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Cutie and the Boxer (E) Zachary Heinzerling, DVD (82mins)

So Tate Modern's had 5.3m visitors, but do gallery visitor numbers really add up to all that much?

Plus: My nomination for best non-snub and the people of  Les Misérables are revolting

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Final Twilight film leads 'worst film' field with 11 Razzie nominations

Vampires, a man in drag and a deadbeat dad scored the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and cinematic performances of 2012, the annual Hollywood lowlight awards announced the day before the Oscar nominations.

Anne-Marie Duff to appear in Shameless finale

Acclaimed actress Anne-Marie Duff is to make a return to Channel 4's Shameless for the show's last episode.

Holy Motors

Review of 2012: Film (part 2)

Fine thrillers, quality documentaries, a top Bond villain ... and some pop disasters

Album: 10cc, Tenology (Universal)

One significant aspect of the 1970s, often overlooked, was a reaction against prog-rock stodge by musicians who opted instead to bring a high level of sophistication and wit back into pop.

DVD: A Young Doctor's Notebook (15)

"But he looks like a student," moans the midwife about the youthful doctor, Vladimir (Daniel Radcliffe), who has just started at a remote countryside practice in Russia, 1917.

Blackburn Rover manager Henning Berg

From Bollywood to Ewood: Judan Ali in challenging new role

Blackburn's new coach has had almost as much experience in the world of film as in the dugout

Also showing: Pitch Perfect, Grabbers, Boxing Day and Parental Guidance

Pitch Perfect (112 mins, 12A)

Home Alone, It's A Wonderful Life, Elf: What is your favourite Christmas film?

With just a few days to go until Christmas, we're feeling festive.

Simonsig is set for a first test on heavy ground at Ascot today

Simonsig faces 'horrible' debut in transition to Festival fences

Conditions could hardly be more inimical to the brilliance that identified Simonsig as the outstanding novice hurdler of last season when he turns his attention to fences at Ascot this afternoon.

The foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) has new challenges ahead in the new series

Malcolm Tucker and the The Thick of It triumph at the British Comedy Awards

Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front won best actor and actress gongs for their efforts in Armando Iannucci's Shadow Cabinet

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

Way To Go: Assisted suicide gets comedy treatment

Helping the terminally ill to die becomes a 'life line' for twentysomething mates in this new BBC comedy

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