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A father's struggle to be allowed to care for his autistic son made legal history yesterday when a judge ruled that the story of his ongoing battles with his local council could be made public.

Peter Jackson is taken ill as curse of 'The Hobbit' strikes again

Budget blow-outs, an industrial dispute, even a race row have threatened to derail the latest JRR Tolkien blockbuster, The Hobbit. To that list can now be added a perforated ulcer, courtesy of director Sir Peter Jackson, who was taken to hospital in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, on Wednesday.

Race row on Tolkien film after extra told: 'You've got to look like a hobbit'

Just 5ft tall and a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Naz Humphreys believed she would make a perfect hobbit. So when the chance of a bit-part in Peter Jackson's new film project came up, she seized it. What she did not expect was to be told she was not white enough.

DVD: The Lovely Bones, For retail & rental (Paramount)

When a 14-year-old (Atonement's Saoirse Ronan) is murdered by the world's most obvious serial killer (Stanley Tucci), she wakes up in a surreal CGI limbo, and peeks back through the ether at her grieving family (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon).

Harryhausen's birthday: time to celebrate a titan of Hollywood

Ray Harryhausen – the daddy of stop-motion animation – turns 90 next week. Tomorrow, BFI Southbank rounds off a month of screenings and events with a celebration hosted by the director John Landis. It is comforting to know that though computers dominate special-effects nowadays, his pioneering techniques are still admired.

Film 4 renaissance set to continue

The renaissance of Film4 is set to continue following an emphatic vote of approval from the incoming Channel 4 chief executive, David Abraham, who has increased the budget of the film financing division by 20 per cent.

DJ Taylor: If this election is getting to you, just find a dark room and lie down

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The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson, 136 mins, (12A)<br/>The Last Station, Michael Hoffman, 112 mins, (15)

Someone should put this poor child &ndash; and the rest of us &ndash; out of her misery

The Lovely Bones (12a)

Peter Jackson, having delighted the world as Ringmaster of the epic Tolkien trilogy, has gone for a change of style in adapting Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones – and come a terrible cropper.

Review: Flip Mino HD

It might not let you make phone calls, listen to some tunes or play games, but the Flip Mino HD camcorder does what it does exceptionally well.

Now showing, at last: Hollywood's 'new' releases this month are anything but

Cinema-goers who catch a glimpse of Youth In Revolt this week could be forgiven for thinking that its star, Michael Cera, looks distinctly more youthful than the man now promoting the film. They would be right. Youth In Revolt is one of many of 2010's "new" releases that is not quite as new as it sounds. When filming started on the quirky romantic comedy, Cera could still claim the title of teenager, but now he is approaching his 22nd birthday.

The Lovely Bones - A matter of afterlife and depth

The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson's adaptation of the bestseller by Alice Sebold, finally arrives on UK screens next month. James Mottram reveals the tussles behind the scenes that have delayed it for so long

Guy Adams: The Dambusters remake has gone back into its hangar, says Peter Jackson

Earlier this year, Sir David Frost announced to much fanfare that he was to executive-produce a remake of the classic WW2 movie Dambusters, in conjunction with the Director, Producer and all round film mogul Peter Jackson.

Naomi Watts: The First Lady of Hollywood

When Forbes magazine recently published a list of the most bankable actress in Hollywood, Naomi Watts was the surprising name at the top of the list.

What's up next in the Halo universe?

After finishing the intensely satisfying Halo 3 :ODST, I'm wondering what's next for the highly successful Halo franchise, which has helped make Xbox 360 itself a success over many years.

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