Despite darkness, New Yorker stands up for his neighbourhood in superstorm's aftermath

Before the storm, it would have been a familiar setting here in lower Manhattan: a man behind the counter, a row of lottery tickets above him and a wall of cigarettes behind him.

George Lucas and Mickey Mouse

How fat cats killed off Mickey Mouse

Disney is said to have overpaid for Lucasfilm's Star Wars but the money's not at the box office any more

Who's scarier? Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) vs Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Who's the baddy? Disney vs Lucasfilm

Heroes are all alike; villains are all villainous in their own way. From Simba to Skywalker, Harry Potter to Frodo Baggins, good guys tend to be earnest outsiders with a destiny and daddy issues. But the way to sort a great fantasy from its lesser rivals is by identifying an excellent baddy. Following the news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for $4bn, it seems appropriate to ask which studio has produced the finer villains.

Walt Disney buying Lucasfilm makes perfect sense for both parties - but for Star Wars fans especially

It is the loyalty of Star Wars fans that Disney has spent big bucks to purchase

Return of the Jedi? Three new Star Wars films in the offing as Disney negotiates £2.5bn George Lucas company buyout

The excitement levels of British sci-fi fans have been blasted into orbit after filmmakers announced that three new Stars Wars movies are to hit the big screen.

Daniel Craig as James Bond

007's dark side and other film fantasies

Is James Bond more than one man? Who is the real hero of Harry Potter? Fan theories are more than just idle internet gossip. Stephen Kelly looks at how the best of them can add a new dimension to big-screen classics

Star Wars beats James Bond to top poll of memorable film music

The soaring strings and trumpeting refrain of the Star Wars theme music has topped a new poll of memorable film tunes.

Bethesda Softworks opens Battlecry Studios in Austin

Former BioWare producer Rich Vogel to head development at new studio
Yoda purpurata is one of three new species of deep-sea acorn worms discovered 1.5 miles beneath the Atlantic

Meet Yoda, the deep-sea acorn worm who lives 1.5 miles beneath the waves

A worm from an ecosystem far, far away on the ocean floor has been named after the Star Wars character Yoda.

Now hear this! Your guide to the summer's very best audiobooks

It's an enjoyable marathon for Sue Gaisford as she spends 96 hours listening to the season's finest literary CD releases

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance – Review

Is it a Mickey Mouse game, or have Square Enix hit upon the magical formula once again?

Become a survivor as The Walking Dead gets the FPS treatment

Activision and Terminal Reality announce a new take on long-running zombie series.

Star Wars 1313 – Preview

In a private room set high above the rush of the E3 show floor I begin my descent to Level 1313.

Everybody wants to make the "next Uncharted" except Naughty Dog

From the new Tomb Raider to Dead Space 3 everyone wants to best Uncharted, except that is, its maker.

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch