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Tom Sutcliffe: The pious politics of the quilt

The Week In Culture

Avatar director takes his feud with Fox News host into a new dimension

If I'm the Antichrist you're a madman, James Cameron tells Glenn Beck

The band played on (and the chef cooked sautéed chicken lyonnaise)

A 'Titanic' memorial voyage will offer the ship's original menu. Tom Peck reports

Rhiannon Harries: 'I'll be cheering on 'Avatar' at tonight's Oscars ceremony'

In a matter of hours, the last round kicks off in what has become a satisfying, David and Goliath-style cinematic battle between the critically lauded but low-grossing Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker and the 3-D blockbuster Avatar. As things stand, it's Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the former, with the greater number of gongs, making her favourite for Best Picture at tonight's Academy Awards ahead of ex-husband James Cameron, the man behind the latter.

The battle for the Oscars: All you need to know about film's big night

The Academy Awards are presented this weekend. Our writers look at the battle between studios and independents, the nominees, the ones that got away and what the event means for female directors

The long and short of making a game

The question, “How long does it take to make a video game?” might as well be, “How long is a piece of string?” This tricky-to-answer query is in the air because one of the developers behind the critically acclaimed ‘Mirror’s Edge’, 2008’s breathtaking free-running title, has revealed that the title took seven years to create.

Geoffrey MacNab: A rich year for British film-making

The great relief was that the evening wasn't all about <i>Avatar </i>after all

DVD: Aliens in the Attic (PG)

The Pearsons' holiday to an old lake house retreat is disrupted as an advance party of aliens planning to invade earth crash land into their attic.

Kathryn Bigelow: Love and war

It's the battle of the Baftas as the film director's Iraq drama is up against her ex-husband's 3D epic

Copy cats! The claws are out

James Cameron is the latest artist to be accused of plagiarism

Tom Sutcliffe: She's almost famous

The Week In Culture

'Avatar' opens new dimension for profits with $745m box office record

Director James Cameron on course to break the $1bn barrier for the second time

Blue aliens help Hollywood to its best weekend at the box office

In addition to mistletoe and wine, the average American Christmas seems to have consisted of popcorn, 3D spectacles and a tribe of tree-hugging blue aliens, as the continued success of the sci-fi film Avatar helped Hollywood achieve its most lucrative weekend since records began.

Avatar, James Cameron, 163 mins, (PG)

James Cameron's extraordinary allegory of US adventurism in the Middle East inspires shock and awe but fails to win hearts and minds
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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

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In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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