News In fact, the actor went as far as to threaten the One Direction star live on television, telling host Conan O’Brien: “That little prick’s gonna get it.”

The actor threatened the One Direction star live on television, telling host Conan O’Brien that he wanted to "beat the c**p of him" in a video

Invisible Ink: No 66 - Frank Baker

Who wrote the story on which Alfred Hitchcock based his film The Birds?

Time to give a little credit to the credits

From Vertigo to Blue Valentine, the finest film title sequences are works of art. There ought to be an Oscar, argues Tim Walker

Here's a holiday that will go to your head

Family entertainment, ancient and modern, is on hand near Cambrils holiday park on Spain's Costa Dorada, says Natalie Holmes

Universal joy as 'Potter World' bewitches public

Florida's popular Universal Studios theme park is celebrating vast success for its new Harry Potter attraction since it opened a few months ago.

From director to DJ: Edgar Wright is taking to the airwaves

From Shaun of the Dead to Scott Pilgrim, Edgar Wright has brought outsider cinema into the mainstream. Now he is presenting a special New Year's Day show for BBC6 Music.

Stephen J Cannel: Writer and producer who created 'The Rockford Files' and 'The A-Team'

For two decades, Stephen J Cannell was one of American television's most successful writers and producers. He claimed that his greatest successes, shows like The Rockford Files or The A-Team, came about "by mistake". Having created, or co-created, by his own count, 43 different series, and produced something like 1,500 episodes, he said he was bound to get the elements right occasionally and tap into something the audience liked.

Dino De Laurentiis: Film producer crucial to Italy's cinematic resurgence who also enjoyed Hollywood success

Few producers in the history of cinema could stake a better claim to F Scott Fitzgerald's title of "the last tycoon" than Dino De Laurentiis, the Italian mogul whose career spanned more than 60 years and whose vast output of films made him a legendary figure both in Europe and America. Best known for his flamboyant production of War and Peace with AudreyHepburn, and the Biblical epics Barabbas (1961) with Anthony Quinn, and The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), directed by and starring John Huston, De Laurentiis was also an important figure in the Italian film industry's postwar renaissance, a fact acknowledged by Federico Fellini, who noted: "Paradoxically, Italian cinema was healthier during the period of the great adventurers, people like Peppino Amato, Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti and Angelo Rizzoli, who were successful at producing films in the grand style, which stood comparison with Hollywood productions."

Coming soon! A film poster to break all records!

It's the only one of its kind still in existence and features the silver screen's most famous monster

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone, 133 mins (12A)<br/>Life As We Know It, Greg Berlanti, 114 mins (12A)

Break open the Brylcreem: Gekko is back &ndash; but this time he's not so slick

Leading article: Sounding off

There is deception at the heart of all good art. Were it just to tell the plain old truth it would be fact not fiction. But for fine art you need the finest quality of deception. Which is why the latest piece of Hollywood high technology is so to be lamented. Until now, sound effects have been added to movies using time-honoured techniques which date back to the days of the first talkies. The breaking of a human bone is recreated by the snapping of a stick of celery. The sound of a bird's wings is reproduced by the flapping of a pair of gloves. Corn starch in a leather pouch provides the noise of boots crunching in snow. Even today's highest-tech films, with their cutting-edge, computer-generated imagery, still rely on these wonderfully old-fashioned methods.

Driven to distraction in California

The wild and wacky sights along the Californian coast are best seen from behind the wheel of a convertible Mustang, says Mark C O'Flaherty

How to make a drama out of a disaster

Is it possible to simulate earthquakes and hurricanes on stage? With a slew of new plays taking the destructive power of nature as their theme, Holly Williams steps behind the scenes to find out

Eastwood at 80

Go ahead... make his birthday. Eighty things you might not know about the octogenarian and Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood

Screen Talk: Head Honcho

It is an accepted truism that in a town built on a giant fault line which risks billions of dollars on the public's appetite for film, Hollywood doesn't much care for the word stability. So it's a sign of the times that Universal Studios has promoted from within to preside over Universal Pictures.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system