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'Drop it like it's hot' rapper will feature in a television advert as part of the price comparison website's You’re So MoneySuperMarket campaign

The cool child

Fashion awareness - what's in, what's nerdy - now starts at five. But who's creating it? asks Deborah Holder

OJ trial wins world audience for the lawyer as superstar

IT HAS become a ritual. Every court day, Johnnie Cochran steps out of his black chauffeur-driven Isuzu, walks past a bellowing street preacher waving a "Jesus Saves" banner and glides through a clump of several dozen television crews awaiting his arrivalat the criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles.

The station that won't stop letting its hair down

RADIO: In which Kenny Everett meets Richard Wagner, and Radio 3 launche s a dogged attempt to convince Robert Hanks it's a happening kind of place

FILM / Ryan Gilbey On Cinema

Has the MTV promo finally killed off the old phenomena of pop stars playing pop stars in the movies? Bands toil so hard to have those precious three minutes encapsulate their essence that the effort required to sustain a 90-minute feature would be tough to muster. The standards would need to be so much higher. When Elvis polished off 31 movies in 13 years, quality control was not on the agenda.

OJ puts up his fortune to clear name

THE American football hero, O J Simpson was arraigned yesterday on murder charges which he is preparing to fight with one of the toughest and most costly legal teams assembled for a criminal case in the United States. In a brief hearing, the former Buffalo Bill and part-time actor robustly told Los Angeles Superior Court that he was 'absolutely one hundred per cent not guilty' of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and an aspiring male model, Ronald Goldman.

SHOW PEOPLE / No pain, no gain: Henry Rollins

'NUMBER 50. Two girls and a man hold a baby in front of a mirror. They strangle it . . . Number 52. I'm in a room with Robert Duvall - he tells me everything I do is bullshit.' These are two of the 61 dreams which Henry Rollins relates in his book, Black Coffee Blues. The other 59 aren't a barrel of laughs either. This man has a lot of bad stuff in his head, and he is not afraid to share it with us. He has honed his life, in the same way that he has built up his body, into a finely tuned vehicle for self-expression.

Rapper trial

The red-hot rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, his bodyguard and another man pleaded innocent yesterday to charges that they murdered a man in a suburban Los Angeles park last summer, Reuter reports from Los Angeles.

ALBUMS / Dog leaves them begging for more

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Producer choice

In a crackdown on high-priced call-girl rings serving the entertainment industry, police arrested a Hollywood producer suspected of running a string of prostitutes, Reuter reports from Los Angeles. Ivan Nagy, the producer of the television series Starsky and Hutch, was arrested at a restaurant and accused of inducing women to become prostitutes.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there