There are moments in the new Terry Gilliam movie when his florid animations burst out of nowhere, reminding you of those giant trompe l'oeils he famously conjured for Monty Python.
Bad luck seems to hover over the visionary film director, but even the death of his leading actor has failed to stop his latest work
For the hippies at Woodstock, it was the summer of sex and psychedelia but back across the Atlantic, the buttoned-up Brits who eschewed the hedonism of 1969 preferred to call it the summer of cinema.
Johnny Depp has bought his own island hideaway to get away from the pressures of fame and movie making.
Terry Gilliam managed to complete his latest film, 'The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus', despite the death of its star midway through production. But we may never get to see it. Guy Adams reports
It almost went straight to DVD, but Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches tale of the Mumbai slums ended triumphantly with eight Oscars. And finally, Kate Winslet won too
This is the complete list of the 2009 Academy Award nominations:
Warner Bros pushes claims of Batman blockbuster for Golden Globes and Oscars
I just started reading a collection of Raymond Carver's short stories, Where I'm Calling From. I've only read two of the stories. "A Small, Good Thing" is very quickly heartbreaking. It is about a woman whose son is hit by a car while she is buying cakes. I am still reading A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd.
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I looked through the Daily Mail most days this week because I get it free at my gym. I've been following its coverage of knife and gun crime with interest. It really concerns me, but actually I was talking to a senior police officer this week who was adamant that the situation wasn't getting any worse – it is just getting more media coverage.
The mystery surrounding Heath Ledger's death deepened yesterday, when it emerged that the actress Mary-Kate Olsen is refusing to co-operate with investigators trying to establish how the Dark Knight star got hold of the powerful painkillers that caused his accidental fatal overdose.
The new Batman movie, besides being wildly popular, may be the most violent and disturbing film to have been passed as a 12A – and that rating has led some people to question the validity of the movie certification system. Concern has been expressed in the Press, and on Newsnight Review on BBC2 last week, critic Paul Morley said that he was "absolutely staggered" that children would be able to attend the film. The controversy is heightened by the fact that under the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)'s 12A rating, a child of any age accompanied by an adult will be able to see the movie.
The Batman star Christian Bale was released on police bail yesterday after being questioned over an alleged assault on his mother and sister.
Huge crowds, a red carpet snaking the length of Leicester Square and celebrities galore. This, though, was no ordinary film premiere – the first sign of that being the two-ton black Batmobile that crawled slowly through the streets of the West End before pulling up at a Bat-emblazoned Odeon theatre to offload its A-list cast.
Sadistic realism parallels our troubled times
The Australian actor's death deprived Hollywood of one of its brightest young stars. But his performance as The Joker in the new Batman film suggests he was saving his best for last. David Usborne reports on an unlikely candidate for success at the Oscars