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Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

DVD: I Am Number Four (12)

John (Alex Pettyfer) is not your everyday teen but an alien sent to earth to escape invading forces from his planet.

Robert Pattinson wants simple wedding

Robert Pattinson wants a "simple" wedding.

Studio has last laugh as 'Hangover' sequel puts critics in their place

Amid the critical scorn marking the release of The Hangover Part II last Thursday, one American writer suggested that the movie was the apogee of a new "mutant sub-genre" of film: the jokeless comedy. Fast forward to Monday morning though, and such reviews could hardly have looked any more irrelevant, at least as far as the bosses and bean counters at Warner Bros studios were concerned.

Horrors that aren't all fright on the night

As arthouse film-makers announce vampire movies, Geoffrey Macnab wonders if respect for the undead will kill the fun of the fear

Peppa Pig keeps profit in the pink

The film content specialist Entertainment One increased its underlying profits by 39 per cent to £32.3m in the year to March as retail revenues from its Peppa Pig character passed £200m.

The Lore of Scotland, By Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill

As Scotland move ever closer towards independence, this bulky compendium suggests that it was a big mistake to assert dominion over a land so well stocked with spooks, witches and demons.

Bitten by the teen dream: Being cinema's premier pin-up boy isn't always fun for Robert Pattinson

After enduring more than six years of female hysteria, it's little wonder that Robert Pattinson is a bit jumpy. Meeting with the teen icon in a Beverly Hills hotel room, he's amped up on copious amounts of coke (the soda variety); his body is in constant motion – he runs his fingers through his floppy hair or stretches his arms around the back of his chair.

Timber Timbre, ICA, London

Timber Timbre have been described as folk, pop, rhythm and blues, and even doo-wop. However, at the ICA they were simply the deepest and most delightful shade of gothic dark.

Robert Pattinson's troublesome underwear

Robert Pattinson's "ass" kept hanging out while he shot fight scenes for 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'.

Little White Lies, Guillaume Canet, 154 mins (15)<br/>Red Riding Hood, Catherine Harwicke, 100 mins (12A)

Oh, Grandmother, what blunt and pathetic teeth you have!

Red Riding Hood (12a)

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie

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Books: Christopher Hitchens's autobiography, 'Hitch 22', is a poignant read, and very interesting because I have a very poor knowledge of recent political history – or for that matter distant political history. I'm also reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey, about an Aboriginal kid and a white kid who find a dead woman, hanging from a rope. I was completely sucked in.

Doomed! The new teen book genre

Dystopian fiction is swiftly taking over from vampires and werewolves

Beyond the Sweet Valley

It was a teen publishing phenomenon long before Twilight and Harry Potter. Now, the kids from Sweet Valley High have grown up &ndash; and are stars of a new novel for adults. By Sara Lawrence
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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