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After his six world title fights in four different countries have been shown on three different television channels in Britain it is perhaps no surprise that Carl Froch is still far removed from the fame he deserves.

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Police Academy star Charles Smith dead

Charles 'Bubba' Smith has been found dead at his Los Angeles home.

Sam Raimi to remake The Evil Dead

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Blessed storms out of dinner in a flash

Brian Blessed stormed out of a black-tie dinner at the Savoy after allegedly grabbing a guest by the throat when he called the 1980 film Flash Gordon, in which Blessed starred, "crap".

Tom Hedley: 'On stage, Flashdance in your face and completely alive'

When I wrote Flashdance, in 1982, it was a hard sell; musicals were considered poison at the box office and Hollywood studio executives were put off by the notion that what I had written would in any way be thought of or described as a musical. The first director I approached was the great Bob Fosse. He was very drawn to it but, after giving me copious notes, he finally shrugged and said: "Look, the fact is, this is simply not a movie. What you have written is a stage musical and I would be willing to consider working on it for Broadway. But even then there is a central flaw in your concept – you seem to have all the choreography done as single dancers direct to the camera. You must have ensemble choreography for the stage."

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Shirley Valentine/Educating Rita, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Feminism with lashings of fun

X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes to perform Ghostbusters

Irish X Factor hopefuls John and Edward Grimes will be performing the Ghostbusters theme song on Saturday night, it can be revealed.

Animal House (15)

John Landis's directing career tailed off in ignominy in the late Nineties, with flops such as The Stupids and Blues Brothers 2000; so it's nice to be reminded just how jauntily inventive he was to begin with.

DVD: Friday the 13th

Second rate to beginwith, the exhaustedFriday the 13th franchisehas been resurrectedin the most witlesslyformulaic fashion, evenby slasher-moviestandards. Suffice it tosay that some vacuous,interchangeable studentsgo to stay in a house inthe woods, where thewomen obligingly taketheir tops off before amasked serial killer calledJason takes their headsoff. You needn't feel sorryfor them, though. Thecharacters' IQs go upwhen they're decapitated.

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