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Following the tragic premature death of Patrick Swayze, we look back over some key moments in the life of the American actor.

Funny People, Judd Apatow, 146 mins, (15)

Judd Apatow's latest film brilliantly lampoons the life of an A-list comedian – but where are the substantial female characters?

John Hughes: Writer, director and producer whose Eighties teen movies captured a generation on film

John Hughes defined the 1980s teenager in a series of hugely successful and influential comedy films, including The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, whose young stars became members of the group known as the "Brat Pack".

Just Me, By Sheila Hancock

The Two of Us was Sheila Hancock's first foray into memoir writing, offering a tender account of her life with late husband and actor, John Thaw, and their 28-year marriage.

My Secret Life: Simon Schama, historian, 64

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Bunny Boilers: Cinematic stalkers guarantee drama

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Stand up and be counted: 30 years of the Comedy Store

When the Comedy Store threw open its doors, it rewrote the joke book. Julian Hall celebrates 30 years of mirth - and 10 comedians recall their first, nerve-wracking, appearances there

Hit & Run: A star is spawned

Will it replace the giant panda? Perhaps not quite. But thanks to the Prince of Wales, the Argentinian horned frog has a fair chance of becoming a new worldwide symbol of conservation.

Katy Guest: Literacy is not reading. It's a form of mining

I recently had the opportunity, while dodging poshies at the Oxford/Cambridge boat race, to talk to a friend who studied science while I was an English student at university. He was one of those who delighted in telling me when we were both 21: "You'll never get a job reading books, you know." I now have a job reading books. My unfortunate friend is still working for a living.

Class act: How the French director Laurent Cantet netted an Oscar nomination

The French director Laurent Cantet tells Jonathan Romney how he let a class of school children loose on his script – and ended up with an Oscar nomination

Why comedians are dubbing Hollywood

In the UK, if we think of improvised comedy we normally think of Paul Merton. But, for the next six weeks, theatres up and down the land will have a chance to experience a new American improv export with a recognisably British cast that doesn't include Merton or his improv chums. Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Hattie Hayridge are among a rotating cast who will be supplying new dialogue to old movies for a show called Totally Looped, putting a new perspective on idea that started out as prank at a US college radio station.

Captain Monty: Colin named as Ryder Cup captain

The famously combustible Scot will spearhead Europe's bid to recapture the Ryder Cup. James Corrigan in Dubai assesses the sort of leader he will make

Emma Thompson: Doth the lady protest too much?

From the Golden Globes to the runway demos at Heathrow, the actress was everywhere last week. She admits that people may have had enough of her banging the drum, but that won't stop her. Joanna Moorhead in conversation with... Emma Thompson
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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