Arts and Entertainment '1984' performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984.  On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Battle to save Britain's Brutalist buildings from the bulldozer

Snub by Culture minister raises fears that another Modernist construction is doomed

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A century after the "birth" of the movie star, not much has changed in the public's relationship with its favourite film idols. We are as fascinated as ever by the huge salaries the top stars earn, by their private lives and by the scandals many still dutifully manage to get themselves entangled in.

Hollywood wizards: Fairy tales and the box office

The big studios are relying on remakes of classic fantasies to boost film audiences in 2010

Hollywood’s greatest theme tunes

Good movie music enhances the storytelling – and lingers long after the credits have rolled. Geoffrey Macnab picks some of his favourite soundtracks

Assassin's creed: Stealthy, deadly – and misunderstood

As a film about Japan's fabled warriors prepares to assail cinemas, Stephen Phelan deconstructs the myth of the ninja

Richard Todd: D-Day veteran and actor celebrated for his role as Guy Gibson in 'The Dam Busters'

A major star of the British cinema in the 1950s, Richard Todd won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a taciturn dying Scot in The Hasty Heart (1949), played Robin Hood and Sir Walter Raleigh on screen, and was Ian Fleming's first choice to play his creation, James Bond.

War hero and silver screen legend Richard Todd dies

Distinguished actor Richard Todd, best known for his role in the classic war film The Dam Busters, has died at the age of

Pinewood profits drop to £1.7m

Pinewood Shepperton profits fell 55 per cent to £1.7m in the six months to 30 June despite major productions including Ridley Scott's new Robin Hood adventure.

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Vincent Cassel puts in a mesmerising performance in this breathless biopic of France's most infamous bank robber

Jacques Mesrine: Le grand gangster

He claimed to have killed 39 people in his deadly career &ndash; and blamed his crimes on the French state. As two new films put Jacques Mesrine's grizzly life story on screen, John Lichfield unmasks the man behind the bloody myth

Sienna Miller: 'It's good to play a bad girl'

Sienna Miller&rsquo;s new movie role may chime with her public image, but is she misunderstood? She talks to Gill Pringle about boyfriends, body issues and why she hates the paparazzi

Equestrianism: Charles goes clear to end long wait for home win

Peter Charles collected the record British prize of £50,000 yesterday, when he rode the sole clear jump-off round on Murkas Pall Mall to win the Longines King George V Gold Cup on the closing day of the Royal International Horse Show.

Dominic West: 'I would be marvellous in Batman'

Dominic West, the old Etonian star of 'The Wire' who criticised US actors playing Brits, appears on BBC4 next week as an Australian scientist in the drama 'Breaking the Mould'. He tells Gerard Gilbert how his background has shaped perceptions of the roles he can play

The Mountaintop, Trafalgar Studios, London

Like Martin Luther King, black American playwright Katori Hall had a dream, and believed that one day her talent would rise up and live out the true meaning of King's assassination in the knowledge that all men are created equal, even if some men still remain more equal than others.

Golden girl: The divine Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland is the last of the 1930s Hollywood legends. At 93, she tells John Lichfield about how she took on the studio system and won &ndash; and why she still adores Errol Flynn
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Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
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Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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