US singer Eddie Fisher dies aged 82

Singer Eddie Fisher, a teen idol in the 1950s who sparked an international scandal when he left his wife Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor, has died at the age of 82.

Alex James: Goodbye, 'Star Wars', hello, Florence

There has been just one CD in the car CD player for the past two and a half years. I've got about a million songs in my phone but I like listening to music in the car, and in the car there is a choice of just 14 songs. That seems to be enough.

Decky Does a Bronco, King George V Park

These days, you can't walk down the street for plays in car parks and warehouses, but in 2000, when Grid Iron premiered Decky Does a Bronco in a park, they were pioneers of site-specific theatre.

God gave rock'n'roll to you: Will heavy metal be a religion on the next census?

Biff Byford wants you to claim heavy metal as your religion in the 2011 (and likely last) census. He already has 28,000 headbangers behind him. But they're facing stiff competition: from the pagans, the humanists, the Jedi — even the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What does this tell us about the state of faith in Britain today?

Man robs bank dressed as Darth Vader

Times must be tough back at the Empire. A bank robber dressed as "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader made off with an undetermined amount of cash after pointing a handgun at startled tellers inside a Chase bank branch on Long Island.

Bank robber shows his dark side

The force was with a man when he robbed a bank wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape.

Star Wars - When the fans hit the Sith

In a new documentary, George Lucas is accused of ruining his Star Wars franchise with poor prequels and gratuitously tweaked reissues. James Mottram reports

The Force is strong with this three-wheeler from Preston

A long time ago, in a factory far, far away a vehicle was built that would one day propel a young Jedi toward his destiny, writes Andrew Roberts

Revelations in the dark: Stars reveal the film that changed their life

From the Lumière brothers to Star Wars and beyond, cinema has long had the capacity to shape imaginations. Geoffrey Macnab assesses its transformative power

Leading article: Laugh a minute

Did you hear the one about Lembit Opik? The news that the former Liberal Democrat MP is to try his hand as a stand-up comedian will no doubt prompt some to say they thought he always was one.

50 years ago, the laser beam was born...

... and we mark this scientific achievement with 50 reasons to celebrate

Empire Strikes Back named greatest movie sequel

The Empire Strikes Back was today named the greatest movie sequel of all time.

Andrew Martin: Do I have to be ranked on life's league table?

Longing for a return to self-effacing modesty

Not all villains must be British, says Mirren

From middle earth to a galaxy far far away, there exists a truth universal since the dawn of Hollywood time: bad guys speak with British accents. But it is a truth that British actress Dame Helen Mirren has become fed up with.

Revenge of the epic movie flops

They've tried remaking hits from the past – now Hollywood studios are planing to revisit the films that failed. Arifa Akbar reports on a plot so bizarre it might just work
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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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