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Sweden has introduced a test to stamp out gender bias in film, what a relief

Cinemas swampedby mass of movies

THE BRITISH knack for producing small-budget films that go on to perform spectacularly well at the box office will be at a premium next year.

Film: UK/ireland Box Office

1 Godzilla 484 6,737,015

BEST-SELLERS: TOP FILMS

1 (-) City of Angels (12) New pounds 1,141,654

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1 / CITY OF ANGELS

Top films

1 (1) The Wedding Singer (12) 2 pounds 2,474,614

FILM: LONDON TOP 10

1 / THE WEDDING SINGER

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Cinema: The Eighties revival starts here: and praise be, it's going to be funny

THE BEST THING about retro is that it comes with built-in wisdom - you know, for instance, that this time round pedal pushers are OK, but leg warmers are not. We can laugh in a world-weary, Nineties way at the effusive octogenarian photographer in The Wedding Singer (12) who tells a couple, "you'll be one of those who stays together for ever and ever, like Donald and Ivana, Woody and Mia." While we in the real world live through this decade of retro trying to avoid the nightmare bits of the recent past, cinema revels in all their hideous glory.

Film: Fan Facts: Drew Barrymore star of 'The Wedding Singer'

Cutey pie: The 23-year-old has worked hard to earn her reputation as Hollywood's No 1 reprobate tearaway. She got off to a bad start, starring placidly in a dog food ad at the age of three and cutely in ET at the age of seven (director Steven Spielberg must have been very proud of his god-daughter).

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The Wedding Singer

Today's pick: Heroes of Comedy

Heroes of Comedy (9pm C4) At one point in his film about Arthur Askey, John Fisher floats the theory that Askey was the first alternative comedian. What comes through all the plaudits from the likes of Roy Hudd, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd, however, is that Askey belonged to a long-gone age and tradition of comedy. The footage of him at work in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, first with Bandwagon, and then with "Stinker" Murdoch, is hilarious in the surreal way of those Harry Enfield/ Paul Whitehouse spoofs of musical hall comedians. You end up kind of liking the man, but whether you think he's funny or not might well depend on your age.

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Shirley Crabtree ("Big Daddy"), wrestler: born Halifax, West Yorkshire 1937; twice married (six children); died Halifax 2 December 1997.

Gawky, grubby, down-at-heel ... but happy

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Box - Office CHART

Topping the US chart: Billy Madison, nicknamed Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest by US critics. Like Jim Carrey's Dumb and Dumber (still riding high in fifth place), it's another comedy celebrating the cult of stupidity, and stars Adam Sandler. Paul Newman has just been Oscar-nominated for his impressive performance as an irresponsible small-town loser in Nobody's Fool (above).
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