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Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

Voices of: Jack Black, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie

Screen Talk: PA takes charge

The Hollywood tradition of former assistants breaking out as talent continues. An untitled sci-fi crime thriller by Bobby Glickert, a former PA, has been snapped up by Universal.

Steven Spielberg: Close encounters of a fresh kind

This summer Steven Spielberg is back in a big way. By working with new, young directors and television producers, Hollywood's most successful film-maker has reinvented himself for the 21st century, says Sarah Hughes

DVD: Megamind, For retail & rental (Dreamworks)

A supervillain (voiced by Will Ferrell) defeats his Superman-like arch-enemy (Brad Pitt), only to find that his diabolical schemes are no fun if there isn't anyone around to foil them.

Carlyle takes majority stake in effects group

US private equity giant Carlyle has bought a majority stake in The Foundry Visionmongers, the visual effects group whose software was used in Avatar, Tron: Legacy and The King's Speech.

DVD: Shrek Forever After, For retail & rental (Dreamworks)

The fourth Shrek film is an improvement on the third, not that anyone except DreamWorks' accountants ever thought that the first one needed any sequels at all.

Screen Talk: Day-Lewis to play Honest Abe

There is a fine line in Hollywood these days between being regarded as an out and out star and as an actor of repute.

DVD: How to Train Your Dragon, For retail & rental (Dreamworks)

Inspired by Cressida Cowell's children's novels, this Dreamworks cartoon is set in a Viking village which is regularly terrorised by dragons.

Screen Talk: Green for danger

Edward Norton is not angry, he keeps saying, which probably doesn't matter quite as much any more as it did a few months ago. Norton has found himself on the other end of constant enquiries as to why he won't be reprising his role as the Incredible Hulk.

Spielberg picks new leading lady from wards of 'Casualty'

When he began looking for a leading lady to star in his highly anticipated new television series Terra Nova, Steven Spielberg could have taken his pick from the cream of Hollywood's most famous acting talent.

Head of doomed Film Council John Woodward quits

The chief executive of the UK Film Council, John Woodward, announced his resignation yesterday with a sideswipe at the Government's planned scrapping of the organisation.

Dreamworks: Why the dream team became a nightmare

There was a colourful addition to the annals of Hollywood history last week, when it was reported that a young Russell Crowe once telephoned a producer of his breakthrough film, Gladiator, at 3am, in order to utter the immortal words: "You motherfucker! I will kill you with my bare hands!"

Spielberg to make film of 'War Horse'

It is already a popular children's book and a hit on the London stage. Now Steven Spielberg is taking War Horse to the big screen.

Hell in the Pacific: Spielberg's new epic war drama

Spielberg's new epic war drama series shows the truth about an often neglected story

Spielberg drops remake of classic movie 'Harvey'

It always sounded like a stretch for a director who tends to be fascinated by action heroes, terrifying monsters, and touching historical tragedies. Now Steven Spielberg has abandoned plans for his next career-defining film to involve the exploits of a six-foot-tall imaginary rabbit.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

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

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee