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The success of the film's soundtrack has been key

Apple's top games of 2013: Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft and Temple Run 2 make the grade

They've been downloaded millions of times collectively, but which iPhone games kept players' thumbs glued to their screens in 2013?

Rats entertainment: Remy in 'Ratatouille'

How Pixar got into a pickle: Has the studio lost its way?

Until recently, any film turned out by the animation studio was sure to be a masterpiece. But now, yet another director has left during a shoot

Indyplus video: Pixar's best films

Until recently, any film turned out by the animation studio was sure to be a masterpiece. But now, with yet another director leaving during a shoot, The Independent's Nicholas Barber asks if it has lost its way.

Watch clips of Disney Pixar's best animated films below:

Inside Out characters Fear, Sadness and Joy

Pixar announces Amy Poehler as star in Inside Out, from director of Up and Monsters, Inc.

The animation is set for release in summer 2015

Video of RHex the 'Parkour Robot' is magnificent, idiotic

Latest iteration of the beloved hexapod shows off a new slimmer figure and some 'parkour' moves

More ‘Bill’, less ‘Prime Suspect’: Idris Elba as Luther in the BBC1 crime drama

Grace Dent on TV: Luther, BBC1

Luther deserves a better nemesis than a clichéd bogeyman hiding under beds and in wardrobes

Freshers' ball: Mike Wazowski's college days are explored in 'Monsters University'

Film review: Monsters University (U)

Imperfect Pixar saved by an eye for detail

Freshers’ ball: Mike Wazowski’s college days are explored in ‘Monsters University’

Film review: Monsters University

Director: Dan Scanlon, Voices: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, 110mins

Long or short, use the summer holidays to get kids playing outside

Slowly, almost imperceptibly, over the last couple of decades the children have disappeared from our streets

Let’s dance: ‘Monsters University'

Monsters University stays top of US box office

Family film Monsters University topped the US and Canadian movie charts for a second straight weekend, fending off competition from two new releases, the female buddy comedy The Heat and the explosion-filled thriller White House Down.

Can Despicable Me 2 beat Iron Man 3? The Steve Carrell movie looks set to trounce superheroes

The animated film, which features 'minions', could outperform superheroes Iron Man and Superman (Man of Steel) at the box office, according to early predictions

Let’s dance: ‘Monsters University'

Monsters v Superheroes: World War Z and Man of Steel fail to triumph at the box office as Monsters University takes the top spot

The surprise winner at the US box office this weekend is Monsters University which, according to early estimates has beaten apocalyptic thriller World War Z and Superman reboot Man of Steel to lead the takings.

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

Super weekend for Superman rebooted: Man of Steel takes £125m at the box office in three days

But the new Superman is still trailing behind fellow box office superhero Iron Man 3 which holds the record for the biggest-opening this year

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there