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Cinema: Stanislavski would love Clint Eastwood

True Crime (15)

A wok'n'roll hero is something to be

Who needs Liverpool when you can have Hong Kong? Meet Barry Cox, gearing up for Canto-pop stardom.

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Cinema: Getting older the Paul Newman way

Twilight (15) Rush Hour (15) Year of the Horse (15) Babe: Pig in the City (U) Dancing at Lughnasa (PG) It's a Wonderful Life (U)

Film: Coming attractions

November 27: Since Hammer Productions were staked in the late Seventies, there have been sporadic attempts to breathe new life into the British vampire film. The Wisdom of Crocodiles is the latest, bringing a coven of British stars together under the aegis of a Chinese director (Po Chih Leong) for a less gruesome take on the usual story. Jude Law stars as Steven Griscz, an undead Lothario who's made miserable by his vampiric existence. Timothy Spall plays the Van Helsing figure, and Jack Davenport - of This Life and the bloodsucking TV thriller Ultraviolet - is also in the cast. Alternatively, if you still haven't been sated by the boom in Seventies costume drama then The Slums of Beverly Hills - Tamara Jenkins's comic memoir of her LA childhood - will be sure to please.

Cinema: Let's have lots more Mr Nice Guy

Mr Nice Guy 15

Wide angle: Ghosts from the past

The Australian-born director John Hillcoat launched his feature- film career in 1989 with Ghosts ... of the Civil Dead, a dark, uncompromising drama which unblinkingly chronicled the brutal events leading up to a "lockdown" at a hi-tech prison. The film received nine Australian Film Institute Award nominations, and was critically acclaimed abroad. Yet, despite this early success, it took Hillcoat seven years to make his eagerly- awaited second feature, To Have & To Hold.

Future frock

Twentieth-century fashion has become as collectable as modern art and design. But which pieces should you snap up now, to sell at vastly inflated prices some time next century? James Sherwood selects this season's best investments.

Cinema: Has Bond run out of tomorrows?

James Bond isn't really a character: he's a repertoire of sophisticated moves, most of which have become irretrievably naff. Who, for instance - apart from second- hand car salesmen - still has a gold cigarette lighter? Earlier incumbents of the role devised strategies to cope with this shallowness: Sean Connery turned on the sleaze, Roger Moore fizzed with knowing fruitiness. Pierce Brosnan's conservative incarnation plumps instead for an air of polite apology. As a result, he becomes marginal to his own adventures.

Barely bobbing above the surface...

Head Above Water (15) Directed by: Jim Wilson. Starring: Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz.

Film: When did you last film your mother?

Together, Gena Rowlands and her husband John Cassavetes reinvented American film-making. Without them, no Jim Jarmusch, no Gus Van Sant, no Kevin Smith. In films like Shadows, Faces and A Woman Under the Influence, Cassavetes' camera and Rowlands's performance occupied the same raw, nervous, drunkenly improvisational territory: a perfect marriage of styles. In Unhook the Stars (15), their son, Nick Cassavetes, goes behind the camera to pursue the disconcertingly Freudian project of attempting to marshal his mother's stormy energies.

Chinese are given a glimpse of the forbidden city of HK

A lengthening queue, and rumours that tickets had been sold out, had made the waiting Chinese anxious. So when a tout appeared, she was was almost knocked over as punters tried to elbow through to her.

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The crossover bug is clearly the way forward for house music if it is to escape the self-imposed dancefloor ghetto. This debut album by a quartet based around the tried and trusted production skills of Rollo and Sister Bliss (remixers of Simply Red, Pet Shop Boys, Roxy Music, M People and U2) follows a similar cross-pollination to Everything But The Girl's latest, throwing the net wider yet to include a singer-songwriter (Jamie Catto), a sly, worldly rapper (Maxi Jazz), a classically trained pianist/ violinist/ DJ (Sister Bliss), and a producer/ central organising intelligence (Rollo) who had the good taste to turn down remix commissions from both Jacko and Blur.
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness