Arts and Entertainment Chiwetel Ejiofor (second from right) stars as kidnapped slave Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave'

The Steve McQueen film made £2.5m in its opening weekend

Geoffrey Macnab: Momentum builds as Oscar judges prepare to bow down

It was only to be expected that the 2011 Baftas would turn into an exercise in flag waving on behalf of British cinema in general and of The King's Speech in particular.

British director captures one day in the life of the world

Jonathan Romney on a quirky hit culled from YouTube that has stolen the limelight

British film's biggest night: The complete guide to the Baftas 2011

On the eve of British film's biggest night, Nicola Christie investigates how the Baftas are chosen, and whether voters actually see the movies, Alice Jones looks at the leading contenders, and Oscar-winning director James Marsh laments the lack of a documentary category

Apollo looks to take on big three cinema chains

Apollo Cinemas, a 14-strong independent theatre chain, looks set to sell a stake to more than double the size of the business.

Firth's Oscar hopes boosted by Screen Actors Guild Awards

The King's Speech won the best-actor trophy for Colin Firth and a second honour for its overall cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

'My stammer nearly ended my teaching career before it had even started'

In a heartfelt response to last week’s story about communication difficulties, headmaster Dr Martin Stephen reveals why every child deserves the right to speak...

Geoffrey Macnab: My Oscar Favourites

Could the success of The King's Speech boost efforts to help children with communication difficulties?

She was a quiet baby, and a quiet child. But it was not to an extent that was particularly alarming. I remember sitting in the garden with my husband, saying: 'This time next year, we won't be able to shut her up.'"

A night to remember for Colin Firth – a night to forget for Ricky Gervais

As one British star used the Golden Globes to bolster his reputation for charm and dignity, another was intent on pricking as many egos as possible.

Tearful Colin Firth awarded Hollywood star

Colin Firth was moved to tears as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Culture Club: Readers review The King's Speech

Readers review this week's big film

Culture Club: The King's Speech

This week's Culture Club focusses on Tom Hooper's latest movie, The King's Speech. How do you feel Colin Firth rates as the stammering King George VI? Leave your thoughts on the movie below.

The King's Speech (12A): The IoS review

Firth's stammering monarch is a sh-sh-shoo-in for an Oscar nomination
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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