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Prop was used in the film's opening sequence

Album: Empire of the Sun, Walking on a Dream, (Virgin)

How to make an existential meringue: just add Prince

Pandora: Spielberg's lawyers send a memo to Wales

Steven Spielberg's lawyers have thrown up a fascinating insight into the working mindset of the director often dubbed the most powerful man in Hollywood.

'Jurassic Park' author Crichton dead

US best-selling author Michael Crichton, who wrote such novels as "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park," and created the popular TV drama "ER," has died at 66, his family said today.

Searching for Schindler, By Thomas Keneally

Clichéd chronicle of the novelist and his famous tale of a heroic saviour

Spielberg's firm seals split from film giant

The principals behind DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures sealed their parting of ways yesterday, allowing the DreamWorks studio to tie up with Reliance ADA Group of India to start a new film company.

Story Of The Scene: 'Scarface' (1983)

Cuban druglord Tony Montana (Al Pacino) is holed up in his Miami mansion as goons pour on to his property aiming to take him out for good.

Spielberg prepares for deal linking Hollywood with Bollywood mogul

As one unhappy alliance ends, Hollywood's biggest director is looking east. Stephen Foley reports

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (12A)

Indiana Jones and the tangled plot: The updated version of the bullet-proof hero is back, looking a little weary but now resistant to nuclear attack

Charlie Higson: Indiana Jones vs James Bond... the transatlantic tussle of the superheroes

On the day the new Spielberg film premieres in Cannes, our columnist inspects the archaeology of cinematic action and finds a cultural chasm

Diary of a Primary School Mum: 'As the female/ male equilibrium became evident, my heart sank'

A week is a long time in primary school. Seven days ago, courtesy of a star guitar-singing turn in the classroom, the twins' daddy was top dog. It was daddy this, daddy that, you're the best daddy in the whole wide world. Suffering from a severe bout of daddy-fatigue, mummy went on strike. That was then.

Spielberg chooses A-level student to play the boy detective Tintin

An A-level student is set for Hollywood stardom after landing the role of Tintin in a movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

Retro delights: Hats

Cheap trilbies may be ubiquitous in the needle-tracked world of Pete Doherty and Blake Fielder Civil but as Michael Bywater explains, the gentleman’s hat can be an altogether more eloquent affair

Paperbacks: The Storyboard Design Course, by Giuseppe Cristiano

The harmless cartoons being sketched by the rotund figure on page 6 would eventually give millions the shivers. Like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock "was a notorious planner who would not do anything if it had not been accurately previsualised." This book tells you how to get down the essence of a film - including such options as the travelling shot (Easy Rider), high-angle shot (Groundhog Day) and canted-angle shot (The Third Man) - for no more than the cost of a pad and pencil. Would-be Tarantinos are even told how to dress for the big pitch: "casual but smart".

Leading article: An overdue debate about the Beijing Olympics

One not unreasonable response to Steven Spielberg's decision to resign as artistic adviser to the Beijing Olympic Games would be to ask why he offered his services in the first place. Of course, China is an exciting place. Equally exciting is the challenge represented by the world's most populous nation and fastest-growing economy hosting the world's premier sporting event. But any global figure runs a risk if he lends his name to the Chinese government.

Roy Scheider, the reluctant hero of Spielberg's 'Jaws', dies at 75

Roy Scheider, the American actor best known for his portrayal of the reluctantly heroic police chief in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, has died at the age of 75.

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