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King of the digital swingers

Can Peter Jackson's Weta studios allow anyone to play a gorilla? David Phelan dons a motion-capture suit to try to ape CGI superstar Andy Serkis

Inflation soars as New York supersizes Thanksgiving

A festive mood prevailed as the annual Thanksgiving parade made its way through the crowded streets of New York under brilliant sunshine. About 3.5 million people were expected to crowd the parade route, sponsor Macy's predicted, while an additional 50 million watched from home.

It's Grimm in Hollywood

In keeping with the economic mood, fairy tales are inspiring a crop of distinctly dark new films

Helena Bonham Carter: In all the best circles

She was once a waif-like fixture in costume drama who struggled to impress the critics. Now she has evolved into one of cinema's most intriguing actresses. And then there's the company she keeps...

On The Agenda: Peter Hook's back with another club, and bum bags are

The ability to create memorable oddball characters for even the most unwieldy of blockbusters separates Johnny Depp from the more generic leading men of his generation – and that alone should be reason enough to check out a BFI series dedicated to the star's most memorable work. Throw in the surreal quality of the films on show, from the downright odd Ed Wood and the bloody Sweeney Todd to the magical Edward Scissorhands and the forthcoming Alice in Wonderland, and missing out would be more catastrophic than the dialogue from Pirates of the Caribbean. From Monday, bfi.org.uk

Johnny Depp - There's method in his madness

He's the face of one of cinema's biggest franchises – yet Johnny Depp's enduring outsider cool means that he can still be guest of honour at a distinctly anti-Hollywood film festival

Unveiling the new Warhol

Tim Burton, the man behind <i>Edward Scissorhands</i> and <i>Beetlejuice</i>, is hailed as the heir to the Pop throne with a new exhibition

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The Big Question: What is the history of Batman, and why does he still

Because the Caped Crusader's latest movie had its British premiere last night – just after news emerged that The Dark Knight had topped the all-time US league for an opening weekend box-office take, with a remarkable $155m, as well as rave reviews about the late Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker. That success snatched the record from another superhero movie, Spider-Man 3.