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Lily Allen? Not any more, as British singer changes her name

Plus: Stevie Wonder files for divorce, the Duchess of Cambridge tops Vanity Fair's Best Dressed List, Vertigo trumps Kane in critics poll, and Alain Delon's estranged son wants to use his father's name.

Lily Allen - who will now be known as Lily Rose Cooper. Thibault Camus / AP
Lily Allen - who will now be known as Lily Rose Cooper. Thibault Camus / AP

The British singer Lily Allen says she is changing her stage name to Lily Rose Cooper to reflect her marriage to the painter Sam Cooper. The pair married last year and have a daughter. The 27-year-old musician, whose hits include Smile and The Fear, added she "was excited to be heading back into the studio" to work on new material. * AP

Stevie Wonder files for divorce

Stevie Wonder is ending his 11-year marriage to the fashion designer Kai Millard Morris. The 62-year-old musician cited irreconcilable differences in papers filed on Friday in Los Angeles. Wonder and Millard have two sons, a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old. Wonder is seeking joint legal and physical custody of the two boys and agrees to pay spousal support to his former wife. * AP

Kate Middleton tops best dressed list

British royalty has made its mark atop Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List, with Kate Middleton and Prince Harry both making this year's slate. The Duchess of Cambridge's decision to decline the services of a dresser and mix high-end couturiers such as Alexander McQueen with her own browsing at the racks of Topshop earned her a spot on the influential 73-year-old list. The Duchess appears on the magazine's September cover. The list also includes the athletes Tom Brady and Victor Cruz, as well as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Diane Kruger and Colin Firth. * AP

Vertigo triumphs in critics poll

Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 psychological drama Vertigo took the top spot in the 10 greatest-movies-ever list compiled by Sight & Sound, ending the 50-year run for Citizen Kane by Orson Welles. The magazine, published by the British Film Institute, surveys 846 international film critics every decade. Citizen Kane slid to second, while Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story ranked third, followed by Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. All of the top 10 were made more than 40 years ago. * AP

Call me Alain, says Delon son

The estranged son of the French actor Alain Delon wants to forge his own film career using the name that made his father a cinema legend. Although the two are no longer on speaking terms after a falling-out last year, Alain-Fabien Delon, 18, told VSD magazine he wants to be known as simply Alain Delon as he attempts to establish his own reputation in cinema. "When I was little my father often told me I'd be an actor," he said. "In my heart I know the cinema is going to play an important role in my life. It is inevitable, there is nothing I can do about it." * AFP