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Without question, the book that has most influenced my life has been Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs. I was astonished by the outrageous pot-head humour: crazy ideas taken way beyond their normal limits. The book was a savage indictment of American racism and consumerism, it dealt with the corruption, graft and lies of politicians with Swiftian humour. I had never read anything like, then or since.

Tony Scott jumped to his death yesterday from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbour

Top Gun director Tony Scott dies after jumping off LA bridge

Tony Scott, the director behind a raft of action blockbusters including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II, has leapt to his death from a harbour bridge in Los Angeles, shocking Hollywood.

Hawk Koch elected Oscars president

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"I just had a terrible thought... what if this is a dream?" Hollywood has dipped into Philip K Dick's fevered imagination time and time again and this lurid, violent and guiltily enjoyable 1990 sci-fi from Paul Verhoeven is one of the best.

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Total Recall (15)

Reissued in anticipation of the Colin Farrell remake, Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi thriller underlines a basic movie truth: nothing dates like a film-maker's vision of the future.

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"Why are there people like Frank?" pleads Kyle Maclachlan's innocent.

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For the follow-up to his hugely popular debut album, Miloš Karadaglic has leapt eagerly into the full breadth of Latin American music, which he considers the heartland of classical Spanish guitar music throughout the last century.

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Atwell will soon be a $10m-a-movie star, says director Junger

Stephen Hendry (right) deliberates over a shot as John Higgins looks on

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Stephen Hendry hit the front in his long-awaited first Crucible meeting with his fellow Scot John Higgins in Sheffield.

Good to be back?: Jason Biggs, of the ‘American Pie’ movies at a premiere in Germany

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The latest American Pie sees the cast take part in a school reunion. It might be fun on film, but in the real world there's nothing to catch up on, says Will Dean

Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974, Edited by Bill Morgan

This long-awaited second volume of William Burroughs's letters spans 15 years, from the publication of Naked Lunch in Paris, to his mid-Seventies departure from London for a New York radically different to the one he knew in the 1940s. How strange it must have been to settle into a transformation that you, in part, had affected. For this is really what this volume of letters is about. The first, published in 1993 when Burroughs was still alive, covered 1945-1959. Junky aside, he was a largely unpublished but influential mentor to Kerouac, Ginsberg and co as the Beat generation assumed its shape – an entity as synthetic and modern as Beyer Pharmaceutical's heroin, a longtime companion in Burroughs's life.

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Julia Roberts is cast against type as a wicked queen in her new film, Mirror Mirror. The Hollywood favourite tells Lesley O'Toole how acting is now more like a hobby

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