawson: Spare me the sight of applause for needy actors

I realise none of us is compelled to watch the interminable displays of professional log-rolling and improbable frocks otherwise known as movie awards ceremonies; but somehow the obsession of the broadcasting media with these festivals of self-congratulation leaves us with no escape. Thus, at 7am yesterday, I – along with everyone else whose reluctant emergence into daily consciousness is punctuated by Radio 4's news bulletins – had to endure the sound of a hyper-ventilating Meryl Streep (pictured) telling an invited audience at the "Orange Baftas" that her performance in The Iron Lady "located something real".

Idris Elba established himself in the US first, playing the role of Stringer Bell in 'The Wire'

Black British actors told to head for Hollywood if they want big roles

Black British actors should head to Hollywood as quickly as they can because they won't find leading roles in the UK, David Harewood, the acclaimed National Theatre performer, has advised.

Brad Pitt, pictured on the set of 'World War Z' in Glasgow, said he suffered from depression in the 1990s

Brad Pitt reveals that success, money and looks haven't saved him from depression

Actor says he was shocked into seeking treatment for mental illness during the 1990s

Wahlberg: I'd have been hero of 9/11

Mark Wahlberg wishes he'd had the chance to prove he can be an action hero off screen.

Hannon says: 'People walk down the aisle to 'Songs of Love', but it's really about me being sexually frustrated in an attic in Enniskillen'

Neil Hannon: 'I always get everything wrong on stage. The audience loves it'

You think twice about even letting kids walk the dog round the block these days which is a shame. I don't know whether Swallows and Amazons [Hannon has written the music for a new stage version] was quite fanciful for the 1930s – to let children go off on their own for a fortnight – but it wouldn't happen now. There's a lot of interesting themes going on [in Arthur Ransome's book] – mores concerning what you can let children do. I don't how much has really changed and how much is media-induced paranoia.

Anthony Hopkins

Hannibal hits the high notes in a classical collection

Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a range of classical works inspired by childhood memories in South Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins: Hannibal hits the high notes with a classic performance

The Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a collection of classical works. Many of the pieces are inspired by memories of his childhood in south Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen

Dan Stevens with Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

Dan's the Man: Downton Abbey star takes his seat among the Booker judges

Panel defend choice of 29-year-old actor amidst controversy over 'dumbing down' of prize

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