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Right on cue: Meet the new generation of hot young British actors taking the world by storm

There's no waiting in the wings any more: rather than spending years in repertory, the new generation of British male actors are coming camera-ready to Tinseltown courtesy of fledgling careers on television

The movie moments that tell the whole story

Be it a look, a line, a kiss, a joke or a gesture, a swift and seemingly incidental detail can often secure a movie's place in our affections. Ben Walsh picks 30 of the finest

Tom Sutcliffe: Opening lines that can be a giveaway

Can you judge a book by its epigraph? That you do is surely true, since at the point when you turn that particular page of a new novel it's pretty much all you've got to go on. Yes – the book's cover will have started work on you already, but you know that to be the creation of the marketing department. It's inadmissible as evidence of literary intent. But now, here, you are for the first time in the presence of the author and you are entitled to weigh up what you've been given. That you are expected to judge a book by its epigraph is also true, since it would hardly be there otherwise. You know perfectly well that it has designs on your judgement. It would be impolite to brush past without a nod in its direction, even if you suspect that it stands at the door like a spin-doctor, trying to tilt the verdict in the right direction.

William H Macy to star in 'Shameless' remake

They are a down and out family who speak in broad regional vernacular and live in the fictional Manchester sink estate of Chatsworth.

DVD: A Serious Man, For retail & rental, (Universal)

The Coen brothers' deadpan tragicomedy stars a terrific Michael Stuhlbarg as a Midwestern physics lecturer whose solid mid-1960s life is knocked sideways by an unfaithful wife, a hapless brother, a lawn-annexing neighbour, a blackmailing student, and more besides.

Melody maker: T-Bone Burnett

The Texan musician and producer has dug out the best of Americana for a string of acclaimed movies. Now he's tipped for a Bafta – and an Oscar – for his most recent soundtrack

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop, Film Festival, Berlin

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Mary Dejevsky: Friendless in the wastes of St Pancras

As the festive season proceeded, I was positively oozing the milk of human kindness. Two days before Christmas, someone came from the electricity company, cheerfully proffering his ID, to do an actual meter reading. On Christmas Eve, I made it back from a family visit in time for the King's College carols, and on the day itself the pheasant almost cooked itself. On Boxing Day, the staff at Leigh Delamere service area could not have been more charming.

Howard Jacobson: If the Coens were going back to their Jewish roots, they must have lost their way

They are now the quintessential unfeeling geniuses of our time

A Serious Man, Joel and Ethan Coen, 105 Mins, (15)

Asking questions about the universe won't get you very far, as the Coen brothers comically show in their most Jewish film yet

A Serious Man (15)

Their heart isn't in it

British talent glitters at the Golden Globes

Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes have two shots at glory in awards seen as a dress rehearsal for the Oscars &ndash; with <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i> and <i>Frost/Nixon</i> vying for best film

Culture: Why I was wrong about the Baftas

As a member of Bafta, I'm currently being bombarded with emails inviting me to screenings of films that distributors believe are in the running for awards. This is a reminder that, for industry insiders, the awards season has already begun, even though the first big "kudosfest" isn't until 11 January when the Golden Globes are broadcast.

Left reeling: Ice fishing in North Dakota

Barbed-wired prairies, hot fudge milkshakes and blood on the snow: Tam Leach goes ice fishing on Devils Lake and learns that there's more to North Dakota than the widescreen vistas of 'Fargo' country

Heartthrobs get Venice Film Festival started

The 65th Venice Film Festival gets under way today, with the premiere of a film starring heartthrobs George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

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