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.

Disney's brief encounter with black and white

Under the direction of Pixar genius John Lasseter, Disney Animation Studios has managed to get some of its swagger back with films such as Tangled and next month’s Wreck-It Ralph.

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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.

The Diary: Damien Hirst; David Mamet; Double Feature; Ghosts of Gone

The 20th anniversary of frieze is cause for celebration – and a trawl through the art magazine's archives. Damien Hirst was the first cover star, back in 1991 when the pickled shark was but a twinkle in the artist's eye. In his first interview, asked "why a shark?" about his putative project, Hirst said: "A shark is frightening, bigger than you are, in an environment unknown to you. It looks alive when it's dead and dead when it's alive. And it can kill you and eat you, so there's a morbid curiosity in looking at them... You have to preserve a shark in liquid, which looks very similar to its natural habitat... I hope at first glance it will look alive." The artist also reveals the roots of his morbid outlook. "One day I had a horrifying thought. It changed everything. I was looking at my collages: all these rotten little bits of wood, these decaying, discarded bits of rubbish on the floor, very close to death (I felt) in the formal arrangements I'd made, with bits of plastic and dirty tissues almost breaking apart. 'This is happening to me', I thought. So, you see, they are about life and death together." If you say so, Damien.