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A riff on a cosmic joke turns this space comedy into something far greater

Cameron (pictured with his wife Suzy Amis) claims he came up with the idea when he was a small boy

This week's wackiest web stories: Batmobile for sale plus was Churchill the first hipster?

Mohamed Morsi on Planet of the Apes and a follow up story on the regrettable Romney face tattoo

Toyota's violin-playing robot plays at Tokyo's Universal Design Showcase in 2007

Will machines kill mankind? Cambridge academics want to know

Academics highlight threat of super-intelligent technology

Ios book review: Boneshaker, By Cherie Priest

Attack of the Victorian zombies

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The Hydrogen Sonata, By Iain M Banks

The 'Culture' novels celebrate species who know how to enjoy themselves. The fun continues...

Siren call: Azealia Banks, first mermaid of hip-hop

Time for a sea change: The case for mermaids to replace vampires

The boy wizard has grown up and Twilight is ending – so we need a new mythical creature to go crazy for. Gillian Orr makes the case for water babes

From series seven of Doctor Who

The Time Lord will outlive us all, says writer

'Doctor Who' Series 7, about to hit our screens, is an all-time money-spinner, hears TV festival

Ballet Preljocaj's hallucinogenic take on the 'Book of Revelation'

And then, one thousand years of peace, Playhouse, Edinburgh
Helikopter/Eldorado (Sonntags/Abschled), Playhouse, Edinburgh

This apocalyptic Zumba class has thriller moments and it's visionary in its power and strangeness – while a Stockhausen double bill is stranger yet

The big bang: Emily Blunt in ‘Looper’ Alan Markfield, Sipa

The feelgood fantasy of films that let us leap back in time

Time-travel has always held a fascination for filmgoers. Perhaps it's because we all wish we could undo our mistakes, says James Mottram

The Watch (15)

The talents of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and the British comedian Richard Ayoade are largely wasted in Akiva Schaffer's crude and charmless comedy about four citizens in Glenview, Ohio, who form a neighbourhood watch.

Tony Scott jumped to his death yesterday from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbour

Top Gun director Tony Scott dies after jumping off LA bridge

Tony Scott, the director behind a raft of action blockbusters including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II, has leapt to his death from a harbour bridge in Los Angeles, shocking Hollywood.

Tony Scott died after jumping from a bridge

Tim Walker: Ridley's enduring bond with the brother who smoked cigars for breakfast

Tony Scott inspired great affection from his family and crew

DVD: Battleship

What are the chances? Alien invaders fly all the way to Earth, but then they're stupid enough to bob around in the ocean, not far from where the world's navies happen to have gathered.

Almost Nothing to Do With Frogs, Underbelly, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Fringe is all about talent-spotting but forget Footlights - if you really want to see the next generation of performers first, the smart money is on Double Edge Drama. This is theatre company of Eton College, whose recent alumni include Eddie Redmayne, Harry Lloyd and Tom Hiddleston, to name but a few.

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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10 best high-end laptops

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Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
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Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

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Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

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Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing