News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

'Pitt is a killer who approaches his grisly trade as if he is a jobbing utilities contractor'

First Night: Killing Them Softly, Cannes Film Festival

Rambling, haphazard – but with characters to kill for

'Killing Them Softly' is 'about modern living', says film's star Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt's role as a brutal mob enforcer is not just a gangster story but a commentary on modern living, he said today.

Marion Cotillard is compelling in <i>Rust and Bone</i>

Cannes round-up: Rust and Bone, Paradise: Love, After the Battle, Broken and Mekong Hotel

It's the rule in Cannes: arrive champing at the bit for drop-dead masterpieces, and be prepared to swallow a few disappointments before things really warm up.

Dom Joly: It's not me they hate. It's the clothes (I hope)

One of the interesting aspects of filming a hidden-camera show is the opportunity it gives you to become someone else. Every morning I get up and spend three hours in make-up, donning wigs, fake noses, different-coloured eyes, and then get into costume. It gives me a unique insight into how difficult life must be for some people.

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (third from right), with the cast of Beyond the Hills in Cannes yesterday

Messy, dirty, rough. 'Lawless' in Cannes...

Violent gangster thriller fails to liven up film festival

DVD/Blu-ray: Haywire (15)

Martial-arts champion Gina Carano is convincing as lethal Mallory, a black ops commando who is assigned by her slimy boss (Ewan McGregor) to “babysit” Michael Fassbender's agent in Dublin.

A bus ride that started in the Bronx and – four years later – arrived in Cannes

Director Michel Gondry brings New York teenagers to a world they'd never seen

Matt Prior arrives for a training session at Lord's yesterday

Prior back at start with the world in his hands

Five years on from debut, the England keeper has improved hugely – as a player and team man

Deborah Ross: What men really need to know – as written by women

If you ask me: We've included a list of the 100 sexiest women who wouldn't look at you twice

The artist is played by Gilles Bourdos, but the film will show Guy Ribes’ hands as he paints the canvases

Guy Ribes: The forger making a good impression in the film world

Jailed for faking Renoirs, Guy Ribes returns to take key role in biopic of French master

Rare camera fetches £1.7m at Austrian auction

A rare Leica camera was sold to an anonymous buyer for a world record £1.7m at auction in Vienna yesterday.

1985: Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book Where the Wild Things Are

'Where the Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies aged 83

Maurice Sendak, the man widely considered to be the most important children’s author of the 20th century, has died aged 83 from complications following a recent stroke.

Jake Williams is the enigmatic, real-life subject of Ben Rivers' film, more of a poem than a portrait

Two Years at Sea, Ben Rivers, 88 mins (U)

This black-and-white documentary, following the doings and dreamings of a recluse in the Cairngorms, is almost wordless – and is quietly extraordinary

Robert Redford opens Sundance London at the 02 Arena yesterday

Cameron should stick to politics, says Redford

Who would filmgoers rather trust behind the camera, David Cameron or Robert Redford?

Zac Efron in 'The Lucky One'

A novel approach to making blockbuster movies

The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and out next week, is not just another Hollywood romance, it's another Hollywood romance from author Nicholas Sparks.

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