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John Sheppard "Sacred Choral Music" (Delphian)

ScreenTalk: Slate's the talk of the toons

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate has been hired to write a script for a hybrid live-action/CG version of Looney Tunes.

Darksiders 2 fails to take top spot as Sleeping Dogs holds on

Sleeping Dogs holds on despite attentions on Darksiders 2 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.

ScreenTalk

Our contact at The Hollywood Reporter gives us the insider gossip from Tinseltown

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz ride out in 'The Bourne Legacy'

The Bourne Legacy overtakes Dark Knight at top of US box office

Studio estimates say latest film in the Bourne series took $40.3m (£25.7m) in its opening weekend

Natalie Dormer by Chris Floyd, 2007

Screen Talk: More doors open for Dormer

Natalie Dormer (pictured) is in negotiations to join The Counselor, the Cormac McCarthy-written drug drama that already boasts Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt among its players.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton star in 'The Great Gatsby'

Not such a great idea: Luhrmann backs out of Gatsby's box-office duel

The release of Baz Luhrman's 3D movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been delayed for six months apparently owing to fears that it would be eclipsed at the box office by Peter Jackson's film version of The Hobbit.

Great Gatsby release pushed back to summer 2013

The movie remake of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been moved for release to the summer of 2013 from December 2012, putting it out of contention for this year's Oscars.

It’s gold for Sega as London 2012 game tops all formats chart again

Gold medals for Team GB fuel sales of London 2012 themed videogames.

How we were spared the 'Howie Potter' franchise

Can Howie Potter, the geeky new arrival at Hogwarts High, use his magic spells to sweep cheerleader queen Hermione off to the prom?

New Tom Cruise film 'All You Need Is Kill' will create 500 jobs, says George Osborne

The filming of a new Tom Cruise blockbuster at a UK studio will create 500 jobs, Chancellor George Osborne said as he appealed to technology businesses to invest in the UK.

Martin Freeman in 'The Hobbit'

One into three won't go. A Hobbit trilogy is stretching Tolkien a little too far

Is there some kind of law of modern culture that says everything must come in threes? Fifty Shades of Grey, The Dark Knight movies, The Hunger Games books, Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell books, Toy Story, The Matrix… It seems that publishers and film studios would do anything to get a franchise under way, and to tell its audience, as if they were small children, that the characters they liked will be back with more adventures next year…

Batman actor Christian Bale meets Colorado cinema attack survivors

Batman star Christian Bale has met survivors of the Colorado cinema shooting, and thanked medical staff and police officers who responded to the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

BSkyB launches movies-on-demand internet service

The pay-TV giant BSkyB has launched its own cut-price movies-on-demand internet service, called Now TV, in an attempt to challenge digital upstarts NetFlix, Amazon's LoveFilm and Tesco's Blinkbox.

Mission to Paris, By Alan Furst

The romantic moralist of spy fiction returns with a shaded tale of the movies and Munich

The Dark Knight rises as Lego Batman 2 tops the all formats games chart

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes swoops in to secure top spot.

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project