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

SPORT ON TV

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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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz