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Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

A biopic of JRR Tolkien's life is said to be in the pipeline

JRR Tolkien film biopic set for silver screen

The Lord of the Rings trilogy made billions of dollars at the box office and now the story of the author who created those fantasy worlds is to be brought to the silver screen.

Coming soon in theatre: Tom Hiddleston in 'Coriolanus', Iain Glen in 'Fortune's Fool', and the Moomins in 'Moominland Midwinter'

Howards Brenton and Davies are reunited at the Hampstead Theatre, for Drawing the Line (from 3 Dec), tackling the meaty topic of the partition of India in 1947. There’s more political upheaval at London’s Donmar Warehouse – of a Shakespearean variety. Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, opens 6 Dec. Fortune’s Fool begins the same day, at the Old Vic; Iain Glen stars in Turgenev’s biting comedy, directed by Lucy Bailey.

Gary Barlow, X Factor judge and Take That member, is co-writing a new musical based on Finding Neverland

Take That's Gary Barlow to co-pen Peter Pan musical

Take That star Gary Barlow is heading to the West End to co-write a new musical based on the Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland.

English rose Dinah Sheridan, 92, dies at home

The actress Dinah Sheridan, who starred in The Railway Children, has died. The 92-year-old Sheridan, who also starred in Genevieve, died peacefully at her home in Northwood, Middlesex, yesterday surrounded by her family, her agent, Gareth Owen, said.

Danny Boyle has already been angered by camera positioning at the Opening Ceremony

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Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has crumbled

Sherlock Holmes and the curious case of the author's ruined mansion

Campaigners fighting to save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crumbling former home have been boosted by a High Court decision to allow a judicial review of a case that might have tested the wit of the author's most famous creation.

Critic and novelist Gilbert Adair, who died on Friday

Gilbert Adair – acerbic, astute and a true cinephile

Mike Higgins pays tribute to former IoS film critic

Invisible Ink: No 86 - Clifford Mills

Once upon a time, this book was considered ideal for every child's bedroom.

Doug Lang: Trailblazing mountaineer who transformed winter climbing

Doug Lang was one of the leading players in an intensely creative period of Scottish climbing during the 1960s and 1970s.

Peter Pan's First XI, By Kevin Telfer

If Nigel Molesworth had been more literary-minded, he might have selected the cricket team pictured here, including EV Hornung (of Raffles fame), PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle and AEW Mason (of The Four Feathers).

Harry Potter director is signed up to direct dark spin on Peter Pan

The new Harry Potter film may have proved divisive. But there's one thing everyone from bored critics to fanatical bloggers seems to agree about, and that's the brilliance of the shadow-puppet interlude that gives the back-story of the titular Deathly Hallows. Looming up out of the main narrative as if cast by the light of a campfire on a prehistoric cave wall, its flickering shapes have caught hold of so many imaginations that the director of the sequence, Ben Hibon, has been signed up to direct Pan, a dark spin on Peter Pan once intended for Guillermo del Toro.

Freddie Highmore: 'When you're eighteen, you can't act the kid any more'

Johnny Depp loves him, but Freddie Highmore still isn't sure about acting. With a BBC blockbuster on the way, he tells Gerard Gilbert how he's avoided becoming another child-star casualty

Tales of the unexpected: The dark side of bedtime stories

A new biography of Roald Dahl throws light on the private life of one of our best-loved writers. But why are so many children's authors such damaged human beings?

Peter Pan, Barbican Theatre, London

Peter Pan in May? It sounds counter-intuitive, like the thought of being propositioned under the mistletoe on midsummer's day. Exciting, with its aerial, bungee-jumping battles, and piercingly persuasive about the emotional pain at the heart of this myth, the National Theatre of Scotland's splendid new version of J M Barrie's great prototype proves, however, that Peter Pan is a play for all seasons.

Yes, Prime Minister, Festival Theatre, Chichester<br/>Ditch, Old Vic Tunnels, London<br/>Peter Pan, Barbican Theatre, London

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