Arts and Entertainment

Pensioners ape 'Rocky', 'Titanic', 'Bond' and more

Why do I hate her so?

An Audrey Hepburn retrospective at the NFT leads Charlotte O'Sullivan to lament the winsome spell she casts over young starlets

Then again there are people who will watch anything and miss nothing. On 77 channels.

Paul Morley is proud to be one of them

FASHION PROBLEMS: DEAR ANNIE...

Why are dry-cleaners so rude? I'm sick of dealing with them. They expect me to be happy with clothes that have obviously just been ironed, not cleaned, and are generally really rude. I dread going to such places.

Before the week is out ...: Read this

NOEL COWARD'S social life in Jamaica reads like a special issue of Hello! - he welcomed the likes of the Royal Family, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn into his island home, Firefly. All the glamour of the celebrity lifestyle is captured in a new book with previously unpublished pictures of Coward with his friends and contributions from those who knew him. Starting in 1948, it covers the least-known years of Coward's life.

Theatre: Simply cinematic

PYGMALION CITIZENS THEATRE GLASGOW

Hepburn the waif matches up to Monroe

AUDREY HEPBURN, the waif-like actress who captured a thousand hearts, is challenging the iconic Marilyn Monroe as one of the most collectable stars of the century.

Film: The Big Picture - LA conversational

PLAYING BY HEART (15) DIRECTOR: WILLARD CARROLL STARRING: SEAN CONNERY, GENA ROWLANDS, GILLIAN ANDERSON, JON STEWART, DENNIS QUAID. 119 MINUTES

How We Met: Michelle Collins & Aldo Zilli

Michelle Collins, 36, was born in Islington. After studying drama at Kingsway Princeton College, she became a backing vocalist for singer Mari Wilson. Michelle is best known for playing bad girl Cindy Beale in 'EastEnders'. Michelle lives in north London, with her daughter Maia Rose, three. She is filming a second series of 'Real Women' for the BBC

Peter York on Ads No 273: Canderel: They rob the Fifties in such sweet style

Advertisers have robbed the Fifties blind. The low Fifties, that is: primeval youth culture; the golden years of rock and roll; every kind of kitsch Americana and every kind of old newsreel from Mr Cholmondley- Warner's cod Public Education films to Deep South front porch life. But they haven't, until now, really tapped the Golden Age High Fifties, the world of American photographers and movie-makers who took the best of everything for their settings in the search for elegance. I'm thinking Richard Avedon, Suzi Parker, Babe Paley, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. And I'm thinking about the advertising that evoked that world for American glossy magazines. Those models, impossibly tall, hatted, gloved and pearled who presented new miracle fibres from Du Pont and new appliances from Westinghouse by twisting themselves into weird attenuated positions, one leg behind the other, one long-gloved arm outstretched in amazement like very posh magicians' assistants.

Film: The second time around

If you could re-make a classic romantic comedy, which would you choose and who would play the lead roles? Charlotte O'Sullivan invites six film critics to play fantasy film-making

Books: Inspirations - Novelist Joseph O'Connor

The music

Shopping: Check It Out - Les Senteurs perfumery course

IT IS generally well-known that Audrey Hepburn enjoyed a splash of L' Interdit by Givenchy, and that Gloria Swanson would spritz herself with Narcisse Noire by Caron, but less well-known is that Rebecca Thompson of Battersea wears Habanita by Molinard or that Susan Murch of Glasgow has a penchant for Poison.
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project