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As Nicolas Cage returns to Oscar-worthy form in David Gordon Green's extraordinary Southern Gothic drama Joe, we celebrate some of the strangest roles he's essayed along the way, from insect-munching Manhattanite to bee-wrangling bear impersonator. It's not always pretty, but it's never boring...
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
After he was a leading man, but before he was a very good one, Cage played that 1980s stalwart – the Yuppy Dick – in this off-kilter black comedy. Enunciating in an inexplicably anglicised drawl, like Loyd Grossman shouting through a tube, his character Peter Loew confides to his therapist: "I brought this girl up to my place, really hot, you knooooooow... Suddenly, this bat comes sweeping down out of noooowhere. I'll be daaaaamned if I didn't get really turned on!"
From here things only get stranger, with Loew exhibiting all the usual signs of vampirism: cringing at the sign of crosses/mirrors, shouting the alphabet »
News Ryan Lambie 1 Apr 2014 - 06:22
Action star Jason Statham now has his own brand of antiperspirant, which promises to provide the essence of man in a can...
George Forman has his grill. Loyd Grossman has his own range of cooking sauces. Now action star and Den Of Geek hero Jason Statham has unveiled his new line of spray-on deodorant, which the label claims will provide us with "the essence of man".
"From Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to The Expendables franchise," a press release tells us, "Jason Statham has proved time and again that he's the alpha male of action cinema. His new line of antiperspirant - simply called Statham - will make a little bit of that machismo available to everyone."
John and Gregg will team up with former winners and finalists to inspire and judge the latest crop of amateur cooks, who are hoping to join the show's Hall of Fame.
The original TV series MasterChef aired between 1990 and 2001 and was hosted by Loyd Grossman. It was revived in 2005 with new judges Gregg and John and has become a ratings smash for the BBC, shifting from BBC Two to BBC One.
The new-look MasterChef has inspired Celebrity, Junior and Professional spin-offs.
MasterChef series 10 starts on Wednesday (March 26) at 9pm on BBC One. The series continues Thursday at 9pm and Friday at 8.30pm.
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Wasted muscles, psychological damage … and patchy Wi-Fi. We're not going to be ready to hit the ground running when we travel to Mars
When we abandon this increasingly useless planet and head, as surely we must, to Mars, there will be a few problems on arrival. It's not just that there is, as yet, no baggage reclaim, but rather that, after a 15-month flight across space, prey to radiation from solar flares, having recycled again and again our own urine and solid matter, we won't be ready to hit the ground running. In fact, our muscles and bones will have wasted so much during that 56m km journey that we will have to be carried from our landing craft and nursed until we recover the strength to stand upright.
- Stuart Jeffries
From 6am, BBC2
Live coverage of day three's events from Sochi. Today's highlights include freestyle skiing, culminating in the final of the men's moguls, short track and speed skating, women's luge, and the opening bouts of the curling – always a weirdly mesmerising spectacle – with Britain's men and women both in action. Also, we get a first glimpse of the traditionally dominant Us and Canadian teams in the women's ice hockey, as they face off against Switzerland and Finland respectively. Andrew Mueller
9pm, Channel 4
How did we reach a pass at which it appears to be widely believed that the people most responsible for society's ills are those with the least power? Benefits Street, of »
- Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Luke Holland, Hannah J Davies, Mark Jones, Rachel Aroesti
My Life Is In This Spoon!
Welcome to The Taste. A Us reality TV import, which brings together X Factor ridiculous silliness, Voice-style ridiculous seriousness, a healthy dollop of Nigella Lawson and just about gets away with it. Just.
The concept is simple. 25 cooks serve up one single spoonful of their best dish, the three judges pick four people for their team, the rest go home. Then the judges and their teams go head-to-head and you can probably figure out the rest, if you've watched a single reality TV show over the last 20 years.
Cooking on TV used to be very different. Playful daytime TV larks (Ready Steady Cook), cold, hard competitions (old Loyd Grossman's MasterChef) or niche Food Channel 463 snooze-telly (456 Beef Dishes from Somerset). These days, it's primetime entertainment and big business.
From Jamie and Gordon to Bake Off and the spruced-up MasterChef, cooking TV is now Dramatic »
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