News Danny Dyer ‘proud’ he’s helped young gay men come out

The new star heaped praise upon the touching EastEnders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of

Harrison in rehearsals for 'Step 9 (of 12)'

'I have never had a plan B'

Blake Harrison gained notoriety as Neil in 'The Inbetweeners'. But his new West End role will stop him being typecast as a dimwit, he tells Matt Trueman

James Corden nominated for Tony Award

James Corden has been nominated for a prestigious Tony Award for the Broadway production of his hit show One Man, Two Guvnors.

First impressions: Janet Brown as Margaret Thatcher (1979)

Are our politicians too dull to mimic? bother impersonating?

Celebrities rather than party leaders are the staple target of today's comedy impressionists, says Gerard Gilbert

Are our politicians too bland to bother impersonating?

Celebrities rather than leaders are the butt of today's mimics, says Gerard Gilbert

Face-time: Channel 4's new impression show stars Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott

Grace Dent on Television: Very Important People, Channel 4 / Girls, HBO

Bear Grylls has left his number in a cottaging hotspot. It's not your standard impressions show

DVD/Blu-ray: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (18)

David Fincher delivers an atmospheric but slightly unnecessary (after the 2009 Swedish version) adaptation of Stieg Larsson's thriller.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Son of No One (15)

Dito Montiel's portentous, poorly scripted crime thriller failed to receive a UK cinema release and fails to make the most of a cast that includes Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche and Katie Holmes.

In the hot seat: Matthew Goode

Mystery man's making all the right moves

With two major new roles including a Nicole Kidman film, it's Matthew Goode's year. Charlotte Cripps meets him

In the hot seat: Matthew Goode

Mystery man who's making all the right moves

With two major new roles, this is Matthew Goode's year. Charlotte Cripps meets him

Lockout (15)

Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Cannes contest

The two stars of the Twilight films will be competing for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Being Modern: Period dramas

The past is a lucrative country; they do things deliciously there. So runs one of the unsinkable maxims of 21st-century British television. Or at least it seemed unsinkable until ITV's Titanic: finishing tonight, the multi-decked extravaganza's ratings have drowned amid a vortex of so-so reviews and bad seafaring puns. Which might make you wonder: is the period drama set for a fall from grace to rival that of Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

Second coming: Sheen preaches gospel of the arts in Port Talbot

In these austere times, it won't only be residents of Port Talbot who recognise the description of "a town with low self-esteem" where it "felt like there was little going on". But not every industrial town has a son like Michael Sheen to do something about it.

Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith star in 'Horrible Histories' on CBBC

Horrible Histories: CBBC meets Royston Vasey

At their most grotesque, they possessed imagination dark enough to spew forth the village of Royston Vasey – a place populated by pen-obsessed sadists, an incestuous "local" couple and a magical man who swanned around in black-face, abducting innocent women from their homes. Now, after 10 years, the League of Gentlemen are back ... on a children's TV show.

Captain America: 'You [the British] are mentally landlocked,' says Spurlock. 'I think we [the US] got that from you'

Morgan Spurlock: 'I was doing funny walks around the house aged six'

With his TV show on Britain starting tomorrow and his film in cinemas later this week, the 'Super Size Me' film-maker is never off our screens. Genevieve Roberts meets Morgan Spurlock

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas