Steve Coogan: He's back and funnier than ever

He is taking a break from Hollywood to star in Sunshine, the latest slice of life from the writers of The Royle Family. And Coogan's rather good, finds Gerard Gilbert

Thomas Sutcliffe: Stalin's Rocket

The Week In Culture: Stalin's towering modern vision was old before its time

The Word On...Tropic Thunder

"Ben Stiller's performance is easily the weakest element: like his 'Zoolander' character, he has a handful of exaggerated expressions and cycles through them on cue. But it's easy to forgive, given how thoroughly enjoyable 'Tropic Thunder' is on virtually every other count." - Tasha Robinson, www.avclub.com

Pandora: Alarm as Ben refuses to revisit classic 'Brideshead'

The new adaptation of Brideshead Revisited is yet to be released, but already one of the film's main stars, Ben Whishaw, has upset fans of the venerated 1981 version.

George Carlin: Seven words that shook a nation

America in the 1970s wasn't ready for George Carlin: his meditation on the morality of swearing led to arrest, prosecution – and even a Supreme Court judgment. Andy McSmith pays tribute

The Heartbreak Kid (15)

Why there's no cockiness with Will Ferrell

The deadpan funnyman now earns more than Tom Cruise. But it won't go to his head, he tells Gill Pringle

Johnson pays for diving jibes

The England striker Andrew Johnson believes accusations he is a diver were partly to blame for the ankle injury he suffered last weekend. The Everton forward and his manager David Moyes have been forced to fend off regular jibes about apparent "simulation" in the penalty box and the 25-year-old has made a conscious effort to stay on his feet more recently.

Questions Of Cash: It's Barclays vs Carphone in a debit dispute. Guess who lost?

Q: I bought a mobile phone online from Carphone Warehouse in the spring. A monthly direct debit was set up and the first payment of £32 taken from my account. But Carphone Warehouse claimed this payment was rejected and required me to pay it again - which I did. When I spoke to my bank, Barclays, it insisted the sum had been paid. Each says the other has the money. Who has?
AA, by e-mail.

Wedding Crashers (15)

Lukewarm reception

`Thanks, we're already doing a penis movie'

NOT SO long ago, Hollywood's recipe for a summer blockbuster movie was simple but effective: action, adventure, asteroids, lots of loud explosions, and lashings of gratuitous violence. The kids loved it, and the formula was guaranteed to make mega-bucks at the box office.

The Irritations of Modern Life: 49. Film Trailers

WHEN I go to the cinema, I behave normally and acceptably up to a point. I queue up along with everyone else, I read the show times, I buy my ticket, and I wait in line again to pay a small ransom for an ice-cream.

Videos: Review

The Truman Show (15)

Film: All poison and no darts

The Big Picture

Interview - Ben Stiller: Stiller: the hardest worker in Hollywood

He hasn't stood behind a camera since `The Cable Guy', but his career as a shrewd, funny actor is taking off. Dennis Lim met him
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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis