Cinema owners in revolt against Hollywood as three-hour movies such as The Hobbit hit profits

Curse of the film bloat: Cinema owners in revolt against Hollywood as three-hour movies such as The Hobbit hit profits Cinemas can experience losses when screening longer film four times a dayThey could otherwise be showing a normal 90-minute film on six occasionsNational Association of Theatre Owners commissions report into problemMeanwhile C4 is blasted for advert over Lord of the Rings ending last night | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 30 December 2012 While those watching The Hobbit might have felt they got their money’s worth when it came down to the film’s three-hour length, cinemas showing the blockbuster were left feeling a little hard done by. Now U.S

Star of new "Downton with tills" drama on how she fell for the actor who plays Bilbo Baggins

Star of new 'Downton with tills' drama on how she fell for the actor who plays Bilbo BagginsAmanda Abbington and Martin Freeman met on the set of Men Only in 2000Amanda is due to star in ITV’s new department-store drama Mr SelfridgeFreeman will spend 18 months filming in New Zealand | UPDATED: 22:02 GMT, 29 December 2012 The couple attended the Royal Film Performance of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at the Odeon Leicester Square in London earlier this month When your long-term partner and father of your two children becomes a bona fide Hollywood star, it’s hard to imagine what the downside might be. But for Amanda Abbington there were definite drawbacks when Martin Freeman won the part of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Coutts & Co: Lotto couple who won 1million want compensation from Queen"s bank after "wrong advice" left them with just 10k-a-year…

Lotto couple who won 1million want compensation from Queen's bank after 'wrong advice' left them with just 10k-a-year to live onThe couple from Devon are now hoping to win a substantial amount of compensation from the 320-year-old private bankAllege they should have been treated as 'vulnerable people' due to the unexpected surprise of their overnight win in 2001 | UPDATED: 17:25 GMT, 22 December 2012 The bank used by the Queen is being chased for compensation by a couple who won 1million, but were left with 10,000 a year to live on after being given the ‘wrong advice’.

David Tait: Ex-Sale rugby player who quit to become a banker falls to his death in suspected suicide

Ex-Scotland rugby star David Tait who quit to become a banker falls to his death from Hong Kong flat in suspected suicideDavid Tait, 25, had played for Scotland and Premiership rugby In a brief statement, his family said they were 'devastated'Former Sharks' press officer: Everything appeared to indicate that Mr Tait was 'very happy' in Hong KongSecond unexpected death of a former Sale Sharks player this year | UPDATED: 17:12 GMT, 13 December 2012 Tragic: Former Sale Sharks rugby union player David Tait has died after falling from an apartment block in Hong Kong Former international rugby player David Tait has died after falling from an apartment block in Hong Kong.

Just one cigarette a day doubles a woman"s risk of having a fatal heart attack

Just one cigarette a day doubles a woman's risk of having a fatal heart attack | UPDATED: 21:03 GMT, 11 December 2012 Habit-forming: On average, those in the study who smoked reported that they started in their late teens Women who smoke as little as one a day are at higher risk of dying suddenly from heart attack and other heart problems, warn researchers. The risk is doubled compared with women who don’t smoke, and higher for long-term smokers.

Heathrow appoints a "Secret Santa" to take departing passengers" minds off potential Christmas mishaps

Heathrow appoints a 'Secret Santa' to take departing passengers' minds off potential Christmas mishapsAirport to dole out surprise gifts to passengers flying abroad for the festive periodAn expected 4.3 million travellers will pass through Heathrow this December | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 1 December 2012 You may be forgiven for thinking that the only present passengers flying off from Heathrow this Christmas REALLY want is the reassurance that they’ll take-off on time, without huge queues, lost baggage or the risk of their flight being grounded by uncleared snow on the runway. But instead, millions of passengers at Britain and Europe’s busiest airport run the risk of being accosted by a ‘Secret Santa’ dishing out presents to take their minds off potential mishaps

How attempts to clear up the Deepwater Horizon spill may have made it WORSE

How attempts to clear up the Deepwater Horizon spill may have made it WORSE: Dispersant chemicals 'made oil penetrate Gulf Coast beaches more deeply'Toxic components of the crude oil spilled may have even penetrated as far as groundwater supplies, new study warns | UPDATED: 17:41 GMT, 30 November 2012 The dispersant chemicals BP used in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster may have made oil sink deeper and faster into the beaches of the U.S. Gulf Coast, scientists have claimed. A new paper warns toxic components of light crude may even have penetrated as far as groundwater supplies because of the chemicals.

China attacks Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei

China attacks Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai WeiweiDedicated Beijing concert to controversial artist this weekend Elton John posed with Ai Weiwei for a Twitter photo before his show | UPDATED: 20:32 GMT, 28 November 2012 China has attacked Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. A state-owned newspaper accused the veteran British singer of being ‘disrespectful’ and said his actions could lead to a ban on other Western performers putting on shows in China