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James Bond versus Batman in MTV awards battle for the abs: Daniel Craig and Christian Bale square up for the fight

James Bond fights it out with Batman in battle of the honed abs at MTV Movie Awards

Bond is to take on Batman as Daniel Craig and Christian Bale's finely honed abs battle it out for a prize at the MTV Movie Awards.

Mark Wahlberg stars as John in Seth MacFarlane's comedy alongside a potty-mouthed Ted

Django Unchained and Ted lead MTV Movie Awards

A bloody Western and the comedic tale of a trash-talking teddy bear lead nominees for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

Last night's viewing - Bluestone 42, BBC3; The Crash, BBC3

I think Bluestone 42, BBC3's new comedy about a bomb-disposal team in Afghanistan, may be unique. Of course, there have been other sitcoms that tried to see the funny side of a bloody war before now. M*A*S*H did it brilliantly, as did Blackadder Goes Forth. But neither of those series went out while the war in question was still underway.

My Secret Life: Shirley Hughes, 85, author and illustrator

'Life is unfailingly interesting'

Daniel Craig, as James Bond in Skyfall

Empire Awards: Daniel Craig and Judi Dench star again as Skyfall is nominated in six categories

Skyfall leads the pack at this year's Empire Awards with six nominations for the Bond film including best actor for Daniel Craig and best actress for Dame Judi Dench.

Keith Lemon, played by Leigh Francis, flaunts his hairy chest

Keith Lemon: The Film honoured at inaugural Barftas (British Academy of Rubbish Films and Terrible Acting)

Britain's answer to The Razzies honours Vernon Kaye's cameo on Keith Lemon for the line “I’ll have the bangers and gash”

Hairy moment: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

The Hobbit 3 release date pushed back to December 2014

The release date of the third instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has been pushed back from 18 July 2014 to 17 December 2014.

It’s no joke: Richard Herring

The Week in Radio: Comedy and radio do not mix - in fact they are sworn enemies

“And here on 4 we have a comedy coming up,” said the BBC continuity announcer. Oh God, I thought. Really? Must you? Must we? Isn’t it time to give it up? To admit defeat? To say to your listeners “Look, guys, we’ve given comedy our best shot, we’ve brought in the big guns, we’ve maxed out the budget, but it’s just not working.”

Seth MacFarlane, actor and Oscars host

Seth MacFarlane credited with boosting TV ratings as 40 million tune into the Oscars 2013

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has drawn criticism for his opening song “We saw your boobs” as well as his tasteless jokes about Jews, race and domestic violence.

James McAvoy as a no-holds-barred Macbeth at Trafalgar 1

James McAvoy 'to star in The Crow remake'

British actor James McAvoy is reportedly first in line to play the lead in a remake of cult 1994 movie The Crow.

Hollywood stars gather ahead of the Oscars

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are gathering ahead of the Oscars.

Jodie Whittaker: 'I'm currently working nights, till 2am. It's like having jet lag'

Playing opposite Peter O'Toole terrified me I was the female lead in Venus in 2006, having only recently finished drama school, and I'd never been on a film set before; I was woefully underqualified. If I went to work for a bank, I wouldn't get to be the bank manager on my second week – the film industry is not like the real world!

Ian McDiarmid (Galileo Galilei), Matthew Aubery (Andrea)

A Life of Galileo, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC round off their “World Elsewhere” season now with Roxana Silbert's astringent and vigorous modern-dress revival of Brecht's Galileo.

Marianne Faithfull and Peter Gilmore, Gilmore has died at the age of 81.

The Onedin Line star Peter Gilmore dies aged 81

Actor Peter Gilmore, who headed the cast of long-running BBC seafaring drama The Onedin Lane, has died at the age of 81.

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