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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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own