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Outlook Champagne bonuses, Christmas cracker competitions, "Grand in your Hand" contests: welcome to the wacky world of Lloyds bank's staff incentive plans.

3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation, Spaces on the Mile

The title and the name of the venue create more excitement than is warranted for a 70-minute routine cut-up job in a tiny hotel function room in the city centre.

Alec Baldwin hints at run for New York mayor

Alec Baldwin, the actor who these days is most associated with the comedy show 30 Rock, is speaking openly about seeking the keys to a new address – Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence in New York City.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Why has Paul McGann signed the Official Secrets Act?

Who knew that the actor Paul McGann has signed the Official Secrets Act? More to the point, who knows why? The Act may be renowned for keeping some pretty trivial things secret, such as the number of Rich Tea biscuits consumed at the MoD, but really, what could McGann of all people possibly know that would place the realm in mortal peril?

Bryan Adams to receive Hollywood star

Bryan Adams is to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Last Night's TV: How to Make It in America/Sky Atlantic<br />30 Rock/Comedy Central<br />Tim Marlow on Modern British Sculpture/Sky Arts 1

Those of you trapped outside the Sky Atlantic paywall are probably aware you're missing major dramas like Boardwalk Empire and Treme. But as you teach yourselves how to steal those shows from the internet, you should also make a note to download one more of the channel's acquisitions: the underhyped How to Make It in America, a half-hour comedy/drama by the creators of Entourage.

Cultural Life: Ruby Wax, comedian

Books: I've recently finished Jonathan Franzen's fantastic novel, 'Freedom'. Every sentence is so dark and to the heart of what is wrong with America. Celebrating dysfunctionality, as an expose of American psyche, it doesn't just hit the nail on the head – it slams it into the ground and kills it.

DVD: Lymelife

Scott (Rory Culkin) is in love with next-door neighbour Adrianna (Emma Roberts). Adrianna's father has lost his job after contracting Lyme's disease while hunting.

Lymelife (15)

This melancholic study of suburban malaise in the late 1970s has a shiver of The Ice Storm about it. Rory Culkin plays Scott, a sensitive, pasty 15-year-old with a crush on his neighbour Adrianna (Emma Roberts), who only wants to date older boys.

DVD: It's Complicated (15)

We're not talking supersymmetry complicated here, in Nancy Meyer's latest dollop of romantic froth.

Joan Smith: The male-female divide gets worse as you grow older

New research suggests men can expect a longer sex life than women

Alec Baldwin rushed to hospital

Alec Baldwin was examined at a hospital after his daughter called authorities from their Manhattan apartment, a US law enforcement official said.

The Road, John Hillcoat, 111 mins, (15)<br/>It's Complicated, Nancy Meyers, 115 mins, (15)

There are no cars, no zombies and no hope in this poetic, cheerless trudge through a post-apocalyptic America

Nancy Meyers: The rom-com queen

She's the most successful female director in Hollywood and she's just chalked up another hit at the box office. What's Nancy Meyers' secret?

It's Complicated (12A)

Nancy Meyers, who has made two of my least favourite movies of all time in What Women Want and The Holiday, adds to her charge-sheet with this egregiously stupid comedy of middle-aged romance.

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