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Perhaps "Jack and the Beanstalk" sounded a bit tame, and "Jack the Giant Killer" a bit bloodthirsty.

Vote keeps US government going

The Republican House of Representatives voted to keep the US government going until the end of September, paving the way for the Senate to approve the measure to avoid a shutdown of federal agencies.

Hug a Harry: Redknapp and Villas-Boas keep warm on the final whistle

The Calvin Report: No bitterness from Redknapp on first meeting with ex since being dumped

Ultimately, players are more important than a manager's media profile or his comfort with the metrics of the modern game. Harry Redknapp's current set at Queens Park Rangers are inherently inferior to the familiar figures whose allegiance is to Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur.

Jaipur's Palace of Winds

Rajasthan: A family adventure in India

The dazzling state of Rajasthan has long lured travellers – and your children will love it too, says Amar Grover.

Terence Blacker: The new fad for fairy tales shows our retreat from complex reality

The Way We Live: In these stories, it is fine to laugh at ugliness, and to cheer the killing of giants

New year's Eve (12A)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker

DVD: Rango (PG)

"When is he going to die?" enquires one mariachi owl, part of a chorus of owls, to another. "Soon compadre, soon," is the deadpan reply.

British child actor to star alongside Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean

What's it like be a 15-year-old playing a pirate in a Hollywood blockbuster alongside Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz?

How We Met: Nick Frost & Bill Nighy

'He has a fear of being "found out" – it's something I've always worried about too'

A Tug on the Thread: From the British Raj to the British Stage, by Diana Quick

Raven-haired, stop-you-in-your-stride-eyed Diana Quick is just the kind of memoirist who would have readers flicking to the index for a pagination of juicy bits.

DVD: The Boat that Rocked, For retail & rental (Universal)

Four Weddings: funny. Notting Hill: not bad. Bridget Jones: decent. Love Actually: barely passable. Mr Bean's Holiday: oh dear. And so to TBTR, Richard Curtis's latest, which continues the plummeting trajectory.

G-Force (3D) (PG), Hoyt H Yeatman Jr., 88 mins

The director Hoyt H Yeatman Jr (an American, perchance?) says he got the idea for this adventure movie about guinea pigs as special agents from his five-year-old son. Thanks a lot, kid.

Observations: Bill Nighy is a man among guinea pigs

Bill Nighy stars in Disney's new comedy-adventure film G-Force, about guinea pigs who are secretly government spies. This is Disney's latest entry in the 3D animation wars.

Parties: Grayson Perry zigs and Bill Nighy zags at Tate Britain's summer party

Guests ummed and ahhed as they wound themselves around Eva Rothschild's giant, room-encompassing zig-zag of a sculpture that was the centrepiece for Tate Britain's summer party on Monday.

Parties: A five-star night out at the Langham Hotel London

As taxis parked up for the "Grand Unveiling" of the £80m rebirth of the Langham Hotel London, a cool Bill Nighy sauntered by on foot, smoothly unaffected by the Tube strike that had caused such mayhem earlier in the day.

The Independent Film Forum: 9. The Boat that Rocked

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Richard Curtis's comedy about pirate radio
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