Arts and Entertainment Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

A decade after collaborating on Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2003), Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and British producer David Heyman have combined forces again on Gravity, a 3D survival thriller set in deepest, darkest space. The new film (which opens the Venice Film Festival) is a visual triumph even if its storytelling is less than sure-footed.

The new Rose blooms at last

Marlowe and Shakespeare's original Elizabethan playhouse has been given a hi-tech restoration.

Dame Judi picks Rose that grew on her

A FULL-SIZE replica of the Rose Theatre made for the hit film Shakespeare in Love has been acquired by Dame Judi Dench as a souvenir.

I Liked It So Much I Bought The Company

Peter Wheeler: In 1981 Mr Wheeler was a chemical engineer who owned a TVR, an exclusive high-powered British sports car. That year he became the struggling company's saviour when he bought it. His instincts have been successful and the company is in profit. Sales this year will be 2,000, compared with 170 the year he took over. There is a two-year waiting list for the latest model.

Sticking the knife in

Standing in a spectacular Shakespearian theatre, the words "time- warp" spring to mind. The elevated seats are empty, but below on stage, a vicious duel is being played out by two men with a range of theatrical swords and daggers.

Once bitten, twice shy, third time lucky...

The loo roll may be soft and strong, but it's the making of the advert that is very, very long. At least when the star is a pup. Louise Jury sniffs out the action.

Connery falls victim to road vandals

Sean Connery was recovering yesterday in his central-London home after a brick was hurled from a road bridge, smashing the front window of his Range Rover while he was driving and leaving him deeply shocked but not seriously hurt. The noise was so loud the actor thought it was a gun firing, his younger brother Neil Connery said yesterday.

Where the camera lies

Sophie Campbell looks between the frames of `Evita' for the real Argentina. Or is that Hungary?

Arts: THE FILM'S THE THING

Kenneth Branagh's four-hour `Hamlet' has a cast-list that reads like a roll-call on Oscar night. It's already a hit in the States - but 11 months ago, up to his ankles in fake snow, the star and director was wondering how the hell he ever got himself into this ...

Come on, do the locomotive

Britain's favourite steam engine is on a non-stop route to the Stock Exchange, writes Paul Rodgers; profile; Thomas the Tank Engine

Based on an original idea by William Shakespeare

Where once only Olivier dared to tread, now the big guns are lining up to make big movies from the Shakespearian canon. And they're doing surprisingly big box office. Coming soon to a cinema near you: McKellen's `Richard III', Branagh's `Hamlet', Nunn's `Twelfth Night' and Noble's `A Midsummer Night's Dream'

On location in Britain and Ireland

Superman IV in Milton Keynes? Carry on up the Khyber on Mount Snowdon? Liese Spencer presents a shot-by-shot guide to the towns and castles used as backdrops for some classic films

From Lilliput to Brobdingnag, via Soho: Gulliver's new travels

Ivan Waterman hears how hi-tech solved the problem of adapting Swift's classic for television

Scott of the Atlantic

Tony Scott pulled a few strokes to film the submarine thriller Crimson Tide. It's how he's stayed afloat in mainstream Hollywood. By Chris Peachment

Penny-share ticket to the movies

Investment in Metrodome demonstrates revived interest in UK films, writes Richard Phillips

Market Report: Suspicion of a counter-bid fuels Lasmo performance

THE suspicion that a counter-bidder is preparing to barge into the battle for control of the Lasmo oil group is enthralling the market.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform