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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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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The science of swearing

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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

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