Sally Menke: Film editor whose cutting style was a crucial element in the work of Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is one of today's most distinctive directors, but his films' complex structures and witty montages were the result of his work with the editor Sally Menke, whose 20 or so credits include all of his films. He, in turn, recognised her as his "only true, genuine collaborator".

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Tarantino's film editor dies on hiking trip in LA heatwave

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Tom Jones, Union Chapel, London and Jonsi, Dome, Brighton

Wales's satin-shirted satyr drops the hip-grinding and takes up contrition for a full-throated, A to Z rendition, of his latest album

Machete, Venice Film Festival

Machete has its origins in a "fake" trailer Robert Rodriguez dreamed up when he was working with Quentin Tarantino on their B-movie tribute, Grindhouse. It's a full-length film that plays like dozens of trailers loosely cut together. Blood-spurting set-piece follows blood-spurting set-piece with little in the way of characterisation or narrative to get in the way. Rodriguez and his cast – which includes (among others) Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin and Robert De Niro – clearly had a blast making the film. In patches, it is entertaining and ingenious. However, the director seems fatally uncertain whether he is making a full-blown action movie or a spoof.

A cinema of space oddities

Great movies don't need to span the globe. Kaleem Aftab looks at how films from Rear Window to the new Sundance hit Buried have taken inspiration from the limitations of one location

James Gammon: Character actor who worked with Sam Shepard and Quentin Tarantino

As a character actor, James Gammon made himself part of the American landscape, playing weathered cowboys, dysfunctional rednecks and alcoholic patriarchs in films, television and plays, notably those of Sam Shepard.

The cash cows that Hollywood keeps on milking

From X-Men to Shrek, spin-offs have become the preferred way to jump start a film franchise. But, asks Leigh Singer, why do so few of the resulting movies justify the continued investment?

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Mélanie Laurent - In it for the drama and the danger

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4.3.2.1., Noel Clarke and Mark Davis, 116 mins (15)

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Death in a cold climate

Actors risked frostbite and hypothermia on the set of Neil Marshall's Roman epic

Behind the scenes of scary games

Creating scary video games can be a lucrative business - and it's not just murderous monsters that make us quake. Michael Plant meets the designers for whom terror is all in a day's work.

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