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Denis MacShane: Battered Brown, bashing on and on, is not ready to quit

Is it over-and-out time for Gordon Brown? The signs are bad. Endless ex-ministers queue up to bash the PM. One compares him to John Major even though the whole point of Sir John is that he won a fourth-term election everyone expected him to lose. Another gets front-page treatment by protesting about a temporary tax rise which means citizens on £3,000 a week have to pay a little more tax.

One-Click Wonder: The Odd Couples

According to reports from last week’s Grammy Awards, Paris Hilton has begged Sir Paul McCartney to record a song with her. As you ponder that tantalising, if unlikely, prospect, here are some other duets forged in musical hell...

Dottie Rambo: Charismatic gospel singer

Dottie Rambo was one of the most influential figures in Southern Gospel music. She was a charismatic performer who initially achieved fame as a member of the Rambos, alongside her then-husband Buck and their daughter Reba, before more recently consolidating her stature through a number of acclaimed solo projects.

ITV Headcases: A new cast of computer-generated characters is satirising the media

Chris Green talks to the show's creator, Henry Naylor

Boxing: Ranting Tarver must walk the walk to flatten Woods

The last time the British public saw Antonio Tarver in the ring he retained his Hollywood heavyweight title with a disputed decision against the geriatric Sylvester Stallone in the last and final Rocky movie.

Boxing: Woods seeks a fairytale ending against the man felled by Rocky

Clinton Woods, who likes to be known as the Cinderella man of British boxing, continues to ride in the golden coach he climbed aboard three years ago when he acquired the International Boxing Federation world light-heavyweight title. In the early hours of next Sunday he finally goes to the ball in Tampa, Florida, meeting ex-champion Antonio Tarver in the second of a trilogy of mega-dollar match-ups featuring Britons invading US rings.

Moment of truth for man with inside story on Hollywood sleaze

This was the moment Hollywood had been relishing and dreading for years: the moment when Tony Pellicano, the entertainment industry's most ruthless private investigator under indictment for corruption, intimidation and illegal wiretapping, finally had his day in court.

Coming Home

Directed by Hal Ashby

The Hollywood heros who refuse to act their age

Why won't Hollywood stars act their age and stop reprising the roles of their youth? Nick Hasted looks at the worst offenders

Private eye promises 'discomfort' for stars who testify against him

Private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who is acting as his own attorney in his federal wiretapping case, says he may cause some fidgeting in the witness stand if any of his former Hollywood A-list clients decide to testify against him.

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