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Felicity Jones (aka Emma Grundy in 'The Archers') wins top prize at Sundance Festival

Nicolas Cage: From the sublime to the ridiculous

It's time Nicolas Cage ditched the duds and focused on the kind of blistering character work he's capable of, says Ben Walsh

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As claims to fame go, it's not a bad one: Wilhelmina, pet rabbit of Professor Robert Winston, was one of the first living beings to be photographed by MRA scan. Winston had been down the pub with some friends who had, he explained, rushed in bearing news of a machine they'd built. An old TV, a few bits of wire, and there you have it: one of the first MRA scanners in the history of the universe. Understandably, they wanted to try it out right away. And so off they went to collect Winston and his rabbit.

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As with so many momentous cultural shifts, the tipping point came with Les Dennis. There was a time when a celebrity sending himself up felt genuinely fresh; then Les, and myriad others, gratefully submitted themselves to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for Extras. They emerged looking an awful lot stranger, but also more knowing, more self-effacing, and considerably more employable.

New York hit show Celebrity Autobiography arrives in West End

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Take a stack of well-thumbed memoirs, a cast of comedians and actors, and lashings of deadpan delivery, and you have the makings of a cult hit. Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the New York hit show Celebrity Autobiography arrives in the West End next week, giving UK audiences another chance to marvel at the writerly pretensions of the rich and famous, or at least infamous .

DVD: Cemetery Junction, For retail & rental (Sony)

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant spent two series of Extras scoffing at Hollywood clichés and sitcom banalities, so it's bizarre to see the pair embracing those very clichés and banalities in the first film they've written and directed together.

Ricky Gervais: I'm taking The Office to China

Comedian Ricky Gervais is making a version of his hit show The Office for Chinese television, he said today.

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Extra-tall man with the IT factor seeks love

Tooth Fairy (PG)

Three people I never imagined playing comedy together: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Stephen Merchant and Julie Andrews. But you can never say never where family entertainment's concerned.

Gervais's next project: a dwarf's life

The BBC has commissioned Ricky Gervais to write a new comedy about the day-to-day frustrations of a dwarf.

Cemetery Junction, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, 95 mins, (15)<br/>The Market, Ben Hopkins, 93 mins, (15)

No love lost in a smirking spoof that's just a sitcom writ large

Stephen Merchant: The sidekick

The Ricky Gervais phenomenon couldn't have happened without him, and now he's brought his unique brand of drollery to the big screen
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