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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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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

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Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

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

At dawn, the young remember the young

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

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence