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I came, I saw, I had a cheeseburger

THE FIRST couple of minutes in the queue for Planet Hollywood went fine, even rather well. We stood at the back, not entirely sure if we were going to commit ourselves or not. Then, no longer at the very back, I could feel the beginnings of settling in, of wanting some return on my investment. Angela kept saying: 'Come on,' and 'For God's sake]' I told her that the queue was part of the point of the place. Anyway, the second couple of minutes were a lot worse.

Following fearlessly in Mel Gibson's footsteps: Heart Searching: How do you find the love of your life? Should you turn to a matchmaker? Rachel Lipman seeks the answers in two new books

Sensual, imaginative brunette, 25, artistic, intelligent, with a sense of humour, enjoys: home life, cooking, sports, country life; no ties, own home. Seeking a tall, strong, intelligent, fun companion, with inner depth, for passionate, loving romance, 25-35. Photo guarantees reply. Must feel able to love Ben my dog too. Midlands/anywhere.

THEATRE / Hamlet - Lilian Baylis, London EC1

Although it opened earlier, I doubt that this Hamlet will give Kenneth Branagh's RSC production much competition. That's not a fair comparison, but Compass Theatre's small-scale, touring Danemobile falls into every trap inherent in the allure of this most tempting play. Throughout, posturing is substituted for passion and effect for clarity: each speech is played in isolation, according to received notions of a scene's significance, with no narrative or emotional coherence.

FILM / Another bloody buddy movie

EVEN the title troubles me. Lethal Weapon 3. Why does this weapon keep coming back for more? You didn't catch Gary Cooper returning to make High Twenty-Five Past Two. Something here smacks of unfinished business. If this weapon is so lethal, how come anyone is left alive to be lethed? Just how lethal was it in the first place, anyway? Maybe it's broken or something. These are deep questions, and we all have a right to be concerned.

FILM / Cutting up gruff: Leathal Weapon 3

Ten years ago, in 48 HRS, Eddie Murphy addressed a bar full of startled country and western fans with the memorable remark: 'I'm your worst nightmare . . . a nigger with a badge.' If that is America's worst nightmare, perhaps that explains why its fondest dream, judging by the success of the Lethal Weapon films, seems to be . . . a redneck with a badge.

BOOK REVIEW / Maverick movie-maker schooled in scandal: 'Theorem' - Pier Paolo Pasolini trs Stuart Hood: Quartet, 6.95 pounds ; 'The Letters of Pier Paolo Pasolini Vol 1 1940-1954' - trs Stuart Hood: Quartet, 25 pounds

I RECALL, while watching Pasolini's film Theorem in a Left Bank art cinema in Paris, after the Mona Lisa-like celestial played by Terence Stamp had systematically bedded the father, mother, son, daughter and maid of an affluent Milanese family, hearing a derisive cry from the stalls: 'Et le chien?'

INTERVIEW / The man with the golden gun: Need to find a parody of a loud, flamboyant, hot-shot American film producer? Joel Silver is your man. Sheila Johnston reports

Spot a caricature of a producer in a recent American movie, and the chances are he is based on Joel Silver. He was widely believed to be the blueprint for the cynical producer played by Steve Martin in Grand Canyon. Silver himself reckons the Coen brothers used him as the model for the eccentric studio mogul who urged the solemn young writer Barton Fink to jack in his social ambitions and write a wrestling picture. See, too, The Player passim.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

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

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
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

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
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

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas