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Danger signs? Romcoms, such as 'Knocked Up'  with Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen, can be bad for your love life

Hit & Run: The big romcom con

In order to prove that even the most wholesome screen experiences can damage one's mental health, researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have published a study which "proves" that romantic comedies are just as bad for your love life as Grand Theft Auto is for your sensitivity to mindless, indiscriminate acts of violence.

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Hit & Run: Scandal on line one

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

As a fan, it was impossible to know which way to take Saturday night's unexpected announcement.

Oligarch-fodder: Miss Russia, Ksenia Sukhinova

Hit & Run: Miss Georgia on my mind

Thursday, 11 December 2008

On Saturday, the 58th Miss World Contest will be held in Johannesburg, at the Sandton Convention Centre. A minxy bottle-blonde called Laura Coleman, 22, from Leicester, will represent England against 110 glamorous rivals, from the teenage Egla Harxhi (Miss Albania) to the veteran 25-year-old Cynthia Muvirimi (Miss Zimbabwe, whose ambitions are thought to be World Travel – as soon as possible.)

Hit & Run: A real medical drama

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

The question currently exercising fans of the sudsy US medical drama Grey's Anatomy concerns T.R Knight, the Emmy award-nominated actor who plays bumbling doc George O'Malley, and whether 'TR' (Theodore Raymond, in case anyone was wondering) has walked or not.

The X Factor's Cheryl Cole and Diana Vickers - who has been
eliminated

Hit & Run: Northern star

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

What sort of icon does Cheryl want to be? Her fame has, after all, reached the point at which her first name will suffice. Her mentor, Simon Cowell, has apparently offered her £1.5m – a 100 per cent pay rise – to return to the next series of The X Factor; she is supposedly the subject of a recent shoot for Vogue, and now the artist Lee Jones has immortalised her in his painting "Angel".

Hit & Run: The Big Bird migration

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Sesame Street, with its cast of weird monsters with big mouths and bright primary-coloured hides, is not only still thriving, but has gone global almost four decades after its birth.

Hit & Run: Beauty queen

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Chuck out your anti-ageing creams, swap those contact lenses for rhinestone-encrusted specs, and embrace the blue rinse because there's a new beauty icon in town: Dame Edna Everage. The lavender-haired alter ego of comedian Barry Humphries has created a new make-up range for the maverick cosmetics company MAC.

Hit & Run: Ring the changes

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

When Barack Obama took to the stage on election night, he was careful to court the dog lovers of the world by telling them he'd be buying his daughters a puppy. What he neglected to mention was the gift that he'd be giving his wife, Michelle.

Britney Spears performs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

Hit & Run: Britney redux

Thursday, 27 November 2008

On Saturday, US pop princess Britney Spears will appear on ITV's reality talent show The X Factor. She will follow the performance, it is rumoured, with a gig at London club G-A-Y, ahead of the general release of her new album, Circus, on 2 December, her birthday.

Hit & Run: A work-out in a bottle?

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Dangerous-diet watchers, for one moment set aside your copy of Fern: My Story. Switch off "Silksy" masticating his jungle grubs. For there is mildly alarming news direct from Los Angeles, global capital of thin.

Hit & Run: Easy on the cheese

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

There is an amusing tale about the fan who once confessed that his devotion to Bob Dylan was so limitless he would happily listen to an album of the great man heavy-breathing – yet who still admitted he felt let down by Dylan's middle-of-the-road covers collection Self Portrait.

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