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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Bryan Cranston, who plays 'Walter', and Aaron Paul's 'Jesse' in Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad inspires parents to name their children after drug dealers instead of royals

George pushed out of the top 10 since the prince was born – while Skyler and Jesse are on the up

Cineworld founder lowers curtain after 44 years in film industry to 'enjoy the fruits of success'

Wiener oversaw the flotation and expansion of the cinema chain

Debate: Russell Brand has called David Cameron a ‘filthy, dirty, posh w****r’. Has he gone too far?

Russell Brand has elbowed his way back into the headlines with a controversial appearance on Alan Carr's Chatty Man show, to be broadcast on Friday.

The director of Brad Pitt's new film has offered his 'heartfelt apologies' after filming Nazi war scenes in an English village on Remembrance Day

Filming of Brad Pitt war saga offends veterans

The director of Brad Pitt’s new film has offered his “heartfelt apologies” after filming Nazi war scenes in an English village on Remembrance Day, provoking outrage.

A cinematic smörgåsbord of interesting female characters

Sweden has introduced a test to stamp out gender bias in film, what a relief

In pictures: Jennifer Lawrence joins Hollywood's latest hairstyle trend

The Hunger Games heroine Jennifer Lawrence joins Hollywood's latest hairstyle - the pixie

Guillermo del Toro puts together spectacular Halloween Simpsons title sequence

The director of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy has put his talents to the production of a cartoon love-letter to the sci-fi/horror genre, helping the Simpsons team put together a three minute title sequence for the forthcoming Treehouse of Horror special.

Leona Lewis is moving from music to film

Leona Lewis to make acting debut in new British musical

The X Factor winner could be singing songs by Madonna or Cyndi Lauper

Rome sweet Rome: Tony Servillo in 'The Great Beauty'

Film review: The Great Beauty (15)

From its delirious opening montage of disco divas, ageing socialites and strippers at play – one imagines Berlusconi's bunga bunga in a nutshell – Paolo Sorrentino's Roman satire has its sights fixed on epic greatness. There's a touch of La Dolce Vita in its fluid portrait of the city as carnival, with its parade of nuns, tourists, freaks, hangers-on, performance artists and other jokers. It is overseen by the dapper, disenchanted Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a journalist who once wrote a great novel but is now more famous for his roof-terrace parties and languid cynicism. The haute bourgeoisie circles Jep moves in turn a blind eye and a Botoxed pout to the depressed, debased society around them, preferring to dance themselves dizzy and drink themselves silly. (Sample dialogue: "What job do you do?" "Me? I'm rich". "Great job"). Nor is there any recourse to religion when Vatican prelates offer not spiritual succour but top cooking tips.

Eric Cantona posing at the Cannes Film Festival 2013

Eric Cantona to head French film festival jury

Eric Cantona, the iconic Manchester United footballer who quit football to become an actor, is to head the jury on an Anglo-French film festival.

TV police duo Scott & Bailey, played by Suranne Jones (left) and Lesley Sharp (right)

ITV's Scott & Bailey back for fourth series

Female TV police duo Scott & Bailey are coming back for a fourth series.

The owner of a location used in 'The King's Speech' has admitted to
hosting sex parties there

Netflix buys exclusive rights to Weinstein Company movies

Netflix has signed a deal with another major film production company, bagging the streaming rights to every Weinstein Company film from 2016.

Mark Leftly: Blockbusters can help Cineworld beat Bon

Outlook One of the biggest concerns hanging over Cineworld for the rest of the year is the spectre of James Bond.

Lost Voice Guy, comedian Lee Ridley

Edinburgh 2013: Lost Voice Guy- comedian Lee Ridley on living with cerebral palsy

Ridley cannot speak, but delivers his stand-up show thanks to an iPad app

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'