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There’s a bit in the middle of Mad About the Boy when the agent for Bridget’s screenplay – a modern interpretation of Hedda Gabler set in Queen’s Park – sends her a strange email. “We have a couple of responses on your script,” he writes. “They are passing. The themes are fascinating but they’re wanting more of a romcom feel. I’ll keep trying.” It could be a coincidence, but by this point it reads like a coded SOS from the author. The book is at its best when it is a poignant comic novel about a 51-year-old woman struggling to bring up children after the sudden death of her husband. It is hit-and-miss when it’s about a 51-year-old Bridget Jones who struggles with all the TV remotes and counts nits instead of Chardonnays. But on occasion it becomes a parody of a Richard Curtis film, or even worse an American sitcom, and that of course is v v bad.

Residents of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire wait for buses to take them to the premiere

Move over Brangelina, this night belongs to Kingston Bagpuize

Unlikely community movie beats the stars to get prized Leicester Square premiere

Mum’s the word: Sadie Frost performs ‘Touched... Like A Virgin’

In the groove with pop and pregnancy

Sadie Frost's one-woman show mixes Madonna and motherhood. By Charlotte Cripps

Cannes do attitude for the stars of tomorrow

The iconic film festival has a habit of unearthing exciting talent, as Nick Clark found out

Matthias Schoenaerts: The Belgian has a strong body of work in his home country including Bullhead, which competed at the

Hollywood bound after making a splash on Cote d'Azur

While the box office names pose on the red carpet at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, industry experts are eagerly scouting films showing on the Croisette for the stars of tomorrow.

Howard Jacobson: Thrillers always sell you a pup. As with sex, the delivery never lives up to the promise

Homeland: so well-made, well-acted, but in the end, at the mercy of the unsubtlety of its form

You're wearing what? Our style experts offer the Oscar nominees a few hints...

Dressing up for that sashay down the red carpet can quickly turn into a dressing-down in print the next day. So how can you, dear Oscar nominees, ensure you're a hit with even the most hostile fashion commentators?

Luke Blackall: Always check the loos after the Baftas to see if anyone's forgotten their award

Man About Town: Where else would you see Ralph Fiennes, Cuba Gooding Jr, Octavia Spencer and the cast of The Artist all letting their hair down?

DVD: Friends with Benefits (15)

Mila Kunis stars in this ghastly and tiresomely foul-mouthed rom-com. She plays Jamie, a New York head-hunter who is dumped for having "big eyes" by a jerk in the opening scene.

Chris O'Dowd: The IT man groomed for stardom

Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd, 32, who played a love-struck cop in the 2011 box-office hit, is now one of Hollywood's leading men. But he has also just been nominated for Bafta's Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award. "The way my career is going is terrific – but it was somewhat unexpected," says O'Dowd. "This nomination just makes me feel really young."

Zelig, 76 mins (PG) <br/> Hannah And Her Sisters, 103 mins (15)

What a treat this is - a double bill of two of Woody Allen’s finest films, both made in his mid-1980s prime.

The best: 1.The Fighter - 'In my opinion, the greatest sporting film ever made – but so much more. The fight scenes were stunning but secondary to a story which has poignancy and great humour'

The midlife crisis that turned into a 600-film odyssey

In a good year for the film industry, the average Briton will go to the cinema three times. Neil White clocked up twice that number of movies in just one day as he chased his goal of watching every new release over the last 12 months.

Terence Blacker: The new fad for fairy tales shows our retreat from complex reality

The Way We Live: In these stories, it is fine to laugh at ugliness, and to cheer the killing of giants

Bella! Bella! 'Gregory's Girl' star lands deal to write crime novels

To many, he will be for ever remembered as the gawky teenager Gregory Underwood, in the 1980s coming-of-age hit Gregory's Girl.

Patrick Dempsey leaving Grey's Anatomy

Patrick Dempsey says the current season of 'Grey's Anatomy' will be "his last".

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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