She shone in ‘The Sting’ as a weather-beaten brothel-keeper and confidante to Paul Newman

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Cinema: A charming ode to silly love songs

There was a time when the quickest way to win angry glares and ostracism from middle-brow petting parties was to argue that Woody Allen's films were an embarrassing, wretchedly unfunny amalgam of self- aggrandisement and self-pity. But times have changed and so has Woody. Just as his more recent movies are unlikely to provoke zealotry (it's hard to imagine a Woodyphile staring you glassily in the eye and explaining how his life was changed by Mighty Aphrodite), they also seem to be offering ever less cause for purist spleen. All right, deep breath, let's get this over with: Woody Allen's 26th film, a musical comedy entitled Everyone Says I Love You (12) is - curses! chiz! - really quite charming.


No higher power is going to punish us for our misdeeds if we get away with them," says Angelica Huston's character in Crimes and Misdemeanors, one of the darker films Woody Allen made before the Soon Yi scandal sent him skittering back to neurotic romantic comedies. The question is, are Allen's staunchly loyal fans (the same ones who politely looked away when the crepe-necked one got into bed with Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite) going to let him get away with Everyone Says I Love You?

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Germany is harassing Scientologists, says US

An apparently widening gap between American and European perceptions of Scientology will be underlined today when the US State Department publishes a report accusing Germany of harassing and intimidating the church. The department is releasing its annual survey of human rights world-wide just two weeks after a group of celebrities including Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman and Gore Vidal annoyed Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government by comparing Germany's treatment of Scientologists with Nazi persecution of the Jews.

The woman who has everything ...... is still not satisfied.

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In the temples of Hollywood, they like to look after the stars of Scientology

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Main claim: Actress/comedienne and Elder stateswoman of Kook, recently over here to plug her new film, The First Wives Club. Her presence at the London premiere led to lots of guff about how older women can stay sexy - Goldie is 50 going on 15. "Still Hawny", crowed the Daily Star. Posed nude for a magazine cover to show the body remains beautiful.

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Brave new world? i'd rather stay put

You can keep your 12-inch penises, neat noses and pert breasts, says Annalisa Barbieri. It's the knobbly, wrinkly bits that make the world a beautiful place

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