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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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own