Arts and Entertainment Hong Kong film pioneer Run Run Shaw, the man who helped bring kung fu movies to the mainstream, has died, aged 107

Hong Kong film-maker Run Run Shaw died yesterday at the age of 106. His influence stretched from Hollywood to Piccadilly

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

Pinewood is still pushing for more growth

Pinewood Shepperton, the film and television studios group, is pushing ahead with expansion plans despite losing its major planning application this year.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ashley Judd

Screen Talk: Judd's at home in the White House

Ashley Judd and Robert Forster join Gerard Butler in the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen.

Rise of Netflix means Competition Commission reprieve for BSkyB

BSkyB was handed a reprieve by the competition watchdog today after a ruling over the broadcaster's stranglehold on pay-TV movies was reversed.

Monetary frights at the movies

As unemployment and ticket prices both rise, will young adults be able to afford a trip to the cinema? Geoffrey Macnab reports

Warner Bros is shelving The Maccabees, and writer Joe Eszterhas wrote a nine-page letter to Mel Gibson giving his detailed opinion on why the plug was pulled

Film dumped but Hollywood make 'Mad Mel' sequel

For two decades, Mel Gibson was at the top of the Hollywood tree. Building on his successes as an actor, he won an Oscar in 1996 for directing Braveheart and routinely commanded salaries of more than $20 million.

Lucas has been trying to build the studios in San Francisco for 25 years

The final episode: George Lucas bows to protests and pulls plug on film studio plans

The George Lucas empire is striking back after giving up its 25-year battle to build a palatial film studio in the pastoral hills north of San Francisco.

Jessica Chastain

Screen Talk: Double trouble

Plans are afoot for an ambitious double feature film project starring Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton.

Humphrey Bogart and Dooley Wilson find the old ones are best, in Casablanca

Matthew Bell: As time goes by, a night in Rick's Café means more than ever before

As 'Casablanca' is re-released this week, 70 years after its premier, Matthew Bell says play it, Sam

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project