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Threequel' comes after huge success of 'Despicable Me 2'

Thunderbirds Are Go (again)! ITV commissions 26 episodes from Lord of the Rings special effects team

Thunderbirds Are Go once again, 50 years after the cult show featuring the exploits of International Rescue first went on air.

Pinewood Studios presses for £200m studios growth

The film studios where hits including Skyfall, pictured, and Pirates of the Caribbean were made have submitted plans for a new £200m expansion.

Bond boost: Pinewood eyes £200m expansion

The film studios where hits including Skyfall and Pirates of the Caribbean were made have submitted plans for a new £200 million expansion.

Rupert Murdoch last night personally apologised for a “grotesque, offensive” cartoon in the Sunday Times by Gerald Scarfe

Was Rupert Murdoch right to apologise for Gerald Scarfe's cartoon in the Sunday Times?

The Sunday Times has received complaints of anti-Semitism after a cartoon was published appearing to depict Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu building a brick wall containing the blood and limbs of Palestinians.

DVD & Blu-ray review: ParaNorman (PG)

“If you're bigger and more stupid you'd be a bully too, it's called survival of the thickest,” explains the rotund Neil to Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), a boy who can see ghosts.

Elvis Costello voices ad for new Linda McCartney vegetarian food range

Elvis Costello has joined forces with Sir Paul McCartney to launch a campaign backing a new vegetarian range from the Linda McCartney Foods brand.

Paperbacks: Heaven on Earth By Sadakat Kadri

Learned and wise, a leading lawyer's "journey through Shari'a law" must be read by anyone who seeks an informed view on Islam's legal traditions and their role today.

Album: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michaels Reise um die Erde (Wergo)

In his later years, Stockhausen gave himself more and more to monumental works, such as the 29-hour operatic cycle Licht, a grand mythopoeic fable based around the days of the week, from whose Donnerstag (Thursday) opera derives Michaels Reise um die Erde (Michael's Journey Around The World).

Feathers in the Snow, Southwark Playhouse, London

Philip Ridley's epic fairy-tale is the last production to be presented in Southwark Playhouse's current venue under the arches of London Bridge Station before it moves to temporary premises at the Elephant and Castle. As a swansong, it is therefore doubly apt.

Independent cartoonist wins Political Cartoon of the Year 2012

A cartoon by The Independent's Dave Brown has been named Political Cartoon of the Year 2012.

Fyodor Khitruk: Acclaimed Soviet animator

Fyodor Khitruk, who died on 3 December at the age of 95, was the creator of the Soviet Union's animated version of AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh tales. The three much-loved Soviet cartoons of Vinni-Pukh, as Winnie the Pooh is known in Russia, were made between 1969 and 1972 and continue to be aired frequently on television. Along with Yuri Norshtein, whose 1975 Hedgehog in the Fog remains a cult classic, Khitruk has been credited as a leading innovator in the history of Soviet animation.

National Dictionary Day - and 'selfie' is the latest word to be added

That's right, ‘GIF’ is Oxford English Dictionaries' word of the year

It doesn't roll off the tongue - but this year's most fabulous word is, according to Oxford English Dictionaries, "GIF".

Chris Gayle celebrates with Kieron Pollard

Gayle swats away Aussies as West Indies storm into final

West Indies 205-4 Australia 131 (West Indies win by 74 runs)

Wallace and his wonderfully expressive assistant, Gromit

Aardman Animations to help train new animators

The team behind Wallace and Gromit will help train a new generation of animators as part of a multimillion-pound boost for the film industry.

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The Flowerpot Gang, BBC1

I don't know about you, but on discovering that the first subject in this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? was Samantha Womack, my immediate thought was, "No, really. Who are you?" Turns out she's the actress formerly known as Samantha Janus, most famous for playing baby-stealing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders.

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