Selectors should stop 'knocking Harmison down'

Yorkshire 178 & 421-9 Durham 313 & 98-4

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay , 147 mins, (12A)

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro

County Round-Up: England duo lead Durham's title push

Waiting 17 years for your first Championship, as Durham did, is hardly excessive by the standards of county cricket. Sussex took more than a century to win their first in 2003, after all, and there are a handful of counties who are still waiting.

Di Venuto helps Durham press home advantage

Durham 380 & 164-2 Sussex 363

Screen Talk - A rap Phoenix rises

Living and working in Hollywood can be a strange, rarefied existence, so it should come as no surprise when chums end up making movies about each other.

Angela Morley: Composer and arranger who worked with Scott Walker and scored 'Dynasty' and 'Dallas'

The full extent of Angela Morley's credits may not be fully appreciated as she spent the first 48 years of her life as Wally Stott. Combining her identities and her talents for composition, conducting and arrangement, Morley was responsible for several film scores including Peeping Tom (1959) and The Slipper And The Rose (1975), episodes of the TV series Dallas and Dynasty, hit records by the likes of Frankie Vaughan, Shirley Bassey and Scott Walker, and TV and radio themes, including for the renowned Hancock's Half Hour.

Rosario Dawson - The tough cookie with a soft centre

Rosario Dawson doesn't usually like the sassy women she plays. But in her latest film, Seven Pounds, she loves her character, a heart-transplant patient. What does that say about her, asks Kaleem Aftab

Will Smith looks forward to Obama inauguration

Hollywood star Will Smith has said he will be an "eyewitness to history" when he attends the impending inauguration of US President-elect Barack Obama.

DVD Review: Hancock (12A)

Peter Berg (92 mins)

DVD: Hancock, Retail & Rental, Sony Pictures

Will Smith stars as an unshaven, alcoholic superhero who's redeemed by a PR guru, Jason Bateman, and his wife, Charlize Theron.

The facts of life: attraction

"Beer goggles" exist: people do appear more attractive after a few drinks, according to researchers from the University of Bristol. Students who had consumed alcohol rated pictures of people their own age as being more attractive than did the controls in the experiment, who drunk only lime cordial.

Surrey 220 & 185-3 Durham 410: Smith strikes double century to leave Surrey far from first victory

Any hopes Surrey had harboured of leaving Woodbridge Road with a first Championship victory of the season under their belt were looking bleak last night after another collective bad day at the office.

Kent 301-4 Durham 218: Van Jaarsveld fends off Harmison to end Durham's defence

Runs are coming as readily to Martin van Jaarsveld right now as tennis matches to Roger Federer. Yesterday, unfazed by Steve Harmison's high-velocity efforts to keep alive Durham's defence of the Friends Provident Trophy, the South African batsman continued his prolific form to power Kent to their first 50-over final since 1997.

Hancock, 12A

Hancock is another film which doesn't live up to its potential, but it is tantalisingly close. It stars Will Smith as an unshaven, unhygienic superhero.

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