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So farewell the cheque book. Now that plastic is king, cheques are to be consign-ed to the history books after 350 years. Yesterday the Payments Council announced they will be phased out by 2018. Will today's teens – who rely on debit cards or bank online – ever understand the romance the cheque book once embodied? My generation spent years in front of the mirror practising our best grown-up signatures. It didn't matter that you didn't actually have any money. It was a rite of passage, like experimenting with Charlie perfume or herbal cigarettes.

George Clooney film leads Golden Globe nominations

The tale of a corporate hatchet man who travels the US sacking people and obsessively collecting air-miles has emerged as front-runner in the early stages of Hollywood’s awards season, as George Clooney’s recession-era satire Up In The Air drew six nominations to lead the field for next month’s Golden Globes.

The Men Who Stare at Goats (15)

The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson's book about the Pentagon's secret experiments in psychic combat, has been adapted into a film in the least satisfying way possible. It stars Ewan McGregor, as a small-town reporter who hears about the experiments from George Clooney's retired sergeant, far right, while the pair of them are driving through Iraq. Shown in flashback, these goofball anecdotes are all very watchable, but the film is ultimately neither one thing nor the other.

Clooney caught in crossfire as war breaks out over latest film

Former friends behind 'Men Who Stare At Goats' draw star into bitter row over credits

Matt Damon: 'I have turned down scripts if the violence is gratuitous. I do believe it has an effect on people's behaviour'

Matt Damon is almost visibly shivering. He's turned his mind back to the beginning of the decade, to a time when his career was on the skids. Robert Redford's golfing saga The Legend of Bagger Vance and the Cormac McCarthy adaptation All The Pretty Horses, both of which cast Damon in the lead, had tanked. Holed up in Paris, he was on the fourth round of re-shoots for The Bourne Identity. "All the indicators were that that was going to be a turkey too," he says. Going through his mind was the simple rule of baseball: three strikes and you're out. "Nobody had offered me a job in about nine months."

Fantastic? Not quite - Mr Fox misses the Dahl menace

Fantastic Mr Fox, London Film Festival

The Men Who Stare at Goats, Venice Film Festival

Psychic soldiers lose the plot

Want to stalk George Clooney? That'll be a €19 fine

Mayor tires of fans loitering outside actor's Italian home

John Harris: A world without men? That's not the real ethical issue here

I cannot see a downside to research that increases the range of human possibility and choice

Beckham's barnet loses out to 'the Pesto'

Put away the wax, lay down the heated straighteners and leave the peroxide alone, men. The era of overindulgent male grooming is over and understated sophistication is back. For this, you can thank the BBC's business editor, Robert Peston.

A fine bromance: The joys of male bonding

Hugs are replacing handshakes, and platonic man love is all over the screen – in Hollywood and on British television – as men get in touch with their feelings for one another. Emily Dugan reports

Clooney: He's back: where it all started

George Clooney helped make ER television's most lucrative hospital drama. Now he's returned to switch it off

Mr Pitt goes to Washington ...

... but doesn't get a photo opportunity with a President reluctant to be seen with stars

George Clooney’s return to ER sparks huge bidding war

Advertising slots for the final two hour episode have tripled as star becomes a married father of twins

Pakistan besotted by Clooney 'affair' with Bhutto niece

Actor's romantic link with political dynasty
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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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