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

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.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Mental (15)

PJ Hogan DVD/Blu-ray (115mins)

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.

Richard Griffiths in 'The History Boys' at the National Theatre

'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

Bridesmaid's star Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief
Rowan Atkinson in his Comic Relief sketch as Archbishop of Canterbury

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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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
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However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

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Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent