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No one ever mistook Tony Scott for a great dramatist. He was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story. The filmmaker did not dazzle the imagination with visions of lost or alien worlds, like brother Ridley Scott.

Ridley Scott has created a stir by revealing that he is returning to the project that first made his name - the sci-fi action thriller Blade Runner, this time with a female lead protagonist

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You might have thought that little could go wrong in a drama series starring the wonderfully intense Chistopher Eccleston and the equally wonderful Dervla Kirwan – he as a craggy-faced councillor with a drink habit and she as has his fulminating wife. But things went skew-whiff pretty quickly in the first episode of Blackout. Some of the skewing was intentional.

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I finally "got" Wes Anderson the other day. Which is not to say that I hadn't "got" him before – in the sense of liking his work and always being willing to substitute his vision of the world for mine for an hour or two. Though I'm not very fond of fey art-house whimsy (see references to Miranda July passim), there has always been something about.

Ridley Scott has created a stir by revealing that he is returning to the project that first made his name - the sci-fi action thriller Blade Runner, this time with a female lead protagonist

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It was a relief for the LA movie production community when a California state assembly committee said yes to a five-year extension for the state's tax-incentive programme.

Trending: Just in from dystopia watch

Cinematic dystopias are having a big year. The biggest, in fact, since 2009, when The Road and Terminator: Salvation both warned of a bad future. Now, we have The Hunger Games, which takes place in a US ravaged by some sort of (yes) "apocalyptic" event. Then there's the remake of Judge Dredd called Dredd. Finally, another dystopian remake, of Total Recall, set in a Fascist future where "Euroamerica" and "New Shanghai" vie for global superiority.

Giraud in 2008 in front of a fresco made from his artwork

Jean Giraud: Artist hailed for his work in film and comics

A household name in his native France, where Libération dedicated six pages as well as its front page to his passing, the visionary comic book artist Jean Giraud enjoyed a multi-faceted career.

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Real Seals on the silver screen

They're the stealthy elite squad who killed Bin Laden, but now a team of real US Navy Seals have stepped out of the shadows to star in a movie

Sigourney Weaver - Lanvin. Sigourney Weaver is a goddess and it therefore makes sense to dress her like one. Resisting the urge to match is normally a golden rule of the red carpet and it is true that, for her big entrance, Ms Weaver is just the same colour not only as the carpet but also the drapes that form a backdrop. Still, this (also draped) red silk gown was designed for her by fashion darling du jour, Alber Elbaz, still whipping up a quiet storm at Lanvin and is therefore not only perfectly proportioned but also has the Lanvin signature of a large and suitably exotic piece of costume jewellery at one shoulder. Also very Lanvin is the fact that the dress is tied loosely at the waist with nothing more fussy than a piece of grosgrain ribbon (tied by Elbaz himself or by one of his ambassadors one likes to think).

You just can't keep a strong woman down

On screen Sigourney Weaveris fearless and Amazonian. Arifa Akbar finds out how the off-screen version measures up

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Sigourney Weaver: You can't keep a strong woman down

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The Blade Runner is finally going to take on the world.

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Oscar Pistorius had a night without sleep after achieving his dream of an "A" standard 400m qualifying time for both the World Championships and Olympic Games at a meeting in Lignano, Italy, on Tuesday.

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