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DVD: Jackass 3, For retail & rental (Paramount)

Johnny Knoxville and his tattooed buddies are back with more scatological stunts.

Screen Talk: Listen to the boys

The role of the fan boy in Hollywood is a serious one. At least among studio executives who believe the vast pool of internet-savvy, movie mad, boy scrutinisers who analyse everything and criticise any slip-ups are worth listening to. Some studios even act on the intelligence gathered from this very specific movie-going geekdom. So part of the reason Jon Chu has been handed the mission of directing Paramount's sequel to G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra, is down to the young man's street cred among fanboys. The first outing for G.I. Joe was a commercial hit, but a flop with critics and fanboys alike so the studio is aiming to put that right next time around. Chu is adept at playing to that particular gallery. He is responsible for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Paramount's hit documentary made for $13m that grossed over $53m in the US. The director also worked quickly to recut the Bieber movie for a director's "fan cut".

The hottest star in Hollywood – who owes it all to Ambridge

Felicity Jones (aka Emma Grundy in 'The Archers') wins top prize at Sundance Festival

King's Speech leads Oscar field with 12 nominations

After a confusing year, marked by uncertainty about both the financial and creative futures of their industry, Hollywood’s great and good must choose between the forces of tradition and modernity when they sit down to cast their votes for next month’s Academy Awards.

BT squares up to Hollywood over broadcast rights

Telecom giant tells Competition Commission inquiry that Sky has unfair advantage on films

Screen Talk: Day-Lewis to play Honest Abe

There is a fine line in Hollywood these days between being regarded as an out and out star and as an actor of repute.

Screen Talk: Toon time

The recent swoop by Sony to poach Michelle Raimo-Kouyate from DreamWorks Animation is the talk of Hollywood. Raimo-Kouyate, an executive producer and popular creative suit at DreamWorks, has been drawn in by an offer to be president of production at Sony Pictures Animation, a rival studio cartoon creator.

The Godfather, By Jon Lewis

Combining narrative analysis and production history, this slender book reminds us why Francis Ford Coppola's first episode in The Godfather trilogy has been accorded the top spot in numerous polls of the greatest film of all time. Jon Lewis, a professor of English, explores the film's bold style of long set pieces, such as the opening scene of a mob wedding that reveals "a family business that is at once simple and mysterious".

Screen Talk: Warner Bros bank on Looney Tunes

Hollywood is awash with people saying "now why didn't I think of that?" The latest idea to provoke such murmurs is a feature built around the ACME warehouse – the cartoon construct where many of the Looney Tunes characters, most notoriously Wile E Coyote in his quest to catch the Road Runner, bought their rockets etc. Kevin and Dan Hageman brought the project to Warner Bros as a Men in Black-style live-action/CG hybrid featuring the many outlandish devices of the ACME empire, but not the Looney Tunes characters themselves. The deal made in the mid-six figures for the writers and WB is hoping a franchise will explode from the idea.

Still crazy: Director Mike Figgis reveals the stories behind his favourite shots

Mike Figgis is better known for his films than for taking photographs. But now some of the director's sexually charged images of women, including blindfolded girls, an abstract nude and Kate Moss descending a staircase in suspenders, are going on show in "Best of British", at London's Little Black Gallery, alongside pictures by Terence Donovan, Terry O'Neill, Patrick Lichfield and Bob Carlos Clarke.

DVD: Iron Man 2, For retail & rental (Paramount)

Marvel Studios are revving up for superhero team-up movie The Avengers, and Iron Man 2 doesn't do much except mark time until that comes along in 2012.

Stephen Foley: Why Icahn's plot for MGM merger should be rejected by other investors

US Outlook: There are many terrible reasons why two companies might embark on a merger. Doing it because the same corporate raider pops up on the investor register at both companies must be among the worst.

DVD: She's Out of My League, For retail & rental (Paramount)

In which Jay Baruchel, one of the loser sidekicks in Knocked Up, gets promoted to leading-man status, acquiring three loser sidekicks of his own.

Screen Talk: On a Silver platter

It is accepted intelligence that the Hollywood studios no longer sign overhead deals with cigar-chomping fat-cat producers for the promise of the next blockbuster. The old days of movie chaps living it large on studio cash are long gone.

DVD: Dexter Season 3, For retail & rental (Paramount)

Police blood-spatter analyst Dexter is in the perfect job to cover up the other side of his persona: serial killer.

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