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According to studio estimates Sunday, Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' sequel took in $31.5 million in its second weekend of release. That topped Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman' sequel, which nevertheless opened strongly in second place

The Hobbit holds off Anchorman 2 at the US box office

On a busy pre-Christmas weekend at the box office, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held off a very different sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Kyle Lambert's finger painting portrait of Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman portrait: The world's most realistic finger painting?

The portrait was painted with 285,000 finger strokes using an iPad app

Family man: James Stewart in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

It's A Wonderful Life sequel facing legal threat

A new film may not get the go-ahead after dispute with Paramount Studios

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will undergo drastic changes

Olympic Stadium to have roof fitted before West Ham move in

£200m is being spent on the redevelopment of the stadium in Stratford

See sexism? Challenge it. Because nice girls DO make a scene

I'd become used to the comments. But this time, I spoke back - and wondered why I hadn't made a scene every time a man had tried to frighten, shame or humiliate me

Breezy manner: Lyles worked well into his nineties

AC Lyles: Film producer who worked in Hollywood for 75 years

AC Lyles, who died on 27 September at the age of 95, rose from mail boy to producer at Paramount Pictures and became the studio's longest-serving employee during a tenure that lasted more than three quarters of a century. He was 18 when he arrived in Hollywood from his native Florida to work in Paramount's mailroom in 1937. There, as the person who delivered fan letters, the outgoing Lyles became friendly with most of the major stars of the era, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and William Holden.

Dolby at work; by the 1970s his Dolby B filter was standard in all self-respecting cassette players

Ray Dolby obituary: Inventor whose noise-reduction technology transformed sound reproduction

The first Dolby filter cost £700, around £11,000 today; he soon began working on a home model

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 'Cloud Atlas'. Running time: 173 minutes

Will Hollywood ever have a gay action hero? Report highlights lack of LGBT diversity among 'Big Six' film studios

GLAAD records not a single transgender character in films made in 2012 and just 31 identifiably gay or bisexual characters overall

Channel 4 and Discovery among broadcasters handed warnings after showing alcohol ads during programmes for under-18s

Advertising regulator also reprimanded broadcasters Paramount and Entertainment Networks for screening adverts as early as 3.30pm

Eddie Murphy is set to return as Axel Foley in a sequel to Beverly Hills Cop

Eddie Murphy to return in Beverly Hills Cop 4

Eddie Murphy is reported to return to the big screen as Axel Foley in a sequel to Beverly Hills Cop.

Porn is about fantasy sex - and the truth is that some women have rape fantasies. But this is very different from the real thing

It does not mean we would enjoy being raped, or that we deserve to be raped. Let's not teach teenagers that Planet Porn is inextricable from the Real World

Don't neglect the importance of the humanities

Britain is at a crossroads. It needs the radical and thought-through responses which expertise from humanities and social science can provide

Let’s dance: ‘Monsters University'

Monsters University stays top of US box office

Family film Monsters University topped the US and Canadian movie charts for a second straight weekend, fending off competition from two new releases, the female buddy comedy The Heat and the explosion-filled thriller White House Down.

Michael Douglas (left) with Ari Emanuel

Hollywood super-agents in war of words over clients

Ari Emanuel accuses music mogul Irving Azoff of being 'fundamentally a liar and selfish'

Let’s dance: ‘Monsters University'

Monsters v Superheroes: World War Z and Man of Steel fail to triumph at the box office as Monsters University takes the top spot

The surprise winner at the US box office this weekend is Monsters University which, according to early estimates has beaten apocalyptic thriller World War Z and Superman reboot Man of Steel to lead the takings.

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