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The success of the film's soundtrack has been key

DVD/Blu-ray: A Cat in Paris (PG)

Another old-fashioned slice of Gallic whimsy that could have made in the Fifties.

Sword play: Kelly Macdonald provides the voice of Merida (right)

The highland hijinks of Pixar's latest

Pixar is releasing its first film with a female protagonist, says Geoffrey Macnab

Brave’s heroine, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), is a Highland princess with tomboyish tendencies

First Night: Brave, Edinburgh International Film Festival

Pixar's fiery new heroine is summer's hottest ticket

Disney's Brave arrows in on top spot

The story of an archery-ace, 10th-century Scottish princess who rebels against convention has topped the US box office, in the 13th straight No 1 hit for Disney's animation studio, Pixar.

'Brave' hits the bullseye as Pixar film is No 1 again

The story of an archery-ace, 10th-century Scottish princess who rebels against convention has topped the US box office, in the 13th-straight No 1 hit for Disney's animation studio, Pixar.

Staff at Pixar nearly deleted the animation for Toy Story 2 after someone mistakenly ran a command that removes everything on the file system

Pixar's billion-dollar delete button nearly lost Toy Story 2 animation

If you've ever lost, say, an unfinished work spreadsheet or a uni essay you were working on to the technological abyss, you'll be well versed with the panic that ensues. Imagine, though, losing an entire film.

John Carter (12A)

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe

Randy Newman, Royal Festival Hall, London

Randy Newman always was old before his time, but on the evidence of this memorable evening, the 68-year-old American finally seems to have reached the age he was born to be.

Viv Groskop: Did you know Miss Piggy is really a man?

No cartoon is complete now without some ball-breaking girl who proclaims her independence
A sketch done by Paul

Paul the robotic Rembrandt draws portraits – and crowds

Meet Paul, the toast of this year's London Art Fair. He has one arm and scribbles out portraits in 20 minutes using a biro. Oh, and he's a robot.

The sound of silence: 'The Artist' triumphs at The Golden Globes

The old adage about silence being golden was certainly true in Hollywood last night, after The Artist, a silent, black-and-white movie by a little-known French director emerged with three trophies at the 69th annual Golden Globe awards.

Tattoo you: Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig talk dragon girls

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher, 156 mins (18) **<br />Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, 133 mins, Brad Bird (12A) ***

Hiring David Fincher to direct the American remake of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, must have seemed a smart move by the producers. The gothic matter of family secrets, ritual murders, dogged sleuthing and state corruption looks an ideal fit for a film-maker who's delved deep into the psycho-horrors of Se7en and Zodiac. Yet while you can depend on Fincher's immaculate visual style as much as on his nose for moral putrefaction, it's hard to see how he has enhanced the Swedish original, or even much changed it – aside from getting rid of the subtitles that US audiences find so tricky.

That’s magic: Harry Potter: Page to Screen will cast a spell over the wizard’s fans

Cinema: Don't ask for the moon from these stars

Christmas books of the year

Cars 2 (U)

The Return of The Incredibles; Finding Nemo Again; Wall-E Strikes Back... All sequels to Pixar films that make more sense then a second spin for John Lasseter's automotive pet project.

DVD: Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

It's not as fun as the 2008 original, but this high-kicking sequel to Jack Black's breakout CGI cartoon is a better film.

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