Arts and Entertainment Chiwetel Ejiofor (second from right) stars as kidnapped slave Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave'

The Steve McQueen film made £2.5m in its opening weekend

Martin McCutcheon has declared herself bankrupt

Bankrupt Martine McCutcheon 'touched' by support from fans

Martine McCutcheon has thanked fans for their support after she was declared bankrupt.

Fitzwilliam Darcy: Dan Stevens,right, may step into the role made famous in recent times by Colin Firth, left

Will Dan move from Downton to Pemberley?

Fitzwilliam Darcy, one of the most famous romantic heroes in English literature, is making a comeback. The BBC will air an adaptation of the PD James novel Death Comes To Pemberley (a "sequel" to Pride And Prejudice), which sees Darcy and Elizabeth six years after their marriage and with two children.

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1. Which chain of stores, founded by Sam Walton, began life in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962?

Hug a Harry: Redknapp and Villas-Boas keep warm on the final whistle

The Calvin Report: No bitterness from Redknapp on first meeting with ex since being dumped

Ultimately, players are more important than a manager's media profile or his comfort with the metrics of the modern game. Harry Redknapp's current set at Queens Park Rangers are inherently inferior to the familiar figures whose allegiance is to Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur.

Jon Stewart bans 'pain in the ass' Hugh Grant from the Daily Show

The American comedian won't be letting the Love Actually star back on his show following a reportedly troublesome appearance in 2009

Season’s repeatings: Classic Christmas films on TV this December

It’s time to kick back, eat a lot of chocolate and watch your favourite repeats of Christmas films

Young talent – and Olympic show –sets the Standard

At just 28, Nick Payne has become the youngest person to win the Best Play category at the 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

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End of Watch

Con caper that is guaranteed to leave you feeling truly conned

A very happy birthday... if you’re privately educated

An Eton and Oxbridge education is still a must for high-fliers in a whole host of professions ranging from acting to the judiciary and the diplomatic service, according to research to be published later today.

'Dear Diary, Twitter followers still a big fat zero': Bridget Jones is back - with a serious case of social media anxiety

Helen Fielding confirms third Bridget Jones book is on the cards, with Facebook and Twitter providing greater opportunities for social embarrassment

Robert Pattinson retains world's sexiest man title

Twilight star Robert Pattinson has maintained his place as the world's sexiest man - despite being publicly humiliated over Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal.

Takings for British films top £1bn for first time

The public flocked to see British films last year as UK box-office takings passed £1bn for the first time. The British Film Institute, publishing its 10th annual Statistical Yearbook yesterday, hailed 2011 as a year in which "British film thrived".

Kristen Schaal

Screentalk: The sky's the limit for Schaal

Kristen Schaal, a correspondent on The Daily Show, is to lend her vocal talents to Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn are directing the movie, a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the classic children's book.

Middle Eastern promise: Nadine Labaki (centre) in
'Where Do We Go Now?'

'Poster girl' says new film was a secret mission

Lebanese movie star Nadine Labaki follows her hit comedy Caramel with a tale of war and peace. By Kaleem Aftab

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen