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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

Siren call: Azealia Banks, first mermaid of hip-hop

Time for a sea change: The case for mermaids to replace vampires

The boy wizard has grown up and Twilight is ending – so we need a new mythical creature to go crazy for. Gillian Orr makes the case for water babes

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Expansion – Review

Having begun to digest the first batch of DLC for Skyrim, I felt a slight sense of transformation come over me. Hair began to fall out, and my skin grew paler. I even began to appreciate the music of Annie Lennox. My teeth suddenly became sore and sharp, and I was no longer able to indulge in garlic-based meals.

Comic-Con wraps after four days of pop-art indulgence

This year's 43rd annual Comic-Con festival may be over but die-hard fans of the pop-culture celebration already have their minds on next year's show.

'Twilight' stars gather to reflect on franchise's bittersweet ending

The stars of "Twilight" gathered for the final time at the Comic-Con pop culture convention yesterday, laughing and joking with fans as they reflected on a "bittersweet" end to the film franchise that catapulted them to fame.

Black Swan

'Black Swan' lesbian sex scene led to most viewer complaints

A lesbian sex scene helped make ballet thriller Black Swan the most complained-about film last year.

Benjamin Walker prepares to do battle in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Hermione Eyre: Sex and drugs and folderol – this Jane Eyre mash-up gives me the vapours

No heroine of Victorian literature is safe. A steamed-up version of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece is going to be published in August, under the title Jane Eyre Laid Bare.

Setting the screen on fire: Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Fantasy females should come back down to earth

Sci-fi films with a true-to-life portrayal of women are all too rare, says Emily Jupp

Setting the screen on fire: Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Fantasy females should come down to earth

Sci-fi films portray women as warriors or wimps but true-to-life characters are all too rare, says Emily Jupp

Kristen Stewart: Stepping out of the twilight

She made her name in the long-running vampire saga, but now Kristen Stewart is relishing playing a very different kind of role. Emma Jones meets the 'kick-ass' heroine of the new Snow White

Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis

More glitz on Cannes red carpet than on screen

There are few big contenders for the Palme d'Or in this mediocre year

Gothicka, By Victoria Nelson

In comics, novels and films, the modern cult of the 'New Gothic' reveals a keen hunger for non-religious rebirth.

Snow White and the three-and-a-half-inch Lavender Hill Mob

Eddie Marsan is starring as a dwarf with fellow dwarfs Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins in Snow White and the Huntsman.

Johnny Depp plays 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins
in Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows, Tim Burton, 113 mins (12A)

Tim Burton's stalwart star gives good fang, but this gothic comedy feels about as fresh as stale garlic

DVD/Blu-ray: Dracula, Prince of Darkness (15)

"There are no bogeyman anymore," yells Father Sandor in a vampire-fearing Romanian tavern.

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

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