Lara Croft company set to raise £60m

SCi Entertainment, the games company that brought the world Lara Croft, is raising £60m in a rights issue that could see Time Warner and property billionaire Robert Tchenguiz add another £15m each to their already significant investments in the company. Both investors could also take seats on the board.

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From 'Nightmare on Elm Street' to 'Lord of the Rings', New Line Cinema created some of Hollywood's most influential blockbusters. But now its 40-year history is in tatters following a string of big-budget box-office flops. Andrew Gumbel charts the unlikely rise and fall of a Tinseltown institution, while Tim Walker identifies the films that did the damage

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Tolkiens threaten to halt 'Rings' films in row over takings

The epic legal battles over profits from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy long ago eclipsed anything raging on Middle Earth, but New Line Cinema, the films' producer, has just got sight of its most formidable foe to date: the family of J R R Tolkien himself.

Can Tomb Raider's owner dodge the grave?

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Seeing red? Act now to cut your household bills

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Ministers accused of failing to investigate rendition

The Government failed properly to investigate claims that the CIA secretly transported al-Qa'ida suspects through Britain to face possible torture overseas, MPs and peers will say today.

David Usborne: Our Man in New York

My buttocks exposed for all to see, Alex whips me all over with a bunch of oak twigs

Bronfman plans Warner Music IPO

CNN grandmaster bows out

Ted Turner's comment about Hitler masked what was meant to be a farewell speech.

BOOKS: COVER STORIES: The Literator

The Pope, in hospital this week, has shown an ardour to publish his latest pontifications sooner rather than later. The talk of last year's Frankfurt Book Fair, Memory and Identity will be John Paul II's fifth book since his election in 1978. It is not a memoir, though it does include a chapter on the 1981 attempt on his life. Essentially, this is a philosophical enquiry which grew out of the Vienna Institute of Human Sciences: "think tanks" over 15 years on summer weekends at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome. The book is due from Weidenfeld on 9 March.
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