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Open the internet during Games, Beijing told

Stephen Wade

The internet must be open during the Beijing Olympics. That was the message a top-ranking International Olympic Committee (IOC) official delivered on Tuesday to Beijing organisers during the last official sessions between IOC inspectors and the host Chinese before the Games begin in just more than four months.

Are robots the sex partners of the future?

Marlowe Hood

By mid-century, getting it on with an electronic femme fatale or a superstud sexbot will become an accepted part of the human landscape, predicts David Levy, a PhD in gender studies and artificial intelligence and author of Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relations.

Gates eyes next digital decade

Daisuke Wakabayashi

Microsoft chairperson Bill Gates took centre stage at the world's largest technology show for the last time on Sunday and predicted that his industry was on the cusp of the next "digital decade". Gates said computing will become a pervasive part of everyday life through devices like televisions and cellphones.

Jaws actor Roy Scheider dead at 75

Steve Gorman

Actor Roy Scheider, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his roles as a small-town police chief in Jaws and his portrait of famed choreographer Bob Fosse in All That Jazz, died on February 10 at age 75. Scheider died of complications from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood cells.

China's Olympic year of celebration turns to tragedy

Charles Whelan

A devastating earthquake is the latest in a series of disasters and controversies that have turned what China had hoped would be an Olympic year of celebration into one of turmoil and tragedy. With tens of thousands of people either dead or missing, Monday's quake in the south-west of the country has plunged China into mourning less than 90 days before the Games.

Politicising sport doesn't work

Steve Cram

COUNTERPOINT: When the Olympic Games were held in Moscow in 1980, the British team did not take part in the opening ceremony. As a first-time Olympian I was mildly disappointed, perhaps more so because it hadn't been orchestrated by Steven Spielberg. That is now also true of Beijing and I doubt whether many Olympians lost much sleep over his decision.

China faces Games crisis over Darfur

Charles Whelan

China was facing a major international crisis linked to the Olympics on Thursday amid mounting pressure over its role in Darfur after United States filmmaker Steven Spielberg severed his links to the Games. So far neither the Foreign Ministry nor the Olympic organising committee has responded to the decision by Spielberg.

Indiana Jones cracks whip at box office opening

Steve Gorman

Actor Harrison Ford cracked the box-office whip as his latest Indiana Jones movie grossed a hefty $25-million from its first day in North American theatres. That bodes well for a movie industry looking to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to help shake the movie business out an early summer slump.

Hollywood boys who just don't want to grow up

Iain Blair

When to slow down and retire? For most people in their 60s the decision is a no-brainer -- the sooner the better. But in the rare air of movie stardom, where careers are fuelled by a mix of talent, ego, vanity and, sometimes, cosmetic surgery, it seems to be a far harder decision.

Blistering barnacles! It's Spielberg's new Tintin

Staff Reporter

For those who remember, he was the young boy who gets the girl in the film Love Actually. For those who don't, Thomas Sangster may yet become a household name. The sixth-former from south London has been chosen by Steven Spielberg to be his Tintin for a three-movie adaptation.

Peter Jackson agrees to produce Hobbit films

Staff Reporter

The Tolkien community was in hysterics on Tuesday. At least that was the verdict on one of the leading Hobbit websites following the announcement in Los Angeles that Peter Jackson, director of the $3-billion-plus trilogy The Lord of the Rings, had signed up to produce two films based on The Hobbit, expected to go into production in 2009.

Cannes critics cool as film competition nears end

Mike Collett-White

A lack of memorable movies mean the 2008 Cannes film festival is unlikely to live long in the minds of many critics, who argue that after a solid start the main competition faded. With four out of 22 films in the main competition this year yet to screen, critics and journalists struggled to come up with many highlights.

Harrison Ford resigns himself to a critical lashing

Staff Reporter

While a frenzy was building amid the sea of fans massed to glimpse Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and the rest of the stars at the world premiere on Sunday, a healthy scepticism was building up at the Cannes festival among film critics who would assess the merits of the movie on show.

China urges Sudan to seek compromise in Darfur

Chris Buckley

China has urged Sudan to do more to stop fighting in Darfur and speed up the arrival of more peacekeepers, Beijing's envoy on the crisis said of Friday, defending his country as a diplomatic bridge to help end the bloodshed. China has faced widespread criticism that it has not used its stakes in Sudan to press for an end to deadly havoc in the Darfur region.

Sudan told to speed deployment of peacekeepers

Christopher Bodeen

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called Friday for Sudan to speed up the deployment of peacekeepers to Darfur and to end aerial bombing in the troubled region's western districts. Miliband said the international community is united in the need for a hybrid United Nations-African Union force, but the effort is stalled by a lack of necessary support from Khartoum.

Spielberg uses Olympics to demand Darfur action

Dave Skretta

Film director Steven Spielberg and actress Mia Farrow joined activists worldwide on Tuesday in using the Olympics as a backdrop to address human rights concerns, urging Beijing to exert political leverage on Sudan's government to help end the crisis in Darfur.