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In Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake loses a fortune playing online poker, and then flies off to confront the owner of the website, Ben Affleck. But perhaps he could have saved himself the trip if he’d watched a few poker films before logging on.

The actor Kevin Spacey provided a character reference

Judge hears A-listers’ personal references in support of Alexander Lebedev

Kevin Spacey and John Malkovich among those to offer support as tycoon claims his punch was to ‘neutralise the threat’

The Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev

Verdict expected early next week over charge against Alexander Lebedev

The judge presiding over the trial of Alexander Lebedev, Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, expects to reach a verdict early next week. Mr Lebedev is accused of "hooliganism motivated by political hatred", over throwing a pair of punches at fellow tycoon Sergei Polonsky during a 2011 television programme. He could go to jail for up to five years if Judge Andrei Bakhvalov finds him guilty.

John Malkovich has been credited with saving the life of a 77-year-old man who accidentally slit his throat on scaffolding

'John Malkovich saved my life': Actor comes to the rescue of elderly man who accidentally slit throat

When Jim Walpole accidentally slit his throat in a fall, Malkovich was the first on the scene and applied pressure to the wound until the ambulance arrived

John Malkovich has released a line of gentlemen's beachwear

Book of a lifetime: The Sheltering Sky, By Paul Bowles

To talk about what The Sheltering Sky is won't be easy for me. I don't know what it is. I wish I could write about a novel I fully understand, but I can't. Because although I've read The Sheltering Sky a number of times, I still can't truly comprehend the power of Paul Bowles's debut. I just know it's magnificent.

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer - The Hollywood bad boy done good

After years of searching, Val Kilmer tells Kaleem Aftab how he finally found his ideal role – as himself

DVD: Texas Killing Fields (15)

Michael Mann's daughter, Ami Canaan, directs this pungent thriller, based on "true events", about three detectives Mike, Brian and Pam (Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jessica Chastain) trying to solve a spate of murders in Texas City.

Lost and found: A dense web of stories in Mysteries of Lisbon starts with a foundling boy

Mysteries of Lisbon, Raul Ruiz, 266 mins (PG)

Raul Ruiz, who died this year, has left us with a surreal four-hour story, set in 19th-century Portugal, that reclaims cinema as the language of dream

A Celebration of Harold Pinter, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Malkovich and Sands combine for Pinter

Sri Lanka: Confronting the Killing Fields

Ban Ki-Moon has suggested that he can only establish an international investigation if the Sri Lankan government consents.

Letters: The Care System

Parents seen as a problem

Heads Up: The Infernal Comedy

Why Malkovich's latest is no 'Serial Killer: The Musical'

DVD: RED, For retail & rental (Entertainment One)

Retired and Extremely Dangerous: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Brian Cox are former secret service agents who get back into action when Willis and his new girlfriend are targeted by bad guys.

DVD: Red (12)

RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) follows Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), a retired CIA agent who buries the demons of his past with the help of young pensions officer Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) and his old CIA team (John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman).

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