Arts and Entertainment Part of history: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker star in Lee Daniels's 'The Butler'

The film-makers take a tableau approach to storytelling, whisking us from one melodramatic set-piece to the next

`Silence of the Lambs' sequel to be made

SIR ANTHONY Hopkins and Jodie Foster are to be reunited in a sequel to the Oscar-winning film Silence Of The Lambs - although Sir Anthony, once said he would never play the role again.

Cable and Satelitte: Pick of the Day

ALAN PARKER once accused Merchant Ivory of producing "Laura Ashley drama", and writer/director Gary Sinyor memorably sent up their work in last year's spoof costume drama, Stiff Upper Lips. While not to everyone's taste, their films are admirable for their meticulous quality, and the team's strong affinity with the work of EM Forster is evident in Howards End (7.30pm Sky Cinema), a tale of two intertwined families. The Wilcoxes are headed by the materialistic Henry (Anthony Hopkins), who is drawn to the independent-minded Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) and her sister (Helena Bonham Carter, right).

Family affair: `I never liked being myself'

Singer and songwriter Howard Jones made his name in the 1980s with hits like What Is Love, and Like to Get to Know You Well. His latest single is Let The People Have Their Say. He and his wife Jan live in Reading and have three children, Osheen, 12, Mica, 10, and Jasper, 4. Osheen has acted in the film of `A Midsummer Night's Dream', `Velvet Goldmine', and in `Titus Andronicus'

Cinema: Dead men don't snog starlets

Meet Joe Black (12)

Film: Zorro? He used to be someone

The Big Picture

The dream factory: Too much time for Death

How bad is Meet Joe Black? Well, how long have you got? If you've three hours to spare and the patience to wait until the movie comes out in Britain, you can always go and see for yourself. Then again, if you trust the critics - and this is the crucial point - you can have a lot more fun in far less time by reading the comprehensive trashings that they have gleefully produced in just about every major publication in the US.

Play him as a twerp, Olivier says

Next week, Alan Rickman starts playing Shakespeare's Antony opposite Helen Mirren at the National. It's a difficult, contradictory role, as Robert Butler explains

Profile: Anthony Hopkins - A wild man at heart

What has happened to the great actor who created Hannibal Lecter? Last week he took to the Welsh hills in a big way. David Thomson thinks it's a good sign

Anthony Hopkins gives pounds 1m to Snowdon

SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS is to make a pounds 1m donation to the National Trust towards its purchase of Snowdon.

Snowdon sold to National Trust

NATIONAL TRUST agreed yesterday to pay more than pounds 3m for a third of Snowdon. Its proposed purchase, which caused much pleasure in Wales, was announced simultaneously at a press conference on Snowdon itself and at the National Eisteddfod field at Bridgend.

Film: Playing with the devil within

As Humbert Humbert, Jeremy Irons once again portrays a 'damaged' person. Nick Hasted meets an actor used to playing misfits

Cinema: In which black guys finish last

STEVEN SPIELBERG wants to be the popcorn Eisenstein, recasting history's harrowing moments as sentimental spectacle for mass consumption. And there need be nothing wrong with that. Amistad (15) takes the man in the Clapham multiplex back to 1839, when a contraband cargo of African slaves broke free of their shackles and staged a successful mutiny against their Cuban captors. It might have been Spielberg's Battleship Potemkin. But instead of a story about enslaved people fighting for their freedom, he has produced one about how their lawyers got them off on a technicality.

Film: Reality bites, but movies hit home

Exposed to brutal reality at home and abroad, director Lee Tamahori's real inspiration was found at his local cinema, writes Nick Hasted

People: Hopkins's Hannibal voted baddest baddie ever

Hannibal Lecter is the most evil movie character ever, according to a top 100 of film bad guys.
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

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