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The dragon Toothless from the DreamWorks Animation film How to Train Your Dragon

Australian scientists apologise to little girl for failing to ‘make her a dragon’

Sophie Lester, 7, asked the ‘lovely scientists’ if she could have a dragon to play with at weekends

TV to unleash your little monster: The best family viewing

Parents (and kids) rejoice! A new wave of fantastic family entertainment is here

Indyplus video: Film trailers for the latest releases

Watch the videos below for a selection of trailers for the latest releases:

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

Watch the videos below for a selection of trailers for the latest releases:

Streaming services sign Hollywood deals

Netflix and LoveFilm have both struck deals with big Hollywood studios as the online streaming services compete to snap up television and film rights.

Dame Helen Mirren

From Dame to Madame Mallory? Helen Mirren 'in talks to play French chef in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to play an eccentric French chef in a film adaptation of best-selling novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, according to reports.

Steven Spielberg is to direct Bradley Cooper in a film adaptation of American Sniper

Steven Spielberg to direct adaptation of American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper

Steven Spielberg has his sights set on his next project, a movie about former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who is considered to be the deadliest sniper in US military history.

Album: Phoenix, Bankrupt! (V2)

The fifth album by the intermittently popular but strangely anonymous French band is probably the most overtly pop, with their electronic elements brought to the fore (particularly on "Drakkar Noir" and "Chloroform"), and the winsome sentimentality of Thomas Mars' vocals ramped up.

Film review: The Croods (U)

A whizzier version of The Flintstones, this DreamWorks animation concerns a Neanderthal family discovering that there is life beyond their cave.

Turbo: F.A.S.T - DreamWorks kids' series to premiere on Netflix

This animated snail is quick off the mark as the first children's series to be premiered on the internet-based platform

After box office success will Bond unmask a Bafta?

Shortly after becoming the highest grossing film in UK box office history, Skyfall has secured eight Bafta award nominations, as expectation grows that it could become the first Bond film to be nominated for an Oscar.

Daniel Day-Lewis, center, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, 'Lincoln'

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln captures why we love politics

It's widely said that Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest screen actor of his generation. It's also widely said that Abraham Lincoln is the greatest President in American history. Is there any relationship between these ostensibly disparate points? The New York Times' peerless David Brooks thinks so.

DVD review: Arthur Christmas

Aardman's cartoon about Father Christmas and his two sons is bright, colourful fun.

Sam Trammell will star as a young partner in a prestigious law firm in Leah Walker's 'Deadweight'

Screen Talk: A Walker on the wild side

Director Leah Walker's thriller Deadweight will star True Blood's Sam Trammell as a young partner in a prestigious law firm. The Canadian drama also has Laura Harris, Josh Close and Lina Roessler in the cast, with Leah Walker, brother Jordan Walker and MacGregor Austin-Olsen sharing the script-writing.

Kung Fu Panda 2, from Dreamworks, launches in China on Wednesday

DreamWorks to make 'Kung Fu Panda 3' in China

DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners announced plans today to co-produce the next Kung Fu Panda movie and develop an entertainment district in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood's fast-growing ties to China.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there