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The singular comic talents of Stefan Golaszewski are mostly expended on works for television - as in Him & Her, a sitcom that applies Royle Family techniques to twentysomething slackerdom with intermittently hilarious results.

Producers star Kenneth Mars dies

Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in The Producers and an earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in Young Frankenstein, has died at 75.

The Antonioni Project, Barbican, London

Why attempt to translate a celluloid masterpiece for the stage?

Victoria Summerley: How to make drama out of bereavement

It takes a very skilled scriptwriter to convey the weight of grief,the sense of endurance, the slow drip of endless tears that follow what is an emotional amputation

Barney's Version (15), Biutiful (15) (3/5, 1/5)

Three weddings and a murder

Duo Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell score on pointes

Director Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell, his composer of choice, go hand in hand. Mansell has scored the director's latest, Black Swan, which uses arrangements from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The working relationship goes back to 1996, when the director asked Mansell, then wrapping up his role as frontman in the punk-pop band Pop Will Eat Itself, to score his first film, Pi. It was Mansell's first film composition, and since he has penned the music to almost every Aronofsky film. Perhaps his most famous soundtrack is Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, its haunting and urgent string-fuelled music combining his electronic beginnings with orchestration.

Tom Sutcliffe: How to lead the eye a merry dance

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Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, 110 mins (15)<br/>Morning Glory, Roger Michell, 108 mins (12A)

Trembling, teary, and prone to seeing things. And that's just the audience

Feathers ruffled over Black Swan

Extravagant tutus created for the ballet film have caught the eye of Oscar judges, but an off-screen costume drama puts the designers in the shade

Natalie Portman worried she will bore cinema fans

Natalie Portman is worried people will get bored of her face because she is in so many new movies.



Winona Ryder's difficult Black Swan role

Winona Ryder found 'Black Swan' "difficult" to film.

Mila Kunis: The other Black Swan finds her feet

Ukraine-born Mila Kunis missed out on a Golden Globe for her role as Natalie Portman's rival in their new film but is still on a high.

Video: Exclusive interview with Black Swan star Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman, star of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, talks exclusively to independent.co.uk about the rigours of training for the role.

Darren Aronofsky: Hollywood's most ambitious director

Plagued by outrageous misfortune in his early career, his latest film is a hot favourite for the Oscars. Has he struck it lucky at last?

Sloane Crosley: 'I might say I had a girl crush on Tina Fey, but not on AS Byatt'

Unless we're talking about old-school, witchcraft-trial violence, can we please phase out the phrase "girl crush"? While we're at it, if we can axe "like, total girl crush" unless Total Girl Crush is the name of a fizzy soft drink, in which case I'll take two, thank you. A Twitter and Facebook favourite, "girl crush" has been the primary means of lady-on-lady compliment over the past few years. Now that 2011 has begun, I say this is the year women take a non-heeled stand against this oddly undercutting and twee acclamation.

TV&rsquo;s funniest woman: Ruth Jones on life after Gavin &amp; Stacey

The writer and star of Gavin &amp; Stacey is adding Hattie Jacques to her list of acclaimed creations. Gerard Gilbert meets the late-blooming comedian
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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
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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
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The Interview movie review

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

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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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
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Paul Scholes column

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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
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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
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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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
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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