How to survive a horror movie

If you want to survive a horror film or a crime movie, there are some basic rules: avoid sex and bathrooms – and never, ever, do 'one last job', says Ben Walsh

Screen Talk: Monkey magic

The English author Neil Gaiman has signed to pen English scripts for a big-budget series of 3D movies based on Journey to the West, China's classic novel about the adventures of the Monkey King.

Tarantino sues neighbour over 'blood-curdling' noise of pet parrots

Quentin Tarantino, the director who has made us cover our eyes during the goriest sequences of his films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs is apparently a little squeamish himself when it comes to sound effects, especially those that are, as he puts it, "blood-curdling" and "pterodactyl-like".

Tom Sutcliffe: There will be blood-splatter

The week in culture

Diane Kruger: The unknown side of the star who launched a thousand ships

The star didn't get into modelling and movies for the glamour. James Mottram meets an actress determined to engage with the real world

Tura Satana: Amazonian star of Russ Meyer’s cult classic film ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’

The maverick director John Waters might have been exaggerating slightly when he called Russ Meyer's 1965 cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! "the greatest film ever made", but it has certainly become one of the most referenced movies of all time, and is now a touchstone of popular culture. Vaughan Arnell paid homage to it when he directed the Spice Girls' video for "Say You'll Be There", the group's second No 1 single, in 1996, and Anton Corbijn also riffed on it when he filmed a clip for "All These Things That I've Done" by the Las Vegas band The Killers in 2004.

Album: Anna Calvi, Anna Calvi (Domino)

It is almost certainly for the best that, although longlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2011 confection, 28-year-old Londoner Anna Calvi did not make the top-five cut.

Screen Talk: Dan dares

Bach's great unfinished work has been subjected to many realisations, the original keyboard exercises applied to recorder, saxophone, woodwind and string interpretations, and even an electronic rock version by Laibach.

Cultural Life: Rhod Gilbert, comedian

Comedy: I haven't seen much since I work evenings most of the time. At the Edinburgh Festival I saw a friend of mine, Greg Davies, whose show was wonderful, and also my eternal favourite, Paul Foot. He's a comedy genius, one of the funniest things I've seen. Sublime, original and brilliant.

'Baker Street' star Gerry Rafferty dies

The Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who earned his place in pop history with a string of hit singles in the 1970s, has died at the age of 63.

Scholar devises equation for determining a cult film

What makes a cult film? It's a question to get cinephiles spluttering over their popcorn. Should the definition be confined to the midnight-movie set that embraced El Topo and The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the 1970s, or do films such as John Hughes Breakfast Club count?

DVD: Shogun Assassin (18)

The cult film beloved of Quentin Tarantino is re-released uncut on DVD. Shogun Assassin was spliced together for the Western market in 1980 from two films from the Japanese Lone Wolf and Cub series, but was banned in the UK in 1983; a badge of pride when it was released in 2001.

Machete (18)

Starring: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan

Freeman to lead British invasion into Middle Earth

An influx of familiar faces into Middle Earth is expected after the announcement that filming of The Hobbit will finally begin next February, bringing to an end years of delays.

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