Xbox highlights at E3 - Cowboys, Jedi knights and horse sweat: what’s not to like?

David Phelan reports on highlights for the Xbox from LA’s E3 conference.

Business Diary: Statisticians in the firing line

They are a sensitive bunch down at the Office for National Statistics so being targeted by protesters yesterday will have come as a bit of a shock.

Carrie Fisher: 'I like to think of myself as a failed bulimic'

'I like to think of myself as a failed bulimic'

Sir Christopher Lee honoured for a lifetime of haunting roles

Sir Christopher Lee will receive the prestigious Bafta Fellowship at the academy's film awards on Sunday. In a career as varied as it is long, the 88-year-old is still probably best remembered for his title role in the 1958 film Dracula, one of many Hammer Horror films in which he starred.

Shadow Robot: Wave hello to my little friend

Forget Robocop, Iron Man and Terminator. The most advanced android on the block is no clumsy Metal Mickey, but an astonishingly dextrous hand. Josh Sims gives it the thumbs up

Cinema as history: Movies to treasure forever

This year's entries to the US Library of Congress archives range from blockbusters to forgotten gems

Books of the Year: Comedy

Bedwetting, race hate, Communist holidays and zombies, according to this latest batch of memoirs

Lego: If you build it, they will come

It's just lumps of snap-together plastic, yet in a virtual age, children are still clamouring for Lego. And it's a favourite that we don't outgrow, says Nick Duerden

Irvin Kershner: Director best known for his work on the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Robocop’ series of films

Irvin Kershner (known as "Kersh" to his friends) directed what many consider the best of the Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back (1980). As well as containing many of the cycle's most iconic moments, including the revelation of Luke Skywalker's parentage, it is arguably the most entertaining and accessible of the films for those who are not ardent fans of the enormously popular franchise. Keshner said that his aim was to instil greater character development into the work.

'The Empire Strikes Back' director dies

Irvin Kershner – who directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2 – has died at the age of 87.

Star Wars 'hologram' may become TV reality

Scientists have transmitted three-dimensional holographic video images in a breakthrough that promises to bring Star Wars technology into the living room.

DVD: Frozen (15)

Three insufferable teenagers – Dan (Kevin Zegers), Joe (Shawn Ashmore) and Parker (Emma Bell) – slope off to the mountains for a spontaneous skiing trip.

Whatever happened to the girl next door?

Hollywood seems obsessed with synthetic female stars. Ben Walsh watches Katherine Heigl, Angelina Jolie and the rest, and pines for the days of Carrie Fisher and Teri Garr

Father of fractals dies at 85

The man whose mathematical method revolutionised our understanding of everything from economics to cauliflowers and coastlines has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Alan Hume: Cinematographer who switched between James Bond and the Carry On films

In 1976, Alan Hume was standing on a snow-covered, 3,000ft-high rock on Baffin Island, north of Canada. As the second-unit director of photography on the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), he had to capture the breathtaking, pre-title, ski-jump sequence.

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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