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Colin Firth's 5 best screen roles: Pride and Prejudice, A Single Man

11 June 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When Colin Firth is good, he's very, very good. And when he's bad, he's in Mamma Mia!. Or Gambit. Or St Trinian's. You can really take your pick.

Judging by the reviews to date, this week's true crime drama Devil's Knot - which stars Firth as a private investigator looking into the case of the West Memphis Three - falls into the latter category. Which, given that Firth's co-stars include Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan, is a pretty substantial disappointment.

But why linger on the negative? Instead, we've taken a look back on five of Firth's finest hours across the big and small screens.

1. Tumbledown

Four years after his breakthrough role in Another Country (which just barely missed out on a spot in this list), Firth earned the first of many BAFTA nominations in Richard Eyre's Falklands War drama. He gives a raw and unflinching central performance »

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Vicar of Dibley to deliver Thought for the Day

6 March 2014 6:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Dawn French to step back into character to offer alternative broadcast as part of series of special programmes on Radio 4

Dawn French will step back into character as the Vicar of Dibley to offer an alternative Thought for the Day as part of a series of special programmes on BBC Radio 4.

Her slot on the Today programme on 29 March is part of the station's study of fictional characters which includes Springwatch's Chris Packham going to New York on the trail of Big Bird from Sesame Street – and a reunion of the original cast of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a special performance.

French played Reverend Geraldine Granger in Richard Curtis's popular BBC One sitcom from 1994 to 2007.

She played the role last year as part of a French and Saunders series on BBC Radio 2, where she was interviewed by Chris Evans for his Pause for Thought slot. »

- Conal Urquhart

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Bridget Jones Author Helen Fielding Shares Single Girls' Playlist

11 February 2014 12:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sure, Valentine's Day can be a romantic celebration with a significant other, but it's also a time to embrace being unattached. Helen Fielding - creator of Bridget Jones, whose relationship ups and downs have played out from novels to the big screen - created a playlist for all the single ladies out there on Feb. 14 that lists music Bridget (played by Renée Zellweger) would approve of. Sharing the selection of songs exclusively with People readers, the list contains everything from "Crazy for You" by Madonna, to "Littlest Things" by Lily Allen, and naturally, "Have You Met Miss Jones?" by Robbie Williams. »

- Dahvi Shira

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Body image: how actors push their bodies to the limits

29 January 2014 11:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club to De Niro in Raging Bull, here's a selection of dramatic physical transformations

Matthew McConaughey

Before: 84kg (13st 3lb/185lb)

After: 61kg (9st 8lb/134lb)

McConaughey has already scooped a number of industry accolades for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, which he prepared for by consuming only Diet Coke, egg whites, chicken and the odd spoonful of tapioca. He has won both the Screen Actors Guild award for best actor and the Golden Globe for best actor (drama). He has also been nominated for best actor at this year's Oscars.

Jared Leto

Before: 70kg (10st 12lb/152lb)

After: 100kg (15st 10lb/220lb)

Although the film fell a little flat, Leto was praised for his portrayal of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, in the 2007 biographical film, Chapter 27. Fingers crossed that goes some way to making all the pints of microwaved »

- Ellie Violet Bramley

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

26 January 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.

#30. Bull Durham (1988)

Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »

- Joshua Gaul

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