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(15) Dir. Scott Cooper; Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, 117mins

Chalk Talk: Yee hah! The cowboy spirit that's driving our headteachers

It seems the trend of headteachers likening themselves to famous American cowboys is continuing.

Lisa Markwell: New talent comes in more than one shape or size

Breasts continue to be debated, frequently in an unhelpful way, most often by people who don't have them; photographs of women on holiday are making great sport for headlines about shifting weight for the New Year; and – although it's funny – the viral video doing the rounds for a fake beauty ad for an improving product called "Fotoshop, by Adobé" has a shifty undertone about a lady's supposed obsession with looking perfect.

Album: Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges (Blue Note)

Following Jeff Bridges' Oscar-winning depiction of a country singer in Crazy Heart, it was inevitable the actor would make his own album; thankfully, he was able to retain T-Bone Burnett's house band to assist him, lending a sleek authenticity to his grizzled, whiskery performances.

DVD: The Big Lebowski (18)

"That rug really tied the room together," the Dude, justifiably, laments after two thugs pee on his carpet.

The Dude has left the building: Big Lebowski house on sale for $2.3m

The dude no longer abides. In fact, he's moving up the property ladder. The house occupied by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski has been placed on the market. But unemployed pot smokers who spend all day in a dressing gown will almost certainly be unable to afford it.

The Bargain Hunter: Half price sale at Body Shop

The Body Shop's summer sale began earlier this week with 50 per cent savings on hundreds of items in store and online. The best place to check them all out is http://ind.pn/jWVsg2, where you'll find products categorised by price and style and where you can also claim the slightly confusingly-titled 'free standard delivery for just £1'.

DVD: True Grit, For retail & rental (Paramount)

Other than being their first Western, this Oscar-nominated retread of a John Wayne classic is a typical Coen brothers' affair.

DVD: True Grit (15)

Jeff Bridges finally bagged his long-deserved Oscar for last year's flimsy Crazy Heart, but he's better in this far superior film, the Coen brothers' refreshingly straightforward and faithful take on Charles Portis's genre-bending Western novel from 1968.

Boxing: Froch earns place in final with champion's true grit

Carl Froch beat Glen Johnson to retain his World Boxing Council super-middleweight title on Saturday and reach the final of the Super Six tournament in the type of fight that leaves both fans and critics claiming victory.

The Last Picture Show (15)

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn

Country Strong (12A)

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw

The Oscars: Years to remember - and to forget

Jonathan Romney picks the best and worst Oscar decisions and presents his guide to 2011

Organise your own sweepstake and you too can be an Oscar winner

Watching the Academy Awards could send anyone to sleep, even if they're in the correct time zone. But organising your own sweepstake is one way to add some extra drama to proceedings on Sunday night.

Tom Sutcliffe: Rooster's a bit too slow on the drawl

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us