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Prop was used in the film's opening sequence

The News Matrix: Friday 14 June 2013

Final warning given to park protesters

Xbox One is shown on display during a press event unveiling Microsoft's new Xbox in Redmond, Washington

Is the reaction to Microsoft's Xbox One any different to Xbox 360? The more things change...

Reactions so far to last night’s unveiling of the new Xbox One have been tepid to say the least. Industry commentators and internet commenters alike have accused Microsoft of straying from their brief: failing to put gaming at the heart of their new console and concentrating too much on integrating TV.

Halo 4

Steven Spielberg to produce Halo TV series with exclusive content for Xbox One

Steven Spielberg will produce a television series based on the game “Halo”, Microsoft has announced.

The new Xbox One entertainment console

Xbox ONE: 'The ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system': Microsoft finally unveils its latest console

System will be able to switch instantaneously between games, films, television and the web

Prize-winning author Alice Walker gives support to David Icke on Desert Island Discs

When asked which book she would take were she to be an isolated castaway, the author of The Color Purple chose Icke’s Human Race Get Off Your Knees

Universal delays release of Jurassic Park 4

The anticipated June 2014 release of the fourth installment of Jurassic Park, one of the highest-grossing film franchises, has been put on hold, Universal Pictures has confirmed.

Ray Harryhausen alongside a model of Medusa from 'Clash Of The Titans'

Ray Harryhausen, the visual effects master famed for skeleton battle in Jason and the Argonauts, dies aged 92

George Lucas and Peter Jackson pay tribute to Harryhausen, with Lucas saying without his influence there would be no Star Wars

Lynne Ramsay and We Need To Talk About Kevin star Tilda Swinton

We Need To Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay joins Cannes Film Festival jury

Filmmaker Lynne Ramsay is returning to the Cannes Film Festival this year as part of the jury that will choose the winner of the coveted Palme d'Or.

Album: Phoenix, Bankrupt! (V2)

The fifth album by the intermittently popular but strangely anonymous French band is probably the most overtly pop, with their electronic elements brought to the fore (particularly on "Drakkar Noir" and "Chloroform"), and the winsome sentimentality of Thomas Mars' vocals ramped up.

Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker in a still from the film Zulu by Jerome Salle, which is to close the Festival de Cannes on May 26

Orlando Bloom film Zulu to close Cannes Film Festival 2013

Orlando Bloom's new movie about a pair of South African police officers will close this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Director Steven Spielberg will serve as jury president of Cannes 2013

Steven Spielberg to serve as Cannes Festival jury president for the first time

Steven Spielberg will serve as jury president of the 66th Cannes Festival this May.

All beauty product avaialble at Birchbox

Birchbox: Boxing clever

A new service delivers the best undiscovered beauty products, says Harriet Walker 

Daniel Day-Lewis gives his acceptance speech at the Oscars 2013

Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis' acceptance speech for best actor in full

I really don't know how any of this happened. I do know that I've received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life and I'm so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honor.

Nuclear scientist turned whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu outside prison in Israel in 2004

Mossad: the service that's really secret

Israel's spy agency used to publicise its operations but is silent after being linked to a string of killings

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