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24-Hour Room Service: Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, California

IF WALLS could speak, then the Chateau Marmont should be perpetually gossiping. But in time-honoured Hollywood tradition, they're keeping silent. Originally built in 1929 and whimsically modelled on the Chateau Amboise in the Loire valley, the hotel started life as an apartment block. In its latest role as hotel, it is the epitome of bohemian chic to the fickle world of Hollywood.

Visual Arts: Through the rear window

Sex, violence voyeurism... Hitchcock filmed it all. But did he leave anything for artists to interpret? By Tom Lubbock

Add anything but an umbrella

GORDON'S GIN may claim to be "the heart of a good cocktail" but it is nothing of the sort. Because of a "regeneration strategy" in 1995, the brand was reduced in strength from 40 per cent to 37.5 per cent alcohol by volume. No self-respecting mixologist should go near it with a 10- foot swizzle stick.

Mike Rowbottom's Column: Dial M for murder where mobile phones intrude

I HAVE this urge to... never mind. No doubt it will pass. It's just that I remember the crack of plastic and the crunching of glass under my heel and I want to do the same thing again. Only this time not to the pager of an American journalist celebrating the end of the 1996 Olympic games, but to my own mobile.

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David Thomson joins the search for meaning in Alfred Hitchcock's appearances in his films

Film Studies: The mood of desire in movies was often palpable. I miss it

I'd guess from her obituary that it was in 1951 I cut the picture of Lili St Cyr out of - well, probably the News of the World. That was the year of her breakthrough. She got small movie spots after she had had the wit to be charged with indecent exposure during her bubble-bath act at Ciro's, a nightclub on Sunset Boulevard. She was artfully defended in court by Jerry Giesler, who asked Miss St Cyr (I read the name as "Miss Sincere") to repeat portions of her act. He then turned to the jury and enquired whether they had been emotionally ravished or indecently interfered with - or whether they hadn't had a swell time.

Real Living: Debate

Women are split: there are those who adore Gwyneth Paltrow and think she is beautiful, talented and fully deserves her Oscar nomination last week. And then there are others who see the star of 'Shakespeare In Love' as a sorry sign of just how bland Hollywood has become. Elizabeth Heathcote (a fan) and Anna Melville-James (a critic) fight it out

Film studies: In Hollywood, everyone likes hearing you scream

Over the next few months, the British Psycho-Analytical Society is offering a couple of Sunday-morning series of movies and discussion. They've shown Pabst's Secrets of a Soul already, but still to come are John Huston's Freud, Hitchcock's Spellbound and Hugh Brody's Nineteen Nineteen. That quartet falls under the rubric "Films on the Couch", and the (mis)representation of psycho-analysis in movies. Then, in the spring, class resumes, with a concentration on voyeurism, and screenings of Hitchcock's Rear Window, Michael Powell's Peeping Tom, Jaime Hermosillo's Homework and Krzysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Love.

Why are they famous? Princess Caroline

Main claim

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THE FUGITIVE'S Andrew Davis has remade Hitchcock for the multiplex generation in A Perfect Murder (left). More reptilian with each passing movie, Michael Douglas is sublimely smarmy as businessman and control freak Steven Taylor, who plans to bump off his heiress wife (Gwyneth Paltrow, as a Grace Kelly ice queen) by blackmailing her lover, Viggo Mortensen. Glossy trash, and a gorgeous way to spend a winter afternoon.

Why are they famous? Jodie Kidd

Main Claim: Jodie Kidd is extremely thin. Yes, we all know models are slender types, but our heroine is possibly the skinniest supermodel in the world. Indeed, the much discussed focus for "models cause anorexia" outrage, superseding even that former alleged inspiration for the eating disordered, Kate Moss. Now the emaciated one has tottered away from pounds 300,000 worth of work, leaving Italy for her Wiltshire home in search of peace and rest, man, supposedly suffering from exhaustion. "Jodie has decided to take a break. She has never taken a season off, so it is understandable that she wanted to do so now," is her agency's casual comment on the matter. However, fashion houses and friends are said to be stunned.
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