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DVD: The Disappearance of Alice, For retail & rental (Icon)

This snappy British thriller from J Blakeson, a first-time writer-director, is a craftily engineered piece of work.

DVD: The Disappearance of Alice Creed (18)

Spending most of this thriller gagged and manacled (sometimes naked) to a bed, Gemma Arterton certainly draws the short straw in this sometimes gripping, often preposterous, but always compelling three-hander.

Gemma Arterton the height of fashion



Screen beauty Gemma Arterton was at the height of fashion today as she showed off some towering heels - as big as her.

Culture Club: Tamara Drewe (15)

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Amy Jenkins: When did the life of the mind become ripe for ridicule?

The new film Tamara Drewe is bound to be a big hit. It mercilessly takes the piss out of the middle classes, and the middle classes will flock to see it. The original comic strip by Posy Simmonds is loosely based on Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.

Tamara Drewe (15)

A crackling pocketful of Posy

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Diary: Hi-tech search for hound

A shaggy dog story from the pages of Facebook. Late on Monday evening, Sheridan Smith lost her dog: Enid, a cuddly Shar Pei with ear trouble, who went missing somewhere in the Crouch End area. Enid's "distraught" owner – former squeeze of James Corden; former star of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps ; current star of the West End musical Legally Blonde, in which she plays a chihuahua-loving legal student – promptly established a Facebook group devoted to finding her. Soon Smith's fans were on the case, Enid was the talk of Theatreland, and by yesterday morning Radio 1 had issued a plea for her safe return. Around lunchtime, a breakthrough: Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden tweeted that the dog had been sighted, close to Gregg's bakery "by the park entrance". What happened next isn't clear, but by 3pm, it emerged that Enid had made her way to Battersea Dogs Home – where she was finally reunited with her owner. In the words of Smith's Facebook fan Doreen Formby, "love a happy ending :)"

Amber, Armani's autumn gem

Giorgio Armani presented his new autumn-winter collection yesterday to an A-list crowd for Paris Haute Couture fashion week. His Privé collection was based on the amber gemstone, using its every shade, from sandalwood to gold. There were lustrous evening gowns and tweed skirt-suits.

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Cultural Life: Amy Macdonald, musician

Music: I have always been a fan of the Guillemots. Fyfe Dangerfield, the lead singer, has recently produced a debut solo album called 'Fly Yellow Moon'; he has the most amazing voice ever. I got an advanced copy of the new Paul Weller album, 'Wake Up the Nation', which I really like. Sometimes I just set my playlist to shuffle and listen to a lot of different songs, which always brings up some new finds. My latest discovery is the song "You're the Best" from 'The Karate Kid'.

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