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'The Amazing Spider-Man' screenwriter Steve Kloves says he is taking the comic book character back to his roots.

Rebel rebel: Why Vincent Cassel is Europe’s most dangerous movie star

He set the screen alight – and pulses racing – as Black Swan's lecherous ballet director, while as one half of Europe's movie power couple, he provoked the wrath of the Vatican. Now Vincent Cassel has a family, is he set to curb his inflammatory instincts? Not likely, he tells James Mottram

Mexico players suspended after female companions raid hotel room

A night of passion has cost eight players their place in the Mexican squad for the Copa América.

Chinese premier starts UK visit at Shakespeare's home

Wen Jiabao's three-day official visit to Britain began yesterday with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to pay homage to William Shakespeare.

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A family portrait that's out of focus

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Bridesmaids, Paul Feig, 124 mins (15)

It's got the rudery and crudery, but this is also a sassy, smart comedy where the women are competent and it's the sugared almonds that get skewered

Being Shakespeare, Trafalgar Studios, London

When he first appeared in this solo show at the Edinburgh Festival last summer, Simon Callow had to spend quite a lot of time offstage explaining to people that he was talking about Shakespeare, not pretending to be the Bard himself.

Calcutta Club stirs up colonial tensions by barring Bengali artist

One of India's most celebrated social institutions, the Calcutta Club, has sparked an angry backlash from the city's intelligentsia after refusing to allow entry to a Bengali painter who was wearing traditional clothes judged to be in breach of strict regulations.

Poliakoff's big brother is new star of science

The voluminous hair, thick glasses and halting voice of the Nottingham chemist Martyn Poliakoff have made him a YouTube sensation.

Harriet Walker: Even Sophocles couldn't have imagined idiots this tragic

Somebody needs to tell the playwrights about an important new twist in modern-day poetics: there is no such thing as a tragic hero any more.

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Murder mystery's a guilty pleasure

TS Eliot, By John Worthen

Sympathy and sensitivity but still a streak of anti-Semitism

Ibsen's 'Emperor and Galilean': a lost classic

At several points in his life, Henrik Ibsen described Emperor and Galilean, the vast historical drama that he wrote between 1868 and 1873, as his "main work", or most important play. It is, therefore, an astonishing fact that the piece is so little known and has never been staged in English. My new adaptation of the play will give audiences the chance to experience the extraordinary power of this epic piece of theatre.

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