Apple: the 2.8 million sq ft 'Spaceship' campus, due to open in 2016, has drawn comparisons with the Death Star in Star Wars. It will house around 14,200 employees and cost an estimated $5bn (£3.25bn) to build. It will also contain a 1,000-seat auditorium, a gym and 300,000sq ft of 'research' space

Cathedrals to an internet age: Google’s new Kings Cross HQ is among the more outlandish designs by online giants

Not so much vaulted ceilings and soaring towers, the British headquarters that Google means to build just north of Kings Cross Station will be more of a soil-hugging affair. To be made of steel, glass and laminated timber with designs meant to echo the industrial heritage of the area, the building will rise only to 11 storeys at its highest but will stretch 330 metres from end to end. That’s longer that the Shard is tall.

Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children interested in the Bard

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Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children  interested in the Bard. It’s a new hope that’s surprisingly inspired, discovers John Walsh

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Mike Leigh is the latest director to require artist Charlie Cobb's services, for his new film about the great British artist JMW Turner, currently shooting in the UK. Cobb has churned out many fake Turner paintings for the still untitled film, due out in 2014, in which Timothy Spall plays Turner.

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Avoiding TV spoilers: It’s a thorny old game

How on earth are we supposed to avoid big plot twists when everyone keeps tweeting them? Argh!

Disney has announced it is to launch an animated TV series based on Star Wars

Star Wars TV series to hit screens in 2014

Disney has announced it will launch TV series Star Wars Rebels

Yoda's been around for the best part of a millennium

Organisers use the Force as Star Wars and Doctor Who fans clash at Norwich convention

Trouble flared at the fourth Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention at the University of East Anglia, which was organised by the Norwich Star Wars Club

‘The Round House’ becomes a cri de coeur about the mistreatment of Native tribes throughout American history. A Sioux boy in Dakota is pictured

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Teenage kicks on the reservation keep hard times at bay

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Sequel to the original trilogy seized upon by George Osborne as a victory for UK creative industry tax breaks

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EA continues the force after winning exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games

EA will create games based around the Star Wars franchise, it has been announced today.

Too much hanging around: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'. Tom Cruise has signed for a fifth Mission Impossible Film.

Tom Cruise to star in fifth Mission Impossible movie - when will audiences tire of franchises?

Tom Cruise has confirmed he will star in a fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Deadline reports.

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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Richard LeParmentier, who died on 16 April aged 66, was a character actor who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect

Richard LeParmentier: Admiral Motti in 'Star Wars'

Richard LeParmentier, who died on 16 April aged 66, was a character actor who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect.

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