Extras

1. Simon and Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park

Auction winners 2009

The results of The Independent's 2009 Christmas charity auction are in. A fantastic £38,836.11 was raised, with the proceeds being divided between Actionaid, Computer Aid International and Peace Direct. Many thanks for their generosity to all our readers who bid

Bella Bella! Beauties and their beasts

'New Moon' shows the lure of loving a monster. Danny Brierley and David Usborne report

Naomi Watts: The First Lady of Hollywood

When Forbes magazine recently published a list of the most bankable actress in Hollywood, Naomi Watts was the surprising name at the top of the list.

King Kong Theory, By Virginie Despentes

A bestseller in her native France, this memoir-come-treatise explains how Virginie Despentes came to write the controversial 1994 novel and 2000 film, Baise Moi.

King Kong Theory, By Virginie Despentes, trs Polly McLean

Virginie Despentes is best known for her controversial 1995 novel and 2000 film, Baise-Moi, about a prostitute and a rape victim who go on a killing spree. King Kong Theory is a free-ranging feminist manifesto that gives a little backdrop to that novel (Despentes's own ordeal being gang-raped, for instance) and details her other first-hand experiences of prostitution and pornography.

DVD: Funny Games

Ten years after providing one of the most disturbing experiences in cinema, Michael Haneke is at it again with the same film. The difference with this reprise of 'Funny Games' is the cast.

Story of the scene: 'The Wizard of Oz', Victor Fleming (1939)

How did a deleted scene from The Wizard of Oz come to hold all the clues to David Lynch's Mulholland Drive? The 1939 film starring Judy Garland originally contained a dance number called The Jitterbug. Costing $80,000 to make and taking five weeks to shoot, it was part of a larger subplot that was jettisoned in earlier script re-writes.

Ottakar's books a slow start

The prospect of a knockout bid for Ottakar's faded further yesterday after the bookstore chain revealed sales had continued to slump in the past two months.

Horizontal champs and a heavyweight chump

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Rugby Union: Five Nations' Championship - A monkey becomes King Kong

They ended up black and blue, but the latest debacle against a victorious France was different

Obituary: Peggy Phango

PEGGY PHANGO was the talented South African who created the role of Rose, the buxom, good-natured tap dancing student in Richard Harris's popular play Stepping Out.

Full of eastern promises

Colette Harris tries an exotic new tonic: Amla 49

ARTS; CINEMA; Uncensored: the diary of the censor

Sex, blasphemy, dodgy moments with horses - it's all in a day's work for Richard Falcon, guardian of the nation's morals. Here, the BBFC examiner offers a revealing glimpse into life at the cutting edge
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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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness