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Prisoners has retained its number one spot, while Blue Jasmine looks set to become Woody Allen's most successful UK film release

Babel (words), Sadler's Wells, London

Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is known for his collaborations. He's recently worked with Akram Khan, with Shaolin Temple monks, with the sculptor Antony Gormley. Gormley is back for Babel (words): Cherkaoui's multi-cultural cast argue in a mix of languages, framed by steel Gormley shapes that suggest towers or cages.

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100 years of movie stars: The age of celebrity





A century after the "birth" of the movie star, not much has changed in the public's relationship with its favourite film idols. We are as fascinated as ever by the huge salaries the top stars earn, by their private lives and by the scandals many still dutifully manage to get themselves entangled in.

Style and vision: Rankin's images promote campaign to save women's sight

At first glance the images appear to be advertising the latest in edgy style from the more extreme reaches of high-end fashion.

Cate Blanchett hit by prop on stage

Actress Cate Blanchett has suffered a head wound after being hit by a prop on stage during a Sydney performance.

Jimmy Choo budget range set for high street

Fashion-lovers will be able to buy designer Jimmy Choo shoes for a fraction of their usual price tag when a new range goes on sale at H&M.

Green star: Cate Blanchett welcomes business leaders

Business leaders including BP's Tony Hayward, Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, and Sir Martin Sorrell, founder of the advertising group WPP, will converge on Copenhagen today for the World Business Summit on Climate Change.

Janet Street-Porter: MPs don't deserve their summer hols

The continuing controversy over MPs' expenses has finally galvanised the Prime Minister into action. Gordon Brown wants MPs to vote next week to abolish their second-home allowance and replace it with a flat fee for daily attendance, and today Sir Christopher Kelly publishes the first findings of his committee's inquiry into Standards in Public Life.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher, 165 mins, 12A

Brad Pitt grows younger by the day in Hollywood's lavish attempt to chart the human condition

David Fincher: "Awards are just icing on the cake"

There was a time when David Fincher's career threatened to derail. Following his 2002 home-invasion thriller Panic Room, he dropped out of skateboard film Lords of Dogtown and Tom Cruise vehicle Mission: Impossible III. He toyed with numerous other projects – including an adaptation of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama – but nothing came to fruition. "Making movies is hard," he shrugs. "It takes a long time." Already known for his Kubrick-like fastidiousness, Fincher seemed afraid to commit to anything less than the perfect project.

First Night: Riflemind, Trafalgar Studios, London

A dull sex, drugs and rock and roll reunion

My Style: Kierston Wareing

Communists see red over Indiana Jones 'propaganda'

Russian Communist party members have condemned the new Indiana Jones film as crude anti-Soviet propaganda that distorted history, and called for it to be banned from Russian screens.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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