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The first 45 minutes of this eschatological thriller-farce features some of the best work director Edgar Wright and co-screenwriter Simon Pegg have done. The film completes a loose trilogy begun with the excellent Shaun of the Dead (2004) and continued in the so-so Hot Fuzz (2007).

Pandora: BBC faces Ofcom row over interview edits

Following all the drama surrounding "Crowngate", the BBC is about to rocked by another testing row over its recent series, Earth: The Climate Wars.

Paperbacks: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, by Toby Young

This about-to-be successful re-issue of the successful book, published to coincide with the successful film, goes to prove the backwards mantra that nothing succeeds like failure.

Screen test: Look what they've done to my book!

Book-writing is a very different art from writing screenplays. So what happens when an author's cherished creation finds itself in Hollywood's tender embrace? Charlotte Cripps asked nine novelists how they cope

A real page-turner? No, but it may change the way we read

An electronic gadget capable of storing hundreds of downloadable "ebooks" that could do for the written word what the iPod did for music is to be launched in over 300 stores across Britain

Death by Leisure, By Chris Ayres

The second memoir by The Times journalist Chris Ayres is one of those books, in the mould of Toby Young's, in which a callow British journalist tries to make it in America: part anthropological study of LA, part self-deprecating comic misadventure. He blags his way into Michael Jackson's 40th birthday party but is chased away by Mike Tyson's entourage. He goes to a red- carpet gala, but the only tuxedo left in town is two sizes too small for him. He also tries by ever more desperate means to woo an improbably well-connected supermodel, despite the fact that he's pale, poor, and has been left permanently scarred by acne and a middle-class British upbringing.

Tim Fountain: I'm not just a sex freak...

Tim Fountain's one-man show 'Sex Addict' caused ire all round. Now he's back with a guide to sexual shenanigans up and down the country. Partly, as he tells Peter York, to discover if he's all that unusual

The real stars of Cannes

Forget the Palme d'Or – the real action has been at the parties, premieres and press conferences. And there have been some award-winning performances

Tarka Cordell: a life in the fast lane

He was born into a rock 'n' roll world of glamour, wealth and opportunity. But the dashing, charismatic Tarka Cordell never quite found his groove – and this week, he took his own life. Tim Walker reports

He's got more columns than the Colosseum: the prolific Mr Letts

A review before bedtime, a TV appearance before breakfast and a day of non-stop writing that might take in theatres, parliamentary sketches and gossip. Britain's busiest freelance journalist somehow finds time to talk to Vincent Graff

Jessica Hynes: 'I'm ready to fall flat on my face again, but at least I'll do so on my own terms'

All the main players of cult 1990s sitcom 'Spaced' went on to Hollywood careers – except one. Jessica Hynes reveals how she's playing catch-up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

The art of the argument

It might be bad news for your crockery, but scientists now claim that a blazing row with the 'other half' can also be good for your health. But is that just fighting talk? We asked a panel of experts...

Real lives: The good feud guide

The public slanging match is a venerable tradition - and today's stars are just as keen as yesterday's, says HESTER LACEY

Media: What's a girl like you doing on a magazine like this?

The woman once voted `most likely to run a brothel' is cracking the editorial whip at the Erotic Review.

HOW WE MET: DEREK DRAPER AND CHARLOTTE RAVEN

New Labour commentator Derek Draper recently achieved notoriety when the 'Observer' newspaper accused him of boasting of his contacts in the Government. Draper, 31, began his political career at Manchester University and went on to be chief researcher to Peter Mandelson MP. He wrote the controversial 'Blair's 100 Days' before moving on to political lobbying and, latterly, broadcasting. Charlotte Raven, 29, is a 'Guardian' columnist and commentator on women's issues. She began her journalistic career on the 'Modern Review', where she famously attempted an editorial coup after beginning a affair with its owner, Julie Burchill. Last year she re-launched the magazine, which has just folded after six issues
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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