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Twelve years ago, Cameron Crowe took an offbeat Spanish psychodrama, Open Your Eyes, and remade it as Vanilla Sky, a big and glossy Tom Cruise vehicle. Oblivion has a similar feel. It's not a remake of a specific film (although some might disagree – more on that later), but it does come across as a brain-teasing indie oddity that's been super-sized by Cruise's involvement.

Malin Akerman will play Debbie Harry in CBGB, the upcoming movie about the seminal New York club

Screen Talk: Gentlemen still prefer Blondie

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Field Day 2013: François and the Atlas Mountains pick their favourite French music and film

François and the Atlas Mountains have been one of our sleeper favourites of the past couple of years – both their Plaine Inondable and E Volo Love have been foisted on friends and family enthusiatically, and their live show is up there with the best at the moment.

War of words: 'The Gatekeepers'

The Gatekeepers: A Zero Dark Thirty, with added morals

A new film gets up close with six ex-heads of Israel's Shin Bet

Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie in Girls, has quit the show

Christopher Abbott (aka Marni's boyfriend) quits 'Girls'

Christopher Abbott, better known as the actor who plays Marni’s boyfriend Charlie in Girls, is leaving the show.

Surprise storm: Dan Smith of chart-topping Bastille

Bastille, 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

In barely six months Bastille have gone from playing undersold, tiny venues to selling out London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Academy on the back of their anthemic and synthy debut album, Bad Blood.

Inspired: Blood Brother – which won a Sundance Grand Jury Prize in Utah

Heads Up: Sundance London

It looks like the US indie film fest is here to stay – hooray!

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Blur make the cradle rock with Rockabye Baby

As an on-trend parent these days you need to invest in an all-terrain buggy that takes up the width of a pavement, but what's on your little one's MP3 player? If you insist baby is cool for crèche, you might want to follow the lead of Elton John and Victoria Beckham, ensuring your offspring nods off to lullaby versions of popular songs. Based in Los Angeles since 2006, the Rockabye Baby! series has been reworking the oeuvres of pop and rock's biggest names (anyone from Madonna and Kanye West to U2 and Metallica) into soothing instrumentals using glockenspiel and vibraphone to suit the ears of both babies and parents.

J J Abrams' newest drama, Revolution, made the end of the world look almost fun

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12-year-old Daniel Kerr gets Bafta nod for Paul Ferris role in The Wee Man

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Who will be the next Doctor Who?

With rumours that Matt Smith is to quit Doctor Who at Christmas, sci-fi fans are eager to see who will take his place

China police believe missing tycoon was helping fugitive brother

Police disclosed today that a Chinese tycoon whose disappearance threatened to disrupt deals with mining companies in the United States and Australia is being held on suspicion he helped hide a brother who is a murder suspect.

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