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James Cameron's two record-breaking films

James Cameron has directed the two largest-grossing films ever, ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’. Read some of the statistics for the two below:

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'Anything will sink if you put a hole in it': Australian billionaire plays down 'unsinkable' reports as he unveils blueprints for Titanic II - an exact replica of the doomed original

Finnish designers are not quite so cautious however, billing Titanic II as 'the safest cruise ship in the world'

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the famous scene from Titanic

Poll: Titanic II to set sail in 2016, would you take a berth?

The original may have sunk in one of the most horrendous nautical tragedies of the 20th century, but that hasn't put off the makers of a new Titanic, who assured potential cruisers that their model Titanic II, which was announced on Tuesday, will be the "most safe cruise ship in the world".

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Like the ruined husk of Hadley's Hope however any signs of life are missing.

A 3D cinema version of Swan Lake will be aired live

London Symphony Orchestra director takes sides with Putin against Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot’s Moscow church protest, which resulted in a two-year prison sentence for members of the punk group, was motivated by a desire to create controversy to boost their careers, Russia’s leading conductor has suggested.

Tom Cruise's Battle of Trafalgar

Tom Cruise brought Trafalgar Square to a standstill yesterday when he dropped in by helicopter to do battle with aliens during the shooting in London of his latest film, All You Need is Kill.

In Glorious Technicolor, By Francine Stock

With such a voluminous library on the history of film, is there scope for anything new? Francine Stock, who presents The Film Programme on Radio 4, has made a brave attempt in this knowledgeable book that sets a century of movies in historical context and explores their influence in an unfusty, readable way. Tackling this ambitious task, she utilises a decade-by-decade approach including a detailed exploration of 30 "films that exert a particular power".

Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games’

Movies reflect and inspire teen archery craze

Adolescents are finally putting down their Xboxes in order to get all a-quiver. By John Walsh

Making waves: Rihanna in the special-effects sci-fi thriller ‘Battleship’

Why girl power is outgunning the mega-buck movie

A run of flops could spell the end of the macho supermovie, says Francesca Steele

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A range of events, exhibitions, films and televisions programmes will all mark the anniversary.

Exhibitions, superstitions a 3D film and now stamps mark Titanic anniversary

Events, exhibitions, films and TV shows will all mark the anniversary of ill-fated voyage

Winslet sails again as Titanic gains a new dimension

Kate Winslet signed autographs as she walked the red carpet at the re-launch of the film that made her a star.

Simon Carr: Disgrace! Ker-ching! Rowdy Labour indignation as 'ashamed Dave' fails to show

Sketch: Cameron had made his shameful statement in the morning and was cowering in a feculent hole counting £50 notes

Titanic expected to fetch ad rates of close to £60,000 for ITV

ITV could bank as much as £4m in advertising this weekend thanks to the launch of Britain's Got Talent and new Sunday night drama Titanic, its two most important shows of the year so far.

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