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Taylor-Wood, 42, casts leading man, 19, as her husband

It is a rock'n'roll move befitting the woman once known as the "wild child" of the Young British Artists movement.

Ben Barnes: Prince of hearts

Ben Barnes, better known as Caspian, lives in a world of red carpets and hysterical fans. He tells Alice Jones about hero-worship, Narnia, and his new role in Oscar Wilde's famous tale of narcissism

Screen Talk: No want of war

It's springtime for Hitler as far as the studios are concerned with Nazis back big time over the next year or two.

Pandora: What the butler didn't see

Will the troublemaker who is going around saying that leftie pin-up economist Will Hutton has a butler please desist? There is talk that the former newspaper editor, now chief exec of the Work Foundation think-tank (more employee satisfaction means higher productivity), has his door answered by a Jeeves-like fellow in tails. There would be no shame in that: the old school gentleman's gentleman has returned to the sculleries of high society, particularly for occasional party nights, to ferry trays and seat guests.

Preview: Stardust, Riflemaker, Soho Square, London

It came from outer space. Well, sort of...

Advertising: Attempts to nail political zeitgeist just don't ad up

It's 30 years since the Saatchis snatched the political initiative for the Conservatives. But the current Tory media onslaught isn't having the same effect, argues Mark Sellek

Stardust

Bursting at the seams with special effects, big names (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole, Ricky Gervais) and an epic storyline about witches, princes and pirates, Matthew Vaughn's fantasy adventure seems to have everything going for it. But maybe that's the problem. There are so many ingredients thrown in that there's no room left for the enchanting, magical atmosphere of Neil Gaiman's source novel. And without that magical atmosphere, we aren't seeing a wondrous fairy tale; we're seeing famous people in fancy dress wandering around a forest.

Charlie Cox: Star turn

Charlie Cox is taking a break from Hollywood to bring Pinter to London's West End. And the experience has proved to be truly terrifying, he tells Charlotte Cripps

Arts: Comic books are for grown-ups

Ten years ago Neil Gaiman taught the British that graphic novels could be literature. Now he's a worldwide cult author. By Marianne Brace

How we met: Guy Ritchie & Matthew Vaughn

Guy Ritchie, 30, grew up in Fulham. He left school at 15 and worked at Island Records. Five years ago, despite being dyslexic, he began to write a film script. The result, `Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', which he also directed, was released to much acclaim. He won the `Evening Standard' award for Most Promising Newcomer for his directing

Stardust memories

Suzi Quatro is ready to Can the Can, The Rubettes are in their (washable) berets, and Alvin Stardust is Coo-ca-Chooing to anyone who will listen ... Richard Johnson hits the road with Glitz, Blitz & 70s Hitz. Photographs by Philip Sinden

CV: MALCOLM GERRIE Managing director of Initial

I went to Durham University to do a BA in English from 1969 to1972, and then did an extra year at Sunderland Poly to be a teacher. And after that, I went to teach English and drama in a school in a pit village outside Sunderland called Ryhope.

Pop:UNFORGETTABLE: THE NAT KING COLE STORY Garrick Theatre, London

Courageously titled, Unforgettable sets a new benchmark for musical spectaculars without the spectacle. Look, no orchestra! Just a three-piece combo on the stage. And look, no cast! Just Clarke Peters doing everything.

GARDEN NEWCOMERS 4: SHRUBS : GADENING

UNLIKE bedding plants, shrubs cannot be discarded after a season and their ultimate size makes choosing whether or not to grow them an important decision. So the turnover of new varieties is slower and less well publicised than it is with smaller plants. An exception has been the "Barnsley" tree mallow, with porcelain pale flowers, which occurred as a chance seedling in Rosemary Verey's famous garden. This has been the best seller of the Nineties. It flowers all summer, but it grows thuggish in old age, and as it has now made an appearance in so many gardens it could be suffering from over-exposure. The plant that seems set to replace "Barnsley" is a new Lavatera called "Pink Frills", a shrub with better manners and smaller flowers.

BOOK REVIEW / Play it again and again, Sam: Woody Allen on Woody Allen - ed Stig Bjorkman: Faber, pounds 14.99

FOR inspiration, Woody walks. He walks up, down, all around. He walks inside, outside, no doubt in those strange little sunhats of his. It sounds so painful: he says he squeezes out ideas, and if he walks enough eventually they come, enough for plots and scenes and then one-liners. He gets so annoyed when critics and audiences assume his work is mostly autobiographical - he sweats this stuff, he does so much walking.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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