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

Sam Rockwell: A wild card's world of pain

Sam Rockwell has a reputation as a live wire, an American firecracker. The 42-year-old actor has played a handful of major leads – most notoriously, the possibly delusional game-show host Chuck Barris in George Clooney's wildly eccentric Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. And in 2009 he scored a personal best, playing opposite himself as an existentially troubled spaceman in Duncan Jones's acclaimed Moon. But Rockwell is still often found as a second stringer – amid the support casts of The Assassination of Jesse James...and Frost/Nixon, or playing a brattish villain in Iron Man 2, even upstaging Robert Downey Jr with sheer showboat obnoxiousness.

Culture Club: The American (15)

Readers review this week's big film

The American, Anton Corbijn, 104 mins (15)

Anton Corbijn's handsome second feature leaves its superstar stranded between God and 'amore'

The American (15)

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Taking a shot: The Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn on his first Hollywood film

He says he hates being labelled a rock photographer and anyway, the English have never valued his artistry. So will his new George Clooney film finally bring Anton Corbijn the credibility he craves?

How did all that movie talent crash?

Ten years ago Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and others promised to revitalise US cinema. As Wilson's latest gets a mauling, Ben Walsh laments their recent record of stinkers

On the agenda: Paul Smith; Channel 4; Festival in the Sky; Huggies Club; Emerging Artists Award Exhibition

Being a new parent is a laughing matter and why the height of fine dining is pie in the sky

Fans flock to Italian court to see Clooney's latest star turn

George Clooney has entertained plenty of Italians over the years with his films and his high-profile holidaying at Lake Como. Yesterday Italy returned the favour by inviting the actor to a courtroom comedy of its own.

George Clooney radiates cool on witness stand

It's no wonder the Italian businessmen claimed George Clooney was behind their fashion line - the actor knows how to wow an audience whether he's on the red carpet or the witness stand.

DVD: Up in the Air, For retail & rental (Paramount)

George Clooney stars as an executive who has rejected all the worldly attachments – a family, a nice house – that might stop him racking up air miles on business trips.

The Hacker: Incredible beauty in Italy but it is hard to slash your handicap

Sometimes it matters neither who won or lost nor even in what manner. There are some places that transcend mere competitiveness; the where the game was played is the point, not the how. For golfers, one such location can be found in the hills above Lake Como. That is perhaps unexpected, because Italy – the current efforts of Edoardo and Francesco Molinari and young Matteo Manassero notwithstanding – is hardly a hotbed of the sport in Europe.

DVD: Up in the Air (15)

This excellent film is given added frisson by the current spectacle of an aviation industry imploding in a fug of volcanic ash and strikes.

Who wants an untidy slob as a husband? And who's got one?

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