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From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect

Five unbelievable habits of elephants

From avenging their dead to mimicking human speech, elephants get up to all sorts of things you'd never expect

Half-cocked: Liam Neeson in the preposterous 'Taken 2'

Liam Neeson eyes $20m deal to star in Taken 3

Liam Neeson is close to agreeing a $20 million deal to star in Taken 3, according to reports.

Hug a Harry: Redknapp and Villas-Boas keep warm on the final whistle

The Calvin Report: No bitterness from Redknapp on first meeting with ex since being dumped

Ultimately, players are more important than a manager's media profile or his comfort with the metrics of the modern game. Harry Redknapp's current set at Queens Park Rangers are inherently inferior to the familiar figures whose allegiance is to Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur.

Half-cocked: Liam Neeson in the preposterous 'Taken 2'

'Taken 2' takes down 'Argo' in US box office showdown

Liam Neeson's Taken 2 has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck's Argo.

Tim Walker: Young stars are just not tough enough

Tales From The Water Cooler: I don't see Shia LaBoeuf or Andrew Garfield beating Denzel in an arm wrestle
Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson - 'A sex symbol? Flattering, but I don't think so'

With five films out this year, Hollywood disagrees with Liam Neeson's view he might be past his sell-by date. The chatty star of Schindler's List tells Gill Pringle about his new nautical role – and the time he serenaded Paul McCartney with a Beatles medley...

'War of the Worlds' hires Kaiser Chief

A full-scale Martian invasion will be enacted at arenas across Britain when Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds returns in a new stage show starring Ricky Wilson, the Kaiser Chiefs singer.

New year's Eve (12A)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker

DVD: The Hangover: Part 2 (15)

Todd Haynes's first, hugely successful Hangover caper was innovative, crude and funny, the lead characters – decent Doug (Justin Bartha), indecent Phil (Bradley Cooper), unhinged Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and neurotic Stu (Ed Helms) – were obnoxious but still endearing, particularly Helms's bullied dentist.

Unknown (12A)

This so-so amnesiac thriller is guilty of a memory slip of its own. Its star, Liam Neeson, at one point flashes a passport with a date of birth indicating he's 46 – he's actually 58, and looking it. He plays a scientist who wakes up from a coma in a Berlin hospital bed without any means of identification: is he the victim of a fraud, or has he actually lost his mind? Diane Kruger plays an illegal immigrant who helps him piece the puzzle together, and Bruno Ganz adds some melancholy class as an ex-Stazi officer-turned-private eye. As a psychological teaser it has nothing on Memento, and the denouement is the daftest imaginable, but there's a serviceable urgency even once plausibility is knocked out cold.

Unknown: Exclusive interview with Liam Neeson

Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson, TAKEN) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones, MAD MEN) suddenly doesn't recognise him, and another man has assumed his identity.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes

DVD: Clash of the Titans (12)

Ralph Fiennes tries his hammy best (channelling a heady mix of Richard III, Fagin and Rigsby) as miffed Hades, god of the underworld, in this humourless and noisy Greek-myth actioner.

Ondine, Neil Jordan, 104 mins, (12A)<br/>Chloe, Atom Egoyan, 99 mins, (15)<br/>Legion, Scott Stewart, 100 mins, (15)

Haddock, maybe. But you don't get many selkies in your average EU fishing quota

Album: The Chieftains feat Ry Cooder, San Patricio (Concord)

This is how those Irish champs the Chieftains see their music folding into the tropes of Mexico, rough-riding on the story of the Irish "San Patricio Battalion", who fought in the US/Mex war of 1846.

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis