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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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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us