Wallace in 1972, when she began a six-year run on CBS's 'The Bob Newhart Show'

Marcia Wallace: The voice of Bart's teacher Edna Krabappel since the start of 'The Simpsons'

Marcia Wallace had enjoyed a respectable career as a comic actress for two decades before she became the voice of Bart Simpson's cynical and world-weary fourth-grade teacher Edna Krabappel and found worldwide fame among the denizens of Springfield. The sarcastic, chain-smoking, gruff-voiced educationist finally found love in the unlikely arms of the Simpsons' god-fearing neighbour Ned Flanders.

Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight

Batman returns: Prequel TV series to focus on Commissioner Jim Gordon

Fox wins the rights to Gotham, a new show from the creator of The Mentalist

Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson in a scene from 'Now You See Me'

Film review: Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson

Louis Leterrier, 115mins. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent (12A)

James Holmes is likely to be moved to a psychiatric hospital

Accused Denver cinema shooter, James Holmes, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity

James Holmes, the former PhD-student accused of killing 12 people in Colorado when he opened fire in a cinema during a midnight screening of Batman, intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers have said.

Take a spin: The Eden Project's indoor ice rink

Travel by numbers: Your countdown to Christmas

1901 The year that Queen Victoria died – signalling the end of her eponymous era. This Christmas, however, the festive spirit of the Victorian period lives on at Saltwell Park in Gateshead, which has been transformed by the after-dark arts experience, Enchanted Parks. Visitors can see illuminated installations such as "Glimpses of Victoriana", costumed characters and trees that respond when given a hug. Evenings 5-9 December. Tickets £6. Newcastlegateshead.com

John Clive: Actor who also wrote thrillers

Early years in Liverpool gave him the perfect voice for John Lennon in the animated ‘Yellow Submarine’ film

Stars flock to St Paul's for Sassoon memorial

St Paul's Cathedral in London yesterday hosted a memorial to Vidal Sassoon, the London-born pioneer of the "bob" hairstyle which epitomised the Swinging Sixties.

The landscape of Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' was drawn up by Double Negative, which landed the Oscar in 2010

Wanted: visual effects talent that's – well, a bit special

From folding up the streets of Paris in Inception to making a magical world fit for a boy wizard in the Harry Potter series, British special effects designers know how to bewitch cinemagoers.

Film: There's some fin in the Greenwich water

The 1975 movie Jaws can be in people's thoughts when they are paddling out to sea on a lilo. But you don't have to go all the way to a holiday resort for a bit of terror. Next month the Thames will have its own in the form of a shark-fin gliding through the water, before a screening of the fully restored blockbuster.

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz ride out in 'The Bourne Legacy'

The Bourne Legacy overtakes Dark Knight at top of US box office

Studio estimates say latest film in the Bourne series took $40.3m (£25.7m) in its opening weekend

Batman star Christian Bale visits Colorado cinema shooting survivors

Christian Bale, the British star of the Batman films, visited survivors of the Colorado cinema shooting on Tuesday, and thanked medical staff and police officers who responded to the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

Police found a weapons arsenal at the home of James Holmes

Gun sales soar in Colorado in wake of cinema killings

Citizens rush to arm themselves as public paranoia sparks incidents in other states

Hathaway is Hollywood's golden girl at Dark Knight Rises European premiere

Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway lived up to her reputation as Hollywood's golden girl in a gold floor-length Gucci gown at the European premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in London.

A Minute With: Michael Caine revisiting Batman's Alfred

At an age, 79, when most of his acting peers have either long since retired or seen their careers simply fade away, Sir Michael Caine has no intention of quietly shuffling off the Hollywood stage.

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

First Night: The Dark Knight Rises (Director: Christopher Nolan)

Batman's back for a spectacular (if spectacularly long) adventure

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