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Suzy Favor-Hamilton: Former Olympian still in demand – as $600-an-hour escort in Las Vegas

Married 44-year-old mother of three has been working as a an escort

Bangladesh factory lost safety licence before fire killed 112

The fire on 24 November that swept through the factory took 13 hours to control

Full stream ahead as Netflix and Disney give a vision of the future

Multi-year deal will see online movie provider become exclusive US subscription service for the legendary studio. By Tim Walker
Sean Penn in 'Colours', the film about the gangs of LA

Crip advisor – fancy an LA gang tour?

Log on to LA's official tourism website and you'll be guided towards anything from Mexican street food festivals to Universal Studios. What you won't find is a link to LA Gang Tours, which drives curious tourists around some of South Central and East LA's most notorious gangland sites. Los Angeles has around 45,000 gang members – many of the notorious Crips and Bloods. Not among that number, though, is ex-gangbanger Alfred Lomas, who founded the tour (the $65 tickets go straight back into crime-prevention groups). The tour allows punters to gawp at the settings where more people – as novelist Leslie Jamison, who took the tour for a recent piece in the LA Review of Books points out – have died than in Northern Ireland's Troubles. (Belfast has its own conflict tours too, incidentally).

Screen talk: Goldman could get 'nosey' job

Launch delay for Robopocalypse; Stunt legend takes on a trilogy; Machete cut up by funds fight; Disney plays online catch-up; Jackson denies animal deaths

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Review

An unfinished job, and for a license as big as Mickey Mouse, that just isn't good enough.

Hitman Absolution fails to target Black Ops 2 in games chart

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 still walking tall in all formats sales chart
Making waves: the arguably unsuitable 'Phineas and Ferb'

It's seven in the morning – do you know what your children are watching?

Gerard Gilbert's six-year-old daughter may be ready for more grown-up television fare, but he's not sure that he is

Star Wars meets Angry Birds

Take one of the most popular games ever to hit the iPhone, mix it with the biggest movie franchise in the history of film, and what do you get? Angry Birds Star Wars.

George Lucas and Mickey Mouse

How fat cats killed off Mickey Mouse

Disney is said to have overpaid for Lucasfilm's Star Wars but the money's not at the box office any more

Who's scarier? Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) vs Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Who's the baddy? Disney vs Lucasfilm

Heroes are all alike; villains are all villainous in their own way. From Simba to Skywalker, Harry Potter to Frodo Baggins, good guys tend to be earnest outsiders with a destiny and daddy issues. But the way to sort a great fantasy from its lesser rivals is by identifying an excellent baddy. Following the news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for $4bn, it seems appropriate to ask which studio has produced the finer villains.

Walt Disney buying Lucasfilm makes perfect sense for both parties - but for Star Wars fans especially

It is the loyalty of Star Wars fans that Disney has spent big bucks to purchase

Return of the Jedi? Three new Star Wars films in the offing as Disney negotiates £2.5bn George Lucas company buyout

The excitement levels of British sci-fi fans have been blasted into orbit after filmmakers announced that three new Stars Wars movies are to hit the big screen.

Walt Disney president and CEO Bob Iger with George Lucas, right, in Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park

Hollywood's empire strikes back: Disney buys Lucasfilm, maker of Stars Wars, for $4bn

Fans can look forward to Episode 7 in the sci-fi franchise with George Lucas as consultant

BT shoots ahead of rivals with more football rights

BT has boosted its new sports channel ahead of launch next summer by snapping up rights to live football from Italy, France, Brazil and the US.

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine