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

DVD/Blu-ray: Haywire (15)

Martial-arts champion Gina Carano is convincing as lethal Mallory, a black ops commando who is assigned by her slimy boss (Ewan McGregor) to “babysit” Michael Fassbender's agent in Dublin.

A bus ride that started in the Bronx and – four years later – arrived in Cannes

Director Michel Gondry brings New York teenagers to a world they'd never seen

All in a Don’s Day, By Mary Beard

Despite the asinine remarks of A.A.Gill, Beard is great on TV but transforming her blog into books (this is No.2) may be a step too far.

Staff at Pixar nearly deleted the animation for Toy Story 2 after someone mistakenly ran a command that removes everything on the file system

Pixar's billion-dollar delete button nearly lost Toy Story 2 animation

If you've ever lost, say, an unfinished work spreadsheet or a uni essay you were working on to the technological abyss, you'll be well versed with the panic that ensues. Imagine, though, losing an entire film.

Shining stars: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis in Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Tarantino of the 2000s who's out of this world

Cannes curtain-raiser Wes Anderson is still the king of quirk, says Tim Walker

Shining stars: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis in Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Tarantino of the 2000s who's out of this world

Cannes curtain-raiser Wes Anderson is still the king of quirk

Lottery pledges £285m to boost British film industry

Cinemas outside London will receive financial support to show films other than the latest Hollywood blockbusters as part of a £285m National Lottery investment in the British film industry.

Death or glory: Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America) in ‘Avengers Assemble’

The Avengers film takes $1 billion worldwide in first 19 days

The Avengers movie has topped the American box office for the second week in a row, taking $1 billion in its first 19 days.

The artist is played by Gilles Bourdos, but the film will show Guy Ribes’ hands as he paints the canvases

Guy Ribes: The forger making a good impression in the film world

Jailed for faking Renoirs, Guy Ribes returns to take key role in biopic of French master

Career criminal: Mel Gibson in Mexico in How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Rare camera fetches £1.7m at Austrian auction

A rare Leica camera was sold to an anonymous buyer for a world record £1.7m at auction in Vienna yesterday.

Howard Jacobson: Thrillers always sell you a pup. As with sex, the delivery never lives up to the promise

Homeland: so well-made, well-acted, but in the end, at the mercy of the unsubtlety of its form

1985: Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book Where the Wild Things Are

'Where the Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies aged 83

Maurice Sendak, the man widely considered to be the most important children’s author of the 20th century, has died aged 83 from complications following a recent stroke.

Exclusive: Stream the new Beach House album 'Bloom'

Baltimore duo Beach House's new album 'Bloom' is a synth-fuelled shoegaze modern classic. Listen along below

Medina: 'I was never offered anything except sexy bad girls,' she recalled

Patricia Medina: Actress who found fame in Hollywood as a siren in costume dramas

The actress Patricia Medina was a beautiful brunette whose striking features were ideally suited to costume melodrama. British-born, she had a modest career in the UK before moving to Hollywood with her first husband, the actor Richard Greene. Though she played leading lady to such stars as Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Alan Ladd, she never attained major-star status, though she was a spirited performer and voluptuous siren in several swashbucklers and occasionally revealed a latent flair for comedy. Her second husband was another actor, Joseph Cotten, whose prolific career included Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt, Duel in the Sun and The Third Man, and theirs was considered one of Hollywood's happiest marriages, lasting until his death in 1995.

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