Arts and Entertainment Carey Mulligan would snap up a role in ITV period drama Downton Abbey if given the chance

The British actress admires Julian Fellowes after he helped launch her career

Scissor sisters: Why waif is the hot summer look

Emma Watson celebrates freedom from Harry Potter with the season's must-have crop

'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.

All things bright and beautiful

From animal stripes to kaleidoscopic swirls, prints are everywhere this season, says Harriet Walker. Graphics may seem daunting, but don't be shy

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets graphic

Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – first line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains" – rocketed into the top 10 of the New York Times bestseller list when it was released last year, capitalising on zombie culture's recent rising from the dead (Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, was released in October; Juno's Diablo Cody is developing a romantic comedy entitled Breathers: A Zombie's Lament).

Amanda Posey: I didn't win, but my only regret is that I didn't meet George Clooney

Oscar Notebook: It is a special moment seeing your movie held up in front of bigger movies

Bigelow, Bridges and Bullock are best in show at the Oscars

Like a well-made film, it all went according to the script: Kathryn Bigelow scored a historic first for female film-makers, and an eagerly anticipated David and Goliath-style battle saw the little guy triumph as The Hurt Locker walked away with six trophies and most of the headlines at the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Best Picture award is least predictable of tonight's gongs

Could this be the year for boldly going where no Oscar has gone before? On a night of potential firsts, James Cameron's Avatar has a shot at breaking one of Hollywood's longest-standing taboos and becoming the first science-fiction film to win Best Picture.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, By Laurie Viera Rigler

The protagonist Courtney Stone wakes up in a dream, and "doomed to be an anachronism" since it is now 1813 England, rather than the present-day Los Angeles from which she hails. She revels in the reflection of the unfamiliar woman gazing back at her – a woman called Jane Mansfield. She also has to inhabit an entirely different body of thought and feeling, and over the course of the novel will struggle to fit into some rigid notions. Jane has just awoken from a riding accident and is confronting a world deciding how to treat her: is she best off in an asylum? Or having "the offensive humours in the blood" drained out of her? Or simply eating and sleeping well?

DVD: An Education, For retail & rental (EL)

All due credit to Nick Hornby for fleshing out Lynn Barber's short,

My night with the stars: Preparing for the Oscars

Amanda Posey, co-producer of 'An Education', gets swept up in Oscars fever as she prepares for tomorrow night's ceremony

Kathryn Bigelow wins battle of 'exes' as 'Hurt Locker' storms Baftas

Carey Mulligan takes Best Actress while Colin Firth awarded Best Actor

Geoffrey MacNab: A rich year for British film-making

The great relief was that the evening wasn't all about <i>Avatar </i>after all

Baftas go to Hollywood

American actors and directors are likely to dominate tonight's awards, leaving few chances for British nominees
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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

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Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

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The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
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When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible