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Tomorrow’s DVD release of Alpha Papa is a reminder that films based on television shows needn’t be On-the-Buses bad. Other honourable examples of the genre are The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), In the Loop (2009) and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999).

A trip to the cinema is now almost the same thing as going wholesale junk-food shopping

To the sugar epicurean, what's happening on the screen is of only incidental interest

STEPHEN KING, American novelist

Page 3 Profile: Stephen King, American novelist

‘Here’s Johnny!’ So he’s back?

Kate Moss by David Bailey, 2013

'I’m a whore; I fall in love with my subjects': Portrait show brings out the beast in David Bailey

Most people benefit from experience, but in David Bailey’s opinion age has not improved his skills. Speaking at the launch of an exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery today, the photographer admitted that he is no better now than he was when he started taking pictures more than 50 years ago. “I haven’t progressed. I’ve probably got less good. I take exactly the same photos as I did when I was 16,” he said.

James 'Whitey' Bulger: The gang leader is accused of extortion, money-laundering, racketeering and murder

Dramatic trial of mob boss James Whitey Bulger accused of 19 murders nears verdict

Defendant inspired Jack Nicholson’s character in the Oscar-winning movie The Departed

Dave Ismay obituary: Entertainer who was wrongly told he had three months to live

In the 1970s he worked as Bob Monkhouse's warm-up man on ITV's 'The Golden Shot'
A wedding comedy called The Big Wedding doesn't look likely to prize the virtues of wit or invention, though somehow it has managed to bolster its puny credentials with a top-drawer cast

Film review: The Big Wedding (15)

A wedding comedy called The Big Wedding doesn't look likely to prize the virtues of wit or invention, though somehow it has managed to bolster its puny credentials with a top-drawer cast.

The Shining Girls, By Lauren Beukes. HarperCollins, £12.99

To begin with, Lauren Beukes had an idea so perfectly simple it sounds like an elevator pitch: "time-travelling serial killer".

Renowned Boston mobster, Whitey Bulger

Hollywood battle over Whitey Bulger story

Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed was based on the Boston mobster

Alice Pyne with Prime Minister David Cameron

'Bucket list' teenager Alice Pyne dies of cancer aged 17

Teenager had achieved national fame after creating her bucket list

Jack Nicholson in terrifyingly good form in 'The Shining'

Kubrick's horror classic gets back 24 tense minutes

The Shining, once dubbed the "scariest movie ever", is set to provide more chills for British audiences with the release of a previously unseen extended version.

Jack Nicholson in terrifyingly good form in 'The Shining'

Heeeeere's more of Johnny: Missing 24 minutes of The Shining are restored for British release

The Shining, once dubbed the "scariest movie ever", is set to provide more chills for British audiences with the release of an extended version never seen before in this country.

Matthew Norman: My advice to Mitt Romney – do mention the horse

If Raisa’s jockey edges away, Mitt must call his wife over to tell him about her dressage horse, Rafalca

Films of the week

July 14 - July 20, 2012
When the Chopper was relaunched in 2004 Oakley was unhappy that it was to be made in Asia rather than Britain

Alan Oakley: Designer whose Raleigh Chopper bike was a defining image of the 1970s

Oakley had an envelope, his wife said, 'and he just drew this bike on the back of it – and that was it'

Trending: Shining a light on conspiracy theories

Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining is the director's take on the Holocaust. Or is it about the treatment of Native Americans? Or numerology? Or how Kubrick – fresh from filming 2001: A Space Odyssey – was behind the faked filming of the moon landings?

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

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