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Threequel' comes after huge success of 'Despicable Me 2'

Album: Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen, Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Signum)

Dramatically realised here by the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gurrelieder is a fascinating work which illuminates the development of Schoenberg's compositional style.

Album: Monteverdi, Sweet Torment – I Fagiolini etc, (Chandos)

I Fagiolini's Monteverdi series continues with another fascinating and faultlessly executed programme of scherzi and accompanied and unaccompanied madrigals from 1605-1638.

Ben Chu: The amazing gravity-defying lobbyists

Remember those classic cartoons in which a character would run over the edge a cliff and keep going on thin air without realising the ground had disappeared? That reminds me of all these poor saps sent in to defend the transparently over-inflated salaries of executives.

The Last Mistress (15)

Sexual provocateur Catherine Breillat changes genre here with a period tale of amour fou that recalls the scandalous intrigue and heaving bosoms of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

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BNP to use Prophet cartoon in campaign

Miles Kington: A refreshingly old-fashioned controversy

The Catholic God said that cartoonists had been drawing him for years as a white-bearded old bloke on a cloud, and nobody had ever objected

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Experimental film-maker who animated Shakespeare

Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U)

Nick Park, Steve Box and their team have crafted something of great artistry, originality and wit, says Anthony Quinn
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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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