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Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You” (Tomorrow Island)

Scorched earth: Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko in Oblivion, Joseph Kosinski’s small-scale drama set in an epic landscape

Film review: Oblivion - Lovely view, but haven't you and I already met on another planet?

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

Tinseltown Insider

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!

Blur perform at Glastonbury Festival 2009

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

Apocalypse wow! JJ's show Revolution is far from doomed

When J J Abrams' newest drama, Revolution (picured), started last week, the biggest surprise was that it made the end of the world look almost fun.

Meet the Superhumans advert directed by Tom Tagholm

Agenda: Police “Look Beyond"; Tom Rosenthal; Digipill; Sundance London

People, Places, Notes, Observations

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

Glaswegian is youngest recipient of Bafta New Talent Award

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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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

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Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there