Arts and Entertainment David Lynch, Untitled (England). Late 1980s, early 1990s

A recurring motif in his films, Lynch first started photographing abandonned factories in the early 1980s

Album: Lucinda Williams, Blessed (Lost Highway)

Americana's most ripped and bleeding soul gets down with a Don Was co-production, which means presence and rough warmth in the ear.

Album: Hayes Carll, Kmag Yoyo (Lost Highway / Humphead)

It says "Americana" up there, but this is no sepia tint of Old America. Nor is it an exercise in artily countrified nostalgia.

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The end: Dino De Laurentiis dies aged 91

Dino De Laurentiis, the prolific Hollywood impresario who was behind more than 500 movies and left an indelible footprint on the way the industry makes and markets major films, has died. He was 91.

Battersea Arts Centre preparing for Lynch mob

For David Lynch fans there is a life-drawing class this Saturday as part of the David Lynch season at London's Battersea Arts Centre – and as part of this month's The Big Draw celebrations.

Album: Ryan Bingham, Junky Star (Lost Highway)

The scent of mythologisation pervades RB's airspace like some pongy Texan cactus.

Too Hollyweird for Hollywood? David Lynch asks fans to help fund his movies

There used to be a time when a filmmaker had a clever idea, took it to a Hollywood studio executive and, by the end of a long lunch, had secured enough money to make their next movie.

Dennis Hopper: Hollywood actor, director and oft-married hell-raiser who rose to fame with 'Easy Rider'

Dennis Hopper will be best remembered as the director and star of one of Hollywood's most influential films, Easy Rider (1969), which defined a generation of 'hippie' culture and attitude, the film's hallucinogenic imagery backed by a driving rock soundtrack.

How The Beatles' meditation technique could cure depression

Transcendental methods practised by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi cut symptoms in older people by nearly half

Album: Various artists, Nippon Girls (Big Beat International)

In 1960s Japan, Svengali producers used chirpy girl singers to cover hits by Connie Francis or Helen Shapiro, then started to get creative on original garage stompers, baroque ballads and bossa-nova exotica.

Album: Lyle Lovett, Natural Forces (Hump Head/Lost Highway)

Once upon a time Lovett rested his narrow eye on the wide world of Texan society, landscape and fauna, and coaxed out of those things surreal lament.

Monsieur Hulot's holiday is over

Jacques Tati may be dead, but his greatest creation is returning with a starring role at Cannes and a new animated adventure.

Observations: Film fans will have a whale of a time on Noah's tour

Folk-pop quartet Noah and The Whale are embarking on a 10-date UK tour with a difference. Kicking off on 5 March in Norwich, the Club Silencio Tour promises an evening of film and music that harks back to the music halls of old. The film fanatics say the tour is inspired by the Club Silencio scene in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.

Jennifer Lynch: Life with David and the turkey of the decade

The amputee romance ‘Boxing Helena’ was never going to win an Oscar – but the director Jennifer Lynch could not have foreseen the torrent of abuse that would follow its release. And that’s when her problems really began

David Lynch: 'They murdered my first movie'

Today, his films are considered cinematic masterworks – yet David Lynch is still smarting from criticism of his debut, Eraserhead. On the eve of its re-release, the director talks to Sophie Morris
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

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