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Candidates should prove competent at tweeting throughout the day

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases

J.J. Abrams is set to release the the next Star Wars film in 2015

J.J. Abrams 'Stranger' trailer: Star Wars and Star Trek director posts mystery Youtube video

The in-demand director is stoking interest in something... It's just not clear what

A kind of bromance: Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in JJ Abrams's action sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Into Darkness voted 'worst Star Trek film' by trekkies

The Trekkies have spoken. Into Darkness has been declared the worst film in the Star Trek franchise, in spite of its critical success and impressive performance at the box office.

Flights of fancy (clockwise): Hyperloop, Transition, the jetpack and the Bennie Railplane

The 'Hyperloop' between LA and San Francisco and other super transport ideas that never go anywhere

While politicians and campaigners will tirelessly debate the merits of a planned high-speed rail network between the North and London for some time yet, a distinctly more ambitious transport solution is being mooted across the Atlantic.

William Shatner: The Star Trek actor starred in a science fiction film called Incubus in 2003, which was made entirely in Esperanto – but with English subtitles – in an attempt to promote the language

Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton? Esperanto speakers launch new drive to gain international recognition

Language was devised 125 years ago, but to be fair it has had an up and down history

Lenny Henry: 'I was blown away by the recent Hockney exhibition'

Lenny Henry, actor

'I was blown away by the recent Hockney exhibition'

Doctor Who: We’ve had 50 years of the same thing - isn't it time for a black actor to step into the tardis?

It’s time for a change, and the sad truth is that we seem to be decades behind our American counterparts when it comes to television casting

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

Watch the videos below for cast and director interviews relating to ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and a selection of trailers for the latest releases:

Deep throat: Benedict Cumberbatch prepares to unleash his astonishing voice

Jonathan Romney on Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch, a supervillain worlds apart

JJ Abrams soaks the screen with colour, but a flared nostril and swirling coat steal the show

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

Watch the videos below for cast and director interviews relating to ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and a selection of trailers for the latest releases:

Long way from Holmes: Benedict Cumberbatch and Karl Urban in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Film review: Star Trek Into Darkness - JJ Abrams' Starfleet return will underwhelm even the most committed Trekkies

(12A) Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch

Final frontiersman: Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Badass Benedict Cumberbatch swaps Sherlock for outer space in Star Trek: Into Darkness

Forget Kirk and Spock, Star Trek's biggest draw is its new mystery villain. It's a bold move, says Tim Walker

Actors Chris Pine, Alice Eve, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the UK Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' in London

Could Star Trek Into Darkness herald film franchise that will live long and prosper?

The crew of USS Enterprise beamed into London for the premiere of the sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness with critics predicting that the eagerly-awaited film proved the franchise could still live long and prosper.

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