When Jennifer Lawrence started her acting career, Christian Bale was high on her list of potential co-stars to make out with.

Jennifer Lawrence on kissing Christian Bale: ‘He's Fatman, not Batman’

The Christian Bale of her teenage mind was the muscle-bound crime fighter of The Dark Knight series, not the balding Irving Rosenfeld

Look back in awe: The horticultural hits of 2013

Gardeners have a habit of going on about their planting disasters, instead of celebrating their successes, says our green-fingered correspondent...

Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight

Batman returns: Prequel TV series to focus on Commissioner Jim Gordon

Fox wins the rights to Gotham, a new show from the creator of The Mentalist

Reap what you sow: It's not as difficult as you think to grow peas and squash

One warm, still evening in mid-July I picked the first peas, the first cucumber and the first courgette. My husband was away sailing in the Shetlands. The booty was mine, all mine. I made fat batons of the cucumber and ate them, dipped in hummus, as I sat outside shelling the peas. In the fading light, the rooks sailed in overhead, hundreds of them, chattering, clattering, making for their roost in the alder trees below the house.

Video: Elmore Leonard

The writer Elmore Leonard, who died on Tuesday, has had a number of stories adapted for the big screen, as well as influencing Quentin Tarantino. Watch trailers for two such films, ‘3:10 To Yuma’ (2007 version) and ‘Jackie Brown’ - directed by Tarantino - below:

The author Elmore Leonard who has died aged 87

Elmore Leonard: King of crime capers who gave hookers and hustlers a voice, dies aged 87

Crime novels spawned several film adaptations, including Get Shorty starring John Travolta and Danny DeVito

Christian Bale has reportedly been offered $50 million (£32 million) to reprise his star role as Batman

The Dark Knight Reprises? Christian Bale reportedly offered $50m to return as Batman in Man of Steel 2

The film will see Batman face off against Superman

Book of a lifetime: The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

I've given a lot of thought to books that hold a significant meaning for me; the books that have stayed with me long after the final page has been turned. There are many books that have shaped me. To select one feels like an impossible task, like choosing between salade niçoise and buttery mashed potatoes. I love both at different times of the year.

The Blagger's Guide To: love in literature

50 Shades of Pooh, and other unlikely romantic interludes

Sevigny stars in the new Miu Miu campaign

Chloë Sevigny: A suitable girl for Miu Miu

Chloë Sevigny has always followed an alternative path, making her the perfect new face of Miu Miu, says Gemma Hayward

New releases 04/08/2012: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, London: the Modern Babylon, A Simple Life, Sound of My Voice, Undefeatedm The Flowers of War, Eames: the Architect & the Painter, Leave It on the Floor and Truth or Dare

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days (U)

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Dir. David Bowers
Starring Zachary Gordon,  Robert Capron, 94mins

Another episodic series of misfortunes and indignities befall Greg Heffley, the fairly charmless hero of these adaptations of Jeff Kinney’s children’s novels. He  embarrasses himself in  front of his teenage crush;  has to join his father in a  Civil War battle re-enactment; loses his trunks in the swimming pool, and so on.

The Flowers of War (15)

Starring: Christian Bale, Ni Ni

Batman star Christian Bale visits Colorado cinema shooting survivors

Christian Bale, the British star of the Batman films, visited survivors of the Colorado cinema shooting on Tuesday, and thanked medical staff and police officers who responded to the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

The Dark Knight Rises (12A)

Glum, dark and brooding, as you'd expect. But this third outing on the Batcycle is serious fun

Nolan speaks of "profound sorrow" after Batman shooting

Batman director Christopher Nolan issued a statement yesterday in response to the multiple shooting in Denver, expressing "profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy." 

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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