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The arts and intoxication have gone hand-in-jittery-hand for centuries – so perhaps it's no surprise how many stars are making their own booze.

You write the reviews: Evita, Opera House, Manchester

I'd always felt bereft at missing the original staging of Evita. Age-burnished memories of David Essex's superb version of "Oh, What a Circus", and a lasting impression of a charismatic Che Guevara with his wonderfully cynical smile, and a hatred of the current "Any Dream with Maria" telecasting obsession, left me underwhelmed at the prospect of seeing Seamus Cullen in the role. There is something desperate about a programme note that reads: "Best known for reaching the final 10 of the BBC's hit show Any Dream Will Do." Louise Dearman as Eva is also fighting against memories of the golden tones of Julie Covington and Elaine Paige.

What drives a director to remake their own film?

Michael Haneke is remaking Funny Games in English. He's just the latest director to revisit his work, as Leigh Singer discovers

How Shrek 2 has been redubbed for the UK market

When Shrek 2 opens here in July, British viewers will see a different version from the one showing in American cinemas. No, there won't be an extended, extra-violent climax, à la the "House of Blue Leaves" sequence in the Japanese cut of Kill Bill Vol. 1. Nor will there be bonus explicit footage of Shrek and Fiona playing Pin the Tail On the Donkey for a "European" cut, in the style of The Man Who Fell to Earth. This is a children's film, for heaven's sake.

Books: Kung fu king of Ireland

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Film: Is this man the last auteur in Europe?

All about Almodovar: the sex, the phones, and the film they say is his masterpiece.

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Digital, Cable and Satellite: Pick of the Day

THANKS TO the huge success of the Three Tenors concerts and the version of "Nessun Dorma" that was used during Italia 90, Luciano Pavarotti (right) is one of the few figures from opera who is known by people throughout the world who have no interest in classical music. In Luciano Pavarotti in Aida (2pm & 8pm Performance), he plays the Eygptian general Radames in this San Francisco Opera production of Verdi's tale of grand passion.

The Critics: Zzzzzzzzzzz is for Zorro

The Mask of Zorro (PG)

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The Big Picture

Going Out: film the mask of zorro (pg)

The Mask of Zorro (above) is refreshing after a summer dominated by soulless, special-effects-driven blockbusters. In this sweeping, gleefully old-fashioned swashbuckler, the actors and the stunt artistes are the stars, not the backroom boys and their computers. A dignified Anthony Hopkins and a spirited Antonio Banderas are the ageing Zorro, masked defender of the oppressed, and the Mexican outlaw he moulds into his successor respectively. And in a star-making turn, Catherine Zeta Jones plays the film's sultry heroine, whose encounter with Banderas in a stable combines swordplay with seduction. Martin Campbell (Goldeneye), meanwhile, directs with a sure hand, only indulging in overkill (and arguably contextually dubious imagery) at the end. Under his deft guidance, a much-loved hero is thrillingly reborn.

DVD player and discs to give away

The Information, in association with Philips and Warner Home Video, is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a DVD player and seven of the latest DVD titles to kick-start your movie collection. The DVD [digital versatile disc] 930 player is the latest technology to sweep the UK's TV and video market and looks set to takes home cinema viewing to a new level.

Mistresses, take heart

Grant and Anthea are almost back together - could it be true love? asks Karen O'Brien

Your first prize: escape from Hollywood

The San Sebastian festival is international but with a European bent, which is a relief from the industry grind. By Demetrios Matheou
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