Mark Rathmell

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Jane Hawking: ‘I firmly believed in Stephen and his brilliance’

<b>The Theory Of Everything was based on your memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen. How do you feel about the adaptation?</b><p>They made a beautiful film and I had to reconcile myself to the compromises that one has to make for the film industry. Stephen’s colleagues all became one character …

Motor Neurone Disease

How Liam Neeson Became An Accidental Action Star In His Sixties

The sequel will close out the franchise that helped transform the 62-year-old Oscar-nominated actor into one of Hollywood's most sought-after action stars in his sixties.<p>Though Neeson starred as Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn in 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and as assassin Ra's al …

Teen Unknowingly Helps Banksy, is Rewarded with Painting Worth $30,000

A teenage boy who helped a stranger on a train in Cumbria, northwest England, was handsomely rewarded by the man, who claimed to be celebrated street …

The daring art of Marlene Dumas: duct-tape, pot bellies and Bin Laden

Seven years ago, Marlene Dumas briefly became the world’s most expensive living female artist, a dizzying upward move that was reported, somewhat breathlessly, in newspapers from New York to Tokyo (her 1995 painting <i>The Visitor</i> was sold by Sotheby’s for £3.1m; previously, her prices had stood at …

Art

Foxcatcher review – Steve Carell excels in a real-life tragedy

Thanks to the heated news and awards attention it has received in recent weeks, it’s unlikely that anyone will find themselves watching <i>Foxcatcher</i> without a working knowledge of its headline-grabbing background. Yet when I first saw this strange and disturbing sports psychodrama last year, I not …

DuPont

Jeffrey Epstein: inside the decade of scandal entangling Prince Andrew

The desperate woman who telephoned Detective Michele Pagan of the Palm Beach police declined to give her name and would not leave a call-back number. But she had some information that she had to tell someone.<p>Her stepdaughter, a 14-year-old pupil at Royal Palm Beach high school, had told a friend …

Corruption

Witness to Paris officer's death regrets video

PARIS (AP) — The man whose amateur video of a Paris police officer's cold-blooded murder shocked the world now regrets sharing the footage online, …

Social Media

Minnie Mouse the child beater: Tomi Ungerer's brilliant satirical cartoons – in pictures

The Statue of Liberty is swallowed whole and Disney characters smack orphans ... ahead of his first US retrospective, the prolific French illustrator known for children’s books shows his clout as a controversial cartoonist<p>Tomi Ungerer: All in One is at The Drawing Center in New York from 16 January …

Minnie Mouse

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Fixing the ‘problem’ of ageing is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications<p>In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope …

Peter Thiel

Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid's genius that defies explanation

Sky Sports documentary on the genesis of footballing phenomenon gives insight but fails to hit the target<p>“I think I’ve found you a genius,” the <b>Manchester United</b> scout Bob Bishop famously telegrammed to Sir Matt Busby on seeing George Best. Never mind finding a genius, how do you make one? Last …