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The power of imagination: Lucas’s $50 cinema ticket becomes reality

A day after George Lucas predicted that going to the cinema would soon cost “50 bucks”, Paramount Pictures is offering audiences in five US cities the chance to buy an unprecedented $50 (£32) “mega ticket” to its new blockbuster, the Brad Pitt zombie epic World War Z.

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'I didn’t mean it': John Galliano redesigns his reputation two years after intoxicated anti-Semitic rant

Recovering alcoholic gives first interview since racist outburst

Red House, 2 Elystan Street, London

The American invasion of London continues. It seems only yesterday that Keith McNally opened a simulacrum of his New York brasserie Balthazar, to reviews that found the food pedestrian. The Shake Shack burger franchise will soon explode upon Covent Garden, along with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in the Trocadero, Piccadilly, while the hip New York hotelier André Balazs will open a new joint with a fancy grill in Marylebone. Soon you won't be able to move in London for luxuriantly-priced USDA steaks, seafood platters and ingenious deployments of quinoa.

Angelina Jolie's decision to tell the world about her double mastectomy is truly brave and truly inspiring

'Raising awareness' is usually just an empty celebrity culture cliché, but Jolie's article for The New York Times could make a real difference to women's lives.

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A Minute With: Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley and his Hillbilly Heart

After writing hit song "Achy Breaky Heart," starring in Disney Channel show Hannah Montana and raising a famous daughter, country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has found himself at a crossroads.

Sail away: Lamu Island off Kenya's coast ticks all the boxes for Liz Earle

My life in travel: Liz Earle

'I love Venice at night – you can hear the gondoliers calling across the canals'

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Taliban shooting survivor Malala strikes publishing deals 'to tell story of 61m children who can't get education'

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old who survived being shot after standing up to the Taliban, is to tell her story "and the story of 61 million children who can't get education" in a memoir.

The soon-to-be-closed BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane

Live from BBC Television Centre: one last quiz

How much do you know about the soon-to-be-closed TV landmark?

Postcard from... Beirut

While Europe is engulfed by its horse-meat scandal, Lebanon is battling its own food crisis: wood shavings in its beloved zaatar manakeesh.

Postcard from... Berlin

Postcard from... Berlin

Berlin likes to honour its animal legends. Knautschke was the name of the city's beloved hippopotamus – a brave creature born in Berlin's zoo at the height of the Second World War, he survived the trauma of the Allied air raids which killed his mother.

Kate Moss said that Johnny Depp 'took care' of her... for a bit

Relationships: The one that got away (lucky Kate: hers is Johnny Depp)

The One That Got Away is a potent figure in novels, films, love songs – and real life. A quick poll of the Trending desk reveals that men are as likely to have an OTGA as women. It's not necessarily an ex-partner who you have unfinished business with – it can be a crush that never came good or someone you were at college with that you still wonder about.

Fashion victim: Kate Moss

I regret posing nude: Kate Moss opens up about modelling misery

If you hate having your picture taken, you're in good company - supermodel Kate Moss does as well.

Tim Walker: Storyteller, Somerset House, London

A flying saucer chased by a foxhunt and tables laid for a party and suspended in trees are some of the fashion photographer Tim Walker's more extravagant gestures.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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