Spring Breakers stars ex-Disney starlets Vanessa Hudgens (right) and Selena Gomez as a dreadlocked gold-toothed gangster

Harmony Korine the unlikely director to give spring break films their big break

One of the recurring jokes in the ever-quotable Arrested Development was one of the sitcom's characters shouting "Spring Break, whoooo" and lifting her shirt.

Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris pose during the photocall for Skyfall

The car, the watch, the make-up, the beer advert: James Bond - licence to print money

Skyfall is set to break box office records this weekend – but it’s not just tickets that Daniel Craig’s selling. Nick Clark on 007’s killer marketing campaign

Kanye West’s “Power” song made its latest appearance on the new trailer for the Mark Wahlberg thriller Broken City

The songs that give any film Power

Some songs just work in trailers. Think of Where the Wild Things Are soundtracked solely by Arcade Fire's "Wake Up", or Trent Reznor's take on Led Zep's "Immigrant Song" for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

US man 'behind anti-Islam film' arrested

A  federal official says the California man behind an anti-Islamic video that has inflamed the Middle East has been arrested for allegedly violating terms of his probation.

The franchises where sequels equal box-office bonanzas

When a movie franchise with genuine cultural heft releases another instalment – The Bourne Legacy, say, or Terminator: Salvation – the world takes notice. But then there are the unlikely money spinners, the genre titles that spew a sequel every year or so, making a profit with little impression on the popular consciousness.

Trailer of Bond's new film, Skyfall

James Bond will fake own death in new movie Skyfall

James Bond will be seen faking his own death in the action-packed forthcoming movie Skyfall.

Sharon Watts played by Letitia Dean

EasteEnder Sharon to clash with jilted fiance

Soon-to-return Sharon Watts endures an angry confrontation with her jilted groom as she makes her Walford comeback.

The Expendables 2 videogame trailer gets ready for war

Calm, subtle and subdued it isn't...

Crystal Dynamics release Tomb Raider ‘rape’ clarification statement

'We’ll certainly be more careful with what is said in future,' says developer.

Everybody wants to make the "next Uncharted" except Naughty Dog

From the new Tomb Raider to Dead Space 3 everyone wants to best Uncharted, except that is, its maker.

Hitman: Absolution Attack of the Saints trailer leaves Agent 47 battered and bruised

Like extras from Kill Bill’s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad the Saints fall upon Agent 47

Pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour Pete Doherty

Want to see a dirty movie? Not *that* kind

I fear that someone has been having our Gallic friends across la Manche on. Somehow, they've come to believe that the pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour that is Pete Doherty is not only cool, but that he is a sensible choice for the romantic lead in a period film.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes trailer goes “open world”

Watch as Batman and his friends drive, climb and fly their way through Gotham City.

Robert Pattinson in the high-octane Cosmopolis, which, he says, has given him 'balls'

Heads up: Cosmopolis

Sex, death, money... Cronenberg takes R-Patz for a spin

Buzz worthy: Michael Fassbender in a 'Prometheus' short

Marketing: Creating a monster movie hit

The short clips being released to promote Prometheus are as intriguing as the movie itself. Tim Walker salutes Ridley Scott's approach to film marketing

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas