Economic gloom fuels Cineworld's strong showing

Britain's second-biggest cinema chain, Cineworld, is likely to post strong first-half numbers this week, as punters opt for cheaper entertainment at the flicks.

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Jaci Stephen is so determined to write a Hollywood screenplay that she has moved to Los Angeles to find the secrets of an Oscar-winning script

MPs 'receptive' to tax breaks for video games developers

A Tory MP says the Treasury has to be convinced about the benefits of granting the videogame industry tax breaks – but believes it is receptive to the idea.

Online millionaires: DVD rental company to list in London

Lovefilm, the online DVD rental company that is doing a roaring trade with titles such as Slumdog Millionaire, is mulling a stock exchange listing. its chief executive, Simon Calver, has hired an adviser, believed to be investment bank Jefferies, to assess strategic options.

DVD: Slumdog Millionaire

An Oscar-winning smash with no stars and half its dialogue in a foreign language, Slumdog Millionaire is the fairy tale of an uneducated teenager (Dev Patel) from Mumbai's slums who knows the answers on an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire because they all relate to incidents in his own tempestuous past. The one-question-one-flashback structure gets repetitive, but Danny Boyle's whirling direction keep you watching until the feel-good finale.

DVD: Slumdog Millionaire (15)

If you've not heard of Danny Boyle's vibrant journey through Mumbai's slums courtesy of brothers Jamal and Salim Malik (a variety of Indian and British actors playing them as they age) then you've been living on another planet.

Slumdog child star's home torn down

City authorities in Mumbai demolished the shanty home of a "Slumdog Millionaire" child star on Thursday, forcing his family into the streets months after the Oscar-winning film shot him to global fame.

Britain jumps on Bollywood bandwagon

The success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' has sparked a range of new films with an Indian flavour

Culture: Life's become one big reality show

What film is likely to be the next Slumdog Millionaire? There are several British titles vying for this honour at the Cannes Film Festival (which starts on 13 May), but I'm putting my money on Sounds Like Teen Spirit, a documentary about the Eurovision Song Contest, which is released on Friday.

Roll up, roll up for the Susan Boyle of Tajikistan

He stacks supermarket shelves by day but by night, he wows the crowds. Shaun Walker meets the Russian-speaking world's latest singing sensation

Inquiry into 'plot' to sell Slumdog star

Family tension boils over as actress's father denies newspaper's claims

'Slumdog' makers give Mumbai charity £500,000

The makers of the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire have donated over £500,000 to a charity devoted to improving the lives of street children in Mumbai.

Stuck in the past: Why is modern literature obsessed with history?

Contemporary novelists are so busy writing about the past, they're neglecting the times they live in. It's time to get real, argues Amanda Craig
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