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The Scottish actor is in talks to star as thrill-seeking surfer Bodhi in the film

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Based on a Japanese legend, this is a big-budget sword-and-sorcery fantasy which combines tremendous action sequences with utterly leaden plotting and dialogue.

The Saturday Quiz

1. In around 100 AD how did Juvenal characterise Roman politicians' inducements to voters?

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Bread and circuses.

How Allen Carr saved my lungs

Millions of converts claim the 'Easy Way' is the most effective method of stopping smoking. So why does the NHS not get behind it? Former smoker Laurence Phelan reports

DVD: Fast & Furious 5 (12)

If you come to Justin Lin's Fast & Furious 5 in search of some substance, then more fool you. But if you come for a dumb and enjoyable action flick, you won't be disappointed.

Free market has turned us into 'Matrix' drones

Ha-Joon Chang, the new kid on the economics block, is out to bust open a few myths

Sandra Bullock: America's $56m sweetheart

She may be Hollywood's most bankable star, but it is her humour and honesty that win her fans as well as her performances on screen.

Film remakes: Maybe you can hire... the right actors

The big-screen remake of The A-Team is the latest Hollywood film set to suffer the curse of disastrous casting

Tate to exhibit photographer whose pioneering work inspired 'The Matrix'

He was a 19th-century pioneer in the emerging art of photography whose images have since inspired a host of artists, including classical composers, film directors and the rock band U2.

'Avatar' primed to give boost to sales of Blu-ray

It has already smashed box office records, now Avatar is expecting to break sales records and provide a boost to the makers of Blu-ray machines who hope the film could give their format a "Matrix moment".

Kathryn Bigelow: Love and war

It's the battle of the Baftas as the film director's Iraq drama is up against her ex-husband's 3D epic

Fangs for the memories: The A-Z of vampires

Once upon a time, they were monsters to be feared. But nowadays, they are cool, sexy creatures with great hair and killer cheekbones – and what’s more, they’re everywhere...Kevin Jackson gets his teeth into the A-Z of vampires

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (15)

Robin Wright Penn ought to have been some great director's muse, like Catherine Deneuve or Liv Ullmann.

Keanu Reeves - An A-list slacker grows up

His next role sees him playing the toy-boy next door. But is Keanu Reeves really the guitar-strumming, eternal teenager of popular repute? Kaleem Aftab finds out

Paul Duddridge: ‘I can make anyone famous’

Paul Duddridge is a former comedy agent who believes he can transform the lowliest nobody into a massive celebrity – in just 40 days. Guy Adams gets his tips for stardom
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Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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