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When Alan Ball quit vampire drama True Blood at the end of its fifth season, he knew he was taking a risk. Few US show creators choose their exits – indeed The Walking Dead appears to sack one a season – and to leave, as Ball did, for an as-yet-untested show is the biggest risk of all.

Blue-collar guy: Zach Braff rehearsing 'All New People'

Braff the medicine man has last laugh

All New People was a hit in New York and is coming to the West End. Its star and creator, Zach Braff, tells Alice Jones he's happy to leave Scrubs behind him

Blue-collar guy: Zach Braff rehearsing 'All New People'

Zach Braff: Medicine man has the last laugh

All New People was a hit in New York and is now coming to the West End. Zach Braff, its star and creator, explains that the theatre is his dream life and he's happy to leave Scrubs behind

DVD: Scream 4 (15)

There's now something very quaint about a post-modern horror that chuckles at its own cleverness while sticking to stabbing and slashing as its killer's MO.

Scream 4 (15)

Starring: Neve Campbell
The Exorcist (1973). Starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Jason Miller. <br/>
The possession and exorcism of devil spirits from a young girl remains one of the most sensational, gory and chilling horror movies of all time. Adapted from the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist sparked fierce criticism when it was first released, playing as it did on fears of the devil and possession. Nauseating special effects – the 360 degree head-rotation, self-mutilation with a crucifix and the projectile green vomiting – conjure up images which are impossible to forget.

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A decade after Scream III hit the big screens, the classic slasher movie is back for the fourth time, boasting old-time veterans like Courtney Cox and David Arquette.

David Arquette rejected by Courteney

David Arquette tried to "make a move" on Courteney Cox in Disney World.

Scrubs' band The Blanks head to Shepherd's Bush Empire for one-off a cappella show

The hit US medical sitcom Scrubs was finally pronounced dead last March. While UK fans of the show cling to the lifeline of a repeat prescription of reruns, next weekend some will find further remedy for their loss with the arrival in London of The Blanks, the a cappella band who made frequent appearances on the show, led by the regular character Ted Buckland .

David Arquette out of rehab

David Arquette is "feeling good" after completing rehab.

Friends no more: Courteney Cox single again after 14 years

The world, both in Hollywood and beyond, was decidedly less than shocked when Friends star Courteney Cox and her actor-director husband David Arquette announced on Monday that they had separated.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette announce split

Friends star Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette announced a "trial separation" today.

Jennifer Aniston and the curse of 'Friends'

Her latest film is yet another flop. Even so, she's doing well compared to her former co-stars, reports Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Cougar Town - A crude look at an age-old question

Courteney Cox played an eternal teenager in Friends. Now she's playing a forty-something single woman, but, says Sarah Hughes, she is just as unbelievable &ndash; and it does older women no favours

Cougar Town reunites Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow

These "Friends" like sticking together.

Helen Croydon: Younger men aren't worth it

My experience has found them to be addicted to unrealistic romance
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?