The News Matrix: Monday 13 May 2013

Four peacekeepers freed by rebels

Postcard from...Beijing

The audience at the Lumiere Pavilions cinema in downtown Beijing appeared to love Iron  Man 3, amused by Robert  Downey Jr’s laconic humour  and cheering at his metal- suited character’s exploits on  the big screen.

Camp fire: Ian McKellen (left) and Derek Jacobi in ‘Vicious’

If you say you like ITV sitcom ‘Vicious’ or ‘Django Unchained’ its more than a statement of taste

Plus: Ben Kingsley and the crime of the scene and Grand Theft Auto V has an LA lookalike that's just grand

A still from the 1994 film Pulp Fiction with the Cherry red convertible which has recovered nearly two decades after thieves stole it

Quentin Tarantino's stolen Pulp Fiction car recovered by police

Nearly two decades after thieves made off with the cherry-red convertible driven by John Travolta’s character Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu has turned up in Oakland, California.

Migrant workers picking strawberries

Greece launches manhunt after 200 immigrant farmworkers are shot at and wounded for demanding back pay

The 200 strawberry-pickers, many of them from Bangladesh, had been working on the Greek farm for six months without pay. So they went to see the boss. But instead of leaving with their money, they were shot

DVD & Blu-ray review: Seven Psychopaths (15)

Martin McDonagh DVD/Blu-ray (110mins)

Slaves to passion: Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington in ‘Django Unchained’

Slave to government censors? Django Unchained pulled from Chinese cinemas on first day

It is the first Quentin Tarantino film to gain an official release in China. But when Django Unchained hit cinemas yesterday all screenings of the film were cancelled due to an unspecified technical problem – leading to speculation that the film has fallen foul of the country’s censors.

Shoot to thrill: Jamie Foxx stars in Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino to make 'less bloody' Django Unchained to appease Chinese censors

Quentin Tarantino has muted the blood splattered across his Oscar-winning film Django Unchained in order to win the approval of Chinese censors.

Shoot to thrill: Jamie Foxx stars in Django Unchained

Django Unchained is the first Tarantino film released in China: Hollywood enters the dragon market but can it appease the censors?

As moviemakers look to make money in the East, Geoffrey Macnab reveals the conditions that China is imposing

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Uma Thurman got off lightly. Her brothers are called Ganden, Dechen and Mipam'

Who knew that Uma Thurman's father was the first Westerner ever to become a Buddhist monk? He popularised the faith in the US long before Richard Gere leapt aboard the saffron bandwagon.

James Bond versus Batman in MTV awards battle for the abs: Daniel Craig and Christian Bale square up for the fight

James Bond fights it out with Batman in battle of the honed abs at MTV Movie Awards

Bond is to take on Batman as Daniel Craig and Christian Bale's finely honed abs battle it out for a prize at the MTV Movie Awards.

Melanie Laurent found fame fighting Nazis in Inglourious Basterds

Melanie Laurent: Quentin Tarantino star is on the right track

She found fame fighting Nazis in Inglourious Basterds. Now Mélanie Laurent impresses again in the drama Night Train to Lisbon

Example's “Perfect Replacement” is out now

Cultural life: Example, musician

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Daniel Craig, as James Bond in Skyfall

Empire Awards: Daniel Craig and Judi Dench star again as Skyfall is nominated in six categories

Skyfall leads the pack at this year's Empire Awards with six nominations for the Bond film including best actor for Daniel Craig and best actress for Dame Judi Dench.

Film vs Digital: Digital is taking over Hollywood, but celluloid’s fans intend to fight on

Film is finished – this could be its last Oscars

Digital is taking over Hollywood, but celluloid's fans intend to fight on

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game