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He only graduated this year, but Anirudh Ganapathy is already writing and directing his first feature film. He owes it all to his time at film school

Album review: The Silver Seas, Alaska (The Lights Label)

Silver Seas’ frontman Daniel Tashian has paid lip-service to the actual state of Alaska when explaining this album, but all the evidence – references to 1991, red flannel shirts and carrying records under your arms – suggests that he still hasn’t got over the girl he fancied 20 years ago.

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Palmed off on kids: Steve Carell voices Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', a sequel with nothing for adults

Despicable Me 2: Steve Carell spills the beans on being evil dad Gru

Steve Carell has inhabited many different roles, from a 40-year-old virgin, a bumbling office manager and a Vegas magician, but it is an evil villain in animated film Despicable Me 2 where he finds a close connection as a real-life dad.

The Diary: Common’s ministry of sound gears up to rock the House

An evening of heavy rock on the House of Commons terrace, sponsored by drinks company Pernod Ricard in the presence of Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye – what could possibly go wrong?

Alan McGee now leads a secluded and sober lifestyle

Alan McGee: What’s the story? Glory years of big record labels are over says the man who discovered Oasis

McGee tells Paul Bignell about ‘semi-rehab’ and his return to music

Solange Knowles performing at the Field Day Festival in Victoria Park, east London

Festival review: Field Day, Victoria Park, London

After seven years, east London’s trendiest music event appears to have finally got to grips with festival site logistics. There are significantly more bars, toilets and refreshment stands, and the stages seem to be located according to genre; meaning fewer cross-site dashes to catch complementary acts.

Childhood draw as much influence from the dream pop that dominated 2010 as they do from Palma Violets

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Robert Redford at Sundance London

Robert Redford calls London Sundance a 'toe-in-the-water-experiment' and is noncommittal about its future

Robert Redford said today that the future of London's Sundance film and music festival was by no means certain, as he launched the British version of an event that aims to boost interest in independent film.

Grizzly Bear, Tim Burgess and Richard Thompson added to Latitude line-up

Comedians Sean Lock and Russell Kane are the latest headline additions to the Latitude festival bill, with four-piece Grizzly Bear supporting headliners Foals on the final night.

Do we need another film festival in the UK?

Robert Redford’s Sundance London must find a raison d’être

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