News Vinnie Jones ha revealed he has skin cancer

Snatch star says condition has 'knocked me for six and made me reassess my life and goals'

The Illusionist (PG) <br/>Salt (12A) <br/>The Expendables (15)

You have to smile, but Tati's magic show remains a hat without a rabbit

Salt, Phillip Noyce, 100 mins, (12A)

Starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

Culture Club: Knight and Day (12A)

Readers review this week's big film

... and God created Angelina

She's become the world's number-one female celebrity &ndash; and it will take more than a scandalous new biography to bring the divine Miss Jolie down, writes Liz Hoggard

Spy 'just wants to concentrate on selling houses, not her story'

Anna Chapman's lawyer yesterday dismissed claims that his client is being held for interrogation by the Russian secret services, instead saying that the redheaded spy is spending time with her family and trying to restart her real estate business.

Everyone&rsquo;s doing
character analysis

Ranking games characters has been a popular sport this week. Both ‘Empire’ and ‘Entertainment Weekly’ have been having a go.

American thriller writer to pen the next James Bond novel

When Ian Fleming died in 1964, fans of the world's most famous fictional spy at least had the consolation that James Bond had not gone with him: 007's story continued to be told by writers including Kingsley Amis as well as by Hollywood's film franchise, all determined to keep alive the suave, Martini-sipping secret agent.

Meet the new action heroines

Angelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood actress to take on a role originally written for a man &ndash; a trend that is growing fast

Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend, By Richard Stoneman

First the Life. Born in 356BC, Alexander was educated by Aristotle before leading the Macedonian army in three great victories over Persia. His resulting title of Great King was no misnomer since Alexander ruled "the largest empire that the world had ever known", including part of India. Stoneman says he was "perhaps the first human being in recorded history to be seized by the romance of the east".

Brittany Murphy: Actress whose versatility matched her 'jolie laide' looks

While not traditionally beautiful according to the Hollywood standards of yore, the American actress Brittany Murphy had "jolie laide" looks – big, brown eyes, a slightly disdainful mouth, a pointed chin, just-out-of-bed hair – which she used to great effect as she combined parts in ditzy comedies like Clueless and Just Married to meatier roles in the dark thrillers Girl, Interrupted and Don't Say A Word.

Mighty Mario is Europe&rsquo;s favourite

Forget the spiky charms of Sonic the Hedgehog, the masculine might of Master Chief and the lithe limbs of Lara Croft. The gamers of Europe have chosen their all-time number one hero and it’s a fellow who’s pretty handy with a plunger, rather than a plasma cannon.

Myth of ancient Greece's 'heroes' blown away

Alexander was less than Great, and the Spartans were little more than thugs, says new book

Guy Adams: The crazy world of donor look-alikes

LA Notebook

Ta-ta to the tattoo? The rise and rise of removal

Once a celebrity displayed a 'tramp stamp', thousands wanted one, too &ndash; but not anymore

Carola Long: 'Black leather dress to a conservative christening? Hey, why not?'

With la rentree and a new batch of trends comes the biannual hope of radical reinvention. A new fashion horizon unfolds, and all that stands between one's tired old wardrobe and French Vogue-ishness is dropping a few hundred quid on a jacket with massive shoulders, something leather, perhaps some textured knits.

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