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Eight of the top 10 financial sucesses of last year picked up on previous films

A crime-fighter who makes them quiver with delight

Arrow will give the superhero genre a new shot of life, says Sarah Hughes

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation story trailer released

Assassin's Creed Cajun style.

FIFA 13 takes residency at the all formats games chart summit

EA's football franchise proves its all-conquering popularity once again.

In Other World: SF and the Human Imagination By Margaret Atwood

Atwood has long been accused of literary elitism for refusing to align herself with the SF brigade.

Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins coming next month

Price and date confirmed for Capcom's brawler compilation.

Olympic legacy proving good for Sega as London 2012 game tops all formats chart again

For a third week running London 2012: The Official Video Game tops the gaming all formats chart.

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz ride out in 'The Bourne Legacy'

The Bourne Legacy overtakes Dark Knight at top of US box office

Studio estimates say latest film in the Bourne series took $40.3m (£25.7m) in its opening weekend

This year sees the tenth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer first staking its claim to cult status on British TV.

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The world's biggest comic book geek?

It’s gold for Sega as London 2012 game tops all formats chart again

Gold medals for Team GB fuel sales of London 2012 themed videogames.

Olympic fever takes hold of all formats games chart

It's gold for London 2012: The Official Video Game

Wayne Manor - a secluded three-story Jacobean mansion

How much would it cost to buy Batman's house?

Wayne Manor would be the estate agent's dream property to market, though the mortgage might be a bit hefty

The Dark Knight Rises (12A)

Glum, dark and brooding, as you'd expect. But this third outing on the Batcycle is serious fun

Chasing pack: Bubba Watson ended at two under but nine off the pace

Bubba faces toil and trouble for a double as a hooly blows in

Bubba Golf. It sounds like an attraction at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach just along the coast from here. There are 206 bunkers that look like bears' eyes with eyebrows on this crazily tough Lancashire links, but there are no windmills or clown's faces – apart from one joker following Masters champion Bubba Watson dressed in a rubber Captain America costume. The spectator was the one in fancy dress. Bubba is daft but he's not that barking mad.

Hathaway is Hollywood's golden girl at Dark Knight Rises European premiere

Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway lived up to her reputation as Hollywood's golden girl in a gold floor-length Gucci gown at the European premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in London.

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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