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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

Fun: Iain Banks Justin Sutcliffe

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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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot