Arts and Entertainment Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone attend the 'Grudge Match' Rome Premiere

The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads

Ask me this but don't mention that

This week everybody's talking about press intrusiveness. Now it's famous Martin Amis, publicising his new novel and worrying about his privacy. Anne Treneman doesn't hear him

Stallone to swap boxing ring for race track

Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone found the glare of the cameras too hot to handle as he revealed plans to make a film about the world of Formula One yesterday.


My career was on the line. I've got kids to bring up. What else could I do? Mike Tyson, after biting a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear.

why are they famous?; jennifer flavin

Main Claim: Rambo. Jennifer, as of last week Mrs Rambo, has played the eternal sidekick for nine years. Patient and panting, wide-eyed and faithful, she stood by that gloomy-eyed slab of beef Mr Sylvester Stallone while he was otherwise occupied with a round of activities including romances with models who weren't Jennifer, a public engagement, and a suspected siring. Throughout that time, Jennifer has calmly shared her thoughts with the press and kept up her appearances in Hello!

Duke's phone mast outrages villagers

The Duke of Marlborough has enraged his Cotswold neighbours with a plan to erect a giant mobile phone mast in the grounds of Blenheim palace.

Racing: Rambo in rude health

A week after a vet failed to give Rambo Waltzer a clean bill of health the five-year-old demonstrated his well-being with a victory in a tight finish at Hamilton yesterday.

Letter: Stallone wins

Your article on chaos theory and its application to movie going returns was interesting but misinformed ("Chaos theory explodes Hollywood hype", 30 March). You contrast the "hit" The English Patient with the "flop" Daylight, but in terms of global box-office, Ralph Fiennes has a long way to go to match Stallone. Even if the most optimistic post-chaos predictions are proved correct and The English Patient doubles its current worldwide takings from $70m to $140m, it will still be behind Daylight which has taken $144m so far.

Rambo who took up the battle for penal reform

When Sir David Ramsbotham was appointed by the Home Secretary as Chief Inspector of Prisons 15 months ago many people viewed him as a soft touch. Years of highly-critical reports from the former inspector, Judge Stephen Tumim, were expected to be replaced with a less controversial and confrontational approach.

why are they famous? : caprice bourret

Main Claim: Breasts and prunes. Caprice, currently fully booked promoting National Prune Week, launched an entire career, like La Hurley before her, by appearing half-naked in public. Promoting Wonderbra, she strolled on stage at the National Television Awards in a see-through whisper of Versace lace. Inevitable press uproar. Not that she'd ever have anticipated it.

So long Hollywood, hello Home Counties

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore are the latest stars trying to buy a little piece of England. Ann Treneman speculates

Sleeping with the minotaur

Adam Mars-Jones on two new movies about individuals trapped in nightmare worlds not of their own making: `Surviving Picasso', a portrait of the artist as an old monster, and `Daylight', a subterranean rescue mission for Sly Stallone

Rambos blown away by Hollywood 'wimps'

The testosterone-charged tough guys of the 80s are ageing - and no one wants to replace them, writes Tim Cornwell

Film: Action heroes do "comedy"


Lear complex

Nigel Hawthorne seems driven to play authority figures weakened by illness or domestic crisis. He's doing it again, as Edgar, a surgeon, in Channel 4's `The Fragile Heart'. Jasper Rees asks him why

Shares plummet at Planet Hollywood

Shares in Planet Hollywood, the international restaurant chain which boasts top movie stars among its owners, have slumped on Wall Street amid fears that some of its big names may be on the point of selling up.
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada