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She ‘twerked’, stripped on stage and repeatedly licked her lips, but Miley Cyrus’ VMA appearance is just one of the many outrageous moments to emerge from the show.

And the winner is...

Need a little help getting Best Picture at this month's Oscars? Jerry Pam has been pitching it where it matters for the past 40 years. By Tim Cornwell

It's different for girls

Man = power, woman = pain: from opera to rock, men's control of music has allowed them to propagate this myth (and express their own pain by proxy). And despite today's so-called girl power, still only a handful of women musicians are making their real voices heard. By Ruth Padel

FIFTEEN ROUNDS WITH THE CHAMPION

After her first movie, 'Breaking the Waves', Londoner Emily Watson was nominated for an Oscar. But could she remain unbruised after a ringside experience with Daniel Day-Lewis?

Courtney Love and the film that can't be shown

Nick Broomfield's documentaries are notorious. But his latest is causing more trouble than any of them hit some formidable hurdles

Phoenix and Cobain reborn in US novel

River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain, the two tragic heroes of Nineties teenagers, have appeared together as fictional characters in a novel by the cult film director Gus Van Sant.

Hit or miss... it's a hard day's Spice

The world trembles with anticipation to see whether `Spiceworld - The Movie' is, as has been suggested, the natural heiress to `A Hard Day's Night' or just one more embarrassment in the tradition of such long-forgotten stinkers as `Gonks Go Beat' and `Live It Up'. Andy Gill considers the scary challenge facing Ginger and Co.

Trews are stranger than fiction

Style police: Fashion's latest lunacy? Trousers under a skirt. If you must layer, think salwar kameez

Cries And Whispers: Lights, camera, action ... and interview!

It Is the duty of every arts columnist to double as an over-zealous coroner, and to announce, with as little forensic evidence as possible, the death of something. The death of the novel, the death of the sitcom ... it's easy. All you have to do is think of a subject, precede it with "the death of", and you'll be quoted in other arts columns for months to come. Cries and Whispers is therefore proud to present: The Death of the Film-Star Interview.

Review: Videos

The People vs Larry Flynt (18). Vigorously airbrushed, Milos Forman's impassioned biopic of the Hustler publisher is styled primarily as a celebration of the First Amendment. The screenplay, by Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, provides sharp, memorable characterisations, and the actors respond accordingly. Woody Harrelson plays Flynt as a lovable goof ball (pissing off Gloria Steinem in the process); a wonderfully composed Courtney Love is sweet, sad, and funny as his wife Althea, a stripper turned heroin addict; the promising Edward Norton, as Flynt's fresh-faced lawyer, attacks his righteous courtroom diatribes with relish; and the terminally underused Crispin Glover shines in a delightfully bewildering minor role. Resorting too often to feelgood, all-American flag-waving, it entertains far more than it enlightens.

TECHNOFILE: RIVEN DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH

As soon as I saw the cumulus clouds above the cliffs, I wanted to climb the steps to the bridge. Once I saw the plesiosaurs, there was no turning back. They are first glimpsed as one rounds a corner, descending through a cleft in the rocks to a beach. One lolls on its back in the sun; they crane their necks at your approach. Move too fast and they flip themselves into the water, but it's worth it to see their silhouettes glide away under the surface of the sea.

RECORDED DELIVERY

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