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Tom Sutcliffe: Wes Anderson is so animating

I finally "got" Wes Anderson the other day. Which is not to say that I hadn't "got" him before – in the sense of liking his work and always being willing to substitute his vision of the world for mine for an hour or two. Though I'm not very fond of fey art-house whimsy (see references to Miranda July passim), there has always been something about.

The Gruffalo, Garrick Theatre, London

In the 10 years since it was published, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (story) and Axel Scheffler (pictures) has become a much-loved classic, proving that big furry creatures who roar can be kind at heart, and a mouse may look at a monster, just as a cat may look at a king.

Patricia Neal: American actress and former wife of Roald Dahl who won

Patricia Neal's career started on a high and she won an Oscar for Hud. Later, despite being buffeted by tragedies, including failed love affairs, the death of a young daughter, a nervous breakdown and a series of strokes, she repeatedly returned to the screen – and set up a world-class facility for the care of stroke victims

Patricia Neal: a life of drama on screen and off

An affair with Gary Cooper and an abortion; a 30-year marriage to Roald Dahl culminating in the author's two-timing with her friend; three strokes, a three-week coma and enough chutzpah to compete with any of the malcontent men sharing her on- and off-screen lives. If anything epitomised the orbit of the actress Patricia Neal, who has died aged 84, it was that her real existence matched anything she performed in front of the camera.

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Peter Crouch: At the height of his powers

With more goals per game than Wayne Rooney, England's tall guy has a good claim on a starting place at the World Cup. The former Spurs YTS boy tells Sam Wallace why, at 29, his time has come

DVD: Fantastic Mr Fox (PG)

Wes Anderson, like precocious contemporary Spike Jonze, has never equalled his delightfully droll early work.

Cultural Life: Jamie Cullum, musician

I became a member of Jack White's Third Man Records' 7-inch vinyl record singles club, which I thought was a great idea. I particularly like Dan Sartain, who is signed to the label. I also love Sweet Billy Pilgrim's album 'Twice Born Men'. It has been a while since I've played a record over and over again like this.