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Producers are scrambling to make 'gran-coms' for older audiences

Market Report: Traders love Eros after HBO Asia deal

Bollywood producer and distributor Eros International has just gone prime time.Its deal with HBO Asia, the pay TV group, is a "game changer" according to its house broker, Peel Hunt. The pair will launch two new premium, advertising-free movie channels, HBO Defined HBO Hits, in India.

John Cleese and Eric Idle in 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail'

Holy Grail producer: 'I made film funnier'

The producer behind Monty Python And The Holy Grail yesterday told the High Court that the cult film would have been "much less funny" without his input as he sued for an equal share of its profits.

Star Wars meets Angry Birds

Take one of the most popular games ever to hit the iPhone, mix it with the biggest movie franchise in the history of film, and what do you get? Angry Birds Star Wars.

Princess Sofia, star of the TV film Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess

Disney's Spanish princess 'not Hispanic enough'

Disney is scrambling to defend itself against claims that a new cartoon character, billed as its first ever Hispanic princess, doesn't look sufficiently Hispanic.

Princess Sofia, star of the TV film Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess

She's Disney's first 'Latina' princess: So what happened to the fairytale ending?

Studio embroiled in another diversity row amid claims new character is not Hispanic enough

Dangerous liaisons: Keira Knightley in 'Anna Karenina'

From Russia with love

Keira Knightley is reunited with director Joe Wright for the latest Anna Karenina. Geoffrey Macnab looks at the enduring appeal of Tolstoy's tragic heroine

'The Departed' tops poll of best film remakes

Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film The Departed has been named the best movie remake in a poll of film fans.

DVD: The Lucky One

The latest of the many mawkish Hollywood melodramas to be based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One miscasts the elfin Zac Efron as a US Marine who tracks down a blue-eyed blonde (Taylor Schilling) he spotted in a photograph in Iraq.

Stuart: a prodigious output which garnered several Emmy awards

Mel Stuart: Director behind Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Stuart's film take on Dahl was not initially a success; it was only later that the public gave it popularity

My Secret Life: Nicholas Sparks, 46, author

'I wanted to be an Olympian'

The Saturday Quiz

1. In around 100 AD how did Juvenal characterise Roman politicians' inducements to voters?

Lou Sanders: “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad”

Lou Sanders: And Now for a Nice Evening with Wallan, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

In a year of high-octane show openings, Lou Sanders, self-styled "Beyonce of comedy", might just have the best. It's certainly the only one involving techno, pink tights and rollerblades.

When football is a job not a joy: Michael Owen's inner voice is that of a footballer whose first instinct is to ask: 'What's in it for me?'

The Last Word: Football gets the heroes it deserves

Michael Owen and Carlos Tevez highlight the contempt with which many treat the game

The Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony

London 2012: Opening ceremony sparks interest from TV industry

The Olympics opening ceremony could lead to a flurry of big-budget projects say London film bosses.

Father and son: Stallone arrives at a 1996 film premier with girlfriend Jennifer Flavin, center, and his son Sage

Stallone skips 'Expendables 2' promotions following son's death

The cast of "The Expendables 2" say they're giving co-star and writer Sylvester Stallone space after the death of his son last month.

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