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A day after George Lucas predicted that going to the cinema would soon cost “50 bucks”, Paramount Pictures is offering audiences in five US cities the chance to buy an unprecedented $50 (£32) “mega ticket” to its new blockbuster, the Brad Pitt zombie epic World War Z.

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There's nothing like a provocative title, and Hitler Needs You came from an author who always operated outside his comfort zone. Jack Trevor Story was asked why he hadn't yet written an autobiography and replied: "What do you think I've been doing all these years?" When he did finally write one, it was called Dwarf Goes To Oxford. His fantastic narratives came directly from a dark, rambunctious life.

A starring role as a scientist in Star Trek Into Darkness will see Alice Eve's career really take off

Alice Eve: Career set for lift-off after starring role in Star Trek Into Darkness

The British actress found fame in the romcom She's Out of My League. But a starring role as a scientist in Star Trek Into Darkness will see her career really take off. James Mottram meets her

Final frontiersman: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

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Could Star Trek Into Darkness herald film franchise that will live long and prosper?

The crew of USS Enterprise beamed into London for the premiere of the sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness with critics predicting that the eagerly-awaited film proved the franchise could still live long and prosper.

A film adaptation of an upcoming novel by Marcus Sakey named Brilliance is being put together at Legendary Pictures

Screen Talk: Brilliant move for Marcus Sakey

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Paramount theme park on hold after discovery of rare jumping spiders

Developers behind the £2bn plans will have to ensure a good home for the creatures

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation deploys straight to the top of the box office

After a nine-month delay, G.I. Joe: Retaliation shot straight to the top spot at the US box office.

David Goyer has signed to direct an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo

Screen Talk: Goyer's counting on Cristo

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Megan Fox is to star in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake

Cowabunga dudes! Megan Fox cast in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

She called him “Napoleon” and “a nightmare to work for” and his associates called her “dumb” but Hollywood director Michael Bay and Megan Fox seem to have buried the hatchet and are set collaborate again on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The President and the First Lady at the Inaugural Ball in Washington in 2009

Barack and Michelle Obama invite you to the inauguration party of the 44th President of the United States...

Stevie's going. So's Alicia – and Beyoncé. But if you want to get into the hottest event of next week's Obama inauguration, you'll need $1m...

JJ Abrams arranges private preview of Star Trek Into Darkness for terminally ill trekkie

As Captain James T Kirk once said, “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.” Last week, a terminally ill Star Trek fan was granted a dying wish by the film’s director, JJ Abrams: a private screening of the forthcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained premiere called off after Sandy Hook massacre

Despite the film's director Quentin Tarantino defending onscreen violence at a press conference on Saturday, distributors have decided to forgo the scheduled Los Angeles premiere

Hollywood postpones violent programmes after Sandy Hook shooting

Movie studios and television programmers have postponed or canceled violent films and TV shows after a shooting left 20 children and six adults dead in a Connecticut elementary school last week.

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