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Something unusual happened on American television last week: a drama finished its first season with all the loose ends tied up. There were no cliffhangers. No teasing hints at stories to come. The show in question was Hostages, which started on Channel 4 last night, and it is adding to the stirrings of a television revolution.

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There was a time when no Hollywood movie was complete without a British baddie.

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Stoke reveal interest in ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is keeping tabs on Michael Owen now the striker is a free agent but admits he is only one of a number of players under consideration this summer.

Hamptons-set melodrama Revenge is the guilty pleasure of the season. Begins tomorrow, 9pm, E4

There's no soft soap from this new avenger

US thriller Revenge starts tonight. It's a return to the Eighties, says Sarah Hughes

There's no soft soap from this new avenger

US thriller Revenge starts tonight. It's a return to the Eighties, says Sarah Hughes

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Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels says there are not enough roles for African American actors in films

The Oscar-nominated director of Precious said today that there are not enough roles for African American actors in films.

Medina: 'I was never offered anything except sexy bad girls,' she recalled

Patricia Medina: Actress who found fame in Hollywood as a siren in costume dramas

The actress Patricia Medina was a beautiful brunette whose striking features were ideally suited to costume melodrama. British-born, she had a modest career in the UK before moving to Hollywood with her first husband, the actor Richard Greene. Though she played leading lady to such stars as Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Alan Ladd, she never attained major-star status, though she was a spirited performer and voluptuous siren in several swashbucklers and occasionally revealed a latent flair for comedy. Her second husband was another actor, Joseph Cotten, whose prolific career included Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt, Duel in the Sun and The Third Man, and theirs was considered one of Hollywood's happiest marriages, lasting until his death in 1995.

Thinker, soldier, spy: Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in 'Homeland'

Last Night's TV: Homeland, Channel 4 (9pm)

No explosive ending, but the fuse is lit for Homeland's second series

Screentalk: Comic couple earn their stripes

Two assistants have sold an action comedy they wrote between arranging lunch bookings for their bosses.

Could the Leveson inquiry become a Hollywood hit?

The Leveson inquiry could be heading to Hollywood after Robert Redford revealed that he has become fascinated with the proceedings.

Screen Talk: Unkind cuts

Hollywood is mulling the impact of a small yet impactful number of job losses recently felt at DreamWorks, Steven Spielberg's studio.

DVD: Dream House

When Daniel Craig moves to the suburbs with his wife, Rachel Weisz, his life seems to be perfect. But is it? Well, no, of course it's not.

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