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

Between Waterworld and Judge Dredd

Post-apocalyptic visions of society remind us of the importance and the fragility of our own sense of order

'Hell-or. Is me you look for?'

Margarita Pracatan sings Lionel Richie. Badly. That's how she became a star on 'The Clive James Show', and why she's about to hit the club circuit. Hard. By William Godwin

Don't get me started...

I can hardly bear to do this but I'm going to write about screen violence and its consequences. As someone who shies from articles on this subject like a mustang from a rattlesnake it might seem perverse to tip another wagonload on to the slag heap of opinion, but there is a reason. Because, when it comes to this subject there isn't just one slag heap but two - rival spoil heaps of certitude, stacked up by those hostile to television and those defending it. More has been added in the last week with the publication of "new" research by David Gauntlett and a swift response from the Paul Johnson Institute of Moral Panic. This is an attempt to start a small cairn between them.

Mr Christopher's bag of bones

America has restored diplomatic relations with Vietnam, but it still cannot draw a line under the war

TICKET OFFER: JUDGE DREDD

Everywhere you look this summer, the superheroes are taking over the big screen: Tank Girl, Batman Forever and now, Judge Dredd. The film opens here on 21 July, with the fascist, steel-jawed law enforcer played by Sly Stallone. But there is one pair of tickets to be won to the Radio 1 premiere of the movie at the Empire Leicester Square on 19 July. These include an invitation to the celebrity launch party straight after the movie at the GLC building. Tickets are courtesy of the Pepsi Challenge taste test which is currently touring the UK and returns to London at the end of August.

I was a teenage Dredd head

'Judge Dredd' has reached Hollywood at last. Nicholas Barber, a former contributor, wonders what's been lost in translation

Who needs Hollywood when you're big in Bulgaria? In the movies fame goes with the territory.

There was much raising of eyebrows recently when it was announced that Sylvester Stallone, musclebound mega-star, had signed deals worth $50m for his next three movies, making him the highest paid actor in the world. Since The Specialist, his last movie, only took $44m at the US box-office (as against estimated $60m production costs) it was hard to see how the figures stacked up.

HE GLOUPS, THEREFORE HE IS

THE BROADER PICTURE

Enough aplomb to embrace the B-list

I hadn't supposed that, as a consequence of my stuff rocketing up the charts in Middle America, I'd be asked to "take a meeting" with a Mr Mike Ovitz of the Creative Artists Agency; further, that I'd be hobnobbing with Mr and Mrs Ovitz, with Mr Edgar Bronfman Jr and his good lady, and with the Sly Stallones. Mrs Lamb of the Insolvency Service rang me on Sunday with the news.

LEADING ARTICLE: A letter to America

The tiny crushed baby in the Oklahoma fireman's arms on every front page around the world will be an abiding image of horror. So many dead and so many babies.

Is it just karate without the philosophy?

`When you are watching a film or television these days, they are kicking, not just punching'

Antique tales well told

MUSIC Strauss tone poems RFH, London

If you're superstitious, good luck to you

In an uncertain age, more and more people are trusting to fortune-telle rs and their lucky stars. Esther Oxford reports on a supernatural revival

Stallone's latest: a blast

`The Specialist' never asks you to care, but simply to wallow in its sensual overload
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The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
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Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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