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DVD: Rock of Ages

You don't expect much from a musical built on a foundation of 1980s glam-metal anthems, but you do expect it to be fun.

Scott autopsy result could take six weeks

The results from an autopsy on Top Gun film-maker Tony Scott may not be known for six weeks, according to the Los Angeles Department of Coroner.

Tony Scott: A man of action films, pure and simple

No one ever mistook Tony Scott for a great dramatist. He was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story. The filmmaker did not dazzle the imagination with visions of lost or alien worlds, like brother Ridley Scott.

Prime Minister David Cameron is calling on people to return to the capital

London 2012: Cameron urges people to return to capital amid 'ghost town' claims

Prime Minister David Cameron is calling on people to come back into London after criticisms that the capital has become a 'ghost town' due to commuters and non-Games tourists avoiding the centre.  

Mistaken identity: have the agents played by Jeremy Renner and Daniel Craig had a personality swap?

The name's Bond... or is it Bourne?

In a feat of sneaky subterfuge, Hollywood's big three spy franchises seem to be switching identities. Tim Walker spots a problem

Rebecca Tyrrel: If Scientology’s L Ron Hubbard was around today, he would ban the number 33

Who knew that, 33, always an important number in Christianity, has acquired mystical significance for another major religion? It is a uniquely feared number for Scientologists, this being the age at which all three of Tom Cruise's wives have parted company from him. Thirty-three is the new 13 for the folk at Sea Org, no doubt about it.

Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead

Religious cult has roots in idyllic Sussex countryside

With its sandstone columns and Union Jack flag fluttering in the wind, Saint Hill Manor looks like a quintessential English country house. Nestled in rolling Sussex countryside on the outskirts of East Grinstead, it has served as the seat of numerous local moneyed families over the centuries.

Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead

We want to become Scientologists

Katie Holmes has rejected it, but what happened when Independent writers tried to embrace the controversial church?

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Holmes and
Tom Cruise on
their wedding
day in 2006

Scientology's summer of hell

With the Cruise marriage split, the 60th anniversary of L Ron Hubbard's cult movement is going from bad to worse

Anger Management, Charlie Sheen's new sitcom for cable channel FX is (very) loosely based on the 2003 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson movie of the same name

Charlie Sheen: Hollywood's Mr Angry is back on a winning streak

Charlie Sheen's soulless new sitcom will still be a big hit, predicts Sarah Hughes

Christopher Nolan

Screen Talk: Agent of change

Hollywood's chattering classes love intrigue around the agency water cooler, especially when it comes to agents with powerful clients.

Screen Talk: A scene-stealer

Seth Gordon, the man behind the camera for the comedy hit Horrible Bosses, has been signed by Universal to direct comedy Identity Thief. The script is about a man who has his identity stolen by a woman and the project has Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman attached to star. Steve Conrad wrote the initial draft and Craig Mazin is currently rewriting the screenplay. Gordon, whose background is largely in documentaries, made the studios sit up and take notice with that thing every in Hollywood chases. A cheap hit. Bosses made $117 million domestically and $209 million worldwide.

Too much hanging around: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Cut! Why it's time to snip the bloated blockbusters

Today's action films are way too long to be truly enjoyable, says Daniel Bettridge

Tattoo you: Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig talk dragon girls

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher, 156 mins (18) **<br />Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, 133 mins, Brad Bird (12A) ***

Hiring David Fincher to direct the American remake of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, must have seemed a smart move by the producers. The gothic matter of family secrets, ritual murders, dogged sleuthing and state corruption looks an ideal fit for a film-maker who's delved deep into the psycho-horrors of Se7en and Zodiac. Yet while you can depend on Fincher's immaculate visual style as much as on his nose for moral putrefaction, it's hard to see how he has enhanced the Swedish original, or even much changed it – aside from getting rid of the subtitles that US audiences find so tricky.

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The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?