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A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.

Stories of Capitol Hill sexual harassment provoke outrage. Now some in the media want the New York senator to name names.

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The daughter of country-music superstar Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus got her start in the entertainment industry on an episode of her father’s PAX TV medical series Doc before appearing in Tim Burton’s fantastical 2003 adventure Big Fish. A fateful appearance as the character Hannah Montana in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody followed in 2006, and her character proved so popular that a spin-off series called Hannah Montana was launched shortly thereafter. In the series, Cyrus portrayed… [more]
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A fervent surfer who bears a striking resemblance to the young Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart was poised to become a preteen star with her role opposite Foster in David Fincher’s atmospheric thriller Panic Room (2002). A resident of Los Angeles, Stewart’s nascent acting career got off to a promising start when she was cast in two vastly different films. Eschewing fluffy kids’ movies, Stewart played troubled single mother Patricia Clarkson’s tomboy daughter in independent film darling Rose Troche’s tough… [more]
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London-born Robert Pattinson found his acting niche almost instantly, kicking off his career with a string of fantasy roles. After catching the acting bug through amateur theater, the young thespian made his first film appearance at the age of 18, appearing in 2004′s Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, based on a Nordic legend. He followed this up by joining the Harry Potter franchise the following year, playing Cedric Diggory in Goblet of Fire, as well as the subsequent movies. Having captured the hearts of many… [more]
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With an Oscar before the age of 30, repeated comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and the drool of a thousand critics at her feet, Natalie Portman has emerged as one of the most promising actresses of her generation.

Born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, to an artist mother and doctor father, Portman moved to New York when she was three. Raised on Long Island, she was discovered by a modeling agent who signed her on the spot. Her modeling stint led to an audition for Luc Besson’s Leon (or The Professional, as it… [more]

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Personifying the type of teen spirit most commonly found in Noxzema ads and pep-squad meets, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has brought new meaning to the word “effervescent.” The ’90s saw Hewitt go from relative obscurity to a bona fide teen queen, to say nothing of one of the most frequently enshrined actresses on the internet.

Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, TX. She made her first appearance on television in 1984 in the show Kids Incorporated (which, coincidentally, once guest-starred Scott… [more]

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Next to Liv Tyler, Angelina Jolie is the only actress of her generation who can thank her famous father for the lips that have become her trademark. The actress was born Angelina Jolie Voight to the pillow-lipped Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles.

Raised mostly by her mother after her parents divorced while she was still a baby, Jolie moved around a lot with her mother and brother. She also did a fair amount of traveling as a professional model, living in such places… [more]

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A leading man who has displayed a knack for action, comedy, and dramatic roles, Charlie Sheen is nearly as well known for his offscreen exploits as for his acting, though after suffering through scandals that would have ended many performers’ careers, he overcame bad press and bad habits to enjoy a major comeback on television in the late ’90s. Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estevez to actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Estevez) and his wife, Janet Templeton, on September 3rd, 1965. By all accounts, young… [more]
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Child actress Lindsay Lohan was already an experienced performer when she
made her feature debut in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Born in New York
City, Lohan began modeling at age three. After appearing in numerous TV
commercials, Lohan moved to series TV with a role on the soap opera Another
World from 1996 to 1997. Cast as The Parent Trap’s scheming twin sisters after a
six month search for just the right girl, Lohan succeeded in filling Hayley
Mills’ shoes, winning over audiences with her… [more]
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Jennifer Aniston makes a good case for proving that acting talent can be absorbed by osmosis. From her father John Aniston’s stardom on Days of Our Lives to her godfather Telly Savalas, the actress was surrounded by plenty of inspiration from an early age. As Aniston attended the Rudolph Steiner School as a child, she was interested in many forms of art and proved to be a talented painter, eventually having one of her pieces displayed at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acting also appealed to her, and… [more]
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As one of the most impressively talented members of the emerging New Hollywood of the early 21st century, Reese Witherspoon has proven that she can do far more than just pose winsomely for the camera. Born March 22, 1976, in Nashville, TN, Witherspoon was a child model and acted in television commercials from the age of seven. She had a part in the 1991 Lifetime cable movie Wildflower before making her 1991 film debut in the coming-of-age story The Man in the Moon (1991). The 14-year-old Witherspoon made an… [more]
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As the son of broadcast journalist Nick Clooney and the nephew of chanteuse Rosemary Clooney, George Clooney entered the world with show business coursing through his veins. Born May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky, the future E.R. headliner appeared at the tender age of five on his father’s Cincinnati talk program, The Nick Clooney Show. In his youth, Clooney honed a sharp interest in sports – particularly baseball – but by adulthood, Clooney launched himself as an onscreen presence, seemingly without… [more]
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Kim Kardashian, the wealthy daughter of the high-powered defense attorney Robert Kardashian and Kris Kardashian (and the stepdaughter of Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner), grew up in Beverly Hills, CA, and attended an exclusive all-girls Catholic high school in the City of Angels. As a young woman, Kardashian worked at her father’s music marketing firm, Movie Tunes, then parlayed her entrepreneurial instincts into a successful career as a wardrobe stylist for television programs, magazine photo layouts, and… [more]
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Giving new meaning to the term America’s Sweetheart, Sandra Bullock won over scores of filmgoers and critics with her wholesome, exuberant portrayals of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances. Since her breakthrough role as Speed’s unwitting heroine, Bullock has enjoyed the type of popularity that was in the past reserved for actresses along the lines of Mary Pickford or Shirley Temple.

Born in Washington, D.C., on July 26, 1964, Bullock was the elder daughter of a vocal coach dad and an opera singer… [more]

Sale of 10% of digital media group values business at $2.5bn, and follows the collapse of a proposed sale to Time Warner

Obama’s gaffe reveals political truth

After years of plummeting sales, Abercrombie & Fitch has announced that it will drop its once-prized logos from all of its upcoming clothing lines to compete with competitors like Forever 21 and H&M.



Supermarket cuts profit outlook as it continues to struggle with the price wars, while the new CEO will start his job a month early

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The Emmys are over and the winners are in. The only question remaining is: Have you watched 2014′s essential TV yet? If not, don’t panic, we’ve got your back. Netflix does too. Luckily for the uninitiated, many of this years Emmy Award winning shows are available to stream via Netflix: Breaking Bad, Sherlock, Louie, Fargo and American Horror Story. Other winners included Modern Family, The Amazing Race, The Good Wife (all watchable via Hulu Plus), Veep and True Detective (which you can see on HBO Go). So this long weekend, sit down, loosen your belt, and bust out the popcorn because we’ve got your guide to catching up with the finest television on Netflix, including key episodes from seasons that shouldn’t be missed.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad cleaned up at The Emmys. On a night that most expected would belong to HBO’s True Detective, Breaking Bad solidified its place as one of the greatest TV series in history. With Bryan Cranston taking Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and co-starts Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul winning for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Actor in a Drama Series respectively, the stars of the show were given their just due.

The show also won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series, for the episode “Ozymandias” (season 5, episode 14) which was a critic and fan favorite. Widely regarded as one of the best episodes of television ever made, it’s well worth going back and watching again, or if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad, binge-watching your way there. (Netflix has all 5 seasons of the show on demand). We don’t want to give too much away but it’s breathtakingly suspenseful, beautifully shot, and gut wrenching in its character-driven plot, setting the scene for the series’ climactic ending.

WASHINGTON—A new survey published Friday by Gallup researchers revealed that an overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S.



A tale of two American 9-year-olds, Paul Krugman criticises French austerity (again), and Central Africa’s “gemocracy”.

Aug 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s Athabasca Oil Corp said it had closed the sale of its 40 percent interest in the Dover oil sands project to a unit of PetroChina Co Ltd for $1.18 billion.

Aug 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s Athabasca Oil Corp said it had closed the sale of its 40 percent interest in the Dover oil sands project to a unit of PetroChina Co Ltd for $1.18 billion.

PARIS, Aug 29 (Reuters) – French low-cost telecoms carrier Iliad is ahead of schedule on its 2015 goal to reach annual sales of 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) and will probably have 15 percent mobile…