Arts and Entertainment

Spoiler alert: Last week's episode of Breaking Bad was one of the most shocking in TV history. Can they top it this week?

The evidence The music-video director's desk

Chris Cunningham is a director at Ridley Scott Associates Films. His work includes music videos for artists such as Madonna, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Portishead

Games: Sculpture puzzle puzzle

A few weeks ago, we set the task of creating an appropriate anagram of "Darth Vader Sculpture Puzzle". Here are some of the more beguiling entries:

Win a Sculpture Puzzle

Computer-scanned and sliced, Sculpture Puzzles, from the Really Useful Games Company, really do bring a new dimension to jigsaws. The latest addition to their catalogue - timed to coincide with the release of an enhanced version of the Star Wars video, is a dark and threatening bust of Darth Vader, as seen above, nearly completed by Emily Shield of Ascot, encouraged by her father, David.

Film: `Microcosmos': it's definitely got legs

Edgar Allan Poe tagged one of his macabre fables with a quotation to the effect that there is no truly exquisite beauty without some admixture of strangeness. He might well have been entranced by Microcosmos (U), which offers some incomparably strange and exquisite visions. The glistening liquid ballet of a couple of mating snails, for example, which squirm and ripple and pulse in unison, locked surface to luminous white surface in what the mammalian onlooker can only assume to be mollusc ecstasy, especially since the sound-track graces their coupling with a soaring aria. Unless you already dote on slime, you'll need to conquer mild feelings of disgust to relish the sight, but the effort is easier than you might have believed. Every frame of this gorgeous journey down into the insect world puts its idiosyncratic spin on the old maxim that small is beautiful.

Talking dirty about democracy

CINEMA

The price of free speech

Also Showing

Collecting: Star Wars in their eyes

Darth Vader would envy the sci-fi empire Jason Joiner has battled the big-guns to amass. Michael Booth takes a peek

New Films: Star Wars

Director: George Lucas. Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness (U)

A brighter, more comet-friendly Britain

You are now entering an election-free zone

TRIED & TESTED; COME FLY WITH ME

Our panellists breeze through a selection of kites from the professiona l's favourite to the beginner's choice

Star Wars: the bottom line

Amount paid for George Lucas's script: pounds 15,000

Dance: No wonder they call it figure skating

Package tours to Alaska may be the coming thing, but that's not what 280 million people around the world understand as a Holiday on Ice. This spangly phenomenon is not only the best-attended live spectacular of all time, but also, according to The Guinness Book of Records, the most popular (subtle difference) and the costliest to produce. The last you don't doubt. As well as the hardware required to turn Wembley Arena into a frozen pond, the pounds 2m spent on the current show has had to stretch to denuding several sequin factories and half the world's herds of ostrich.

Games: The 1997 Olympian Games

William Hartston found plenty to play with at the International Toy & Hobby Fair at Olympia

Ice Hockey: Society's return to the ice age

Guy Hodgson sees the rebirth of a sport as the Nottingham Panthers overcome Ayr Scottish Eagles in the Benson and Hedges Cup final at the Sheffield Arena

Dole sinks - as Clinton swoops

Dream Team turns screw on Dark Side
Career Services

Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game