Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

Superhero comic takes on al-Qa'ida

The Arab world can take graphic art seriously, as any Danish cartoonist will attest, so goodness knows what sort of response will greet the comic industry's latest mooted blockbuster publication: a tale about al-Qa'ida that was designed, in the words of its creator, to "really piss people off".

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Marvel kills off Spider-man

The lights are going out for Peter Parker, the high school student bitten by a radioactive spider whose wall-crawling and web-slinging antics have made him a touchstone of Marvel Comics' universe of heroes and villains.

Superheroes: We need to find a modern Marvel

Why does Hollywood keep returning to the same old superheroes? There’s a universe of oddities out there, says Matt Thomas

Publisher says Apple's use of iBooks is not novel

Apple pple has been slapped with a lawsuit over its new iBooks brand of electronic books, from a little New York publisher that has been producing a series called ibooks for more than a decade.

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Critics dangle faint praise for revamped 'Spider-Man' musical

It opened at last and no one in the orchestra seats was hurt by plummeting performers – a good thing with the likes of Matt Damon and Bill Clinton in the house. Yet as the reviews came in yesterday, the impression lingered that the false starts for Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark have been more diverting than the show will ever be.

Holy Kryptonite! Superman returns – without his pants

Black and gay heroes join the action as DC Comics revamps its franchise to capture a new generation
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