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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.

Love, sex, intelligence

Victoria Abril is playful, unafraid, impervious; an emblematic actress for post-Franco Spain. John Lyttle shared a sofa

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A LITTLE PRINCESS Alfonso Cuaron (U) DESPERADO Robert Rodriguez (18) THE HARVEST David Marconi (no cert) LOCH NESS John Henderson (PG) JOHNNY MNEMONIC Robert Longo (15) RENDEZ-VOUS IN PARIS Eric Rohmer (PG)

Madonna cries for 'Evita'

Madonna, controversially starring in the film version of the musical Evita, has begged Argentines not to disrupt planned shooting today, writes Phil Davison.

Evita and Madonna

Argentina is deeply split over the portrayal of an idol by a material girl. Elizabeth Nash reports

The 'Evita' industry As seen by Mrs Briggs, 330 times

Evita premiered in the Prince Edward Theatre in 21 June 1978, starring Elaine Paige. The role of Eva Peron was later played by Marti Webb and then Stephanie Lawrence. The show ran for 2,913 performances.

Come back Blofeld, all is forgiven

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Crime pays

Crime has really arrived. Hollywood's lengthy tradition of film noir, of course, was raided by the cine-semioticians long ago, and has been "art" for decades. But guardians of literature have been keen for longer to keep crime in its genre ghetto. Fast-wind to 1995, however, and it seems that the most trenchant analysis of social and cultural mores is being done by the crime novel, with the rise to respectability of such popular authors as James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard and Michael Dibdin. So the fifth year of Britain's only crime and mystery festival, Shots in the Dark, which coincides with Bouchercon, the world mystery convention for book-lovers, looks set to be its most successful yet. Shots kicks off with Desperado (8pm 21 Sept), a high-budget Tex-Mex action thriller with the two-fold attraction of Antonio Banderas and lots of guns, and also has screenings of Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (8.30pm 23 Sept), a gangster movie which stars the dream team of Andy Garcia, Christopher Lloyd and Christopher Walken, and J'ai pas Sommeil (8.15pm 30 Sept), the new true-story Gallic noir starring Beatrice Dalle; and closes with Mute Witness (8.30pm 1 Oct), a Moscow-shot British thriller, starring Mary Sudina (left). What's more, there are collections of early British thrillers by Hitchcock. On the literary side, Bouchercon includes signings by the likes of James Ellroy and Ruth Rendell, as well as a conversation with Morse writer Colin Dexter. As they say, steal a ticket.

POP MUSIC / Centrefold: Freak Show: Almodovars droogs turn out in force for Kika bash

When Billy Bragg guested on The Late Show to review Pedro Almodvar's High Heels, the Red Wedger got hot under his blue collar over the movie's 'non-consensual sex. He should catch Kika, Almodvar's latest fruity schlock-shocker opening on Friday. Despite (or because of) being slammed, bammed and thank-you-ma'amed by critics who took umbrage with its frivolous treatment of rape, it's soaked up dollars 300,000 over three weeks in Spain. Until Kika, the precocious director (right) was pet urchin of the critical fraternity. Pauline Kael described him as 'the most original pop writer-director of the Eighties. . . Godard with a human face - a happy face, and indeed, he has the look of a latino teddy-bear, golf-ball eyes popping from a Yorkshire- pudding face. He also introduced Antonio Banderas to the world, and to Madonna, at the Fellini-esque party he threw for the Vogueing One.

FILM / Right of Reply

I FEEL obliged to respond to some of the criticism directed at the motion picture Philadelphia, so the world can return its attentions to less pressing matters, like the civil war in Bosnia.

FILM / Appearances can be deceptive: Aids has played its part in Hollywood movies before now, but only in heavy disguise. Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia may pretend to confront the issue but, argues John Lyttle, not much has changed

Watching Jonathan Demme's Aids drama Philadelphia is like watching a master magician doing tricks from inside a strait-jacket. He can do more impressive things, but he's constrained by circumstance.

ROCK / Sinead sings Evita

WHAT DO you do when you're an international star who can't get a hit, and a tabloid demon in the Scargill and Gaddafi class, and the time comes for that famously difficult third album? Well, if you're Sinead O'Connor, you sign up producer Phil Ramone and a 47-piece orchestra, and wrap your contentious larynx around a sackful of standards, previously made famous by a gamut of legendary women singers; from Julie London to Alison Moyet, via Ella Fitzgerald and Elaine Paige (well, Julie Covington did 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' first, but I suppose Paige's name was more likely to cause outrage).
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