The Butler is one of a number of films exploring America's relationship with race

The history of black America: Lee Daniels' The Butler and the long walk to freedom

While the US is beginning to confront its racist past on screen, there’s much work to do

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Anti-Hollywood Hollywood films

Seduced and Abandoned (in cinemas now) is a tongue-in-cheek documentary in which Alec Baldwin struggles to get a film financed at the Cannes Festival – or, at least, he struggles just hard enough to show us what a fickle mistress Hollywood can be. He’s not the first person to make that point.

John Singleton believes black directors should tell

Director warns of 'troubling trend' of hiring white people to tell 'black stories'

Boys n the Hood director John Singleton accuses Hollywood of 'latent racism'

Leonardo DiCaprio in talks to play former US President Woodrow Wilson in new biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to play Woodrow Wilson in a new biopic of the 28th President of the United States.

Haji in a publicity photo for ‘Faster, Pussycat!’; the film has become something of a touchstone in popular culture

Haji: Russ Meyer stalwart best known for her starring role in 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'

The exotic-looking actress Haji appeared in five Russ Meyer movies, more than any of the other Amazonian stars associated with the bosom-fixated auteur. In Motorpsycho, her 1965 acting debut, she was the wonderfully named Ruby Bonner, a widow hellbent on avenging the murder of her husband by rampaging bikers.

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Is The Exorcist on re-release for the 37th time?

Video: Elmore Leonard

The writer Elmore Leonard, who died on Tuesday, has had a number of stories adapted for the big screen, as well as influencing Quentin Tarantino. Watch trailers for two such films, ‘3:10 To Yuma’ (2007 version) and ‘Jackie Brown’ - directed by Tarantino - below:

Indyplus video: Elmore Leonard's best movie adaptations

Novelist Elmore Leonard died aged 87 in Detroit. He is author of 45 novels, nine screenplays and three short stories. His crime fiction books were taken to the big screen starring some of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors.

Watch below trailers for the best film adaptations:

Nicolas Cage has said he refuses to blame gun violence in America on movies

Nicolas Cage: 'I'm not going to blame gun violence that happens in America on movies'

The actor speaks to Kaleem Aftab about his decision to do violent movies and why he's not going to be in Kick-Ass 2

James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano

Arrivederci Tony! Tributes pour in for Sopranos star James Gandolfini after heart attack death aged 51

Actor was best known for his role as the troubled mob boss Tony Soprano

'Teen Beach Movie', Disney's generically titled release

Teen Beach Movie, Snakes on a Plane, Scary Movie: This is an article about generic and humourless film titles

Among the sillier genre films of the 1960s were the beach party movies: they depicted attractive young people in abbreviated swimwear beguiling the summer months with flirty horseplay and otiose bursts of song.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: He may have been coached, but was Sir David Nicholson ready for these Reservoir Dogs?

The Public Accounts Select Committee members are the Reservoir Dogs of Parliament. It’s not just their capacity to terrorise, but the black humour they use for light relief as they hunt down the multibillion-pound stashes of public money absorbed by government departments.

The Croods has been a runaway success in China - but it has been pulled from cinemas allegedly to give domestic animations a better chance

Crood box office manipulation? China pulls The Croods from cinemas two weeks early after homegrown animations flop

DreamWorks animation The Croods, which has generated more than £40 million (391 million Yuan) at the Chinese box office, has reportedly been pulled from the country's cinemas two weeks early.

Nineteen films are competing for the coveted Palme d'Or, including Only God Forgives, an ultra-violent, Bangkok-set thriller starring Ryan Gosling

Cannes Film Festival 2013 review: Only God Forgives review - Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn reunite for this Bangkok revenge thriller

A visually stunning film from the same director as Drive which is let down by a clunky plot that would barely pass muster in a grade B film

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
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You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003