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If you can bring yourself to brave the discomforts of a multiplex, do try to catch Jake Gyllenhaal's new Prince of Persia film, which is as lively an action movie as you'll see all summer but thanks to a disastrous opening weekend here in the US, where it made just $37m, is likely to be pulled from cinemas in a couple of weeks.

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Blockbuster films such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland and the sale of 3D glasses have helped to boost revenues at Cineworld, it said yesterday. The group, which has 77 cinemas in the UK, reported strong trading during the 18 weeks to 6 May, with total revenues up 13.9 per cent on the same period of 2009. It said the performance had been driven by a 14.6 per cent jump in box office takings, following the release of films such as Avatar – the highest grossing movie of all time.

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Poor pay made 'French Robin Hood' steal £10m

The driver of an armoured van who was hailed as a French Robin Hood after making off with his €11.6m (£9.9m) cash load told a court yesterday that he stole the money in a rebellion against his boss after years of bad working conditions and poor pay.

British-US film: The special relationship

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Pandora: An inflated alter ego

In my defence, you could have been reading what might have been a mildly amusing story suggesting that the grumpy Sky News stalwart Adam Boulton's excessive workload led to his priceless hissy fit on live television this week.

£1,000 fine for trainee accountant who threatened to blow up airport on Twitter

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