Film review: The Innocents (12A)

Dir. Jack Clayton, 100 mins Starring: Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde

High spirits: comedian Pippa Evans, co-founder of the Sunday Assembly

The Week in Comedy: The 12 gigs of Christmas

What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky. This, according to a poll by the comedy channel Gold, is the nation's favourite new festive joke and as such will feature in a specially commissioned box of comedy crackers this Christmas. I think I preferred the runner-up - Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars? Because their days are numbered - but they're neither of them close to the all-time classic: How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle. You can have that one.

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in a scene from August: Osage County

Backstage: Who dares tell Meryl Streep how to act? Step up George Clooney

Film producers face a delicate balancing act between adding their input and not treading on the creative toes of the director, the writer and the actors. It seems Harvey Weinstein has a new tactic: send in George Clooney.

British drama Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Television Drama Series at the Golden Globes 2014

Golden Globes 2014: Television nominations in full

US shows dominate but Julian Fellowes' hit brings it for the Brits

A rare success: Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena

Golden Globes 2014: Nominations list in full

British film Philomena has won three nominations at the awards

Ever wondered what would happen if Sir Ian McKellen actually came face-to-face with himself (OK, fine, Gandalf) in puppet form?

Watch: The moment Sir Ian McKellen met his Gandalf Sesame Street puppet

No, the world didn’t implode, but the entire event – captured on Vine for all to see – did make us laugh profusely.

The cast of the original History Boys production at the National Theatre

The History Boys voted nation's favourite play

The Alan Bennett play beat Michael Frayn's 'Noises Off' to top the list

Marion Cotillard says she struggled to understand the script for Macbeth

Marion Cotillard reveals she 'struggled' to understand script for upcoming Macbeth film

Speaking at the Moroccan Film Festival, the actress said she found it hard to understand the Shakespearean script for her forthcoming film

Finally a deal, of sorts, is close on the US debt crisis

Legislators are brokering an agreement that will put an end to the threat of another costly shutdown

New housing developments, such as the one at East Village near the former Olympic Stadium in east London, which will provide 2,818 apartments, are too few and far between, warn analysts

Housing double whammy: A whole generation ‘won’t be able to buy or rent a home’

Unless we build affordable housing, more and more people will be priced out, say experts

Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet in autumn next year

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on London stage in 2014

The British actor will take on Shakespeare's iconic role in autumn 2014

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye scores the winner at Old Trafford

Manchester United need immediate lift to take the crisis out of change and relieve pressure on David Moyes

United lost back-to-back home Premier League games for the first time since 2002

Food for thought: Jack Thorne, playwright and screenwriter

The playwright/screenwriter’s stage adaptation of Let the Right One In is at the Royal Court, London, until 21 December. His film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down is out in March.

Why Can The Dead Do Such Great Things? By Robert Bartlett: Book review

The jury is out on the cult of saints and martyrs in this magisterial work

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