The next Time Lord has to be a Lady

Fans call it 'heresy', but if Doctor Who is to become even better, says Ben Walsh, the show should consider a sex change

Call of the wild: Director Danny Boyle on '127 Hours', the first must-see film of 2011

Before he takes on the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, there's the small matter of following 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Danny Boyle talks to Craig McLean about '127 Hours', and why an action-loving city boy had to make a film about a man pinned under a boulder

M.I.A., Brixton Academy, London

It doesn't take much to impress the impressionable. When you take a glance at M.I.A.'s CV over the past six years, her musical credentials have never quite added up. Still, much kudos to her for sustaining a cult appeal built on her distinctive brand of rebel music and art-school airs. Rappers like T.I. and Kanye West love her, the Dazed & Confused set want to be her.

Slumdog director honoured with BFI Fellowship

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was honoured by the UK movie industry last night as he was awarded a British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship.

The Commuter reveals the potential of new technology

Next week sees the launch of The Commuter, a short film shot entirely on a Nokia N8 camera-phone, with Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel in the starring role and up-and-coming directing duo the McHenry Brothers at the helm.

'Slumdog' star back on the red carpet

The indian actress Freida Pinto and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal attend the premiere of Miral at the 54th British Film Institute London Film Festival at the Vue West End cinema last night. Pinto, 26, who made her name in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, plays the lead in Jebreal's autobiographical story of an orphaned Palestinian girl's experiences of the first Arab-Israeli war. Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Africa's children get the 'Slumdog' treatment

A new feature film set in Rwanda hopes to show the continent in a positive and uplifting light.

England cry foul play amid familiar pain of defeat on penalties

India 3 England 3 <i>(India win 5-4 on penalties)</i>: Men's hockey team denied chance to go for gold by losing shootout after controversial draw

Christina Patterson: So who has it in them to be a hero?

What kept the miners going for the first 17 days, existing on the occasional biscuit, was, presumably, the most primal of human instincts: hunger to survive

The 'unfilmable' book comes to the big screen

Midnight's Children to be the first Rushdie work to be made into a movie

Meet India's biggest film star

Balding, paunchy, 61-year-old Rajinikanth is an unlikely leading man. But his new film, out this week, looks set to break all records

Fans pass out at Danny Boyle's hideous realism

First screenings of '127 Hours', about a trapped climber, provoke extreme reaction

First Night: 127 Hours, Toronto Film Festival

Uncomfortable viewing, but a compelling piece of work
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