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I’ve always tried to pursue the things I’m most passionate about You have to follow your heart. That’s why I’ve written and directed [new TV show] Mob City [based on John Buntin’s book LA Noir: The Struggle For the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City]. I’ve always loved film noir, the potboiler aspect, the fact that everyone has an angle, a secret, and that the heat is always being turned up under the kettle.

Twenty Twelve team returns to satirise life inside BBC Broadcasting House

It’s a challenge as great as delivering the London Olympics, in a very real sense. The team behind the award-winning satire Twenty Twelve is to aim its sights at life inside the BBC. But can the comedy series ever match the absurd reality of life within Broadcasting House?

What the Dickens? Britain's reluctant readers can't name Great Expectations author

Some 31 per cent of people don't know that Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations, while one in six clueless over origins of Hamlet

ET named nation's favourite childhood film

Poll returns results on the UK's movie preferences and habits, from top genres to best lines

Restaurant review: Sunday, 169 Hemingford Road, London, N1

Amol Rajan finds near-perfection at a brunch-and-dinner establishment in Islington

Reece Shearsmith stars in new English Civil War film, A Field in England

Heads Up: Ben Wheatley's Civil War movie A Field in England

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Laura Marling is organising shows with the Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema: The secret's out, and it's Laura Marling

Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been bringing magic back to the silver screen, devising immersive experiences where audiences participate with performers in hidden locations. Now the team behind dramatic showings of The Third Man and La Haine are sprinkling their fairy dust on the live music scene, beginning with a series of shows by the quietly intense Laura Marling (pictured).

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Audrey Tautou says 'non' to the 'unforgiving' scrutiny of women's bodies in Hollywood

Amelie actress Audrey Tautou says that she decided not to pursue a Hollywood career because she did not want "every single millimetre" of her body being scrutinised.

Dan Brown attends his An Evening With Dan Brown event, to promote his new novel Inferno, at the Freemason's Hall, London.

The Freemasons' Code: Dan Brown reveals the message that told him the door to the lodge is open

His best-selling novels illuminate the shadowy organisations that supposedly run the world. But Dan Brown was “honoured” to receive an invitation to join the Freemasons, the arcane fraternity whose tentacles are said to extend into the highest echelons of power.

Page 3 Profile: Dan Brown, Author of new novel, 'Inferno'

Is Robert Langdon back in town?

The film version of 'Shawshank Redemption' with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman

Shawshank Redemption voted 'best Oscars also-ran'

Prison drama The Shawshank Redemption has been hailed by movie buffs as the greatest film to miss out on a best picture Oscar.

Cool Runnings voted most heart-warming film off all time

Olympic comedy Cool Runnings has been voted the most heart-warming film of all time, in a poll of film fans.

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Alan Yau's latest transports our reviewer back to a magical memory of Thailand

Dan Brown whose long-awaited The Lost Symbol sold more than a million copies in the UK alone was one of the few top writers to notch up seven-figure sales in hardback.

Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown tackles Dante's Inferno for new book

His most famous book found Jesus’s bloodline, now Dan Brown is taking his readers into hell following the surprise announcement of a new book, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.

New Tricks writer hits back as stars label scripts 'bland'

The writer of long-running detective drama New Tricks has hit back in a row with the cast who claimed the scripts had become "bland".

DVD: Jo Nesbo's Headhunters

This deliriously entertaining, snappily edited Norwegian thriller pits an art thief (Aksel Hennie) against a Dutch businessman (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) with a Rubens in his Oslo flat.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

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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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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