Vanessa Thorpe

Marseilles’ cultural moment

As the European capital of culture, Marseille is shaking off its seedy image.

Robert Redford, the Sundance Kid, grows old with style

Robert Redford plays an ageing anti-war activist in his latest movie, 'The Company You Keep' – just one more incarnation in an ever-changing image.

Disney films ‘have lost innocence’

Award-winning film director Gurinder Chadha is calling for more films to be made specifically for children.

Afghans unite to cheer brave new stars

The people of Afghanistan came together in a moment of cultural unity on Friday. The vast majority of them watched -- some nervously in secret, others openly, gathered outside cafés -- as the grand finale of the television talent contest Afghan Star was broadcast. The weekly show had become a national phenomenon.

Jaded Jagger jumps on Britney’s cloud

Desperate for youth appeal, the solo Stone has launched a teen website to show that he has not faded away, write Vanessa Thorpe and Ed Helmore.

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