47 Ronin review: Keanu Reeves struggles to give feeling and meaning to lines in big-budget sword fantasy

Based on a Japanese legend, this is a big-budget sword-and-sorcery fantasy which combines tremendous action sequences with utterly leaden plotting and dialogue.

A dispute between studio workers, the government and the studio's private majority owners has fuelled suspicions over the cause of the latest blaze, which tore through the set of Italian Big Brother on 15 December

Decline and fall of Rome’s cinematic empire: The end for Italy’s famed Cinecitta studios?

Another fire and falling returns could spell the end for a famed studio complex

Rebollo in 1996, when he attended a Mexican/US anti-drugs summit in Mexico City

General Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo: Mexican general who became a drugs czar but who was convicted of aiding a powerful narcotics cartel

Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo was a Mexican general who became a drug czar whose career ended in disgrace thanks to his arrest and conviction for aiding a powerful drug cartel. The general, one of the highest-level officials to have been convicted of drug-trafficking in Mexico, was hailed as a seasoned general of “impeccable integrity”.

To the manor born: Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin on the set of ‘Death Comes to Pemberley'

Love is in the air as Pride and Prejudice's iconic characters Darcy and Elizabeth return in Death Comes to Pemberley

It was daunting to play them, Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin tell Gerard Gilbert 

From musical legends to literary giants, 2013 was the year we said goodbye to some of the biggest talents of a generation.

Fallen idols: 22 heroes of popular culture we said farewell to in 2013

We pay homage to some of the most prolific artistic talents of our generation

We would use the term ridiculous, but that would be mean. Mum Kate Winslet loves his moniker, and frankly, that’s all that matters.

Kate Winslet reveals most unusual baby name of the year

The Titanic star and her husband Ned Rocknroll are currently nursing baby Bear (we know…) at their home in West Sussex

According to studio estimates Sunday, Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' sequel took in $31.5 million in its second weekend of release. That topped Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman' sequel, which nevertheless opened strongly in second place

The Hobbit holds off Anchorman 2 at the US box office

On a busy pre-Christmas weekend at the box office, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held off a very different sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Book review: 'Snake Dance', By Patrick Marnham

A cogent study that follows the trail of lethal cargos that created our nuclear age

'The Harry Hill Movie' World Premiere at Vue Leicester Square in London
Kate Winslet has threatened  Fathers4Justice with legal action after the group targeted her in a planned campaign that attacked her children’s living arrangements.

Kate Winslet threatens to sue Fathers4Justice over advertising campaign about her children

The actress has instructed her solicitors Schillings to issue the parents’ rights activists with a legal letter

Fool cue: Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues review - Ron Burgundy's return is dumb at heart – just the way we like him

You can't help but root for Ron Burgundy, the hapless newscaster played by Will Ferrell. That's the genius of the Anchorman films. In this sequel, Ron is shown as an alcoholic, crack-smoking, backstabbing, borderline racist, near moron... and yet he still retains his utterly winning, folksy quality. He is such an engaging character that he even makes up for a screenplay (co-written by Ferrell with director McKay) that is so skimpily written that it would barely pass muster in an old Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin vehicle.

Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (U) - film review

Walking with Dinosaurs seems like two entirely different projects that have been yanked together in the crudest way imaginable. On the one hand, there are the visuals, which are tremendous. As in the BBC series that inspired it, the CG animation recreates the dinosaurs in life-like fashion. The film gives us a sense of their scale, their movements, the shape of their teeth and even the way they shrieked and growled. The very considerable downside is that the film-makers have decided to graft a cutesy, anthropomorphic children's story on to the footage. It is an entirely contradictory endeavour.

Bad trip: 'Moshi Monsters: the Movie' is garish hokum

Moshi Monsters: The Movie (U) - film review

Moshi Monsters is an online, interactive game that allows children to own their own pet monsters. This opportunistic movie spin-off will make no sense at all to most adult audiences and may well leave the kids frustrated as well.

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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

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Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

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Acting in video games gets a makeover

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