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A night to remember

Expectations are high for ITV's new drama 'Titanic'. Gerard Gilbert talks to Julian Fellowes and the cast
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Titanic: A night to remember

Expectations are high for ITV's new drama, Titanic. Gerard Gilbert talks to writer Julian Fellowes and the cast

Reining champion: Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell in 'Steptoe and Son'

At long last, the tale of Steptoe and daughter

Susannah Corbett has written a revealing biography of her father

No party for Iranian director who won Oscar

Authorities in Tehran cancelled a ceremony due to be held yesterday in honour of an Iranian Oscar-winning director, even though the government had hailed his win as a triumph over a competitor from Israel.

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Starring: Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya

Syrian film festival is the reel deal

Can a film and cultural festival be exiled? It can if it's called Reel Syria, and usually takes place in March in the cities of Homs, Damascus and Tartous. Civil war has driven Reel Syria, and the DOX BOX documentary film festival, to London at a critical moment. We have seen what Syrian government forces have done to Homs. But now, in very different imagery, we can see how life under the Assad regime is viewed by longstanding Syrian critics.

Cineworld eyes boost from 4D

The UK's largest cinema operator today warned Euro 2012 and the London Olympics would present challenges this year, but said a strong line up of sequels and new "4D" seats should offer support to the business.

Simon Kelner: Nothing much can remain a secret in this viral age

If you haven't seen The Artist yet, does the fact that it has won five Oscars make you more, or less, likely to go and see it? Seduced by its success, or put off by the hype?

Ciaran Hinds in ‘The Shore’, which centres on the Troubles

Northern Irish leaders unite in praise of Oscar-winner

An Oscar for a Belfast film-maker whose work concentrates on the violence of the Troubles was yesterday welcomed across the political and religious divide in Northern Ireland.

Robert Pattinson and Philip Glenister star in Bel Ami

Heads Up: Bel Ami

Fangs away but love still has bite for raunchy R-Pattz

Uggie the Dog is chewing over the bitterness of being not invited to the Oscars

Not invited? You're not alone. Neither is Uggie the Dog

Even the best get overlooked and humiliated at times. So, join the snub club

Spurlock says: 'At 41, I finally see a man that's handsome'

My Secret Life: Morgan Spurlock, filmmaker, 41

My parents were... incredibly supportive in spite of my shortcomings.

Time to call cut on long film titles

Have some sympathy for cinemagoers who make the mistake of booking their tickets over the phone in the next few weeks. Quite apart from the purgatory that is the multiplexes' booking systems, they'll also have to contend with titles that will leave them breathless.

Singin' in the Rain, Palace Theatre, London

When Jonathan Church's production of Singin' in the Rain opened in Chichester last summer it brought the reviewers out in a fevered rash of five star raves.

Steven Spielberg, left, and Jeremy Irvine with “Joey” at the premiere

First night: War Horse, Odeon Leicester Square, London

Exercise in schmaltz in search of magic

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there