An idea that deserves a big hand – a pity it's not mine
Demonstrations against the shale gas explorations of oil company Cuadrilla are the continuation of an ancient and rich vein of radicalism and dissent in the home county
Simon Usborne tries out Google Now - and finds the more it knows about you, the smarter it is
Gillian Orr reports on the star’s odd choice of movie roles
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As if people didn't already find Tom Cruise annoying, many were left frustrated on Sunday when Trafalgar Square and surrounding streets were shut down for filming.
The results from an autopsy on Top Gun film-maker Tony Scott may not be known for six weeks, according to the Los Angeles Department of Coroner.
No one ever mistook Tony Scott for a great dramatist. He was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story. The filmmaker did not dazzle the imagination with visions of lost or alien worlds, like brother Ridley Scott.
Katie Holmes will be returning to the Broadway stage in her first major project since announcing her divorce from Tom Cruise.
With its sandstone columns and Union Jack flag fluttering in the wind, Saint Hill Manor looks like a quintessential English country house. Nestled in rolling Sussex countryside on the outskirts of East Grinstead, it has served as the seat of numerous local moneyed families over the centuries.
Katie Holmes has rejected it, but what happened when Independent writers tried to embrace the controversial church?
With the Cruise marriage split, the 60th anniversary of L Ron Hubbard's cult movement is going from bad to worse
Today's action films are way too long to be truly enjoyable, says Daniel Bettridge
Hiring David Fincher to direct the American remake of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, must have seemed a smart move by the producers. The gothic matter of family secrets, ritual murders, dogged sleuthing and state corruption looks an ideal fit for a film-maker who's delved deep into the psycho-horrors of Se7en and Zodiac. Yet while you can depend on Fincher's immaculate visual style as much as on his nose for moral putrefaction, it's hard to see how he has enhanced the Swedish original, or even much changed it – aside from getting rid of the subtitles that US audiences find so tricky.
He’s a global bestseller, his palatial office overlooks Manhattan, and Tom Cruise is set to immortalise his brutal anti-hero on film. But, as the crime writer Lee Child tells Andy Martin, it all began with a picture book he found as a boy in the Midlands...
Its makers are banking on the eternal appeal of teenage humour.