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Trending: Sebastian Flyte, meet Mary Poppins

We all love to lose ourselves in a good book but can we be more influenced by literature than we previously thought? A new study from Ohio State University suggests that readers who identify with fictional characters are prone to subconsciously adopt their behaviour, so a reader would find themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters – something the researchers are calling "experience-taking".

DVD: The Fighter, For retail & rental (Momentum)

Christian Bale won an Oscar for his motormouthed performance (and extreme weight loss) as Dicky Eklund, a crack-addicted boxing coach who both helps and hinders his half-brother, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg).

Double DVD giveaway this weekend

On Saturday The Independent is giving away a free DVD of 'The Machinist', starring Christian Bale. It's a stark, disturbing tale of a man who hasn't slept for a year, and charts his seeming descent into madness - or is he trying to ruin his life for no good reason?

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Bale: film crew betrayed 'trust'

Ever since Christian Bale turned the air blue on the set of Terminator Salvation, directing a expletive-ridden rant at the film's director of photography, the world has known the actor is unafraid of speaking his mind.

DVD: The Dark Knight, Retail & Rental, (Warner)

Christopher Nolan tops his own 'Batman Begins' with a film that's less inspired by superhero comics than by crime novels, as it traces the trail of a city's corruption from its backalleys to its corridors of power.

'American Psycho' – the musical

The shockingly gory novel American Psycho is about 1980s decadence. Surprisingly it's about to take its place alongside 'The Lion King' on Broadway.