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Talent 2010: The actress, Imogen Poots

Imogen Poots is all set to build on the success of her recent releases Me and Orson Welles and Cracks and become the most talked-about young British acting talent of 2010. The 20-year-old has been on the fast track to success ever since she was cast as the younger version of Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta as a sprightly 15-year-old. She was mesmerising in the apocalyptic sci-fi sequel 28 Weeks Later and then showed she could do costume drama in Miss Austen Regrets. The actress seemed perfectly suited for a period piece, with her classic beauty, wavy blonde hair, high cheekbones and cat-like eyes.

Tom Sutcliffe: It's fine to keep some things in the closet

It was a good weekend for the morality of openness and candour. First of all the fearsomely masculine Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas revealed he was gay. Then Gerry Adams ... well, what exactly? ... "revealed", "acknowledged", "formally announced"? ... that his father, a prominent and admired Republican, had subjected some family members to emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Both of these stories neatly fit the template of our secular media confessional – offering a form of shriving that was seen to be good for the soul, not only of the confessor but of others in similar circumstances.

Nine, Rob Marshall, 118 mins, (12A)<br/>Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood, 97 mins, (15)<br/>Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritchie, 128 mins, (12A)

'Nine' is not the only disappointment. Sam Taylor-Wood's biopic of a young John Lennon is more drab than fab

Listen to a song from 'Nowhere Boy'

Nowehere Boy, the biopic of a young John Lennon reaches UK cinemas next week and is reviewed in today's Independent.

Album: Various artists, Nowhere Boy (Sony)

“You know what rock’n’roll means?” John Lennon’s mother asks her son in Sam Taylor-Wood’s imminent biopic. “Sex.”

Party Of The Week: Danny the champion of the (film) world

Daniel Day-Lewis was holding court late into the night at the after-party for the British Independent Film Awards, where he was honoured for his outstanding contribution to film. He chatted to An Education star Carey Mulligan, who won the award for Best Actress and Fish Tank star Katie Jarvis, who won Best Newcomer, at The Brewery in London on Sunday night.

Aaron Johnson on being John Lennon

Aaron Johnson, who plays the young Beatle in the forthcoming Nowhere Boy, talks to James Mottram about his preparation for the role &ndash; and his much-publicised romance with the film's director, Sam Taylor-Wood

The Christmas arts round-up: It's behind you!

Or it will be if you don't book now for the best events of this festive season &ndash; from Pamela Anderson to Maurice Sendak, via indie rock-outs and old-school panto

Toy boy joy: In praise of the younger man

Some critics couldn't resist sneering when it emerged that Sam Taylor-Wood is to marry a man 23 years her junior. But Janet Street-Porter says 'give me youth every time'

Taylor-Wood, 42, casts leading man, 19, as her husband

It is a rock'n'roll move befitting the woman once known as the "wild child" of the Young British Artists movement.

First Night: Nowhere Boy, London Film Festival

A voyage round John Lennon's mother

Daniel Day-Lewis honoured with British award

Hollywood star Daniel Day-Lewis is to receive an honour from the British Independent Film Awards.

In her life: Sam Taylor-Wood

A film about the young John Lennon is another unexpected departure for an artist who has known pain and success in equal measure
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine