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And the winner to be announced tomorrow is ...

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He made his name directing a cast of unknowns in a squalid urban setting, on a tiny budget; 13 years after 'Trainspotting', Danny Boyle has pulled it off again, and 'Slumdog Millionaire' is already a contender for film of the year. Here, the director talks about his Mumbai miracle

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You may not recognise them now, but these young British actors could be tomorrow's movie superstars. Alice Jones introduces the faces of the future – and they recreate their favourite moments from the silver screen

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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/apparently-scie.html">Sleeping Around: Eternal Sunshine?</a>

Apparently, scientists may soon be able to erase fear and trauma from patients' minds. The technology is meant to help people cure phobias such as a fear of spiders, but my mind immediately turned to wiping out of the pain of failed relationships, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'-style.

Irvine Welsh to revive Sick Boy and Renton in 'Trainspotting' prequel

How did they get like that, some of literature's most drug-fuelled characters – Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and the rest of their gang in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting? We're about to find out, because 15 years after his celebrated novel, the Scottish author intends to write a prequel.

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