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 …
Rooney Mara as Ruth Guthrie in Ain't Them Bodies Saints

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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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn