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From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.

Sienna Miller endured 'horrible' two-hour bird attack while filming The Girl

Men off-camera threw boxes of seagulls and pigeons in her face

Hitch trials: Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as the actress Tippi Hedren

Heads Up: The Girl

The trouble with Alfred: genius, visionary ... creep

Invisible Ink: No 151 - Marie Belloc Lowndes

She was a prolific author, but her fame rests on a single novel. The only daughter of a French barrister and an English feminist, Marie Belloc Lowndes (1868-1947) was the sister of Hilaire Belloc, the granddaughter of the painter Jean-Hilaire Belloc, and the great-granddaughter of a famous theologian who invented soda water. She was one of the first to join the Women Writers' Suffrage League, and married a Times journalist. After her husband was left a legacy of £2,000 she had the financial security to risk a writing career, and began pouring out novels, essays, plays and memoirs at a rate of one a year, (I tally her total output at around 72 volumes but there may have been more).

DVD/ Blu-ray: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (18)

Not all of these 14 gems are masterpieces but at least three of them are: Rear Window, Psycho and, best of all, Vertigo, Hitchcock's finest and most unsettling achievement, in which the portly auteur twisted clean-cut James Stewart into an obsessive lunatic.

Keeley Hawes to head cast of 'The Lady Vanishes' remake

Upstairs Downstairs actress Keeley Hawes is to lead the cast of a BBC remake of Alfred Hitchcock classic The Lady Vanishes.

Alfred Hitchcock is the father of the spy film and suspense thriller, and was an early example of the director as star

Page 3 Profile: Alfred Hitchcock, film director

Ah yes, the master of suspense

The Lorax, a furry gnome voiced by Danny DeVito, is the orange purveyor of a green message

Dr Seuss' The Lorax, Chris Renad, 86 mins (U)

An ecological fable ... padded out with industrial levels of filler

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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood's obsession with fame: Return of the matinee idols

Why bother creating new characters when you can tell the stories of Hollywood greats? Geoffrey MacNab looks at the films cashing in on our obsession with fame

Nick Clark: Ah, just the thought of watching Chelsea in one of London's greatest buildings

The possibility that we could actually call Battersea Power Station home is stunning

Hour of the Wolf by Håkan Nesser, translated by Laurie Thompson

Of the Nordic crime writers currently holding readers’ attention in an unbreakable grip, Håkan Nesser is comfortably the most anglocentric.

Alice Jones: What the new Sgt Pepper cover tells us about modern Britain

Where once stood Marilyn, now stands Delia, in a Norwich City scarf. HG Wells has been ousted by JK Rowling, Marlene Dietrich bumped by Kate Moss. As for John, George and Ringo – they're nowhere to be seen.

Maverick Sabre says: 'I still find jazz a big influence on the whole process of discovery in my work.'

Cultural Life: Maverick Sabre, musician

Music: Recently I've been listening to a record with Ella Fitzgerald on one side and Billie Holiday on the other side, and lots of music by Ahmad Jamal. I'm really into old jazz; I find it quite relaxing. It stems from when I was about 14 years old and getting into hip-hop producing. I used to listen to short little tunes that came from samples. So I still find jazz a big influence on the whole process of discovery in my work.

Spirited revival: JM Barrie in 1888

A man out of time

As J M Barrie's ghost story Mary Rose comes to the stage, Paul Taylor explores how his arrested development added to his powers

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee