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DVD: The Ides of March

Man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling stars as an ambitious press officer who works for George Clooney's Obama-like governor during a Democratic primary.

DVD: Game of Thrones (18)

What in hell's teeth did we watch before HBO came along? Its latest is this saucy medieval fantasy drama, based on George R R Martin's bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, and while it may not be in quite the same league as The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, it's still considerably more gripping than your average British drama.

DVD: The Ides of March (15)

This perfectly competent, if rather slight, political drama is enlivened by Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the competing spin doctors plotting to get their Democrat candidate elected during the Primary campaign.

'Sloths are full of surprises... some studies show they sleep for as few as 10 hours a day'

Slow but perfectly formed

Sloths are all the rage but, asks Simon Usborne, what is it about the curious creatures that appeals to us?

'Sloths are full of surprises... some studies show they sleep for as few as 10 hours a day'

The slow shall inherit the earth

Why are sloths the darling of the internet? Simon Usborne studies the science of our obsession with furry animals

Driver says: 'I was devastated when 'The Riches' was cancelled after two seasons. I'm still sad about it but I did a good job'

Minnie Driver: 'When I'm riding an 8ft wave, it feels like I'm flying'

I've always loved the idea of playing an inspiring, rabble-rousing teacher I had an amazing teacher at my school called Alastair Langlands, who introduced me to my first love: storytelling. He made language, words and poetry magical, which has stayed with me. It's what attracted me to the role of a drama teacher in [my new film] Hunky Dory.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, John Madden, 124 mins (12A)
Black Gold, Jean-Jacques Annaud, 130 mins (12A)

Check in for sparkling one-liners from a veteran cast – but don't expect anything spicy

Reese Witherspoon: 'It's every girl's fantasy to have two hot guys battling over you. I'm doing it for the ladies'

Up close with Hollywood's golden girl

Fighting off the men on screen is one thing, says Reese Witherspoon. But real-life, modern dating? You can keep it, she tells Gill Pringle

Australian officials probe 'Crocodile Dundee' star Hogan's tangled finances

Complex trail of accounts from Chile to the Caribbean uncovered in wide-ranging Crime Commission investigation
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