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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).

Polanski arrested over 1977 underage sex charge

Film director Roman Polanski was arrested on a 1978 US arrest warrant for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Swiss police confirmed today.

Story of the Scene: 'Say it again, Bobby' and other greats

The Independent's Story of the Scene column has now been turned into a book. In these exclusive extracts, Roger Clarke gives the inside scoop on the famous sequences from seven classic movies

Sorority Row (15)

A sorority prank goes wrong, a girl dies, and her guilty friends must live with the consequences – in this case, a masked killer wielding some very sharp iron.

Ed McMahon dies at 86

Ed McMahon, a fixture on US late-night television for 30 years as the full-throated announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show," died yesterday at 86 after battling a series of illnesses in recent months.

Jon Peters - Sex, drugs and shampoo

He's a Hollywood hairdresser-turned-movie mogul and now Jon Peters is preparing to publish some rather revealing memoirs. Gill Pringle reports

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Games Review: GTA Chinatown Wars

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Five Easy Decades, By Dennis McDougal

It was not so easy at the start for Jack Nicholson. "To fathom Nicholson, we must first understand that no-one ever gave him a damned thing," declares McDougal in this machine-tooled biography of the actor. Like Eric Clapton, he grew up believing that his mother was his sister.

Diamond geezer: Michael Caine goes back to his roots

With two Oscars and more than 100 films to his credit, Michael Caine is perhaps our greatest living movie star. In his latest role, he plays a disgruntled Cockney con man in seedy Sixties London. Sounds vaguely familiar? Here, he tells James Mottram about a peculiarly personal project – and explains why he's going back to his roots

The Week In Radio: How The Monkees kick-started Easy Rider

The one thing conspiracy theorists get right is that history is never quite as simple as it seems; there's always something – some happenstance, a hidden motive – rumbling under the surface. A couple of instances of this cropped up yesterday. Movie Outcasts: the Making of 'Easy Rider' (Radio 4) showed how Seventies counterculture and modern Hollywood were, in fact, by-products of the success of The Monkees, whose drummer, Mickey Dolenz, got to narrate.

Brian Viner: Open circus provides stage for the clowns of Merseyside

One could quite easily be forgiven for thinking that the Open Championship is about golf, but in fact the Royal and Ancient game is only the very tip of the iceberg that, were it to appear in the Ribble estuary just north of Southport, would surprise nobody, least of all those Americans in town who appear to be suffering from the delusion that the summer is about sunshine.

Christian Bale: Dark Knight laid bare

The latest Batman is tough and brooding – just like the actor behind the mask. Gill Pringle meets Christian Bale

Star wars: actors' strike divides Hollywood

A dispute over pay has brought the movie business to a standstill, and has pitted celebrities against one another

Sarah Sands: There's more to man boobs than meets the eye

Three High Court judges debating the sexual allure of man boobs is the stuff of music hall. The Court of Appeal has just overturned the conviction of a homosexual care worker who filmed another man at a swimming pool. He could not have been found guilty of voyeurism under the 2003 Sexual Offences Act, because the male chest is not accorded the same privacy as female breasts.

Tom Sutcliffe: Are children really growing up faster?

Jacqueline Wilson believes that children are growing up too fast – and they are being force-fed our "material and consumptive culture" – and her anxieties seem to be borne out by a survey conducted by her publisher, which found that over half of parents believe that their children are effectively grown up at the age of 11.

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