Arts and Entertainment Italian cinema posters for the Oscar-tipped drama 12 Years A Slave were criticised for promoting the film’s white stars ahead of its black protagonist

BIM Distribuzine promoted film's white actors over black lead Chiwetel Ejiofor

Hollywood studio Lionsgate has vowed to recall “unauthorised” Italian cinema posters for the Oscar-tipped drama 12 Years A Slave, after they were criticised for promoting the film’s white stars ahead of its black protagonist.

Italian 12 Years A Slave promoters criticised for over-promoting white actors on movie posters

Marketing material for the Steve McQueen film heralds the roles of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender ahead of the  main character Chiwetel Ejiofor

Asda vows to bring back Black Friday after 'phenomenal' response

Despite Asda’s Black Friday sales being marred by violence, the supermarket giant has said the US tradition of heavy discounting on the first Friday after Thanksgiving is set to stay in the UK.

Bitcoins in space: Virgin Galactic to accept payment in digital currency, says Richard Branson

6 minutes of weightlessness will now cost you $250,000 or around 326 Bitcoins

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club

Manchester teenagers start real-life Fight Club

Youths attacking each other with bits of scaffolding, eyewitness claims

Even Brad Pitt can’t save Marc Forster’s World War Z from a humour bypass

Film review: World War Z - The world is being overrun by flesh-eating zombies? Yeah, whatever you say, Brad

Marc Forster has made a number of solid dramas (Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball), but he's since become notorious as the man who sucked all of the fun out of the Bond franchise in Quantum of Solace. And now he's done the same thing with the zombie sub-genre in World War Z, a frenetic, globe-trotting action movie which has so much in common with his Bond film that it may as well be called "Quantum of Zombies". What's Forster got lined up next, I wonder. A fast, frenzied, cold-hearted romantic comedy?

The Numbers Game, by Chris Anderson and David Sally

Roberto Martinez is a fan of football analytics, the science of compiling and analysing the rapidly increasing plethora of data on every aspect of the game. He subscribes to a sophisticated software package, yet one is entitled to ask just how much use this is, given that under the Spaniard's charge Wigan have just been relegated.

King Creoseote

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... King Creosote

King Creosote, known to his mum as Kenny Anderson, a hyper-prolific singer-songwriter from Fife. He'll be playing this year's Latitude, which gave us all the excuse we needed to ask him a question or two...

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 'Cloud Atlas'. Running time: 173 minutes

Q: How much money does Brad Pitt carry in his wallet?

A: $1,100 (or £700)

The 'blue marble' shot from Apollo 17

Watch the entire history of the planet in under two minutes

Curious about the history of our planet, but quite busy today? Internet artists melodysheep have the solution. They've edited together various pieces of footage and some lovely music to create a visualisation of the entire history of our planet in under two minutes.

The celebrity gossip website that missed the biggest scoop of all

Gossip site TMZ may have broken the news of Michael Jackson's death but it failed to spot a scoop right under its paparazzo's lens.

The Day is Dark, By Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Reykjavik lawyer and under-age granny, Thora Gudmundsdottir, isn't usually fazed by the dark. But finding herself in remotest Greenland, investigating the disappearance of mining company employees, she finds herself listening out for unexplained creaks.

'Pitt is a killer who approaches his grisly trade as if he is a jobbing utilities contractor'

First Night: Killing Them Softly, Cannes Film Festival

Rambling, haphazard – but with characters to kill for

DVD: Happy Feet Two (U)

Mumble the tap-dancing penguin and his Antarctica pals return for this lazy, confusing sequel.

DVD: Moneyball (12)

Bennett Miller's charming sports film, scripted by Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List) and Aaron Sorkin, is on paper as dull as they come: the general manager of a baseball team, the Oakland A's, recruits a whizz kid at economics to help build a winning team on the cheap.

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