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The cash cows that Hollywood keeps on milking

From X-Men to Shrek, spin-offs have become the preferred way to jump start a film franchise. But, asks Leigh Singer, why do so few of the resulting movies justify the continued investment?

Why comedians are dubbing Hollywood

In the UK, if we think of improvised comedy we normally think of Paul Merton. But, for the next six weeks, theatres up and down the land will have a chance to experience a new American improv export with a recognisably British cast that doesn't include Merton or his improv chums. Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Hattie Hayridge are among a rotating cast who will be supplying new dialogue to old movies for a show called Totally Looped, putting a new perspective on idea that started out as prank at a US college radio station.

A-listers plead for end to Hollywood actors' strike

Dozens of the film industry's biggest stars, including George Clooney and Cameron Diaz, have joined a last-ditch effort to prevent an actors' strike from crippling the Hollywood awards season for the second consecutive year.