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Ian McShane has signed up to play a dwarf in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'.

Lush landscape forces Mad Max to abandon the well-watered outback

To the makers of the latest Mad Max film, the harsh outback landscapes around the town of Broken Hill seemed the perfect backdrop for a movie set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Screen Talk: On a Silver platter

It is accepted intelligence that the Hollywood studios no longer sign overhead deals with cigar-chomping fat-cat producers for the promise of the next blockbuster. The old days of movie chaps living it large on studio cash are long gone.

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Hollywood's big names are showcasing their talent on the small screen. Gerard Gilbert says TV is the place to take chances

Ntini is fired up for a whole new ball game

Given there may be no more significant athlete in South African history, it seems ironic that most of the football supporters now heading for the country have probably never heard of Makhaya Ntini.

DVD: The Road (15)

It is a dark day when a man is starving, hounded by the threat of cannibals, and has two bullets left in his gun for some final, fatal emergency – one for himself and one for his young son. The third novel from acclaimed US author Cormac McCarthy to be filmed, this impressive work adapted by British playwright Joe Penhall and directed by John Hillcoat is a chilling tale of loneliness and survival which, at times, dips into the horrific.

Townsend pulls out of Branagh's Thor

Stuart Townsend has pulled out of Marvel Comics' movie adaptation of Thor because of creative differences, according to sources close to the production.

The Road (15)

Journey with no reward

Email scam targets Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promotes "the values, vision and work" of the former South African president, has denounced an email scam which asks people to send money to fraudsters who have borrowed the foundation's name.

James Corrigan: When did Jonathan Pearce undergo charisma bypass?

The View From The Sofa: World Cup Draw, BBC2

Screen Talk: Biel's comic romp

It is an accepted universal comedy truth that after marriage, sex stops. However, a project that has attracted Jessica Biel seems to be willing to miss the point to make a joke.

Yasmin Alihbai-Brown: Why does self-hatred afflict so many non-white people?

The urge to lighten one's skin colour is a disturbing sign of 'ethnic' psychosis

Charlize Theron told: Hands off Mandela...

First it was the Congolese president, now it's Oscar-winning starlet who has incurred the wrath of those charged with protecting the legacy of South Africa's living legend

Terence Blacker: The best of British for the Olympics

Every country which has hosted the Olympics has used it for image purposes. China presented itself as powerful and organised. Australia projected a sunny yet cheerfully competitive nature. The problem so far with the London Olympics has been to decide what exactly our national brand of Britain is.

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