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

The Boat That Rocked (15)

That sinking feeling

The Independent Film Forum: Have your say on 'The Boat That Rocked'

Pirate radio and Richard Curtis - it should have been a winning combination. But was it? The latest film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum is The Boat That Rocked. Sentimental pap or rocking comedy? Is the ensemble cast any good? Is the film worth it for the soundtrack alone? Add your comments below and we'll print the best of them in next Wednesday's paper.

This actor's life: Andrew Lincoln is an altogether different animal in his latest stage role

Andrew Lincoln – cherubically curly, puppy dog-eyed love interest on British TV screens for the past decade – doesn't look quite himself today. His exuberant locks have been tamed, almost shaved off, he's wearing a lurid lime green and emerald golf sweater and is jangling some really quite nasty, cheap, yellowy gold jewellery. You'd never catch comfy old This Life favourite Egg, or classy, romantic Mark (who falls for his best friend's bride in Love Actually) in such an ostentatious rude-boy get-up.

Pandora: Zilli teaches how to balance the books

These are difficult times for that peculiar breed of cuisinier that is the celebrity chef, so those surveying the takings with despair could do far worse than tear a leaf out of Aldo Zilli's book.

The Boat That Rocked - Worldwide exclusive clip

Independent.co.uk has been given the worldwide exclusive rights to show a clip from Richard Curtis’ new film The Boat That Rocked.

Valkyrie (12a)

Bryan Singer takes a break from superhero movies (X-Men, Superman Returns) to tell the story of a real-life hero.

Cruise in Obama message at UK premiere

Tom Cruise tonight urged his fellow countrymen to get behind new President Barack Obama.

Could Valkyrie be Cruise's Downfall?

For Tom Cruise and MGM the success or failure of Valkyrie, a new film about a foiled plot to kill Hitler, could be make or break. But for all the criticism, it looks a box-office hit, says Guy Adams in Los Angeles

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In recent years, the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow has become famous for its very public disputes between audiences and judges. Not winning has often made for bigger headlines and greater notoriety. British-born Freddy Kempf took third prize in the 1998 competition but public adulation awarded him the gold medal and the press, wholeheartedly lending ballast to the protest, dubbed him "The Hero of the Competition".

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Books: Blowing in tyhe wind

Ian McEwan's latest novel covers some of the territory familiar to his readers: obsession and its consequences, violent events, moral dilemmas. But `Enduring Love' also shows a new tenderness

Book review / Spilt personalities

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape, pounds 15.99

Not just a pretty odd face

Serial killer, sinister fixer, brutal father ... Pete Postlethwaite's looks have won the actor some juicy roles. But, says Jasper Rees, there's more to him than stunning cheekbones
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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

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