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Stephanie Perkins' top 10 most romantic books

I'm drawn to romance. If a novel or film or television show has even a hint of a love story, it's guaranteed to be the element in which I'll find myself the most heavily invested. I crave stolen glances. Declarations of adoration. Passionate first kisses.<p>It's unsurprising that my own novels are …

Grammy awards 2015 best quotes: Prince, Madonna, Obama and more

Madonna is hard as nails, Sam schmoozes with Stevie, and Bastille reveal a very British problem – we round up the best soundbites of the night<p>• Grammy awards 2015: as they happened<br>• Grammy award-winners – in pictures<br>• Red carpet: Madonna’s bottom, Rihanna’s meringue<p><b>Prince wins on words</b><p>Like books …

Red Carpet

Prince Steals the 2015 Grammys With Just One Sneer

Cue the Prince Face — it was gloom night at the Grammys. Prince greeted the crowd last night with a magnificent smirk, cutting through hours of …

Music

Christian Bale baffled by Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups shoot

Christian Bale has admitted he was left a little clueless as to what was going on during the making of Terrence Malick’s latest film Knight of Cups.<p>Speaking over the weekend at the Berlin film festival, where the romantic fantasy is debuting in competition for the main Golden Bear and Silver Bear …

Film Festivals

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Tattoos by Expanded Eye

Expanded Eye consists of London-based artists Jade Tomlinson and Kev James. The duo not only custom create the tattoo designs seen here from stories …

Taylor Swift Tells Her Favorite Sam Smith Story

Taylor Swift regularly invited a wide range of surprise all-star guests onstage during her <i>Red</i> world tour, including Carly Simon, Jennifer Lopez and …

Pop Music

Michelle Obama causes outrage in Saudi Arabia by not wearing headscarf

First Lady draws criticism for not wearing headscarf in highly conservative country<p>In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India and led a parade of American dignitaries in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death.<p>But it was the …

Stanford Art Teacher’s Animated Zoetropes Will Melt Your Brain

Don’t stare too long at these zoetropes by John Edmark, a lecturer in Stanford’s art department and a member of Autodesk’s artist in residence program.<p>The 3-D printed sculptures are designed around the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical sequence of numbers that can be used to create a spiral, and …

Cool Reverse-Flash Promo Art For CW's The Flash

Man, I can't wait for <i>The Flash</i> to return. I'm really looking forward to watching Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) hunt down The Man In The Yellow Suit, who …

Abstract paintings by Timothy M. Parker - Ego - AlterEgo

Tim Parker, the Principal Artist and owner of Art2D Gallery has made Naples Florida his home for over 11 years now having moved from New York City …

Art

10 of 2015's Most Highly Anticipated Albums

With 2014 officially over, it is time to start looking forward at what we can expect from this coming year. There are plenty of big names planning on releasing albums we can all expect to be rather large, and a handful of newer stars that have a lot to prove with upcoming works. Here are ten albums …

Rap & Hip-Hop

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Lord Of The Rings'

If you're a dedicated fan and essentially consider Middle Earth a second home, you probably have your own extensive knowledge of trivia surrounding J.R.R. Tolkien's work. Since <i>The Hobbit</i> was released in 1937 and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> 17 years later in 1954, Tolkien has garnered an extensive …

Little-known Christmas composers earn bumper festive bonuses

The writers of Christmas hits past say they earn enough for a pension from the festive period<p>They may not be household names, but the lesser-known writers of some of Britain’s best-loved Christmas songs are still reaping the rewards of their decades’-old hits.<p>The composers of songs including …

Reading group: Dashiell Hammett, dean of hard-boiled detective fiction

The author of The Maltese Falcon drew on his own experience to write five great, murky novels in five wildly productive years before succumbing to writer’s block and alcoholism<p>I’ve now read The Maltese Falcon – and oh boy. But, following on from a few posts on last week’s Reading Group thread, I’m …

Are old fairy stories too scary for kids?

The folk tales of old prepare a child for life<p>Moving house, stacking books in boxes, I came across a clutch of fairy books, Andrew Lang’s folk tales from around the world in their coloured cloth covers: yellow, brown, red, grey, blue. I picked up ‘yellow’, opened the cover and fell down a wormhole, …

Literature

Whisper it quietly, the book is back … and here’s the man leading the revival

Bright lights, good coffee ... and great books (even hardbacks) are the key to injecting new life into bookshops, says James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones<p>James Daunt is a bookseller with a penchant for stories (<i>Anna Karenina</i> is one of his favourites), who is also an inveterate risk taker. …

Star Wars: Random Things You Should Know

The best fiction of 2014

It was a year in which big names such as Amis and McEwan were unfairly overlooked, while a debut about a doll’s house deservedly became a bestseller<p>The most interesting titles of 2014 weren’t necessarily the most prominently reviewed or most celebrated. Except, of course, for Richard Flanagan’s <b>The</b> …

'Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever' is the worst Christmas movie ever

Grumpy Cat would hate her movie. Like, <i>hate</i>-hate it.<p>Lifetime’s weirdly meta film, <i>Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever</i>—which comes complete with Aubrey …

Writers pick the best books of 2014: part one

Photograph: Marion Coutts<p>Marion Coutts with her husband Tom Lubbock and their son Ev.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/28/1417173973677/43ea6b8d-d19f-4696-9b90-5987a57645fa-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Marion Coutts<p>Marion Coutts with her husband Tom Lubbock and …

The 20 best British science fiction films – in pictures

Science fiction and fantasy,2001: A Space Odyssey,BFI,Stanley Kubrick,Culture,Film,John Wyndham,Horror,Scarlett Johansson,The World's End,Under The Skin,Attack the Block,Alan Moore,Anthony Burgess,Doctor Who,Alec Guinness<p>To coincide with the BFI’s sci-fi season and its digital re-release of 2001: A …

Top 10 books to read now you've finished The Hunger Games

A dystopian future with a strong, female protagonist that manages to be both an action-packed romp and a thought piece on mass media and revolution. There is a lot to love about The Hunger Games! For all the readers who have finished The Hunger Games and want to move on to something equally …

'I'm A Celebrity' 2014: Chris Packham Writes Open Letter To Ant And Dec Asking Them To End 'Inhumane Animal Abuse' In 'Exploitative' Bushtucker Trials

Chris Packham has asked 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!' hosts Ant and Dec to end the 'abuse of animals' on the ITV show, in an open letter to …

Which is the best tablet for Christmas?

Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer<p>From the Tesco Hudl 2 via the iPad Air 2 to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – tablets to suit all budgets and …

So Overwatch's Characters Are Progressive? Welcome To The 90s

The recent announcement and reveal of Blizzard’s new game Overwatch has been justifiably met with a great deal of praise. The game does look a lot of fun to play and is visually very vibrant too. However, the character designs are also being lauded as some kind of huge breakthrough. That almost no …

The Beatles - the third man theme

Christopher Nolan talks Batman, James Bond, 'Star Wars,' and 'Interstellar' plot holes

Christopher Nolan’s space epic <i>Interstellar</i> just opened over the weekend, prompting the famously secretive director to emerge from the shadows of the …

Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas? re-recorded for Ebola cause

For 30 years it has remained one of pop’s most polarising songs – a track that has raised millions for charity while also being described by Morrissey as a “daily torture on the people of England”.<p>Now it is set for another release. Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have announced that the Band Aid …