Arts and Entertainment

Jumbo the elephant was a Victorian sensation, who between his birth in modern-day Eritrea and alcoholic death in the American circus of the incorrigible showman PT Barnum was the star attraction at London Zoo.

Still making waves: William Golding

A midlife crisis that followed Lord of the Flies

The object of William Golding's obsession breaks her silence

Simon Callow

Simon Callow talks the circus, Jamie Oliver and coming out

Simon Callow – actor, director and writer – doesn’t have many regrets, but he says he would love to have joined a circus. He would be “a clown of course.”

Spotlight on: Harvey Weinstein, Co-chairman, the Weinstein Company

And the winner is... Yes, after the Oscars, who can doubt that the brothers Weinstein, Harvey and his younger sibling Bob, are back on top in Hollywood? The Weinstein Company distributed The Artist in the US, and orchestrated its campaign to win Best Picture, and that wasn't the only one of the firm's movies taking plaudits.

The 84th Academy Awards are tomorrow night and the past couple of decades suggest that there is a specific formula for Oscar success

What it takes to win a Oscar

All film-makers are searching for the secrets of Oscar success. But the formula is pretty straightforward, as Daniel Bettridge explains...

Madonna on the set of her film 'W.E.'

Film extra tells Madonna the real history of Wallis Simpson

A patriotic film extra decided to set his director straight over her revisionist take on royal history, despite the fact it was Madonna in charge.

Profile: Meryl Streep

The Blockheads, Water Rats, London

A fan barely moves the warm, soupy air inside the packed pub back room. It’s the sort of place where Ian Dury played with his band Kilburn and the High Roads in the early 1970s, one leg ravaged by polio, his Essex guttersnipe wit and intransigent attitude influencing a watching Johnny Rotten. But it was his next band the Blockheads who provided the jazz-funk, pub-rock engine which powered his greatest work, often co-written with Chaz Jankel.

Geoffrey Macnab: It's already more hyped than it was first time around

The White Shadow (1924), the newly discovered lost Alfred Hitchcock movie, certainly wasn't one of the high points in his early career. "The film was a total failure," writes Donald Spoto in his Hitchcock biography. "A box-office disaster," agrees rival biographer John Russell Taylor.

The Doors of Perspection - picture preview

An exhibition of new digital collages opened at the Vitrine Gallery in London. Vicki Bennett's work is created using an unusual technique which expands film scenes beyond their conventional screen ratio making familiar Hollywood situations stretch out to reach the viewer.

Pina (U)

Starring: Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo

Cultural Life: Philippa Gregory, novelist

Books: I am reading Adam Thorpe's 'Hodd' – a fictional account of Robin Hood, alongside David Baldwin's biography 'Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked'. It's fascinating to compare the two treatments. Baldwin finds his way through the medieval world, explaining the gaps in the manuscript, and Thorpe has written the manuscript we are missing. It's a wonderful historical jigsaw puzzle and perfect to be read side by side.

James Lees-Milne: The Life, By Michael Bloch

A detailed, chatty biography of an author who wrote detailed, chatty diaries may seem superfluous, but, as with Pepys, a fuller picture emerges.

Gainsbourg (15)

The life of the French musician and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is given a suitably antic treatment in Joann Sfar's half- admiring, half-satiric cine-portrait.

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