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Russell Brand is set to star in 'Lamb of God'.

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"What a waste of Helen Mirren. I hope they paid her loads to make it worthwhile."

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Russell Brand plays the billionaire hedonist, so what could possibly go wrong?

Russell Brand: 'Americans don't like being told what to think by the English'

Since marrying and relocating to Los Angeles, I've changed the way I research my stand-up The way I worked used to govern all my time anyway. Then, add to that a domestic life, and it's really hard to do anything like watch a film or go to a gig or remain engaged. Also, I think life in Los Angeles is kind of insular, in that you don't really know too much about what's going on in the world. You don't have a print media in America anywhere, really. And with television media – I'm sure you can seek stuff out, but broadly speaking it's all celebrity- and entertainment-led, and quite right-wing.

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Russell Brand: a new lease of life

Playing the sozzled lead in the remake of Arthur may seem a little close to home for Russell Brand. But this time the hedonism is just an act, he tells Gill Pringle

Rihanna thought Russell Brand was an 'idiot'

Rihanna thought Russell Brand was an "idiot" when she first met him.

Russell Brand keen for kids

Russell Brand wants children "soon".

Hop (U)

Starring: James Marsden, Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie

Radio 2: Notes on a broadcasting scandal

The replacement of &lsquo;The Radcliffe and Maconie Show&rsquo; by Jo Whiley is a blow to music-lovers, says SimonO&rsquo;Hagan

The Tempest (PG)

Like Alonso and Gonzalo under Ariel's soporific spell, you may experience "a strange drowsiness" during Julie Taymor's film interpretation of Shakespeare's late play. What kept me awake was Helen Mirren's imperial performance as Prospera (above), gender-flipped from Prospero in the film's boldest coup, and her touching relationship with her daughter Miranda, also beautifully played by Felicity Jones. The switch from masculine to feminine lends the story a deeper sense of reconciliation and forgiveness, though as a spectacle Taymor's film exhausts rather than exhilarates, failing to establish any sense of scale or control. It roars and rages, like a tempest, but aside from Mirren its thunder is mostly fake.

DVD: Despicable Me (U)

Universal's animation begins promisingly with a delicious visual gag – a plump redneck boy bouncing off an inflatable Egyptian pyramid; the real pyramid has been pilfered by a villainous pipsqueak, Vector (Jason Segel).

Russell Brand loves ordinary marriage to Katy Perry

Russell Brand's marriage to Katy Perry is "ordinary".

Prospective BBC Trust chairman to face grilling from MPs

The prospective chairman of the BBC Trust will face a grilling from MPs before taking the job.

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