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.

Page 3 Profile: William Friedkin, director

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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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London