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.

Book review: Johnny Alucard, By Kim Newman

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Kim Newman's continuing series of outrageously inventive vampire novels (collectively known as Anno Dracula) has been the sheer prodigality of ideas.

British people prefer a tidy home to sex, says poll

Phwoar, look at the varnish on that!

John Singleton believes black directors should tell

Director warns of 'troubling trend' of hiring white people to tell 'black stories'

Boys n the Hood director John Singleton accuses Hollywood of 'latent racism'

Film review: Kinky, violent sex on the agenda in Kelly + Victor

Adapted from a novel by Niall Griffiths, this story of a destructive amour fou is undermined by a double casting flaw.

Ben Affleck jokes about Batman backlash on the Jimmy Fallon show

Ben Affleck: 'I was ready for Batman criticism'

The actor said he had been forewarned by Warner Bros about the negative backlash he was likely to receive

DVD review: The Sweet Hereafter (Artificial Eye)

Ian Holm plays an ambulance-chasing lawyer charged with winning compensation for 14 families who have lost their children as a result of a school bus accident on an icy road in small-town British Columbia. Once in their midst, the solemn lawyer, whose relationship with his own daughter is deeply problematic, unearths terrible secrets about the community.

Alan Pardew surveys the wreckage

Alan Pardew reveals Newcastle would have to take out bank loans if they wanted to sign new players such are the financial restrictions imposed by owner Mike Ashley

The Magpies were the only side not to make a first-team permanent signing in the summer and Pardew has now revealed that there isn't the money to strengthen the squad

Iron Maiden perform at Ozzfest in 2005

David Cameron appoints Iron Maiden-loving MP Mike Weatherley as music piracy advisor

Mr Weatherley pledged to wear an Iron Maiden T-shirt in the Commons chamber after he was elected in 2010 but was denied by the Speaker

Haji in a publicity photo for ‘Faster, Pussycat!’; the film has become something of a touchstone in popular culture

Haji: Russ Meyer stalwart best known for her starring role in 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'

The exotic-looking actress Haji appeared in five Russ Meyer movies, more than any of the other Amazonian stars associated with the bosom-fixated auteur. In Motorpsycho, her 1965 acting debut, she was the wonderfully named Ruby Bonner, a widow hellbent on avenging the murder of her husband by rampaging bikers.

Deceased American filmmaker Saul Landau (r) meets Subcomandante Marcos, the leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in 1995

Castro documentarian Saul Landau dies

Saul Landau, an American documentary filmmaker best known for films on Cuba, Chile and atomic bomb testing, died of bladder cancer on Monday. He was 77.

Rats entertainment: Remy in 'Ratatouille'

How Pixar got into a pickle: Has the studio lost its way?

Until recently, any film turned out by the animation studio was sure to be a masterpiece. But now, yet another director has left during a shoot

Frank Lampard speaking to the media in advance of a likely 100th England cap

Frank Lampard desperate to sign off with World Cup swansong

Midfielder to win 100th England cap as he enters last season as international

Food for Thought: Conor McPherson

The Irish dramatist and director's play 'The Weir' moves to the West End in January, and his adaptations of the Dublin-based crime noir Quirke stories are due to be screened by BBC. Here he shares with Charlotte Cripps his recent reading, watching and surfing …
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Rooney Mara: The girl with the dragon inside

Rooney Mara made her name as Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. James Mottram finds more than a little similarity between the two

Kiss of death: Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson and Vanessa Kirby in 'About Time'
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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

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An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent