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Today from i: Icons of Star Wars

Yesterday a Supreme Court copyright ruling cleared the way for Andrew Ainsworth, the UK designer who made the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets, to sell his replicas of the famed costumes.We look at other icons from the sci-fi saga that have permeated pop culture.

Supreme Court strikes back at George Lucas

A British prop designer who made the original Stormtrooper helmets for the first Star Wars film won a Supreme Court battle to continue producing replicas – but faces a damages payout to the creators of the science-fiction blockbuster.

The Last Picture Show - The ultimate rite of passage

Forty years on, Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show is still a moving portrayal of teenage life in small-town America, says Geoffrey Macnab

Neil LaBute: 'I put heavy things on my audiences. I love it'

He's famous for his brutal characters and shocking plotlines. What personal experiences inform Neil LaBute's dark material? On the eve of a new play, he talks about family, critics and telling racist jokes

George Lucas predicts 2012 apocalypse

'Star Wars' creator George Lucas believes the world will end in 2012.

Irvin Kershner: Director best known for his work on the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Robocop’ series of films

Irvin Kershner (known as "Kersh" to his friends) directed what many consider the best of the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back (1980). As well as containing many of the cycle's most iconic moments, including the revelation of Luke Skywalker's parentage, it is arguably the most entertaining and accessible of the films for those who are not ardent fans of the enormously popular franchise. Keshner said that his aim was to instil greater character development into the work.

'The Empire Strikes Back' director dies

Irvin Kershner – who directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2 – has died at the age of 87.

Star Wars 'hologram' may become TV reality

Scientists have transmitted three-dimensional holographic video images in a breakthrough that promises to bring Star Wars technology into the living room.

Empire Strikes Back named greatest movie sequel

The Empire Strikes Back was today named the greatest movie sequel of all time.

Agora (12A)

Hypatia of Alexandria was a historical figure, a neoplatonist philosopher of the fourth century who was torn apart by a Christian mob because of her supposed influence on the local Roman governor at a time of religious conflict.

Repo Men (18)

There are plenty of ideas floating around in this bloodcurdling boys' own sci-fi film.

Small Island - Black pride and British prejudice

Andrea Levy's prize-winning novel 'Small Island' has been turned into a TV drama. Guy Adams talks to its fast-rising star, David Oyelowo

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Best-selling Christmas toys predicted

A baby doll that was first delivered to shops 17 years ago is among the toys most likely to cause parents sleepless nights this Christmas, retailers said today.

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