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

Guy Adams: Beware the evils of reefer fadness

LA Notebook

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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After an apocalyptic war with the robots all that remains of humanity is a tiny band of sentient dolls stitched from hessian sacking, struggling to survive in civilisation's ruins.

Hollywood's top tearjerkers

Did you cry in Titanic? Have you blubbed during Up? Rob Sharp wonders why we can't resist sobbing in the dark &ndash; and nominates Hollywood's finest weepies

Games Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Album: Tara Busch, Pilfershire lane, (Tummy Touch)

With her debut album, the California-based Busch invites us to enter her strange and wonderful universe: ethereal, morbid but also poetic - it's a sort of musical and feminine equivalent to the films of Tim Burton. The background sound experiments allow Busch's crystalline voice to create a peculiar atmosphere of "sad cheerfulness". Melodies are both intriguing and delicate. As with most female singers, comparisons to Kate Bush are inevitable. But this Busch is anything but another pale copy.

The Couch Surfer: 'It may be sublimely rubbish, but The Room makes audiences happy'

Tim Walker: It's so bad that six years after it was made, The Room still draws sell-out crowds

Forgotten authors No.36: Michael McDowell

"I am a commercial writer and I'm proud of that," said Alabama-born Michael McDowell, "I think it is a mistake to try to write for the ages." His gothic deep-South novels appeared mainly as paperbacks in the golden age of the throwaway read, the early 1980s, but there's something about them that remains to haunt the reader.

Rising Star - Mia Wasikowskaactress

The 17-year-old Mia Wasikowska went tête-à-tête with Gabriel Byrne in the HBO psychoanalyst drama 'In Treatment' and emerged with a profile in top health. In the show she plays a teenage tearaway who seeks help after a motorcycle accident; as the weeks pass, more and more of her personal demons come out of the closet and the full extent of Wasikowska's remarkable range becomes apparent. British audiences will get their first chance to see why directors are clamouring to cast her when Ed Zwick's war drama 'Defiance' is released this week. The young actress plays a Holocaust survivor who is romantically linked with a soldier played by Jamie Bell. Arriving soon after is Mira Nair's star-studded biopic on Amelia Earhart, where the high-flying actress plays a rival pilot. If that were not enough, she's currently filming in the UK, playing Alice in Tim Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic text, but it's Wasikowska herself who should be in wonderland.

Holy smoke, Batman! Are you dead?

Fans up in arms as writer consigns Bruce Wayne to 'a fate worse than death'

Games Review: Lego Batman

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The greatest hits of Don LaFontaine

Watch some of the trailers that made Don LaFontaine's voice famous

Graphic novels: A timely rediscovery of Hawke

Amid the summer's cinematic cage-rage championship of Wanted, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, we're probably due a reminder of the silent virtues, as well as the virtuous silence, of the comics medium.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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