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Peter Cushing in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope. LucasFilm

A genuinely believable CGI actor? It won’t be long

Despite the furore over the 'ghosting' of Peter Cushing in Rogue One, directors will continue to push for improved technology enabling digital replication of actors.
An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Electroconvulsive therapy: A history of controversy, but also of help

Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Bright Lights – a TV farewell to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set for release on December 15. © Lucasfilm Ltd

Star Wars goes Rogue – but will this risky move backfire?

The next Star Wars film, which opens on December 15, will be a prequel to the first one, made in 1977. Just how much Star Wars can the world stomach? And is looking backwards to move forwards such a good idea?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been praised for avoiding computer generated effects, but why does CGI deserve such a bad name? Image courtesy of Lucasfilm.

Friday essay: Star Wars, Mad Max and the ‘real’ vs digital effects furphy

A growing vocal minority blame poor computer generated images for 'ruining' the movies. But digital effects can co-exist with real sets and stunts - and films have always been fake.
The cast of the film ‘Spotlight’ reacts after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Oscars 2016: expert reaction

From Chris Rock's opening monologue to red carpet hits (and misses), our experts analyze key moments from this year's Academy Awards.

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