Arts and Entertainment A scene from the film Storage 24 that grossed $72 at the US box office

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

Venice Diary: Wild-child Ferrara is in town – but will he be Abel to make his dates?

Abel Ferrara has gone clean. US indie cinema's bard of drug abuse, sleaze and violence has been known in the past to turn up three hours late for interviews – and then promptly fall asleep. The colourful Bronx-born director of Driller Killer, King of New York and The Funeral, is due in Venice later this week for the premiere of his new film 4:44 Last Day on Earth about a couple confronting the end of the world. The word in advance of his arrival is that his own wild days are now firmly behind him. In the press notes for the new movie, he even quotes the Dalai Lama. The publicists are so confident that he's a reformed character that they are scheduling some of his interviews for early in the morning. Whether he'll turn up or not remains to be seen.

Huw Ceredig: Actor who was a mainstay of the Welsh soap opera 'Pobol y Cwm' for 29 years

Huw Ceredig's best-known role was as Reg Harries in the long-running nightly soap-opera Pobol y Cwm ("People of the valley"), the most popular programme in the history of television in Wales, which has been broadcast by BBC Cymru and S4C since 1974 and is now a cornerstone of the service.

She's on it: scriptwriter of The Hour admits some lines 'haven't worked'

Abi Morgan responds to charges of linguistic anachronism in 1950s-era BBC drama

Actor wins 'escort girl' injunction

A married actor has secured an extension to his High Court injunction preventing him from being named as having had an affair with an escort girl.

Hollywood for trapped Chile miners

The story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months is on its way to the big screen.

Mark Steel: My guess is the cleaners are to blame

This year's television drama awards must surely go to the news, whose current scriptwriters are outstanding. Next week Newsnight will end with James Murdoch being told his real dad isn't Rupert, it's Fidel Castro. Then the credits will roll and we'll all be desperate to see the next episode.

The Amazing Spider-Man to be 'naturalistic'

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

The Weekend's TV: The Kennedys, Fri, BBC2<br/>Mildred Pierce, Sat, Sky Atlantic

A family portrait that's out of focus

Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, 131 mins (15)<br/>Viva Riva! Djo Munga, 96 mins (15)<br/>The First Grader, Justin Chadwick 105 mins (12A)

If violence in distant countries is not your thing...then this is not your week

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

Album: Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music)

Paul Simon's ruminations here on love, age and encroaching mortality have a valedictory flavour about them.

Last Night's TV - Injustice, ITV1; America's Secret Killers: Dispatches, Channel 4

Murder mystery's a guilty pleasure

Arthur Laurents: Playwright and screenwriter who wrote the books for 'West Side Story' and 'Gypsy'

The playwright and screenwriter Arthur Laurents wrote the books for two true classics of musical theatre, West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959), and directed the hit musical La Cage aux Folles (1983).

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there