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Nicholas de Jongh all but silences critics as he turns a sharp, funny, playwright's pen on bigotry

The Tale of Despereaux (U)

This pleasantish family animation recounts the tale of a large-eared mouse (voiced by Matthew Broderick) whose fearlessness confounds his family and gets him banished from the murine community, on the grounds that you can't be a proper mouse if you don't scurry and cower.

Red Belt, 15

Quite a week for unfettered machismo, and few directors have indulged themselves so consistently on the theme as David Mamet.

Heston: a movie legend

Charlton Heston made his movie debut in the 1940s in two independent films by a college classmate, David Bradley.

Last Tango in Paris

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Christian Brando dies aged 49

Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late Marlon Brando, has died from pneumonia at a Los Angeles hospital.

Bolton Wanderers 4 West Ham United 0: Pardew resists climate of fear but doubts increase over his future

As West Ham United contemplate, from their uncomfortable position in the bottom three of the Premier League, how they might repel a full-throttle Manchester United at Upton Park next Sunday, their manager, Alan Pardew, speaks of the need to show strong leadership. However, you suspect he will spend the next few days haunted by another thought.

The reluctant Godfather: why Brando ran scared of Mob rule

To adapt the famous line from The Godfather, it should have been an offer he could not refuse. But, according to revelations that will surprise those who could not imagine Don Corleone any other way, Marlon Brando repeatedly turned down his Oscar-winning role as the the Don because of the film's Mafia theme.

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Lou Reed (left) will play two rare UK dates in April. The celebrated singer-songwriter, whose career has spanned four decades (from his first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico) makes a return on the back of last year's top 10 single success with the dance remix of "Satellite of Love". De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116-233 3111), 21 April; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (0151-709 3789), 22 April

More than a contender: Brando the rebel, his method, his life of joy and tragedy

The circumstances of Marlon Brando's final act contained a suitably mysterious twist for such an enigmatic career.

Marlon Brando: 1924 - 2004

The Great Mumbler is no more. Marlon Brando, once considered the finest actor in the history of movies, breathed his last in a Los Angeles clinic yesterday, aged 80.

With a few more jokes, he could take it to Edinburgh

You have to pity Brown's poor wife, as presumably he rehearses the whole thing the night before

Best and Co promise a Caribbean shoot-out

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
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eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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