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Stars attack Germany's stance on Scientology

Hollywood's finest have risen against German oppression, striking a blow for a well-heeled but persecuted minority. In an "open letter" addressed to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, cunningly disguised as a full-page advert in yesterday's International Herald Tribune, Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn and company accuse the German government of Nazi-style repression of Scientologists.

Mission Impossible: Sir Alastair gets the banks in tow (with apologies to Tom Cruise)

The board of Eurotunnel last night approved a deal to refinance its pounds 8bn debt mountain that sharply dilutes existing shareholders but leaves them in control for the time being and saves the Channel tunnel operator from receivership.

Now all the heroes have hard drives

Suddenly, booting up is very big at the box office. But Hollywood's attempt to get wired has had comic consequences

How Lenzi pulled out of a nose-dive

If you think getting an Olympic gold medal is a first-class ride to riches, then Mark Lenzi would put you right. For the American diver it led to the passage in his life he winces about. He wore fame about as well as an ill-fitting pair of trunks.

PETER YORK ON ADS; Mission PR: Tom Cruise says buy the book

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A NEW PEAK FOR EVEREST

Mission: Impossible, most fashionable movie of the summer, has spawned an unlikely new hero: the tailor Timothy Everest, creator of the film's discreet but impossibly sophisticated grey suits

Tom Cruise's mission implausible

So here it is at last, the distinguished thing, and only one question is really urgent: does it deliver? Does it provide that sine qua non, that Holy Grail of the summer blockbuster known as Bang for your Buck? And the answer: pretty well, provided you don't mind surrendering your claim to other basic gratifications - to plausibility and coherence, for example, not only in such trifles as plot and character but in the workings of the three laws of motion. At two key points in Mission: Impossible (PG), our hero Ethan (Tom Cruise) finds himself in a tight spot which he escapes by blowing himself up with exploding chewing gum - a natty substance which has the property of foiling bad guys but hurling good guys, unscratched, to safety. It's curious to recall that the director, Brian de Palma, was once a science major; the last time we saw physics like this, a coyote was chasing a big land bird that went "Beep! Beep!"

Mission possible: red tape cut to boost film industry

It looked like a mission impossible: making a Hollywood blockbuster in the heart of London without making the movie-makers mad.

US BOX-OFFICE CHART

The season of the blockbusters has descended upon America. The daddy of them all, Mission: Impossible has, predictably, gone straight to the top of the charts, opening on 3,012 screens across the country. It's released here on 5 July. This takes the wind out of the tornado thriller Twister. The lame James Bond spoof Spy Hard makes a surprisingly good showing. It opened here and in the US on the same day, a trick distributors play to capitalise on business before word gets around of how bad a film is. (All figures denote weekend box-office only)

I'M DON SIMPSON'; AND YOU'RE NOT

Don Simpson, the producer of `Top Gun' and `Beverly Hills Cop', was the king of high-concept Hollywood. But unlike his movies, the producer's life did not have a happy ending. David Thomson reports

High-concept high roller

The life and death of producer Don Simpson is a classic tale of modern Hollywood. By Kevin Jackson

It's getting tougher at the top

With US elections on the horizon, the role of president has never been subject to greater scrutiny. Even by Hollywood. Rob Reiner, maker of Spinal Tap, is taking a positive view.

Cinema: How Kevin Costner blew it

'Waterworld' is in big trouble, but the career of its star has been in decline for years. Quentin Curtis reports on an accident waiting to happen

Adonis meets Tom Cruise in the Garden

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HOLLYWOOD UK, JUST OFF THE M25 JUST OFF THE M25

We don't make 'British films' any more - or not many. But we do have three very famous studios. Rosie Millard visits Pinewood, Shepperton and Elstree to check on their fortunes
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Jennifer Lawrence was among the stars allegedly hacked
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Radamel Falcao
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Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
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people'It can last and it's terrifying'
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A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
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The eyes have it: Kate Bush
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Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

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