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Jessica Chastain is fed up with making movies that take years to come out. So she's elated that two, including Terrence Malick's latest, will play in Cannes. Kaleem Aftab meets her

The must-see Pitt movie you can't watch in Britain

The film The Tree of Life, starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, is set to be one of the most high-profile screenings at next month's Cannes Festival. However, British audiences may have to wait somewhat longer to see the movie, after its UK distributor said it had scrapped its planned release date.

Ed Norton - A dark star with plenty of fight left in him

Marvel may have dumped him as Hulk but now Ed Norton is back to his best, slugging it out opposite Robert De Niro, finds Matt Mueller

How to survive a horror movie

If you want to survive a horror film or a crime movie, there are some basic rules: avoid sex and bathrooms – and never, ever, do 'one last job', says Ben Walsh

DVD: Megamind (PG)

Voiceovers might be creepy-looking funnyman Will Ferrell's forte. He's excellent on Dreamworks' hugely enjoyable "superhero" animation, which just pips Despicable Me for laughs.

Brad Pitt's parents moving in with him

Brad Pitt's parents are moving in with him and Angelina Jolie.

Self-mutilation on film - What a carve-up!

In 127 Hours, a climber hacks his arm off with a knife. Strong stuff? Yes, but it's only the latest entry in cinema's rich history of self-mutilation, argues Kaleem Aftab

Underground hit? Brad Pitt bids millions for 'Los 33' – the movie

The drama of their captivity, rescue and love lives captivated TV audiences around the world. Now the film rights to the Chilean miners' dusky fight for survival are being sought by Brad Pitt.

'Blomkvist, Mikael Blomkvist'

The financial crisis has left Daniel Craig's most famous alter ego shaken and stirred. But just like James Bond, the British actor is a master of reinvention.

Brangelina: The end of the affair

After five years and six children, the first couple of Hollywood are rumoured to be splitting up. Amy Jenkins pays tribute to the phenomenon

DVD: Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino'sSecond World Warmovie is far moreenjoyable than his lastwoeful effort, DeathProof, but there's stillno sign that he's willingto put his ego to theservice of a full realised,satisfying film. Essentially,he's so in love withhis grandstandingmonologues anddialogues that he letshalf a dozen of them playout at interminablelength, with preciouslittle connective tissue –such as plot or roundedcharacters – betweenthem.

Caught by the fuzz: Moustaches are back

After years in the fashion wilderness, moustaches are back. But what's a chap to do if he can't actually grow one? Archie Bland goes on a face odyssey

Brad Pitt 'in the market for a new motorcycle' after crash

Brad Pitt says he is in the market for a new motorcycle.

Leading article: A river runs through it

They say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Well a committee (Transport for London) tried to get its hands on Harry Beck's classic and elegant design for the London Underground map and almost turned it into something similarly ungraceful. Thankfully, the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, quashed TFL's bizarre proposal to erase the representation of the River Thames from the design. But the inclination of officials to meddle with things that clearly do not require modification is nevertheless alarming. TFL says the intention was to reduce "clutter". But users of the Tube find it rather useful to know which side of Churchill's "silver thread" they are travelling to.

Inglourious Basterds (18)

A while ago, Bryan Ferry put his elegantly shod hoof in his mouth by commenting approvingly that the Nazis “knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves”. Now Quentin Tarantino has managed to find something about the Nazis that he too can relate to: some of them could talk the hind legs off a donkey.

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