Arts and Entertainment

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).

Elfie Hopkins (15)

Starring: Ray Winstone, Jaime Winstone

DVD: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (15)

"We made them fast and cheap, and taste was out of the question, there was no need for taste," explains Martin Scorsese, one of the many film directors who worked for "the king of of the Bs", Roger Corman.

DVD: The Awakening (15)

Rebecca Hall's author, Florence, is a supernatural sceptic who debunks supposedly ghostly happenings in 1921 Britain.

Woody Allen, Hannibal Lecter & me: The Best Picture Oscar winners that left a lasting impression

When people see the label Academy Award Winner," said Martin Scorsese, "they go and see that movie." Indeed they do – not just because the Oscar means it's the best film of the year, but because they can measure themselves against it: they can see how much it speaks to them or moves them, or conjures up the time they're living in. Along with the presidential election, the Oscar provides a mirror to Americans of the kind of people they are and tells them: this is the best we can do, apparently. Sometimes they may dislike what they see (Kramer vs Kramer? Are you sure? George W Bush? Are you sure?), but they're stuck with it.

‘Getting back into football sorted me out,’ says Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones: The caring side of bullet-tooth Tony

The Brian Viner Interview: No, Vinnie Jones has not gone soft living in La La Land, but he helps newly-arrived Brits in Hollywood, wants to curb anti-social behaviour and has a plea for his old mate Gazza

Girl's 'bucket list' spurs on bone marrow donors

"To stay in a caravan. To meet Take That. To go to Cadbury World and eat loads of chocolate." Since Alice Pyne from Cumbria – 16 years old and dying from Hodgkin's lymphoma – published a "bucket list" online almost six months ago, almost all her wishes have come true.

Cancer sufferer Alice's bone marrow donor wish is fulfilled

"To stay in a caravan. To meet Take That. To go to Cadbury World and eat loads of chocolate." When 16-year-old and terminally ill Alice Pyne from Cumbria, published a "bucket list" on line almost six months ago, it caught the nation's attention, and almost all her wishes came true overnight.

Charlie Sheen set for Anger Management

Charlie Sheen is to star in a new comedy series.

Gangster who inspired Nicholson's role in 'The Departed' is held at last

One of America's most wanted men is finally under lock and key, after a long-running FBI manhunt ended with the arrest of James "Whitey" Bulger, the mob boss whose improbable life story inspired Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film The Departed.

'Whitey' Bulger, Scorsese inspiration, caught after 18 years

One of America's most wanted men is finally under lock and key, after a long-running FBI manhunt ended with the arrest of James "Whitey" Bulger, the mob boss whose life inspired several books and Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film The Departed.

DVD: How Do You Know (12)

What have they done to Reese Witherspoon? What's happened to the smart, sassy star of Election and Best Laid Plans?

Batman's butler Michael Gough dies

The British actor Michael Gough – a favourite of director Tim Burton and best-known for his role Alfred the butler in the Batman films – has died aged 94.

'Cuckoo's Nest' asylum hunts relatives of 3,500 forgotten souls

The mental hospital where One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed is attempting to identify the cremated remains of 3,500 of its former patients, which were left on shelves in a secluded storage area for several decades.

Jack Nicholson no longer 'irresistible' to women

Jack Nicholson no longer thinks he is irresistible to women.

Stephen Dorff - A wilted talent finds somewhere to bloom

His role in Sofia Coppola's new film is the best part Stephen Dorff's ever had. It could be career-changing, he tells Gill Pringle
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee