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

Hidden Tax Rises: The making of the movies

Hilary Clarke meets a film distributor who owes his stab at silver screen glory to a Budget initiative

The dream factory: Tears and joy from death-camp film

When American critics first saw Roberto Benigni's runaway Italian hit La Vita e bella at last year's Cannes film festival, many of them squirmed with distaste at the odd juxtaposition of slapstick comedy in a Nazi concentration camp. They were genuinely surprised when the film won second prize, viewing the choice as a lapse in taste by the festival jury.

Carlton pays $150m for film library

CARLTON, the media group run by Michael Green, has bought the rights to a clutch of television programmes and films including classic titles such as Thunderbirds and The Eagle has Landed.

Fishing Lines: Best time to cast me a line

MOST OF the mail I receive from readers makes me wonder whether I am writing for Fortean Times rather than a great British newspaper. Recent correspondence has included photographs of a dog holding a salmon in its mouth; another with a reader standing proudly by the Jaws model in Universal Studios; yet another of a tench with two tails. And they're only the photographs. Then there are the letters.

Second Disney park for Paris

DISNEYLAND Paris is expected soon to build a second theme park - similar to Universal Studios' park in Florida. Plans for a pounds 450m movie theme park have been tabled by Euro Disney and a favourable decision is expected shortly by local councils east of Paris.

The dream factory: A paint-by-numbers `Psycho'

God knows there is nothing new about remakes in the film industry, so Gus Van Sant's decision to redo Psycho doesn't, on the surface, look like anything out of the ordinary. True, he could have picked a film with rather less searingly memorable images, a film with more obvious room for variation or improvement, but these are questions of taste and judgement that Hollywood has negotiated many times before. Looking at the current crop of Christmas movies in the United States, Psycho appears to fall right in line alongside Meet Joe Black, a heavily reworked version of the Fredric March comedy, Death Takes a Holiday, and the Tom Hanks- Meg Ryan vehicle, You've Got Mail, which is to some degree a remake within a remake: a rerun of the on-screen chemistry of Sleepless in Seattle, and also an Internet-era update of the Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner.

The dream factory: Make-or-break weekend

It's a tough world out there. Barely had the leftover turkey from last weekend's Thanksgiving holiday been wrapped in aluminium and stashed into the nether reaches of the fridge when the knives came out in Hollywood.

Obituary: Valerie Hobson

LIKE MANY British female film stars of the Thirties and Forties, Valerie Hobson exuded breeding and class, but she also brought to her performances a delightfully sophisticated sense of humour and a refreshing element of spunk, whether as the wise-cracking heroine of Q Planes, the resourceful double agent of The Spy in Black, the haughty Estella of Great Expectations, the shrewd widow in Kind Hearts and Coronets, or, on stage, the dignified but determined governess Anna Leonowens in The King and I.

Rank plans pounds pounds 1bn sale of video arm

RANK, THE troubled leisure group, is preparing to sell Deluxe, its video duplication business, for a figure approaching pounds 1bn.

Rough Guide: The most familiar spot on earth can still surprise

Forget the movies: write your own screenplay, suggests Jeff Dickey, author of 'The Rough Guide to Los Angeles'

Interactive TV service launched

Interactive TV service launched

Welles's Evil classic restored

IN JULY 1957, Orson Welles took a break from editing his film Touch of Evil to appear on a television show in New York. When he returned to Hollywood, he found his bosses at Universal Studios had viewed his work, deemed it unacceptably avant-garde and denied him all further artistic control.

The Saturday Profile: Steven Spielberg, Film Director: Patron saint of entertainment

A useful antidote to the volumes about orgasms and g-spots would be `The Bad Sex Guide'

Seen the film, get the poster

IMAGES of The Invisible Man and the Bride of Frankenstein don't sound like high art, but big money will certainly be changing hands at Christie's on 22 September when vintage posters for these films go on sale.

Pearson raises pounds 58m on sale of Spanish theme park stake

PEARSON, the Financial Times to Baywatch group, yesterday took another step towards concentrating on its key businesses when it sold its holding in a Spanish theme park for pounds 58m.
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