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

The Time Traveller's Wife (12A)

Yes, you get to cheat on the lottery – but the downsides of living with time traveller's disease are also exposed in this bittersweet adaptation of a best-selling novel

Quentin Tarantino: What's it like being on set with Hollywood's most flamboyant director?

Inglourious Basterds ticks all the boxes for a film by Quentin Tarantino. Visceral violence, an inspired soundtrack, genre bent all out of shape, reams of crackling dialogue and a veritable love letter to Sergio Leone, The Dirty Dozen and the films of pre-war Germany? Check. But an award-winning performance? Now that's unusual. Samuel L Jackson as the Bible-spouting hitman in Pulp Fiction, and Robert Forster as the ageing bail bondsman in Jackie Brown, both received Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Oscars. But in general, Tarantino films don't receive their plaudits for their performances.

Back to the Führer at the movies

SS zombies? Hitler in drag? The Nazis are again being used as all-purpose villains by a slew of film-makers. Only this time, argues Geoffrey Macnab, they're not to be taken seriously

DVD: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Retail & rental, (Warner)

Brad Pitt stars as a man who's born old, and then ages in reverse.

First Night: Inglourious Basterds, Cannes Film Festival

Tarantino bounces back to gloriously violent form

How to recruit a superstar... five bottles of good wine

Can't persuade an actor to star in your film? Get him plastered.

Inglorious? No. Bastards? Never. Meet the real Tarantino war heroes

The crack troops on whose story a new film to be screened at Cannes is based had their peers in the UK: 10 Commando

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The Independent Film Club: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Our new film club is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. To kick things off, here’s a selection of readers’ views on Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated movie

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher, 165 mins, 12A

Brad Pitt grows younger by the day in Hollywood's lavish attempt to chart the human condition

David Fincher: "Awards are just icing on the cake"

There was a time when David Fincher's career threatened to derail. Following his 2002 home-invasion thriller Panic Room, he dropped out of skateboard film Lords of Dogtown and Tom Cruise vehicle Mission: Impossible III. He toyed with numerous other projects – including an adaptation of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama – but nothing came to fruition. "Making movies is hard," he shrugs. "It takes a long time." Already known for his Kubrick-like fastidiousness, Fincher seemed afraid to commit to anything less than the perfect project.

Snuff, by Chuck Palahniuk

Porn, but not as we know it

Hollywood loves cut-price Brits

As the film industry hits hard times, producers are hiring our actors to fill roles that used to go to $20m-a-movie US stars. Guy Adams reports from Los Angeles

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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