There are many ways to prepare for a month at the Edinburgh Fringe. For most, early nights and a healthy diet are key but Neil Gaiman and his wife, the Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer, decided to kick the August slog off with a wedding – their third. Having had an "art-surprise flashmob" wedding in New Orleans, and a proper wedding in January, last week the couple threw a family wedding party on Skye, where Palmer has relatives on her mother's side. "It made me happy watching Amanda's white-bearded gentlemen in kilts encounter my North London Jewish relatives," wrote Gaiman on his blog. "At one point Amanda and I were hoisted on to chairs for a Jewish chair dance, while the bagpipes played. I do not believe this is something that has happened a lot in human history." The fantasy writer is appearing in several events at the Book festival, including one with Audrey Niffenegger, while Palmer's cabaret show, Evelyn Evelyn, featuring "the world's only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo", starts next week.
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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.
John Malkovich is speaking in a tone so low and languorous it seems deliberately pitched at a single, straining pair of ears. As an actor who has used his voice to great menacing effect, it now becomes lighter and more lilting, the more exercised he gets. "Look," he enunciates softly, sitting forward in his chair like an uncoiled snake ready to strike. "I don't need to be liked."
A lifeline to those who consigned treehouses to the same Elysian fields as sand pits and paddling pools, Treehouses, by Paula Henderson and Adam Mornement (Frances Lincoln, £19.99) provides a fascinating account of "the earliest form of natural architecture".
From goofy teen star in 'Say Anything' to eccentric Hollywood hero in 'Con Air', John Cusack makes any role seem just that little bit edgy. Kaleem Aftab meets the actor during filming in London, and discovers that he's as sharp as ever
The 78-year-old Clint Eastwood is being honoured by a major retrospective at London's BFI. No wonder, says James Mottram, as this is a career that shows no sign of slowing down
A back-to-front narrative should never come to halt – but a disappointing evening of vaudeville should