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What new webs theatre will weave

Is it a play? No. Is it a film? Uh-uh. Is it an opera? No way. It's Spider-Man: the Musical, coming to a movie-house on Broadway in February next year, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge from U2. How exactly the producers plan to represent, on-stage, our arachnoid hero hurtling down the canyons of Manhattan skyscrapers, while squirting gooey web-strings from his wrist, is anyone's guess – but once again we're amazed by the adaptability of the musical-theatre form.

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Jamie Oliver is using posters of himself as Lord Kitchener in his latest TV challenge, but where's the war?

Channel 4 doubles chief executive's salary, despite posting losses

Channel 4's chief executive, Andy Duncan, saw his pay double in 2007 to £1.2m, even though the channel is pleading for a £150m public subsidy.

Hollywood's new militants just haven't read the script

A fight over DVD cash seems outdated so why might actors stage a rerun of the writers' strike? asks Stephen Foley in New York

'Ugly Betty' star backs Clinton in bid to attract key Hispanic vote

America Ferrera, the star of the show Ugly Betty, has signed up with the Hillary Clinton campaign, generating instant appeal among Hispanic voters – a key swing vote in the 2008 US presidential race.

Television Review of the year: Nice shows, shame about the phone-in scandals

'Blue Peter' fined 50,000 for fakery? Ouch. It can't have been much fun inside TV in 2007 but the view from my sofa was just dandy

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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