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The film made less than £50 after being on release for a week

Simon Read: Bailiffs are an upsetting and costly way to collect late debts

I make no apologies for returning to the subject of bailiffs this week. But I will apologise for any suggestion in my column last week that all bailiffs are unscrupulous bullies who are happy to lie their way into people's homes and help themselves to people's treasured possessions.

The Knot, Jesse Lawrence, 92mins (15)

Starring: Noel Clarke, Mena Suvari

The best, worst and downright absurd sporting mascots

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Also showing: Friends with Kids, Dark Horse, Lovely Molly and Storage 24

Friends with Kids, 110 mins, 15

Karate girls in A Running Jump by Mike Leigh

First Night: London 2012 short films, Edinburgh Film Festival

Directors' Olympic film relay struggles to get out of the blocks

Rafe Spall, who played Shakespeare, has defended 'Anonymous'

Rylance defends Shakespeare film's right to question identity of Bard

Mark Rylance, one of Britain's most respected actors and the founding artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, has defended his role in a film that pours doubt on the identity of the Bard.

City skyscraper era comes to an end

Square Mile's chief planner says current cluster of tall buildings will give way to large scale refurbishment of existing offices

Train and bus use on the increase

The rising cost of motoring is encouraging more people to use public transport, according to bus and train group Go-Ahead.

Days of the Commune, White Bear Theatre, London

Much is made, by the Gunpowder Theatre Company, of the fact that Days of the Commune is one of Bertolt Brecht's least-performed plays. Cynics might reply that there is a reason for this. This is a hefty, agenda-ridden account of the Paris Commune and as such it represents a challenge in any milieu – all the more so when that happens to be behind a South London pub during a grudge football match.

Happy Days in the Art World, Tramway, Glasgow

Previewing in Glasgow before its premiere proper at New York's Performa biennial next week, this piece by the Danish-Norwegian conceptual art duo Elmgreen & Dragset blurs the line between performance art and theatre.

Acting tough: Johnny Harris is well suited to scary roles

Street-fighting man still packs a real punch

One-time boxing champion Johnny Harris has become a Brit-flick star

The Days of the Commune, The White Bear Theatre

Much is made, by the Gunpowder Theatre Company, of their latest endeavour’s ambition.

The Country Life, By Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk's re-published third novel is reminder of just what an impressive writer she has always been. This rustic satire sees Cusk eschewing the clean, cool lines of modern fiction for an altogether denser affair. Billed as comedy, it's sometimes hard to spot the joke in this merciless journey into "the solipsistic cabbage patch" of a young woman's mind.

James Murdoch 'had to sign off hacking payouts over £250,000'

He has previously told MPs he was not aware of the details behind the Taylor deal

Adele cancels US tour amid fears of vocal cord damage

The singer Adele has cancelled her 10-date US tour as she revealed she is in danger of permanently damaging her vocal cords.

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