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DVD & Blu-ray review: Gangster Squad (15)

Ruben Fleischer (110mins)

Feminists hate Chris Brown because he's black, says Brendan O'Neill

Blogger and controversialist Brendan O'Neill has stoked the fires again, writing in The Huffington Post that the main reason "feminists" hate Chris Brown so much is because "he's big, bad and black" - not the singer's horrendous assault on Rihanna.

The 'blue marble' shot from Apollo 17

Watch the entire history of the planet in under two minutes

Curious about the history of our planet, but quite busy today? Internet artists melodysheep have the solution. They've edited together various pieces of footage and some lovely music to create a visualisation of the entire history of our planet in under two minutes.

DVD: This Must Be the Place (15)

There might be a decent comedy to be made about an absurd, middle-aged goth star tracking down a Nazi, but Paolo Sorrentino's tedious, unfunny film isn't it.

The celebrity gossip website that missed the biggest scoop of all

Gossip site TMZ may have broken the news of Michael Jackson's death but it failed to spot a scoop right under its paparazzo's lens.

Model Petra Nemcova's charity work in Haiti honoured

Petra Nemcova, a Czech supermodel, has been named ambassador at large for Haiti because of the work she does through her charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.

RAYMOND TELLER: The magician claims to have created the Shadows trick as a teenager

Penn and Teller star Raymond Teller sues magician over rights to magic trick

Two magicians at crossed wands are heading to court over the rights to a magic trick.

From left, John Tui, Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna in the super-violent <i>Battleship</i>

Battleship, Peter Berg, 131 mins (12A)
Delicacy, David & Stéphane Foenkinos, 108 mins (12A)

Bittersweet Tautou is a blessed relief after an earful of slimy green alien

Sean Penn's unsuspected comic talents give Sorrentino's film its lightness of touch

This Must Be the Place, Paolo Sorrentino (15)

The normally straight-laced actor is a hoot as an aimless, ageing rock star who finds redemption pursuing a Nazi war criminal in this strange, warm and humorous take on the road movie

This Must Be The Place (15)

Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand

Archie Bland: We've nothing to fear from Kirchner's condemnation

I find it uncomfortable to take a strong line on the Falklands. I always get anxious if I feel like I'm being especially patriotic, except about football. And in this instance, I also worry that I might be just seizing on the opportunity to disagree with Sean Penn, which is always hard enough to resist that it can distort your perspective.

The Artist: The combination of a cute dog, Harvey Weinstein and absolutely no contemporary resonances whatsoever conspire to make this the most inevitable winner for Best Picture

And the Academy Award goes to: We predict who will win an Oscar tonight

Who really deserves to win and who was disgracefully left off the shortlist?

Dennis Lehane: The writer who makes crime pay

Child abuse, murder, mental illness, marital breakdown: it's all grist to the mill for Dennis Lehane. And the literary thriller writer has plenty to get off his chest about the welfare system, bankers and 'postmodern jerk-offs' too

The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, 138 mins (12A)

This is jaw-agape cinema, almost as if God was behind the Steadicam, but Malick's mix of the domestic and cosmic risks being more schlock than awe

DVD: Fair Game (12)

Liman, director of the first Bourne, tries a real-life thriller: CIA spy Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), is married to ex-diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) who's sent to Niger on a fact-finding mission.

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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