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Do actors get a share in the film's profits

A. A six-month dispute which threatened to cost the British film industry millions of pounds has just ended after producers agreed film actors a greater share in the profits. The actors' union01:00 Mon 15th Apr 2002

Who is responsible for the renaissance in Mexican cinema

A. Think of Mexican cinema and most people recall films of the great Luis Bunuel, who was not Mexican but worked there, or stars like Carmen Miranda or Pedro Armendariz, who left Mexico to find01:00 Mon 15th Apr 2002

Is the Free Willy whale now free

A. Keiko, the killer whale, is still resisting attempts to be introduced to fellow orcas in the wild. More than $15 million has been spent trying to coax the five-tonne hero of the 1993 hit movie,01:00 Mon 08th Apr 2002

Where did the cast of E.T. end up

A. It was one of the biggest films of the 1980s and the remake version of E.T. attracted huge crowds over the Easter break, but what happened to the cast The film made icons of the stars, but it01:00 Mon 08th Apr 2002

How did a Bosnian director manage to win an Oscar this year

A. Danis Tanovic's Oscar for Best Foreign Film has taken on a significance that exceeds the importance of the award itself. When the news was announced in Los Angeles last month, the presidency of01:00 Mon 08th Apr 2002

Who was the brains behind Dallas

A. Dallas started almost by accident. Lorimar Television had had the actress Linda Evans under contract for some time, and an untitled project to use her in some way was gathering dust. It was passed01:00 Mon 15th Apr 2002

What's all this fuss about Aboriginal movies

A. It used to be received wisdom in Australia is that no one really wanted films about the country's Aboriginal population. Too controversial - after all, they used to own the place! But three young01:00 Mon 01st Apr 2002

What's the link between modern movie sets and historical art

A. Today's movies with digital technology and hand-held cameras is the closest we have ever come to cinema that walks and talks (and pretty soon, smells). Mainstream film-makers strive to make01:00 Mon 01st Apr 2002

Who were this year's Oscar winners

A. This year's Academy Awards will be remembered as the year Hollywood honoured its African American actors. The biggest cheers of the 74th Academy Awards were reserved for Woody Allen and Sidney01:00 Mon 25th Mar 2002

How does Hollywood handle facial disfigurement

A. CInema has had a difficult relationship with disfigurement since the early days. The first horror films of the 1920s dreamt up monsters such as Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and01:00 Mon 25th Mar 2002

Tell me about the history of Australian film-making

A. It's true some of the best known celebrities at the moment - Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis - are all Australians. Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge was shot on Australian01:00 Mon 25th Mar 2002

Who controls film censorship in the UK - and what can't be shown

A. Local borough and county councils have, for the most part, the power to allow any cinema to show any film. In practice, the councils almost always follow the ratings given by the British Board of01:00 Mon 25th Mar 2002

What are the best internet sites for TV fans

A. Message boards, episode summaries and obsessive homages provide intelligence to viewers who end up knowing the shows better than the producers and they add value to fan culture. Television01:00 Mon 18th Mar 2002

Who created Bugs Bunny

A. Animator Chuck Jones first drew Bugs Bunny and his pals Daffy Duck and the Road Runner. Jones, who died this year aged 89, got a job after art school as an animator in the studio of former Disney01:00 Mon 18th Mar 2002

What is the role of the Film Council

A. The Film Council was set up 18 months ago to encourage new talent in the UK. It has a development fund of 5 million a year to foster new writing and emulate the success of the days of the Ealing01:00 Mon 18th Mar 2002

What's the best Vietnam film -

A. Hollywood has been fascinated by the horrors of Vietnam for years. Film-makers only began to look at the war once it was over. John Wayne's The Green Beret in 1968 was slaughtered by the critics,01:00 Mon 11th Mar 2002

Where are the best independent cinemas in the UK

A. There are dozens of independent cinemas still in existence up and down the country. In the coming month alone, Manchester's Cornerhouse hosts a Spanish film festival and Edinburgh's Filmhouse a01:00 Mon 11th Mar 2002

How are the Oscars decided

A. The 5,607 members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are responsible for the nominating the voting of the Academy Awards. The members include past winners, directors, actors and01:00 Mon 11th Mar 2002

Why are so many books being turned into films

A. Hollywood is always hungry for new ideas and keeps a close eye on the bestsellers lists. Literary hits are being snapped up as a new way to draw in the crowds. David Hare has already been signed01:00 Mon 04th Mar 2002

Why are early copies of Dr Who so valuable

A. Collectors have worked up an appetite for early episodes of Dr Who ever since the BBC started its mass culling of Dr Who reels. The corporation called it 'de-accessioned' and it's been under fire01:00 Mon 04th Mar 2002

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