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Lorenzo Agius: Totally exposed

He is one of the few photographers for whom the stars will let down their guard. Lorenzo Agius tells Melanie Abrams the stories behind his best shots

First Impressions: Shallow Grave (1995)

Shallow Grave is a British thriller of great assurance and fair accomplishment. The setting is a mixture of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the film thereby qualifying for a grant from the Scottish Film Production Fund, but the narrative values are bracingly American.

The Independent Film Forum: 14. Cheri

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Stephen Frears' new romantic drama

DVD: Incendiary

This confused melodrama miscasts Michelle Williams as an East Ender who's having an affair with Ewan McGregor's tabloid hack when a terrorist bomb goes off in London, killing her husband. The story would have to be searingly intelligent to tackle such a contentious topic, but 'Incendiary' is so scrappy it's insulting. What can you say about a script in which the heroine is shot by the police, and then, a scene or two later, the incident is completely forgotten? Nicholas Barber

Boyle takes his place among cream of directors

Winning an Oscar marks the high point in a directorial career that has seen Danny Boyle go from low-budget British movies to films of international acclaim.

Rising Star: Tom Hiddleston, Actor

When you find yourself playing Cassio to Ewan McGregor's Iago, you could be forgiven for not standing out. Yet Tom Hiddleston was the name most bandied about by those who saw the Donmar's 'Othello' last winter. The Rada graduate is now starring opposite Kenneth Branagh in 'Ivanov', and last week made his film debut in 'Unrelated'. Next up, he's in the BBC's 'Wallander', again opposite Branagh. "Ken is calling it his Hiddleston year," joked the actor recently.

There's been a murder: Taggart at 25

It is the world's longest-running police drama and synonymous with the grit and dark humour of Glasgow. It has featured nearly all of of Scotland's finest actors, and launched plenty of careers. Andrew Johnson rounds up 25 of the best

Cassandra's Dream (12A)

Cassandra's Dream is the new Woody Allen film. Like 2005's Match Point, it's a London-set drama that asks whether an ordinary man could get away with murder, but this time the story concerns cockneys, not aristocrats, which, in Woody-world, means more floral wallpaper and less oak panelling.

Irvine Welsh to revive Sick Boy and Renton in 'Trainspotting' prequel

How did they get like that, some of literature's most drug-fuelled characters – Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and the rest of their gang in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting? We're about to find out, because 15 years after his celebrated novel, the Scottish author intends to write a prequel.

The Third Leader: Shaken and stirred

Choose a career. Choose acting

In Trainspotting, Kelly Macdonald snared Ewan McGregor. In Cousin Bette, Jessica Lange stroked her hair. So why did The Matrix resist her charm?

Film: The phantom menace

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is here. The story so far: pounds 360million of US business to date, 24hr screenings, endless merchandising, wall-to-wall press coverage. And it's all in aid of George Lucas's first feature directing credit since the original Star Wars. And, boy, is he rusty. Never the best handler of actors, Lucas ensures that the computer- generated spectacles and a waffly story-line keep Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson (right) well in the background. Which isn't even to mention the allegations of racial stereotyping that have been levelled at characters like Jar Jar Binks. Persuaded you to see The Third Man instead? No? Didn't think so.

Satellite: Pick of the Day

WHAT BETTER way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday than in the company of Ewan McGregor (right). A evening of his work kicks off with the premiere of A Life Less Ordinary (10pm FilmFour), his third film with Danny Boyle, Andrew Macdonald and John Hodge. In this delicious black comedy wittily directed by Boyle, McGregor plays a disaffected cleaner who tries to boost his fortunes by kidnapping the boss's daughter (the delightful Cameron Diaz). At the same time, in a typically surreal touch, two angels (Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo) are trying their damnedest to make the couple fall in love. This is followed by McGregor's two previous efforts with the same creative team, the murderously dark comedy, Shallow Grave (11.50pm) and the startlingly original drug drama, Trainspotting (1.40am), which features Robert Carlyle.

The Saturday Profile: Robert Carlyle, Actor: A man for all regions

NOBODY LIKES to criticise Robert Carlyle. Fans of lo-fi kitchen sink misery love him for his work with Ken Loach, and point out that he's one of the few actors whom the director has cast twice.
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