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After initially dismissing as 'haters', those who criticised her for using the racist term to describe her white son, Madge later said sorry

Why owning a label isn't all RocknRolla

Guy Ritchie's foray into the music industry may be an ill-advised move. Others have tried and failed, writes Fiona Sturges

Carola Long: Mine's a pint of Guy Ritchie

The pub needs reinventing, and Madonna's ex has shown the way

Blue aliens help Hollywood to its best weekend at the box office

In addition to mistletoe and wine, the average American Christmas seems to have consisted of popcorn, 3D spectacles and a tribe of tree-hugging blue aliens, as the continued success of the sci-fi film Avatar helped Hollywood achieve its most lucrative weekend since records began.

Nine, Rob Marshall, 118 mins, (12A)<br/>Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood, 97 mins, (15)<br/>Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritchie, 128 mins, (12A)

'Nine' is not the only disappointment. Sam Taylor-Wood's biopic of a young John Lennon is more drab than fab

Sherlock Holmes (12A), Avatar (12A)

Sherlock Homes, dir. Guy Ritchie (128 mins), starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong. Avatar dir. James Cameron (161 mins), starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana

Neighbours fail to close Guy Ritchie's pub

Council imposes restrictions after receiving 70 complaints

Party Of The Week: Just look who's deerstalking at the Sherlock Holmes premiere

The scene outside the Sherlock Holmes premiere after-party perfectly recreated Victorian London, with a horse-drawn carriage and flaming torches.

Guy Ritchie pub's licence under review

Guy Ritchie was facing curbs on his social life today as an application began to have his pub licence changed or taken away.

Strange case of the cameo killer: Why is Kelly Reilly playing second fiddle in Sherlock Holmes?

Kelly Reilly rounds off a year of nailing supporting roles opposite Hollywood stars by playing Dr Watson's girlfriend in Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes'. But why is an actor who built her reputation working for directors from Poliakoff to Frears to Marber still playing second fiddle? The answer, she tells Craig McLean, is anything but elementary

Holmes sweet Holmes: Literature's greatest sleuth

The master of deductive reasoning, he has kept readers, cinema-goers and crazed fans guessing for more than a century. As Sherlock Holmes returns once again in a new film, John Walsh investigates the case of the crime-fighter who just won't die

Guy Ritchie's 'noisy' pub faces inquiry

Film director Guy Ritchie's pub could face a review of its licence because of noise.

Is Anybody There? (12A)<br />Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (12A)<br />Hannah Montana: The Movie (U)

He's a shadow of his former self &ndash; but Michael Caine isn't going quietly

The End (15)

Thirty years ago, a Monty Python sketch spoofed the idea of loveable East End gangsters, who terrorised grown men but looked after their old mums: it featured nasty twins called Doug and Dinsdale.

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It has been reported that Madonna is eyeing up a return to the big screen as the lead in a biopic of Wallis Simpson. Here we salute Madge’s incredible perseverance in the face of continued cinematic humiliation..

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