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Grist to the Milla

For most it is no news flash that critics of Hollywood think the town churns out movies that cater to the lowest, most miserable denominator. So when it emerged that plans were already drawn up for a fifth outing of Resident Evil as the fourth one hit the screens, emotions ran high. "As long as there are fan boys clamouring for more of this brainless plotless slop, airbrushed eye candy and increasingly ridiculous wire stunts... they'll get it," was one reaction. But for every angry web head, there are three excited fan boys, delighted at the prospect of Milla Jovovich (above left) kicking otherworldly butt dressed in tight clothing. But perhaps for the first time, one debater volunteered the theory that the films were spoiling the image of the computer game that originally spawned the pictures. Now that's a turnaround. At least Jovovich will be back for the fifth and suggested that perhaps ideas for the next instalment may come from suggestions on Twitter, via one of her own tweets.

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Martin Johnson's latest meeting with the media at Twickenham on Wednesday was notable for the jaded expressions greeting the revised England and Saxons squads. One reason was the usual labyrinthine explanation of the elite player agreement. New squad member Chris Ashton admitted he has yet to work out how he replaced Phil Vickery – it's because selections need not be like-for-like in terms of playing position if the change is made for injury. The other reason was the minimal number of hours which had elapsed – for some – since the conclusion of the previous night's Rugby Writers' Club dinner (at which Brian O'Driscoll was announced as the winner of the annual Pat Marshall Memorial Award). "Good timing for you fellas," said Johnno with a grin as glasses of mineral water were passed round. He was quizzed about the England captaincy, as routine dictates. He is sticking to his custom of naming a captain shortly before the next series of matches. So is there any alternative to Steve Borthwick? "Jonny [Wilkinson] and Lewis [Moody] came in and helped with leadership in the autumn," he said, and that was about as far as it went.

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Coming from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production stable, this family comedy initially had me assuming the brace position.

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DVD: Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles or More, (Decca/Rounder)

An hour "in the studio" with the purest musician in America, watching her do songs from her last, elegant but over-finessed album. For a woman who places so much emphasis on naturalness and authenticity, she must really like her make-up artist, who appears to have done the job with a spatula and blowtorch.

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