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Film: The man who is directing the war

Saving Private Ryan is Steven Spielberg's latest attempt to tackle the Second World War. What lies behind this dark obsession?

Spielberg stalker gets 25 years' jail

THE STALKER who planned to rape Steven Spielberg was yesterday sentenced to serve 25 years to life in jail after the film director asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence.

Entertainment: 'Full Monty' shows Spielberg the door

The Full Monty has overtaken Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park to become the most successful film in British box office history.

Fresh success for British film as home skills lead new wave of Hollywood animators

Hi-tech special effects and feature-length cartoons have long been produced by just one or two companies in Hollywood. Paul McCann, Media Correspondent, finds some new players looking to create magic.

Spielberg `panicked' by stalker who wanted to rape him

Steven Spielberg, the director of Jurassic Park and Schindler's List, whose latest film, Amistad, has brought the horrors of slavery to American screens, was reduced to panic and distracted from film-making by a convicted criminal who stalked him.

Spielberg film of slave revolt hits home

The Clintons, along with members of the White House staff, were expected to get themselves into the mood for today's conference by attending a showing of Steven Spielberg's new film, Amistad, due to be released next week.

The richest man in the world takes stock

One day, he says, he'll give it all away. In the meantime, the unstoppable wealth creation machine that is William Henry Gates III has become, by many estimates, the richest man in the world. In 1996 he made at least pounds 18.5m per day. Since the New Year, as the share price of his global software empire, Microsoft, has soared even higher, his personal fortune has ballooned accordingly and is now reckoned to be somewhere in the vicinity of pounds 20bn.

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Arts: Animators all agog with the lure of Hollywood fame

The quirky tales of Wallace, the inventor, and Gromit, his long-suffering canine sidekick, have captured a niche market for British talent. Almost single-handedly, Nick Park, 37, the characters' inventor, has blazed the 3D animation trail in this country. But now he has a rival. Make way for Gogs, courtesy of young, animators from north Wales, Deiniol Morris, 33, and Michael Mort, 25.

California dreaming

The west coast is reborn as a high-tech boom sweeps away memories of riots and recession, writes Tim Cornwell

ET the Extra Terrestrial Christmas Eve 3.40pm BBC1

The grand plans of Steven Spielberg came to fruition in 1982 with ET the Extra Terrestrial, the film which he had always seemed on the verge of making. Melissa Matheson's screenplay taps into the essence of childhood, and of Spielberg. It's a story of wish-fulfilment and the perfect, unattainable friendship - a sort of Before Sunrise for kids.

BBC signs TV film deal with Spielberg deal hailed as TV coup

BBC Television claimed a broadcasting coup yesterday after signing a five-year deal to show all Steven Spielberg's new feature films.

Spielberg ban

Censors in Indonesia have banned Steven Spielberg's film Schindler's List because it contains too much violence and nudity, Reuter reports from Jakarta.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste