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“You should learn to participate,” maintains Paul Rudd's English teacher to timid high-school freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman).

Francis Boulle: Everyone wants to be him

You too can be a winner in the game of Boulle

'Made in Chelsea' star opens up his geek's guide to successful living in SW3 for Matthew Bell

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky, 103mins (12A)

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson

Bookshops open early to launch JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Bookshops opened their doors early today for readers to get their hands on JK Rowling's first novel for adults.

Girls are more likely to emulate the polite, studious Hermione Granger, played by Emma Watson, than wild-child party girls like Peaches Geldof in her heyday

The Hermione Granger effect: why teenagers are finally starting to say no to drugs and alcohol

Report shows that pupils appear to be leading an increasingly clean-living lifestyle

Russell Brand hosting MTV Movie awards

Trending: The MTV Movie Awards is a most colourful cavalcade

If British TV has been dominated by flag-waving this week, across the pond, America's been busy crowning its own royalty at the MTV Movie Awards 2012. Fewer corgis, more Kardashians. But Sunday night's awards (screened last night on MTV UK) managed to have a few moments where the action was suitably red, white and blue hued.

Kara Hayward

Observations: The latest child star with brains to back up their movie career

Kara Hayward is the latest in a line of child actresses who have brains as well as talent. The 13-year-old star of Cannes opening-night film Moonrise Kingdom has been a member of Mensa since the age of nine. Some of the Massachusetts native's artwork and poems have been published. So she looks odds-on to join the club of brainy actresses who, having taken Hollywood by storm, decide to take a career sabbatical to study. 

They love Nicki Minaj and Adele – but where are the real guides for girls?

Survey links narrow range of inspirational figures to stereotypical career ambitions

Watson has carefully peppered her career with choices that pertain very closely to her own interests

Emma Watson: The girl with the magic touch

Emma Watson grew up on screen but as an adult, she's making her mark in the fashion world. Harriet Walker meets the new face of Lancôme

Video: The Wanted's Nathan staying single

Nathan from The Wanted receives a death threat from a jealous fan and he gets told he looks like Emma Watson.

Emma Watson ready to try comedy

Emma Watson wants to star in a "quirky" comedy.

Emma Watson to return to Brown

Emma Watson plans to return to Brown University.

Final Harry Potter breaks US record

The final Harry Potter film has broken records in the US and Canada for weekend box-office takings, according to estimates.

Rupert Grint missing Harry Potter home

Rupert Grint misses being on the set of 'Harry Potter' because it had become his second home.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 clip

A clip from the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series.

Emma Watson's double trouble on Harry Potter

Emma Watson needed a "lot of doubles" on 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' because of her education commitments.

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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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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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