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The method and the madness of film directors

Infamous obsessive James Cameron spent £180m on 'Avatar', which opens this week, making it the most expensive movie ever shot. Andrew Johnson and Rachel Shields look at the giants – and tyrants – of the film world

James Cameron: Another planet

He's the Hollywood director who dreams big and spends even bigger. And the results – as his sci-fi epic 'Avatar' proves – are staggering

London rolls out the blue carpet for Cameron blockbuster

Some 15 years and a reported £300m after the idea first occurred to him, director James Cameron said that seeing the 3-D world of Avatar on the big screen, at its world premiere in London last night was a "big relief".

First Night: Avatar, Odeon, Leicester Square

London rolls out the blue carpet for Avatar (and it's actually quite good)

Avatar - Gateway to a new world

James Cameron's long-awaited 3D science-fiction epic Avatar opens this month. Geoffrey Macnab recounts the Titanic director's long struggle to make it, and asks whether the film will revolutionise cinema

From Avatar to District 9: The end is nigh...

It's all doom and gloom this autumn as films and books offer a dystopian vision of the future. Mark Jewsbury reports

Emma Townshend: 'Avatar' - A great big cartoon for grown-ups with a 1950s script

3D glasses got big! This is us on Friday night in the London IMAX, waiting for a sneak 15 minute preview of James Cameron's long-awaited 'Avatar'.

British 3D technology ready to come of age

UK film companies are set to muscle in on their US rivals as 'Avatar', James Cameron's new sci-fi blockbuster, opens up the market

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

A pleasant, inconsequential movie about resourceful kids fighting off an alien invasion in suburban Michigan.

James Cameron, Peter Jackson talk future of film

Titanic. Lord of the Rings. Aliens. King Kong. The Terminator.

The men behind those movies, James Cameron and Peter Jackson, are among modern film's special-effects kings, advancing technology in computer-generated imagery, motion-capture photography and 3-D.

Millvina Dean: The last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic

Millvina Dean had the double distinction of being both the youngest passenger on the Titanic and the last of the survivors of its sinking in the Atlantic in 1912. Her life almost ended at the age of nine weeks when the liner sank after its collision with an iceberg. But instead of a tragically short life she had a particularly long one, reaching the age of 97.

Terminator Salvation, McG, 115 mins, Cert (12A)

Arnie-type Terminators are in their infancy in this prequel-sequel gun-fest, but who cares? In McG's dull dystopia even humans talk like machines, and a never-ending war franchise means that ... they'll be back

Terminator Salvation (12A)

Really no need to come back

Terminator - Still going great guns?

It's been 25 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger fired up a franchise that set a new standard in sci-fi. But can the new 'Terminator' movie carry the same clout, asks Tim Walker
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Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
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Weekend's 'supermoon' in pictures

The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor