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Malin Akerman will play Debbie Harry in CBGB, the upcoming movie about the seminal New York club

Screen Talk: Gentlemen still prefer Blondie

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Richard Armitage: 'I wish I could jump out of character; I'd be more popular'

I never like to go out of character when filming starts I fear that if I do, I might not be able to pick it up again. This was particularly the case with the character Thorin Oakenshield [in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit]. He's moody and broody, so people kept their distance from me during the production. I wish I was good at jumping out of character in between takes, as I'd be more popular socially.

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DVD review: Silver Linings Playbook

David O Russell's Oscar-winning comedy stands out from the Hollywood crowd by having a polished and punchy screenplay, rather than acres of self-indulgent improv, and a hero (Bradley Cooper) who has genuine mental-health issues, rather than simply being an arrested adolescent.

DVD review: Parks & Recreation Season One

Available in the UK after a four-year wait, this American sitcom is heavily indebted to The Office and all its mock-doc stylings – there's a sideways glance to camera every 30 seconds – but it has a sweetness and richness all of its own.

Griffiths, left, as Hector in the film version of ‘The History Boys’ with Stephen Campbell Moore as Irwin

Richard Griffiths obituary: Actor best known for his parts in 'Withnail and I' and 'The History Boys'

He wanted to be an artist but when that didn't work out drifted into acting 'out of disappointment'

Sparks, Two Hands One Mouth: Live in Europe (Lil Beethoven)

Album review: Sparks, Two Hands One Mouth: Live in Europe (Lil Beethoven)

Extraordinarily, in a career 22 albums long, this is the first live recording that Sparks have released – and it's typical of their quixotic charm that, despite being famous for the ambitious complexity of their arrangements, it should feature pared-down settings of one voice accompanied by just one keyboard.

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'My beloved Uncle Monty': Tributes pour in for Withnail And I actor Richard Griffiths following death at 65

Born in North Yorkshire, Griffiths was famous for his roles in the Harry Potter series, Withnail And I, and The History Boys

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Rowan Atkinson's brother slams 'adolescent' comic relief sketch

Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop of Canterbury sketch for Comic Relief has received another complaint-this time from his own brother.

The latest New York TV phenomenon is, of course, HBO’s Girls which is drawing fans of Lena Dunham’s quarter-life crisis

Tourism: The Girls girls' new TV tour

Despite a lot of its most famous shows (Friends, Seinfeld, Taxi) being filmed in warehouses in Los Angeles, New York City has made the most of its use as a setting in TV and films. Or, at least, entrepreneurial locals have done. Kenny Kramer (Larry David’s ex-neighbour, the “real” Kramer who inspired the character) offers weekend tours of famous spots from Seinfeld.

2013's red nose - Comic Relief has raised £75m so far

Red faces: Not everyone sees the funny side of 'lewd' Comic Relief

It has raised over £800m in all, but this year's pre-watershed language wasn't funny, say furious viewers

Questionable Time: Chuka Umunna can dance with Will Smith, but is he the real deal?

Plus, a grudging respect for Francis Maude and why watching Leanne Wood on Question Time is the most fun you can have with your clothes on

Dynamic Duo: Rivals Olivia Colman and David Tennant tackle murder on the beach in Broadchurch

TV review: Broadchurch - Finally, ITV makes a Killing

An eight-parter about small-town lives is just the imitation Scandi-noir we've been waiting for

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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