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007's dark side and other film fantasies

Is James Bond more than one man? Who is the real hero of Harry Potter? Fan theories are more than just idle internet gossip. Stephen Kelly looks at how the best of them can add a new dimension to big-screen classics

Carmen Ejogo: 'There's some kind of trauma at play'

Sam Mendes is known for discovering American actresses, but his new film has a fresh British star. Carmen Ejogo tells James Mottram how her own troubled upbringing meant she could identify with the characters in 'Away We Go'

Birdsong: An epic in the making

Sebastian Faulks sold the film rights for his bestselling novel 16 years ago. Only now may shooting finally start on the sweeping wartime love story. Geoffrey Macnab pieces together a blockbuster saga with a cast of thousands

Award season - what a prize mess

The award-season shenanigans surrounding Kate Winslet's multiple nominations reveal a flaw at the heart of the system, says Kaleem Aftab

Kate Winslet: The golden girl

She's beautiful, self-deprecating, hearty and a little bit posh. But is Kate Winslet really the perfect English rose she seems?