Arts and Entertainment Despicable Me 2 grossed £47.4 million at the UK 2013 box office

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

Murray nice as pie as he seals victory Lendl-style

Andy Murray insists that Ivan Lendl, his new coach, is "a good fun guy" but there is clearly a time and a place for levity. In his victory speech on court in Brisbane 10 days ago Murray thanked "Mr Lendl", who was watching stone-faced in the stands. "That was just a one-off," Murray admitted here yesterday. "I don't think he liked it, to be honest."

Wallace and Gromit creators in leprosy row

The creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run are at the centre of an angry storm surrounding their latest film amid accusations of bad taste and disability discrimination.

Joking apart: Shrigley's work divides critical opinion. Pictured 'Ostrich'.

Heads Up: David Shrigley: Brain Activity

Art? It ain't started till the ambitious banana sings

English cartoonist and illustrator Ronald Searle at his work desk in 1956

Ronald Searle: Illustrator and cartoonist who created the anarchic world of St Trinian's

It is tempting to make a casual connection between the horrors that Ronald Searle suffered as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War and the black humour of his most famous cartoon creation, the gothic girls' school St Trinian's.

Sports Stars Media to announce AIM float

A sports cartoon business with exclusive rights to use the image of Portuguese football manager José Mourinho is set to announce its intention to float tomorrow.

Rupert and Ken Russell

My father Ken Russell, the 'domestic' director

Ken Russell, who died last month, enjoyed rebellion. His son Rupert Russell recalls giving him a taste of his own medicine

Hall, left, with Brian Cosgrove outside Toad Hall for their adaptation of 'Wind in the Willows'

Mark Hall: Creator of 'Dangermouse'and 'Count Duckula'

The animator, producer and director Mark Hall created scores of programmes for British television. As half of Cosgrove Hall Productions, he worked alongside Brian Cosgrove from a converted warehouse in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, where they utilised drawings on cels, puppets and stop-frame techniques to create the critically praised animations (they were nominated for five awards at the 1986 Baftas alone) that enlivened countless childhoods.

Animation flees UK as tax breaks are not part of the picture

Industry fears that lack of film-type subsidies will force firms overseas

Winnie The Pooh (U)

Voiced by: John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson

Huh-huh: MTV revives Beavis and Butt-head

A pair of delinquent American teenagers who divide the world entirely between "stuff that's cool" and "stuff that sucks" and spend most of their waking hours watching TV and giggling at scatological jokes will re-launch their entertainment careers, after MTV announced the unexpected return of Beavis and Butt-head.

3-D animations stand out for Cineworld

Cineworld has hailed resurgent advertising revenues and strong box-office sales from 3D movies this year, with Toy Story 3 alone bringing in £70m.

From Mister Bug to Buzz Lightyear: 80 years of colour cartoons

It has been 80 years since the first colour cartoon hit our screens. The Independent Online takes a look at how something made for children’s entertainment has expanded into a worldwide genre accessible to all ages.

The Princess and the Frog (u)

This is a risk for Disney, returning to hand-drawn animation, to old-fashioned musical and to even older-fashioned fairy tale.

'Fertile' women are more interested in flirting

Flirtatious men have a greater chance of "pulling" when a woman is at the peak of her fertility, according to new research released today.

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And it will trigger more war in future
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
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David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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