Carola Long: Brangelina and a 21st-century myth

This couple fulfil the desire to see own lives played out in glossy form

Spread (18)

David Mackenzie, whose haunting 2003 mystery Young Adam promised so much, has gone to La-La land to tell the story of a young(ish) hustler in Spread.

Amelia (PG)

Mira Nair (111 mins), starring Richard Gere, Hilary Swank

Andrew Buncombe: Richard Gere and Burma's amazing journalists

Today I watched a remarkable film that anyone who is interested in journalism, in Burma, in the fight for democracy or in humanity's capacity for amazing bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, really ought to go and see. The documentary is called Burma VJ and it goes on release at 40 cinemas across the UK.

Obits in Brief: John A. Keel

John A. Keel, who died on 3 June aged 79, was the author of The Mothman Prophecies, an account of his investigation in the 1960s into sightings in West Virginia of a strange winged creature, which was made into a 2002 film starring Richard Gere and Alan Bates.

My Secret Life: Jimmy Osmond

Singer & panto star, 45

Quotes of the day - 25 September

"Without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic" - President George Bush, in his televised broadcast to the American people.

Pocket Money: Buying in bulk gives me food for financial thought

False economies. For a financial dunderhead like me, it's difficult to spot them. I get seduced by the BOGOF signs, the three-for-twos, the interest-free periods, and so on. It's only later, when I'm chucking away uneaten food or studying the small print on a credit card bill with a giant interest charge attached that my foolishness occurs to me.

Richard Gere: Don't call me babe

Richard Gere has been portrayed as a sex symbol for decades. It's a description he hated, he tells Tiffany Rose

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"Do not think because you are coloured you cannot accomplish anything," pronounced Frederick Douglass in 1893. Runaway Diamonds is a powerful production that traces the life of Douglass, who became a leader in the abolitionist movement and the first black citizen to hold high rank in the US government. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-213 7700) 8 to 12 Mar

The story of an accidental bike star

Dealing with fatal accidents hasn't deflected one paramedic from his ambition, says Tim Luckhurst

Sunseeker: Anguilla

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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick