Life and Style Rhodri Marsden: the embodiment of irresistible masculinity, obviously

While I was on holiday in Sydney last September, I got into a taxi with a dashboard festooned with five mobile devices, hanging off a variety of mounts, and all presumably providing critical information to the driver.

Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, Abigail Hargrove as Rachel Lane, and Mireille Enos as Karin Lanein a scene from

Film review: Brad Pitt's zombie action flick World War Z is surprisingly infectious

You won't find much to surprise you in this Doomsday blockbuster, finds Anthony Quinn. But the drama is well executed, so to speak

Carroll singer: the Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn is set to take the lead role in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'

Why creating the perfect Alice is no tea party

Michael Volpe continues his monthly dispatch on staging a world premiere

The Newcastle manager during his spell at the club previously

Video: ‘Untold History of the United States’ and ‘The Returned’

Watch the videos below to view Oliver Stone discussing his ‘Untold History of the United States’ and to see clips from Channel 4's ‘The Returned’.

The Queen's Birthday Honours refuseniks: The alternative list of those who said 'thanks but no thanks'

About 20 names are missing from this year’s honours list because the people concerned did not want to be on it.

Kim Jong-il wrote a cinema manifesto

North Korean cinema: Kim Jong-il's movie mania

Kim Jong-il had 20,000 Hollywood DVDs – but then North Korea loves cinema, a fascinating new documentary reveals

DVD & Blu-ray review: To the Wonder (15)

Terrence Malick DVD/Blu-ray (113mins)

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

Can Man of Steel reboot Superman?

Zack Snyder has teamed up with Christopher Nolan to reinvigorate the comic book hero after 2006's Superman Returns failed to take flight as a franchise

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said studios were only prepared to invest in big titles
'The Call Centre', starring Neville Wilshire, the owner of a Swansea-based business

Time for the Government to step in? The dark side of The Call Centre

The BBC’s fly-on-the-wall documentary has made a star of Neville Wilshire. But what about the people at the receiving end of his firm’s unsolicited calls

Theatre review: Let the Right One In, Dundee Rep Theatre, Scotland

At odds with its basking height-of- summer premiere, the National Theatre of Scotland’s stage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s cult supernatural coming-of-age novel – later adapted for the cinema in its native Sweden and the US – brings the eerie chill of a northern winter wilderness into the theatre.

New Mac Pro from WWDC 2013

'Can't innovate any more, my ass': Apple's new Mac Pro is a bombshell of beautiful design and raw power

Dramatic revamp of Apple's workstation desktop unveiled at WWDC 2013

James Cameron's two record-breaking films

James Cameron has directed the two largest-grossing films ever, ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’. Read some of the statistics for the two below:

The clue may be in the name. Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man.

Super sexist? As the Man of Steel flies back on to a screen near you, we ask: where are all the superheroine films?

The clue may be in the name. Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man. Be it a bird or a plane or a superhero streaking across the sky, the one certain thing is that it is not a woman.

Teddy boys: Defiant Beitar fans’ slogan is ‘Your hatred burned our love’

European Under-21 Championship: Israel put on united front as Beitar do their worst

Football can bring people together or force them apart. In Israel they make claims for the positive case while acknowledging that in one notorious instance the opposite tends to happen.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?