Corey Allen: Actor and television director who starred alongside James Dean in 'Rebel Without a Cause'

The acting career of Corey Allen was boosted by early roles such as that of the ill-fated high-school gang-leader Buzz Gunderson, who challenges the new boy Jim Stark – played by James Dean – to a "chickie run" in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause.

Sir Patrick Stewart joins childhood heroes

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart said he was "astonished" to find himself in the company of his childhood heroes Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness in becoming a theatrical knight as he attended Buckingham Palace yesterday.

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The readers' choice of 2009 culture

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Novello Theatre, London

To see a black cat cross your path is a proverbial sign of good luck. The all-black production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the 1955 Tennessee Williams's classic, certainly had good luck in spades on Broadway. It was a box-office smash, grossing more than $14m (£8.4m) in its limited 20-week run and its audiences included many African-Americans who were going to the theatre for the first time.

'Star Trek Online' beams gamers to the bridge

The most iconic setting in Star Trek almost didn't make it into the series' online video game.

DVD: Star Trek XI, (Paramount)

This Star Trek prequel, directed by J J Abrams (Lost, Alias), has a host of young actors filling in for Shatner, Nimoy, et al.

Can Terminator find salvation as a reboot?

The new prequel is the latest attempt to revive a money-spinning film franchise

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Waiting for Godot, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Sewer-rat, curate, cretin... critic!" Vladimir and Estragon do nothing but talk dirty to one another for two hours in a play once described as the one where nothing happens, twice. But as Beckett's tramps are played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen – renewing an old association going back through the X-Men films to the RSC 40 years ago – the banter and the bitchiness has an added sting.

Culture: It's as if Shatner never existed...

The summer blockbuster season officially kicked off on Friday with the worldwide release of Star Trek. Uncharitable souls are calling it Star Trek XI, underlining just how dependent the Hollywood studios are on sequels to herd people into the multiplexes. Strictly speaking, though, it isn't a sequel – it's an attempt to "reboot" the franchise by pretending the previous 10 Star Trek films haven't been made.

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