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Canadian popstar beat both Beyonce and Kate Middleton to take the top spot in the UK, moving up from fifth place in 2012

Actors Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, director J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch (Back L-R) Noel Clark, producer Bryan Burk, actor Karl Urban, writer Alex Kurtzman, writer Roberto Orci and producer Damon Lindelof attend the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at The Empire Cinema on 2 May 2013 in London.

Star Trek Into Darkness premiere: Simon Pegg describes his 'mad night out' with Benedict Cumberbatch

Simon Pegg has revealed that his Star Trek co-stars went on a mission to party while shooting the latest movie together.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch cast in Guillermo del Toro's 'modern ghost story' Crimson Peak

The Sherlock actor will star alongside Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam

Hugh Laurie is considering a role in Tomorrowland

From doctor to villain? Hugh Laurie in talks to play George Clooney's foe in Tomorrowland

House actor Hugh Laurie is in talks to play a villain opposite George Clooney in sci-fi film Tomorrowland.

Reddit, and four other things that failed to impress William Shatner

Trekkies on Reddit face divided loyalties as William Shatner, former captain of the SS Enterprise, has cast judgement on the popular forum, claiming it fosters bigotry and racism.

Benedict Cumberbatch shared the Best Actor category at the Laurence Olivier Awards with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s adaptation of which famous work of fiction? 

‘Posh’ the Movie: Which of Britain's toff actors should star in the screen adaptation of Laura Wade's hit play?

Screen Daily have announced that Laura Wade's critically acclaimed play about the Riot Club, a drinking society made up of Oxford University's privileged elite will be made into a film. Shooting starts in May and An Education's Lone Scherfig will direct. Not much time, then, to cast the leads. Luckily, Independent Voices and when it comes to posh actors, Britain is, of course, blessed with the very best of them. But who's the poshest of them all?

Trekkies take on Wikis in a grammatical tizzy over Star Trek Into Darkness

A debate is currently rumbling between two deadly internet factions – Wikipedia editors and Star Trek fans.

JJ Abrams arranges private preview of Star Trek Into Darkness for terminally ill trekkie

As Captain James T Kirk once said, “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.” Last week, a terminally ill Star Trek fan was granted a dying wish by the film’s director, JJ Abrams: a private screening of the forthcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

Jesco von Puttkamer: Nasa engineer who worked with Wernher von Braun

Jesco von Puttkamer, who died on 27 December at the age of 79, was a member of Wernher von Braun's rocketry team in Alabama. Von Braun and his team's work led to the development of the Saturn V rocket, the rocket responsible for landing the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969.

Some things to look forward to in 2013

Feeling a bit low that 2012 is coming to an end? Wondering where those 12 months went? Fear not, here's a collection of things to look forward to.

Star Trek into Darkness teaser released

The minute-long teaser for Star Trek into Darkness has been released for the first time.

Star Trek schools: education... but not as we know it

Technology to help children learn, both in classrooms and out, has a bold future

Amol Rajan: Star Trek schools: education... but not as we know it

Those of you kind souls who have persevered with this column will know that I'm a man of obsessions. And one thing I can't stop thinking about is how the internet is changing every aspect of our lives.

Revealed: Controversial statue of Pope John Paul II reworked to look less like Benito Mussolini

A controversial statue of Pope John Paul II that some critics said looked more like Benito Mussolini, has been unveiled in its revised form.

'Trekkies' break world record at London convention

Star Trek fans made history on Saturday by breaking the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as characters from the TV series at the "Destination Star Trek London" convention.

Beam me up, Scotty: Swedish couple boldly take part in UK's first ever Klingon wedding at Star Trek convention

Swedish couple Jossie Sockertopp and Sonnie Gustavsson have tied the knot in a Klingon wedding at the 'Destination Star Trek London' convention.

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Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea