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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

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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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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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