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The Aliens, Bush Theatre, London

The veteran director Peter Gill makes his belated debut at the Bush with this sensitive, beautifully acted production of The Aliens, our first glimpse in Britain of work by Annie Baker, the much-lauded young US dramatist. It's a deceptively slight piece that, while it can't live up to the plaudits of the New York critics (who reached for comparisons with Chekhov and Chardin), evinces a real talent for the kind of gentle humour that illustrates how the sadness and the silliness of life are interwoven.

The real 'Avatar': Cameron shoots Amazon tribe in 3D

You wait all these years for James Cameron to make a 3D film about a peaceful tribe whose pastoral existence is threatened by greedy developers. Then, like the proverbial London bus, three come along in quick succession.

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Avatar's James Cameron urges producers to embrace 3DTV

Director James Cameron, whose blockbuster "Avatar" set off a 3D frenzy in the movie industry, today told television producers to put aside their worries about higher filming costs and embrace the technology.

Zoe Saldana - Hollywood's new action queen goes into orbit

Zoe Saldana played no-nonsense heroines in Star Trek and Avatar, and she's just as tough in her latest film, The Losers. The actress tells Gill Pringle why she wants to 'kick some ass'

Can Avatar send the Blu-ray technology into a new dimension?

Record-breaking blockbuster could prove crucial in format sales battle

DVD: Avatar (12A)

The publicists for the DVD release of Avatar were unable to send out review copies of either the standard disc or its big daddy Blu-ray equivalent ("the ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences", apparently).

Album: John Grant with Midlake, Queen Of Denmark (Bella Union)

After four albums fronting American indie band The Czars with scant commercial success, John Grant effectively abandoned music until Czars fans Midlake insisted he record at their Denton, Texas studio.

Amy Jenkins: The fantasy that is violent women

Making Kick-Ass's main character female is what gives it a twist

Rhiannon Harries: 'I'll be cheering on 'Avatar' at tonight's Oscars ceremony'

In a matter of hours, the last round kicks off in what has become a satisfying, David and Goliath-style cinematic battle between the critically lauded but low-grossing Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker and the 3-D blockbuster Avatar. As things stand, it's Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the former, with the greater number of gongs, making her favourite for Best Picture at tonight's Academy Awards ahead of ex-husband James Cameron, the man behind the latter.

The battle for the Oscars: All you need to know about film's big night

The Academy Awards are presented this weekend. Our writers look at the battle between studios and independents, the nominees, the ones that got away and what the event means for female directors

The long and short of making a game

The question, “How long does it take to make a video game?” might as well be, “How long is a piece of string?” This tricky-to-answer query is in the air because one of the developers behind the critically acclaimed ‘Mirror’s Edge’, 2008’s breathtaking free-running title, has revealed that the title took seven years to create.

'A Prophet' honoured in his country

Jacques Audiard's powerful prison drama "Un Prophete" (A Prophet) swept the board at the "Cesar" awards on Saturday, picking up the best film, best actor and best director prizes at France's annual version of the Oscars.

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