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

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)

A hit-and-miss Italian job for gorgeous Georg

Tom Sutcliffe: The originals are still the best

The week in culture

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.

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, 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.

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?

Sarah Sands gathers up the leaders’ dropped hints at manly disorder
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...