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

Charlotte O'Sullivan: We don't treasure Ken Loach enough

Terrified of being dubbed 'worthy', young British directors described his work as grim

Director Michael Haneke receives the Palme d'Or award for the film

Love conquers all as Haneke triumphs again

Austrian wins Palme d'Or for second time with tale of an elderly couple's devotion

DVD: The Artist

It's a cause for celebration that this year's big Oscar winner (five awards including Best Picture and Best Actor) was a French, black-and-white silent movie.

Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis

More glitz on Cannes red carpet than on screen

There are few big contenders for the Palme d'Or in this mediocre year

Seann Walsh: 'I don't really like jokes'

I wanted to be a comedian or actor from as far back as i can remember When I was 21, I started putting my name down for open-mic nights and kept on bottling it. All I wanted to do was try it once because I didn't want to die without having done stand-up. Obviously, now I've died loads of times.

River Phoenix's last film will be released, twenty years after his death

River Phoenix: the final reel

Twenty years after the actor's death, his last film is to be released

Christine Ohuruogu

Fast girls go for gold – the hard way

Emily Dugan discovers training was no piece of cake for the stars of a new British film

Observations: Looking on the bright side of a Dark Horse

Given Todd Solondz's reputation for controversy, his sidestepping of provocative subject matter makes his new film, Dark Horse, seem almost quaint in comparison with his masterwork, Happiness.

Snow White and the three-and-a-half-inch Lavender Hill Mob

Eddie Marsan is starring as a dwarf with fellow dwarfs Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins in Snow White and the Huntsman.

The specially designed wing suit will allow Gary Connery to 'fly'

A 2,400ft jump on to a pile of boxes with no parachute. What could go wrong for stuntman Gary Connery...?

Stuntman to leap from helicopter in wing suit that will slow his fall – to 65mph

Cannes do attitude for the stars of tomorrow

The iconic film festival has a habit of unearthing exciting talent, as Nick Clark found out

Alistair McGowan did the multi-tasking Alec Guinness proud
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (third from right), with the cast of Beyond the Hills in Cannes yesterday

Messy, dirty, rough. 'Lawless' in Cannes...

Violent gangster thriller fails to liven up film festival

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer - The Hollywood bad boy done good

After years of searching, Val Kilmer tells Kaleem Aftab how he finally found his ideal role – as himself

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