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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (12A)

From the word "Origins," you might assume this is a Star Wars-style episode about how the X-Men characters evolved into super-heroes.

JJ Abrams: Trek star

He was the creative genius behind 'Lost' – and now he has breathed new life into what had become a creaking sci-fi franchise

The Couch Surfer: 'Any tour of post-war pop culture takes in the basics of Star Trek mythology'

The trailer begins with a motorbike speeding across a deserted plain at dusk. The young man riding it rolls moodily to a halt. You can tell he's moody because he has a beat-up leather jacket and a bloody nose. And because he's riding a motorbike. Cut: to a bar fight. BANG! Biff! Pow! Cut: now the moody young man with the bloody nose is being given a stern, post-brawl talking-to by some old dude, and the stirring score is starting up.

Patrick Stewart completes Olivier award hat-trick

Patrick Stewart scooped his third Olivier award yesterday for his role as the scheming Claudius in Hamlet.

Coming Soon: Spring fever hits Chichester

Spring heralds the start of the Chichester Festival, unusually early this year. Let's hope this coincides with theatre-lovers shaking off their wintry hacking coughs, even if sore throats and sneezes ought to continue on stage with Hay Fever (pictured, 01243 781 312, 9 Apr to 2 May) and The Last Cigarette (11 Mar to 11 Apr).

Culture: I'd do anything to be crunched like this

Now that Britain is officially in recession, will people start spending less money on culture? The conventional wisdom is that the arts don't suffer during times of economic hardship because the need for escapism is greater than ever – and this is borne out by the latest statistics.

Why I Love: To boldly go

Anne Diamond, TV presenter

Majel Roddenberry: The ultimate Trekkie

Actress, voiceover, producer – Majel Roddenberry has been on board the Starship Enterprise since it took off and married its creator along the way. Andy McSmith reports on her death

One Click Wonder: Star Trek

Pointy ears at the ready! After a long hiatus from the silver screen, Star Trek is back in the New Year, with ‘Lost’ creator J J Adams at the helm of a prequel about the young James Kirk and Spock. Here we celebrate all things Trekkie.

It's Star Trek – but not as we know it

<i>Lost</i> creator's film version of cult sci-fi series features punch-ups, stripping &ndash; and Captain Kirk in a sex scene

Alexander Courage: Composer of the 'Star Trek' theme

Alexander Courage worked in film and television through five decades, but his best-known work was the theme tune to Star Trek. The astonishingly protean orchestrator could equally be said to be the distinctive "voice" of MGM musicals, as well as of composers as various as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.

Theatre: A Life in the Theatre Apollo Theatre London ooo99

BEING A "senior" actor is a doubled-edged sword. On the one hand, there's no shortage of parts - from the Everest peak of King Lear downwards. On the other, however, the younger generation of actors is forever knocking at the door, demanding to be noticed.
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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

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