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Producers are scrambling to make 'gran-coms' for older audiences

DVD: Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited follow-up to his 2000 drama You Can Count on Me examines the life of a privileged Manhattan schoolgirl (Anna Paquin) who's involved in a bus crash.

Matthew McConaughey in the title role of funny, vicious 'Killer Joe'

Killer Joe, William Friedkin, 102 mins (18)
Your Sister's Sister, Lynn Shelton, 90 mins (15)
The Amazing Spider-Man, Marc Webb, 136 mins (12A)

Want to murder your mother? You need Joe, the cop who moonlights as a killer

Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel in a very modern fairy tale

The Fairy, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, 93 mins (PG)

This live cartoon starring acrobats is nothing like 'The Artist' – apart from its romantic streak

Dom Joly: If Cornwall enters this century, tweet

I've been filming down in Cornwall this week. First stop was Padstein … sorry, Padstow, the little Cornish fishing village that has been totally overtaken by the TV chef Rick Stein. We ate at his famous Seafood Restaurant, which lived up to the hype and was absolutely fabulous. Our hotel, on the other hand, left a little bit to be desired. Our director of photography c hecked into his room before quickly returning to the front desk to complain that somebody had clearly died in there over the past three days. The receptionist looked shocked, not at the accusation, but as to how he had found out. Meanwhile, I tried to get on the internet. It didn't work. I turned on the telly, but only got one channel. I gave up trying to access the 21st century and had a shower … or tried to. I turned on the hot water and somewhere in the bowels of the building, something ancient and mechanical stirred. I managed to lather myself up with soap before whatever it was gave up and died. The water turned into a cold trickle and I was left having to wipe myself down with a 5in towel.

Ancient Light, By John Banville

Memories of trangressions, erotic idylls, and Irish times past

Silvio Berlusconi paves way for return to Italian politics

Former PM declared this week that he would like to be Italy's Finance Minister

Disney's Brave arrows in on top spot

The story of an archery-ace, 10th-century Scottish princess who rebels against convention has topped the US box office, in the 13th straight No 1 hit for Disney's animation studio, Pixar.

'Brave' hits the bullseye as Pixar film is No 1 again

The story of an archery-ace, 10th-century Scottish princess who rebels against convention has topped the US box office, in the 13th-straight No 1 hit for Disney's animation studio, Pixar.

Ways of seeing: Nikita Lalwani

The Village, By Nikita Lalwani

An engaging morality tale about a TV crew's manipulation of life in an open prison in India.

'Times' writer among users of tax scheme

Gabby Logan, the BBC TV sports presenter, has become the latest person to be dragged into the growing row over tax avoidance after an investigation by the newspaper for which she writes.

US actor Johnny Depp and French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis

Depp and Paradis announce split

Johnny Depp and his long-time partner, Vanessa Paradis, have split.

Creative industry tax relief plan launched

A drive to make the UK an affordable location for the production of big-budget television shows, animation and video games was launched today.

DVD: Safe House

Denzel Washington stars as a criminal mastermind who, when his cover is blown, finds himself chased around Cape Town by mysterious assassins, with nobody to protect him but Ryan Reynolds's wet-behind-the-ears CIA agent.

The Blagger's Guide To: The best (and worst) fathers

So, Lolita, how would you rate Humbertas a stepfather?
Mighty Pen: The rise of Draw Something

Draw Something: Hit app heads for TV screens

50 million people downloaded it – and now it is going to get its own show

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable