Arts and Entertainment Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity

Clooney and Bullock's real bodies were not shown in space, Corbould reveals

The Clooney conundrum: handsome hero of Hollywood

Liberal campaigner, ladies' man, and yet still one of the boys. As the actor leaves a trail of swooning women across London, John Walsh asks: how does he do it?

Renée Zellweger - The reluctant movie star

She may have a hatful of flash homes, but Renée Zellweger tells Lesley O'Toole why she's at her happiest staying in a hotel

Pandora: Nude First Lady for sale

Here's an item I guarantee won't be up for discussion over the royal banquet table during the Sarkozys' stay at Windsor this evening.

Hollywood's new militants just haven't read the script

A fight over DVD cash seems outdated so why might actors stage a rerun of the writers' strike? asks Stephen Foley in New York

<a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/academy_awards_live/index.html">The Oscars as they happened: Scene by scene analysis</a>

A stunned Tilda Swinton wins best supporting actress, for her role as an over-achieving corporate lawyer in Michael Clayton. No-one looked more surprised than Swinton, who blanched visibly as her name was read out (instead of Cate Blanchett, the favourite), then mouthed "wow!" more than once as she popped out of her seat.



Michael Clayton (DVD)

Tony Gilroy's engrossing, intelligent, Oscar-nominated conspiracy thriller stars George Clooney as a fixer for a megabucks Manhattan law firm. He's the "janitor" who cleans up all of its clients' most incriminating messes, so when the firm's top litigator, Tom Wilkinson, strips off his clothes in a deposition room and announces that he's the "god of death", it's up to Clooney to reel him in before he compromises the shady class-action suit he's been working on. But Clooney suspects that Wilkinson might be the one who's sane, while his mercenary colleagues are the real gods of death.

Dominic Lawson: I cheered when the Russians said they did not want to hear Clooney's lecture on Darfur

Something quite remarkable has happened. A group of adults, apparently of sound mind, has told George Clooney that it does not want to see – or hear – from him. That group was nothing less than the United Nations.

My Mentor: Polly Graham on Matthew Wright

Matthew seemed to be the celebrity of the paper at the Daily Mirror. He was always jetsetting and meeting celebs, and the showbiz desk looked so much fun. I was working on features, thinking the grass was much greener over there. Eventually his assistant resigned and although I didn't have any experience I said I'd like to have a go at it and became deputy on his column. That's where I got my showbusiness training and I loved it. He launched me into this amazing world of parties and film premieres and meeting massive stars like Michael Caine, George Clooney and Brad Pitt. On other days I'd be sent to the latest restaurant where Madonna was dining, to sit at the table next to her. Or I'd go undercover to the EastEnders Christmas party to see who snogged who. Matthew could be difficult sometimes but mostly it was for my own good. One of the first things he said was that I had to accept every single invitation I got for the next six months, so I met all the PRs and built up my own contacts. He would hate it if I was just sitting around and say: "Get up and go out and do something," which I've always thought is exactly the way to find stories. He also looked slightly scornfully at my scruffy clothes and told me to get a designer wardrobe. But he was also really inspiring. He would often persuade celebrities to do stories you would never think they would. He was incredibly charming and very trustworthy and passionate. People would go to him with stories and I would just watch in awe.

Dylan Jones: The HD wonder

When the first reports of high-definition television (HDTV) started to come through, the reactions were totally consistent: everyone who'd seen it said that it was brilliant. Literally. What I kept hearing was that the difference between ordinary analogue TV and HDTV is the same as the difference between black-and-white and colour. Which is some distance. A sort of marathon, I'd guess. Or at least a 10k.

Deutsche quits Hertz float after e-mail gaffe

Deutsche Bank has been forced to withdraw as an underwriter to one of the biggest US flotations of the year, after sending inappropriate e-mails about the deal to its institutional investor clients.

Green chic: At last top celebrities wake up to plight of the planet

Between the ads for diamond watches and designer bags in one of America's glossiest magazines, A-listers have gone green. By Severin Carrell and Geoffrey Lean
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