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DVD: Bored to Death, For retail & rental (Warner)

The latest gem from HBO, this offbeat sitcom stars Jason Schwartzmann as an author who sets himself up as an unlicenced detective, and then bumbles through cases alongside his neurotic friend, Zac Galifianakis, and a high-living magazine editor, Ted Danson.

Album: Jill Scott, The Light Of The Sun (Blues Babe/Warner Bros)

Jill Scott is perhaps best known now as Precious Ramotswe in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and spends an increasing amount of time acting.

Album: Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest (Warner Bros)

On this, Gillian Welch's fifth album, the familiar blending of traditional sounds and moods with modern sensibilities is effortlessly sustained through songs like the mordant "The Way It Goes" ("Betsy Johnson bought the farm, stuck a needle in her arm, that's the way that it goes").

DVD: Hereafter, For retail & rental (Warner)

Working from a rare duffer of a script by Peter (Frost/Nixon) Morgan, Clint Eastwood directs this soggily religious, three-stranded ramble around the topic of life after death.

Four days in the wacky world of Blatter... but the joke's on the FA

Robin Scott-Elliot relives an incredible, almost farcial, visit to Zurich full of guffawing delegates, wild goose chases and behind-the-scenes plotting

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.

Et tu Chuck: Blazer looks to have betrayed his old friend Warner

American's allegations have rocked ruling body but is he a whistle-blower or opportunist?

The Dark Knight Rises: More fiendish than the Joker

The high-concept viral campaign for 'The Dark Knight Rises' might be the smartest film marketing yet

Album: Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk (Warner)

The idea of the Blackadder/House actor turning his hand to an album of New Orleans blues standards may seem incongruous, but Laurie has a lifelong love of this music and is a fine pianist.

Album: Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk (Warner Bros)

Usually, actors' albums should be avoided as carefully as pop stars' movies; but Hugh Laurie's New Orleans tribute Let Them Talk may be the exception that proves the rule.

Eddie Fowlie: Film production designer who became David Lean's close friend and most trusted assistant

Film directors may be auteurs in the eyes of the critics, but they all depend upon collaborators.

Picture of the Day: a head for opera

Opera has long been renowned for the extravagance of its settings – but few productions can have aimed for so dramatic a backdrop as this new production in Austria. For Italian musician Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier, British director Keith Warner has deployed an enormous sculpted torso, complete with 15ft eyeless head. The set is still several months from completion.

Letter tells Sheen why he's been fired (and it runs to 11 pages)

"Free at last! Free at last!" cried the embattled Charlie Sheen from a Beverly Hills rooftop, echoing Martin Luther King's famous address on the steps of the Lincoln memorial – an echo that might have reverberated louder had he not been waving a machete and pretending to drink from a bottle labelled "Tiger Blood".

Charlie Sheen hits back after Warner Bros sacking

Charlie Sheen was fired from the TV situation comedy Two and a Half Men by Warner Bros Television following the hard-living actor's bouts of wild partying, repeated hospital stays and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses.

DVD: Due Date, For retail & rental (Warner Home Video)

An unacknowledged remake of Eighties comedy Planes, Trains And Automobiles, Todd Phillips's Due Date is a road movie that doesn't stray far from the beaten track.

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