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The director looked flustered and said 'I'm sorry' before leaving the stage

Screen Talk: Smith's dirty banditry with Bruce

Kevin Smith, king of indie, is rounding up a feast of comic stars for his buddy-action laugh-fest 'A Couple of Dicks'. Seann William Scott and Adam Brody recently signed up for the Warner Bros-bankrolled comedy, joining Bruce Willis, right, and Tracy Morgan. The script, by Robb and Mark Cullen, follows a maverick cop (Willis) and his partner (Morgan) who, tracking a valuable stolen baseball card, tangle with a memorabilia-obsessed gangster and rescue a Mexican beauty who holds the key to millions in drug money. Scott plays a thief known as, uh, the Shit Bandit. Brody is an abrasive detective unhappy with Willis and Morgan. Scott recently starred in Universal's 'Role Models'. Brody next appears in Boaz Yakin's indie drama 'Death in Love' and 'Jennifer's Body', a dark comedy written by Diablo Cody, starring Megan Fox.

Drag Me to Hell - Don't lose your head

Sam Raimi's 'Drag Me to Hell' is leading a renaissance in the horror genre. Jaded by torture porn, Kaleem Aftab celebrates a return to more cerebral films that reveal the inner demons

No sex please: An asexual life

Andy is young and healthy – yet he’s never experienced physical desire. And there are thousands more like him. Olly Bootle meets the asexuals

From toyshop to Tinseltown: Hollywood has turned to children's games

It may not be groundbreaking cinema, but Hollywood is making big bucks from films based on well-known toys and games. Andrew Johnson reports

UN secretary general calls for high-level meeting on Darfur

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a high-level meeting in Ethiopia this weekend involving the US, European Union, Russia and China to discuss the deteriorating situation in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

Football: Fire at Wycombe calls halt to Cup tie

A FIRE at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park ground forced the abandonment of the FA Cup first-round replay against non-League Oxford City just as extra time ended last night.

BBA calls for pounds 126m via rights: Issue to fund two purchases

BBA Group, the automotive, industrial and aviation group, launched a pounds 125.9m rights issue yesterday to help to fund its bid to become one of the world's leading suppliers of high voltage electrical power equipment.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee