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Final Twilight film leads 'worst film' field with 11 Razzie nominations

Vampires, a man in drag and a deadbeat dad scored the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and cinematic performances of 2012, the annual Hollywood lowlight awards announced the day before the Oscar nominations.

Skyfall was released in October 2012 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise, but which 007 outing was released for its 40th anniversary in 2002?

Skyfall tipped for Bafta success

Film critic Mark Kermode has tipped Skyfall for awards success at this year's Baftas.

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Brigitte Bardot threatens France exile over elephant slaughter

Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.

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Chariots of Fire runs out of steam and closes West End run early

Olympians may have dominated 2012, but it seems theatre-goers have had their fill of Britain’s sporting triumphs as the West End adaption of Chariots of Fire ends a month earlier than planned.

On the hunt: Jessica Chastain stars as CIA agent Maya in action thriller, Zero Dark Thirty

Heads Up: Zero Dark Thirty

Revenge is a dish best served in a kick-ass action flick

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Senators slam ‘gross inaccuracies’ in Katherine Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty

Members of government involved in intelligence have baulked at suggestions in the film that torture was used to obtain information in the hunt for al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden

Video: Man of Steel trailer released

Superman's latest incarnation Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill is slated for release in June 2013.

Bah, humbug! Snowman creator hates Christmas

For three decades it has been a heart-melting festive favourite. But now Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, has revealed his frustration at how his story was hijacked by Christmas sentimentalists – saying it was meant to be about death.

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First Night: The Bodyguard, Adelphi Theatre London

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Branagh in new version of Macbeth

Sir Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in a new production of Macbeth as part of next year's Manchester International Festival.

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DVD: Margin Call

Margin Call is set in the offices of a Wall Street investment firm on the eve, literally, of 2008's financial crash.

DVD & Blu-ray: Margin Call (15)

JC Chandor's snappy drama, which bites like Glengarry Glen Ross, centres on Zachary Quinto's entry-level analyst unearthing a potentially ruinous high-risk project for his wealthy Manhattan firm.

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Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?

Some couples are allowed emergency hospital weddings, others are denied the right. Kate Hilpern reports on the growing case for a compassionate cutting of the red tape
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Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

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Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
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