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The actress' role as Patsey was influenced by the singer's 'child-like quality'

Whoopi Goldberg was high for Oscar win

Whoopi Goldberg smoked cannabis before accepting her Oscar in 1991.

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Starring: Kate Hudson, Gael García Bernal

Government rules prevent baby Cameron accepting gifts

Somewhere in Downing Street is a pile of babygrows, nappies and toys worth hundreds of pounds.

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Starring: Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson

Face mask that's so good every crook wants one

US manufacturer in the dock after disguise is linked to robberies.

Joan Smith: Cablegate's misogyny leaked in full

If the Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson were still alive, he might already be at work on a new bestseller, The Man Who Slept With A Feminist. The f-word has been used repeatedly about the accusers of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, who is on remand in custody in the UK while he fights extradition to Sweden.

Yasmin Alihbai-Brown: Why does self-hatred afflict so many non-white people?

The urge to lighten one's skin colour is a disturbing sign of 'ethnic' psychosis

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All the action from the world’s second-largest comedy festival

US nuns on the run from Vatican inquiry

Church gets tough with liberal habits of American sisters

Sister Act, Palladium, London

Those wacky old nuns on Wimple Street are leaping about like nobody's business, as if this theatre's previous incumbents in The Sound of Music had been given a blessing to boogie. How do you solve a problem called Deloris, the lounge singer who's witnessed a killing? You camouflage her in a convent and round up the bad guys by flushing 'em out in a fit of funk.

Shock jocks: Voice of unreason

Glenn Beck is the fastest-rising star on American TV. He's part of a right-wing broadcasting boom that's become the most powerful opposition to the President. Guy Adams reports

Are two heads better than one when it comes to running Radio 1?

The BBC's king of pop Andy Parfitt has high hopes for Radio 1 chief Ben Cooper, he tells Ian Burrell

In the very last reel, the 'Black Baftas' are saved by the BBC and Film Council

Black British actors who believe their talent is overlooked prepare to stage their own awards ceremony

Editor-At-Large: Give lacklustre parents Asbos – not their children

Let's tackle anti-social behaviour with compulsory evening classes in running a home and raising a family

Ellis Cashmore: 'Beyoncé proves that racism is no longer an impediment'

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