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The overactors - Mad, bad, and dangerous to the scenery

Nicolas Cage's turn in Bad Lieutenant is the latest example of movie overacting. But, says Leigh Singer, hamming it up on film is an art form in itself – we should admire and enjoy it

Bad Lieutenant, Werner Herzog, 122 mins (18)

Easy to overlook the iguanas while Cage runs amok as Herzog's good cop, mad cop

Bad Lieutenant (18)

Cage free to be wild at heart

My Secret Life: Kate Humble, wildlife presenter, 41

My parents ... instilled a real sense of priority in me; they made me realise that the most joyful and important things in life cost nothing. My dad worked for IBM – I was never quite sure what he did. My mum looked after me and my younger brother Charlie.

Lisa Markwell: Dark heart of the green shopper

It's not easy being green, said Kermit, and what a delightful fellow he was. Turns out those who find it easy being green also find it easy being mean. A new survey from the University of Toronto, published in the journal Psychological Science, has found that environmentally aware consumers are prone to be sneaky and unkind.

Mark Millar - A new kind of costume drama

Britain's bestselling comic-book writer Mark Millar has Hollywood's finest lining up to work with him. First, Wanted was made into a film starring Angelina Jolie. Now his tale of a crime-fighting schoolboy with no superpowers is set for the big screen. Tim Walker

Astro Boy (PG)

Based on Osamu Tezuka's manga icon – a Japanese legend since 1951 – this American version of the airborne android has a likeable comic zip that just about carries off its runaway sci-fi extravagances.

Terence Blacker: A great day for famous do-gooders

For celebrities, highly visible charity activities are a good deal

First Night: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Venice Film Festival

A chaotic clash of art-house sensibilities and cop movie clichés

Tesco premieres DVD kiosks

Tesco superstores across the country will soon offer DVD rentals on big new releases such as graphic-novel adaptation Watchmen and Knowing, the Nicholas Cage flick. The FTSE 100 grocer is expected to sign a deal in the coming weeks with Cheltenham-based The Movie Booth, which will provide DVD kiosks in more than 100 stores. Tesco has already tested the kiosks in Ireland. Each automated kiosk holds 620 films, each of which rents for £2 a night. Spanish-born entrepreneur, Carlos Marco Rider, founded The Movie Booth last year.

Screen Talk - Hammer falls on Bazooka shoot

It seems storyboarding can never get too small for Hollywood. Plans are coming together to draw up a big-screen adaptation of 'Bazooka Joe', the comic strip that comes with Bazooka bubble gum.

Night at the Museum 2 (PG)

As a blockbuster that's intended to turn history into, like, fun for kids, this is not as irksome as Nicolas Cage's two National Treasure movies.

Knowing (15)

Paranormal communication, clairvoyance, visitors from another world, and Nicolas Cage as an astrophysics professor.

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