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DVD: Invictus (12)

There's no escaping the World Cup in South Africa, but for one of the most talked about movies of the year it's about the rugby World Cup 14 years ago.

Cultural Life: Harlan Coben, novelist

Books: I just read and loved David Benioff's 'City of Thieves'. It is about the siege of Leningrad and manages to be moving, adventurous and funny, all at the same time. I don't normally read self-help but I really enjoyed 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin. It's as though the smartest girl in the class did all your homework on happiness and gave you her easy-to-digest notes. She spent a year test driving theories about how to be happier.

Eastwood at 80

Go ahead... make his birthday. Eighty things you might not know about the octogenarian and Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood

Rupert Cornwell: Farewell to Davy Crockett – and the wild frontier

Out of America: When Fess Parker died in California last week, part of an innocent, earlier era passed with him

David Flatman: Pride of Pienaar to help me prove Sarries wrong

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

Invictus, Clint Eastwood, 134 mins (12A)

Mandela is the inspiring coach in a beating-the-odds sports tale

Clint Eastwood: The good, the bad and the rugby

In the week that Clint Eastwood's latest film, Invictus, opens, James Mottram explores the enduring appeal of America's number-one movie man

Ruck and Maul: Easter's up for Red Rose leadership job but still backs 'Borthers'

Harlequins No 8 Nick Easter admits he is "up to do it" if asked to be the England captain even though he believes Steve Borthwick has "most likely still got the role". The squad will find out for certain on the Algarve tomorrow morning at the start of a week-long training camp. "I'm up to do it if he [England manager Martin Johnson] offered it to me," Easter told Ruck and Maul as he helped launch the 'Gatorade Gives Back' campaign with Ugo Monye and Danny Care. "The captain needs the respect of the players, and to be performing week in, week out to a high standard. He also displays himself that way in training. 'Borthers' is playing as well as ever, leading Saracens, and was probably one of the best players against New Zealand in England's last game." The timing of Johnson's latest captaincy announcement will echo that of the autumn Tests, when Borthwick was handed the job on the Monday of the fortnight leading up to the first match; Easter, however, was unavailable, having injured a calf two days beforehand. Easter also believes the power to lean on Test referees – a forte of Johnson's in his playing days – is waning. "Refs are human and you can influence them, but definitely less so than in days gone by," Easter said. "They are a bit more headstrong than they used to be and some of them have the attitude of 'don't want to speak to you, I spoke to you at the start of the game', no matter who you are."

Reds in the line of fire for reborn Lyons

After losing their title and two key players, Claude Puel's side have rebuilt and are targeting success in Europe. Bad news for Liverpool, writes John Lichfield in Paris

DVD: Gran Torino (15)

Clint Eastwood is one of the few figures in Hollywood able to play with his own iconography.

Observations: Clint Eastwood, a fistful of muscle cars...and that pink Cadillac

If you are the kind of gnarly old Hollywood grand-daddy who seems to have been hewn from the very rock on which America was built – in other words, Clint Eastwood – your film career can probably be oversimplified to three or four props. In his case these might be: horses, guns, stubble and cars. Automobiles have always been central to Eastwood's machismo, as important to his masculine image as the once-ever-present cheroot hanging from his mouth.

Clint Eastwood: How the West was won

Twenty years after the death of his friend, director Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood recalls how they changed Westerns forever

DVD: Changeling (15)

Changeling tells the harrowing true story of single mum Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) whose son Walter (Gattlin Griffith) was kidnapped from her LA home.

Guy Adams: At home on the firing range

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Johann Hari: Clint Eastwood shows how America is changing

The shift in one of America's greatest icons is a hopeful sign of cultural change
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