Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

'The Spear' by Brett Murray has now been defaced

Jacob Zuma's lawyer weeps in court case against artist

South Africans will have to wait to find out whether dignity outranks freedom of expression in their constitution after President Jacob Zuma's lawyer broke down in tears in a court hearing yesterday.

Marvel Avengers set to smash box-office records

Disney's new superhero film Marvel Avengers Assemble is on course to smash global cinema box-office records by grossing $1bn (£625 m) in just 19 days. The film has brought in over £40m in the UK, meaning that it could soon match last year's top-seller, The King's Speech, which generated £45m.

Death or glory: Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America) in ‘Avengers Assemble’

Trending: Who's really in the billion dollar club?

Avengers Assemble has become one of the biggest-grossing films of all time. Or has it? Guy Adams examines the numbers

Avengers film sets new record at box office

The superhero movie Avengers Assemble has set a new record for the biggest-grossing opening weekend at the US box office, becoming the first film to break the $200m (£123m) mark.

Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams, By Darryl Cunningham

At last! A boffin who can put us in the picture

A new blog document and analyse Superman's appearances in all the print formats

The ascent of Superman

Is Superman the most prolific character in fiction? The Man of Steel has appeared in at least 1,500 different comic books, several TV series – from Adventures of Superman to Smallville – and five (soon to be six) films. He's not an easy man to keep tabs on.

Avengers Assemble

Observations: How to play the Incredible Hulk

When Mark Ruffalo won his role as the Incredible Hulk for this month's mega-blockbuster Avengers Assemble, he made one fatal mistake: trawling the internet for reactions. Comic-book fans – particularly those obsessed with the Marvel superhero universe – can be an unforgiving bunch. "It was pretty brutal," he laughs. "It definitely hurt my feelings and scared me." How could it not? Insults ranged from "Ruffalo is a tool" to "That guy is barely awake. How is he going to be pissed off as the Hulk?"

A hit: Battleship, which is based on the guessing game

Why has Hollywood gone toy crazy?

Hollywood's new assault has begun. It's the march of all your childhood playthings, from Battleships to Lego, Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Space Invaders, says Daniel Bettridge

Main Street in Springfield, Oregon, yesterday. After years of speculation, the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, has finally revealed that the city inspired its namesake in the show

Simpsons creator finally unveils the real Springfield

From Springfield, Ohio, to the city's namesakes in West Virginia, Vermont and Illinois, resounds the exclamation: "Doh!" The creator of The Simpsons has broken his silence and revealed that the real-life inspiration for the animated series is the Springfield in Oregon.

Main Street in Springfield, Oregon, yesterday. After years of speculation, the creator of 'The Simpsons', Matt Groening, has finally revealed that the city inspired its namesake in the show

No power plant, no Krusty Burger – but this is the real home of the Simpsons

Oregonians delight as Groening finally reveals that of 38 US Springfields, he was thinking of theirs

Doh! The Simpsons creator Matt Groening reveals the real Springfield is in Oregon

One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been revealed, with The Simpsons creator Matt Groening pointing to Springfield, Oregon, as the inspiration for the animated home town of Homer and family.

Assassin’s Creed 3 collector’s editions announced

'Freedom' and 'Join or Die' special editions detailed.

Another 'Olympics egg' stolen

A third model egg has been stolen from a pre-Olympic exhibition.

Hungry for a hat-trick: Lionel Messi celebrates one of his record-breaking Barça goals on Tuesday

Lifting the lid on Leo Messi, Barça's reluctant superstar

'Normal' off the pitch, a genius on it, club's new record scorer has changed little from the shy 12-year-old who first arrived. But will it always be this rosy?

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee