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Michael Pate: Actor, writer and director whose film 'Tim' launched Mel Gibson

The Australian actor, writer, producer and director Michael Pate had an enormously prolific career – he was in such demand in 1953 that Columbia Pictures wrote to the director of the film El Alamein, in which he was appearing, asking him to "Please kill Michael Pate before noon". But he is possibly best remembered as the writer, producer and director of the popular film Tim (1979) which gave Mel Gibson, who played a handsome but backward young man who is nurtured by a middle-aged woman (Piper Laurie), his first major opportunity.

10,000 BC (12A)

Roland Emmerich's junk epic promises an odyssey "into a mythical age of prophecies and gods, when spirits rule the land and mighty mammoths shake the earth" – which sounds like a Spinal Tap concept album but plays more like a junior and less gory version of Apocalypto.

Baby Boom

Directed by Charles Shyer

Hollywood star found dead after suspected overdose of drugs

The Australian-born film actor and former Oscar nominee Heath Ledger was found dead in a New York apartment yesterday in what appeared to be a drugs overdose. He was aged 28 and leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

Round-Up: Shoulder surgery puts Tendulkar out of Test series

Sachin Tendulkar will miss next month's Test series in the West Indies as he has not fully recovered from shoulder surgery.

Microsoft rubs up to employees with free towels to try to stop talent drain to Google

Microsoft has unveiled its secret weapon in the intensifying battle against Google: free towels for staff.

The film that took 3,000 years to make

As the film Troy opens in Britain, it is noteworthy that almost everyone connected with the film has been interviewed, with one vital exception: the author. We put that right today with an exclusive encounter with Mr Homer himself.

Pier Paolo Pasolini: An Italian Passion

The Marxist director's 1964 film about Jesus also caused a stir. Roger Clarke meets the guardian of his legacy

'Passion' is fascist propaganda: French film boss

An independent French film distributor has described Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ as "fascist propaganda".

Mel Gibson's screen violence won't win converts

What one sees is the way the superpower of the day, Rome, behaved - alas as the US now

The gospel according to Mel Gibson

What women want are Mel Gibson's ears

Scientists find link between sperm quality and male body symmetry
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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders