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Prop was used in the film's opening sequence

After box office success will Bond unmask a Bafta?

Shortly after becoming the highest grossing film in UK box office history, Skyfall has secured eight Bafta award nominations, as expectation grows that it could become the first Bond film to be nominated for an Oscar.

Cameron (pictured with his wife Suzy Amis) claims he came up with the idea when he was a small boy
Daniel Day-Lewis, center, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, 'Lincoln'

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln captures why we love politics

It's widely said that Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest screen actor of his generation. It's also widely said that Abraham Lincoln is the greatest President in American history. Is there any relationship between these ostensibly disparate points? The New York Times' peerless David Brooks thinks so.

Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film 'Lincoln'

Daniel Day-Lewis hits high note in search for Lincoln's voice

A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6ft 4ins and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right? Not in Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation.

DVD: Jaws on Blu-ray (12)

Robert Shaw's unhinged sea dog scratching a blackboard and informing Amity folk that "I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy.

Movie dynasty: Zanuck, left, and his father Darryl

Richard Zanuck: Film producer responsible for hits including 'Jaws' and 'Driving Miss Daisy'

The son of Darryl F Zanuck, co-founder and one-time production head of 20th Century-Fox, Richard Zanuck successfully escaped his father's shadow by becoming a chief executive at Fox himself, and later producing with David Brown some of Hollywood's most profitable films, including the massive hit, Jaws (1975), which at the time was the highest grossing film ever.

The Beatles (left to right, Paul, George, Ringo and John) in a still from their 1964 film 'A Hard Day's Night', directed by Richard Lester

Twickenham Studios saved by new owners

The studios where the Beatles filmed Help and A Hard Day's Night have been saved for film-making after new owners took over.

Hollywood producer Zanuck dies, aged 77

Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy and was involved in such blockbuster films as Jaws and The Sting after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, has died. He was 77.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', at the National Theatre

Heads up: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curiouser and curiouser – another novel production

Simon English: What's going on? The computers are in charge now

In Robert Harris's The Fear Index, a socially hopeless physicist with a brain too large for his own good devises an algorithmic trading machine that is remarkably adept at predicting moves in financial markets. As a high-frequency trader, the computer doesn't much care what is going to happen tomorrow, it intends to make a turn in the next hour, minute or millisecond.

Brake says: 'We're both outsiders: Eddie looks more like a boxer and I'm a lanky man with a Yankee accent'

How We Met: Eddie Marsan & Richard Brake

Eddie Marsan, 43

Model Agyness Deyn lands farmer role

Model Agyness Deyn is to play a farmer in a bleak drama set in rural Scotland.

The 84th Academy Awards are tomorrow night and the past couple of decades suggest that there is a specific formula for Oscar success

What it takes to win a Oscar

All film-makers are searching for the secrets of Oscar success. But the formula is pretty straightforward, as Daniel Bettridge explains...

Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee in 'Smash'

One part Entourage to two parts Glee – but is it a Smash?

America's biggest new show boasts such a conspicuous marketing budget that, unless its title becomes self-fulfilling prophecy, it will seem like a failure. Smash, NBC's story of a Broadway musical, premiered on Monday.

Last night, Steven Spielberg was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Producers Guild of America

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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