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Films featuring weapon-wielding teenage girls are dominating Hollywood's fantasy output. But in the real world men still hold power in the industry

It was a hard fight, but in the end there was only ever going to be one winner.

As Americans flocked to the cinema last week over the Thanksgiving holiday, early figures showed the latest and last Twilight vampire movie knocking the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall from its perch atop the Us movie charts.

In the end Bond, in the macho incarnation of the brooding, highly masculine Daniel Craig, was no match for a teen action heroine called Bella.

But maybe Bond, and other male heroes of the silver screen, are going to have to get used to being beaten by a much younger girl. For Twilight's Bella is far from alone when it comes to young, active heroines invading cinematic territory usually occupied by male characters. In fact, »

- Paul Harris

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