Arts and Entertainment Knives out: Martin Freeman in a scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson's sequel took $92m over Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Greengrass's Bourne ultimatum

Director may have quit fourth instalment of film franchise after dispute over script

DVD: Land of the Lost, For retail & rental (Universal)

This terrible Will Ferrell sci-fi comedy can't decide whether to aim for small children or teenagers, and ends up alienating them both.

Will Ferrell tops list of 'over-rated' film stars

As revenues slump, big names struggle to justify million-dollar paypackets

Bloodbath in Hollywood: Do recent high-level studio sackings reflect the changing tastes of the public?

Forget football. If you want to see a cut-throat profession where a short run of poor form will see balding managers who wear very bad suits get publicly sacked, just wander into the air-conditioned offices of a major film company.

Sport on TV: Ferrell beast on loose as Kenny plumbs depths of his powers

One of the many great things about cricket is that you don't have to be fit to play it. In fact you can even be something that sounds a lot like "fit". Just look at Tim Bresnan. He saunters into the England side, smashes the Aussies around the park without the need to run very much between the wickets, snacks on a few flying ants as he runs in to bowl. So England were thrashed in the Champions Trophy semi-final (Sky Sports 1, Friday) but the burden of blame does not rest with him, he can reflect over a beer or five afterwards.

Friel the force: Anna Friel's stage incarnation as Holly Golightly proves to be a high point in her career

The actress shares more than a few traits with Truman Capote's feisty heroine

The decline of the Hollywood star

After a series of expensive flops this summer, executives are wondering if it's time for a new business model

Land of the Lost (12A), Brad Silberling, 110 mins

Based on a 1970s TV series, this spoof adventure epic stars Will Ferrell as an idiot palaeontologist whose invention of a showtune-singing time machine magicks him and two friends into a parallel dimension where dinosaurs roam.

My Secret Life: KD Lang

Singer-songwriter, 47

Anna Friel - Home is where the part is

After cementing soap notoriety and making a few false starts beyond the small screen, Anna Friel has finally found her niche – and a house – in the Hollywood Hills. Gill Pringle talks to Britain's latest star export

Sarah Sands: A world without men? Easy. But if there were no women, what then?

The prospect of a single-sex society raised by a scientific breakthrough leads our writer to consider a world of pizza boxes and clothes on the carpet

Bush to defend decisions in memoirs

For the past few months he has lived by proxy – depicted by Josh Brolin in the movie W, and by Will Ferrell on the Broadway stage. But soon the real Dubya will be back. He might not be celebrated for his command of the English language – but, like most of his White House predecessors, George W Bush is writing his memoirs.

An unlikely new type of Hollywood hero

Battered, bruised and more than a little flawed, Hollywood’s current crop of leading men is breaking the mould. It’s a sign of the times, says Rosamund Witcher
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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