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On the deck: Annie Mac

Annie Mac attack: dance music's champion

Annie MacManus's compilation albums and radio shows can create stars. The DJ tells Chris Mugan how she became a tastemaker

Indian Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor points a gun during shooting for the new television show '24' on location on a film set in Mumbai

24 goes to Bollywood: India tunes in to first foreign makeover of US drama series

Slumdog Millionaire's Anil Kapoor will play agent Jai Singh Rathod (with echoes of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer)

English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth poses on the red carpet as he arrives at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 12, 2013

Sir Bruce Forsyth pulls out of tomorrow's Strictly with flu - but he'll be back next week

Audiences get a one-week respite from the TV veteran's jokes

US rapper Jay-Z performing during a concert

Gig review: Jay Z, Magna Carter World Tour

Jay Z, the self-styled king of New York, waits backstage just a little past show-time with his wife Beyonce and their improbably named, one-year-old heir Blue Ivy.

Breezy manner: Lyles worked well into his nineties

AC Lyles: Film producer who worked in Hollywood for 75 years

AC Lyles, who died on 27 September at the age of 95, rose from mail boy to producer at Paramount Pictures and became the studio's longest-serving employee during a tenure that lasted more than three quarters of a century. He was 18 when he arrived in Hollywood from his native Florida to work in Paramount's mailroom in 1937. There, as the person who delivered fan letters, the outgoing Lyles became friendly with most of the major stars of the era, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and William Holden.

Book review: Worst. Person. Ever. By Douglas Coupland

Survival of the foulest in our dumbed-down junk world

Beck has released a trio of standalone efforts

The Playlist: Beck / Pyyramids / The Shotgun Kings / Ruen Brothers

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Ke$ha should be given more creative freedom, according to fans

Concerned fans call for Ke$ha to be given more creative freedom

Online petition with 1,300 signatures suggests producer Dr Luke should stop producing hit singles for the star

Downton Abbey returned to its largest premiere audience

Downton Abbey scores 10 million viewers... But The X Factor still comes out on top

The Edwardian drama peaks with an audience of 10.5 million

JD Salinger, left, after the Normandy invasion with his fellow counter-intelligence officers

Cut! Again! JD Salinger biopic gets new release of life after critical mauling - while it's still in cinemas

Harvey Weinstein is notorious for making extensive cuts to his movies in order to prime them for the box office. Now the producer known as “Harvey Scissorhands” has taken the extreme step of issuing a brand new version of a film just days after its release.

Nicholas Barber's the watch list: Vampires

You know where you are with werewolves. Zombies have only two speeds: stumble and sprint. Vampires, though, are a more versatile monster. Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, which comes out on DVD tomorrow, gives its vamps retractable thumbnail-daggers, and reams of romantic mythology, but it’s positively mainstream compared to some of the, well, batty cult films which preceded it.

Win Butler of Arcade Fire

The Playlist: Arcade Fire / Blood Orange / Twin Shadow

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol whose supergroup Tired Pony trails behind according to our critic

Music review: Tired Pony - Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody's supergroup is cloyingly smug

“It’s called... ‘The New One’!” announces Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, promoting his indie supergroup Tired Pony’s second album The Ghost Of The Mountain with a suitably schmindie level of marketing skill.

Graffiti to promote Arcade Fire's new single

Caught in the Net: Arcade's epic single is a two-video affair

Arcade Fire's new song, the title track from the October-released fourth LP Reflektor, is a suitably big affair; it prompted Pitchfork to quip that it's so epic, it has two videos – one a monochrome effort directed by Anton Corbijn (youtu.be/7E0fVfectDo), the other an interactive extravaganza (justareflektor.com). The song itself is a bouncy number, with dance-like textures that may in part be a result of James Murphy being in the production booth. David Bowie is on backing vocals, which is nice.

Why vinyl is Top of the Pops... thanks to Daft Punk, Bowie and Led Zeppelin

Those funny round discs that went so out of fashion are a big hit again. So is it time to dig out that record player?
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