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Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

The hands that rocked the book world seek the fruits of success

It has helped a group of teenage actors become some of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, made a multi-millionaire of its author, and turned a small town near Seattle into one of America's hottest tourist destinations. Now the Twilight franchise is striking a blow for the fortunes of a cash-strapped New York hand model.

Leading article: Twilight-fingered

Nike may be the world's biggest manufacturer of sports shoes but the woman who designed its logo – the celebrated tick known as a Swoosh – was paid in the firm's infancy just $35 (£20) for designing it. Kimbra Hickey knows just how she feels. Ms Hickey is the owner of the pair of hands which were photographed, holding a red apple, on the cover of the cult teenage vampire novel Twilight which has sold 100 million copies worldwide.

Lesbian vampires back from the dead

In a golden age for B-movie bloodsucking, one cult horror was a bite above the rest. It is now out on DVD

Let Me In, Toronto Film Festival

It's only been two years since Tomas Alfredson adapted John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel Let The Right One In for the big screen, and already the American-set remake is upon us. This is the first film made by the recently resurrected British horror brand Hammer Films, and they have a hit on their hands.

More Mr Nice Guy: Why everyone loves Russell Tovey

Time to gobble up some richly deserved plaudits. Russell Tovey is back filming as (frequently naked) lycan geek George in the hit show 'Being Human' – but before that, the actor has the small matter of a Twitter army to please with new BBC3 sitcom 'Him & Her'

Screen Talk: Blood money

For the first time, Hollywood is admitting that it pays to be long in the tooth – but only if you're a vampire. Bloodsuckers are big business, worth an estimated $7bn across all entertainment, since Twilight hit the big screen two years ago.

On the agenda: Notting Hill Carnival; Film4 FrightFest; Fabergé; Josephine Angelini; Otarian; Avalon

We've a place to chill at Notting Hill Carnival and a chill down the spine thanks to Film4

DVD: The vampire diaries: Season one, Various directors (15)

DVD/Blu-ray (935mins)

Robert Pattinson tops list of world's sexiest men

The obsession with all things vampire has put new blood into a list of the world's sexiest men.

Film Council summoned to explain briefings

The row between sections of the British film industry and the Government escalated last night when senior figures at the UK Film Council were summoned to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport for a dressing down amid claims of misuse of public money.

IoS letters, emails & online postings (25 July 2010)

The Scottish legal system pre-dates the Act of Union; it is separate and distinct from English law ("An extremely murky business", 18 July). As such, criminals in Scotland can only be released on, for example, compassionate grounds by a Scottish minister.

Culture Club: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Readers review this week's film

Invasion of the zombies: Horror fans turn to the living dead

Cinemas across the UK are about to be invaded by legions of shambling, catatonic, bug-eyed creatures. Fortunately, most will be on-screen. The zombie film, long thought dead and rotting in television's graveyard slots, has been reanimated.

Leaving, Catherine Corsini, 85 mins (15)<br/>Predators, Nimrod Antal, 107 mins (15)

Duckface moves on, and becomes a force of nature

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (12A)

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