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

Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline in Last Vegas

Last Vegas, film review: 'Comedy lacks edge'

(12A) Jon Turteltaub, 104 mins, Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline

Pleased as punch: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris star in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, film review - 'Idris Elba's performance is stirring'

A moving but very uneven journey

Sherlock's real-life parents make a cameo appearance in Sherlock

Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch's parents make surprise cameo appearance

Cumberbatch said his parents were 'brilliant and fantastic'

No twerking for Miley Cyrus as singer covers up in New Year's Eve concert

Miley wore a floor-length fur coat, gold sequin trousers and a matching top

Fortune was at his best in the Long Johns' sketches that poked fun at authority

John Fortune: Comedian and author best known for collaborations and sketches that poked fun at the powerful and self-important

John Fortune was the comedian and satirist best known for his work on the long-running television comedy series Bremner, Bird and Fortune, together with fellow comics Rory Bremner and John Bird, that ran for 16 series from 1999 to 2010.

Fresh Meat's Greg McHugh joins Kevin Guthrie in 'Two Doors Down'

What to watch tonight: TV choices, 31 December

For those who'd rather welcome in the New Year in front of the box

Sherlock series three: Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes

Sherlock fans treated to behind-the-scenes video ahead of third series

Cast and crew offer some hints as to what viewers can expect

France approves Francois Hollande's 75% 'millionaire tax'

Constitutional council says super tax on salaries above €1 million is legal

Moonfleet (Sky 1) - TV review

There a reunion of old acting chums on Sky1 on Saturday. With Scum alumni Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels both aboard, this adaptation of J Meade Falkner’s 1898 swashbuckler Moonfleet should have been a right old Cockney knees-up. It wasn’t, unfortunately.

Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, has been sued for allegedly misrepresenting the Ramapough tribe of New Jersey

Christian Bale film Out of the Furnace sued by Native American tribe

Members of the Ramapough tribe of New Jersey have claimed misrepresentation

Christmas Day 2013 was all about the battle for the other most worthy yuletide delivery: the alternative Christmas message.

Snowden v Bowie v … Kate Nash? The battle of the alternative Christmas message

While Channel 4 located the alabaster NSA whistleblower, several other household names came out of the tinsel

Last Tango in Halifax renewed for a third series

Sally Wainwright's hit BBC drama about Celia and Alan will be back in late 2014

Knives out: Martin Freeman in a scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug tops the UK and US Christmas box office

Peter Jackson's sequel took $92m over Christmas Day and Boxing Day

The season three finale of Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded 5.9 million times

Game of Thrones season finale was the most pirated TV episode of 2013

The closing show of Netflix hit Breaking Bad was a close runner-up

Horsing around: the BBC's lively adaptation of 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Boxing Day TV review: Thanks to the prowess of PD James's Death Comes to Pemberley, it’s a delight to be lost in Austen again

Whatever objections purists might have were cheerfully put to one side

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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing