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Chris Parks says Alfonso Cuaron used the technology properly
The biggest opening of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock's careers
Star claims spy satellite he funds helps to curb murderous tendencies of ruler
US crime writer Elmore Leonard is recovering from a stroke in a Detroit hospital.
Where to go and what to know
Travel takes on a new meaning when you follow in the footsteps of film stars. You could request Bungalows 1, 7 or 21 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA, where Marilyn Monroe liked to stay, from $1,500. Or you could check into the Harlequin Suite at London’s Dorchester where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor in the pink marble bathroom, which costs from £7,455 per night.
'I want to cuddle Boris Johnson'
The wonks over at the Daily Beast have produced a fascinating quantified rundown of how much celebrity supporters are contributing to this Presidential race, which is close to neck-a-neck as polling day approaches.
With The Bourne Legacy set for release, the actor tells Emma Jones that he chooses diverse roles to satisfy his need to be challenged
Murky things are happening on the Edinburgh Fringe – and it's not even August yet. This year's fastest-emerging trend is for bribery with three acts offering cash in return for bums on seats. Nathan Cassidy is giving audiences £1 to see his show Free Pound on the Free Fringe (ticket cost: "minus £1". Donations welcome). Elsewhere, Mark MacNicol has gone for a money-back clause: if audiences don't like his "sexy, sensual, dark" theatrical take on Fatal Attraction, he will refund the £8 ticket price from his own pocket. And Irish comedian Caimh McDonnell has taken the most audacious route, promising to donate £100 to Macmillan Cancer Relief for every review published in a "recognised media source" before 20 August (only one review per outlet, sadly). Will any of these stunts work? Or will it emerge that these are, in fact, shows you couldn't pay a man, woman or Arts Diarist to see? And whatever happened to old-fashioned flyering on the Royal Mile in the rain?
If you haven't heard of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan then you're obviously missing out on one of the greatest joys of the internet.
It was the annual White House correspondents' dinner on Saturday, hosted by the late-night talk star Jimmy Kimmel, and the Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama didn't waste the opportunity, poking fun at himself and his administration (a little) and at his foes in the overheated political chamber of an American election year (a lot).
Hollywood star George Clooney and his father were released tonight following their arrest at a demonstration in Washington.
Who really deserves to win and who was disgracefully left off the shortlist?
My parents were... fantastic. My father was a rabbi, my mother was a typical Jewish mother who fussed over her children and thought they could do no wrong.