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

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton star in 'The Great Gatsby'

Not such a great idea: Luhrmann backs out of Gatsby's box-office duel

The release of Baz Luhrman's 3D movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been delayed for six months apparently owing to fears that it would be eclipsed at the box office by Peter Jackson's film version of The Hobbit.

Great Gatsby release pushed back to summer 2013

The movie remake of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been moved for release to the summer of 2013 from December 2012, putting it out of contention for this year's Oscars.

Amish such as the Lapp family are not normally allowed to be photographed

Amish: A Secret Life, BBC2, Thursday
Vexed, BBC2, Wednesday

The look is familiar, but the Amish remain hard to know, despite this window into their world

Screentalk: Stone has plenty to Crowe about

Emma Stone  is to work with Cameron Crowe on his next movie project. Crowe is gearing up for a yet-to-be titled romantic drama for the US actress.

Kit Harington is tipped to play the lead

Page 3 Profile: Kit Harington, actor

Hmm, I've heard that name before ...

A Simple Life (PG)

Starring: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip

Leading article: Last of the great American cosmopolitans

With the death of Gore Vidal, the US tradition of the great man of letters passes into history. Sexual iconoclast, name-dropper extraordinaire, self-appointed chronicler of America's decline; in a career spanning nearly 70 years of public life, Mr Vidal's irrepressible intellectual energies scoured everything from Hollywood to religion to international relations.

DreamWorks shares fall on weak DVD sales

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc's shares fell 8 percent on Wednesday, after its quarterly results missed analysts' estimates, prompting two brokerages to cut their price targets on the stock.

Myers (right) says: 'I bought one of his Japanese motorcycles. It broke down after two days'

How We Met: Simon King & Dave Myers

Simon King, 45

DVD: The Raven

Washed up as an author, Edgar Allen Poe is forced to turn detective when a Baltimore serial killer starts lifting murder methods from his own macabre stories.

Pulp Fiction: Tarantino’s first feature, with Weinstein as an executive producer, won prizes for its mix of pop culture references and cinematic allusions. It also included trademark gore

After Aurora, even Harvey Weinstein admits Hollywood may be too violent

He made his name championing Quentin Tarantino and built his empire on some of the most blood-spattered films in history. But in the wake of the Aurora shootings, even Harvey Weinstein reckons that Hollywood should tone down the violence.

Gina Rodriguez

Screentalk: Rodriguez is a real catch

Gina Rodriguez will play the lead in Sleeping with Fishes, Nicole Gomez Fisher's film about a young woman who returns to her dysfunctional family after the death of her cheating husband.

Observations: Keep it in the family: the dark visions of Jennifer Lynch

The screenwriter and director, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, 44, daughter of Twin Peaks director David Lynch is not into “torture porn”. “There are plenty of filmmakers out there who will happily and effectively make 'torture porn'. I am not one of them,” she says.

Home grown movie hits push British box office takings to £1bn for first time

Movie hits such as The King's Speech and The Inbetweeners have helped UK box office takings to exceed £1 billion for the first time.

Tamm with Tom Baker in 1978

Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm dies

Tributes have been paid to “truly beautiful” Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm, who died today at the age of 62.

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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