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Alien-zapping wins patriotic approval

In a summer of blockbusters,Hollywood has been counting statistics with all the fever of baseball fans. The film Independence Day was annointed the winner yesterday, breaking box office records as it earned $100m in US ticket sales in less than a week.

Marilyn Monroe: me, myself and I

Seventy years to the day that Norma Jean was born, we continue to puzzle over her true identity. But like the controversy over her death, our not knowing is the source of her eternal appeal.

OBITUARY : Tommy Rettig

Tommy Rettig was a fresh-faced, cheerful and clean-cut kid who found solace in drugs when adulthood destroyed his celebrity status.

They have a lot to smile about

It's the hit that's taken America by surprise, a black, middle- class feel-good movie with women in the leading roles (all of them positive). joined US audiences whooping or whimpering in the aisles

OBITUARY: Vivian Blaine

A fine singer with an acerbic sense of humour rarely given full reign by Hollywood, the red-headed Vivian Blaine starred in several musical films of the Forties including Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair before finding greatest fame when she made her Broadway debut as Adelaide, the "perennial fiancee" of the classic musical Guys and Dolls.

Obituary: Phyllis Brooks

Phyllis Weiler (Phyllis Brooks), actress: born Boise, Idaho 18 July 1914; married Torbert MacDonald (one son); died Cape Neddick, Maine 1 August 1995.

'I did a bad thing and there you have it'

The shaming of Hugh Grant: Actor returns to the limelight with a winning performance on US chat show

Chosen few given taste of success at Aspen eyrie

"Take your ties off," a beaming Rupert Murdoch told his assembled News Corporation executives and VIP guests who had been flown to his eyrie in Aspen, Colorado, from every corner of the world.

OBITUARY : Walter Landor

Walter Landor helped create corporate and brand identities for many of the world's foremost companies including Levi-Strauss, Cotton Inc, the World Wildlife Fund, Twentieth Century Fox and Philip Morris. The Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington recently completed the Walter Landor Collections of Design Records and Packaging, a permanent collection of his work.

OSCAR RESULTS IN FULL

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Obituary: Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly, actress: born Lowell, Massachusetts 25 March 1921; married 1941 Edmond O'Brien (marriage dissolved 1942), 1946 Fred Jackson Jnr (marriage dissolved 1950), 1955 Warren Cato; died Bel Air, California 2 January 1995.

FILM / Picture that majors on motion: No characters, no motives, no trickery: 'Speed' is a film like no other, and a hit. Mary Harron talks to the people behind it

IT IS safe to bet that none of the Hollywood executives behind Speed has ever been on a bus in Los Angeles. No one in Los Angeles takes the bus; no one, that is, with the slightest access to money or power or position. Those who do are the working poor, mainly black and Hispanic. They wait at the stop slumped in resignation, knowing they are excluded from the city's rapid pulse, knowing that if a bus ever does arrive it will take hours to crawl downtown. One of Speed's many in-jokes is its title.

Marketing: You loved the burger - now see the movie: British companies are latching on to a growing range of merchandising opportunities that are linked to film releases

THE LATEST Disney animated feature film, The Lion King, opens in the UK this week with more than 50 licensing deals for merchandise already struck.

FILM / First action hero: Wyatt Earp was an elderly movie groupie who failed to make it as an extra; then Stuart N Lake wrote his spurious biography, and the star-spangled hero of the O K Corral was born. As two new films strip the myth to its bones, David Ashford charts the making of a Hollywood cowboy

Among the pall-bearers at Wyatt Earp's funeral in 1929 were the western film stars, Tom Mix and William S Hart. These two Hollywood cowboys, the biggest names in the business, were both great admirers of Earp, enjoying his company and proud to call themselves his friends. After all, he was the Real Thing - he had worn a lawman's star and actually shot down real bad- guys. Earp, in his turn, was interested in them. For the last 20 years of his life, he had lived in Los Angeles, where a colony of cowboys were working as stuntmen for the infant film industry. Several of these men were old drinking partners of his, and he became fascinated by the business of making movies - he even made it on to the screen, as an extra in a crowd scene of the 1916 Douglas Fairbanks feature, The Half Breed. Perhaps Earp realised this new medium was going to popularise the idea of the American West, bringing to fruition the process started by Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. He would have been surprised - and gratified - to have known that his name and that of the Hollywood western were to become all but inseparable.

City & Business: Diller down if not out

BRITAIN has Kelvin MacKenzie. America has Barry Diller. Both were former Murdoch acolytes and henchmen. Both are now looking for work. The difference is that Diller will be an estimated dollars 100m richer after cashing in stock options from the home shopping group QVC - which on Friday succumbed to a bid from a grouping controlled by John Malone (profile, page 6).
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