Javier Bardem

If Oscars were given for fashion...

There was a time when the annual Oscar red carpet was the place to see the world's most extraordinary actors parading ever more outrageous and exuberant designs.

Javier Bardem: 'People watch me. I feel absurd'

Fame does not sit comfortably on the shoulders of Javier Bardem. But what can you do when you are one half of Hollywood's hippest couple and you've triumphed at Cannes and the Oscars? The actor talks to James Mottram about invasions of privacy and getting under the skin of a dying man in his new film

Canned Cannes: Dustin's new direction

Dustin Hoffman did not have to think too long or too hard when he was offered the chance to direct his first film, according to Jane Wright, the managing director of BBC Films, which will make Quartet, the actor's debut from behind the camera lens. A British venture starring Dame Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay as ageing opera singers, Hoffman reportedly accepted the challenge with considerable excitement. He had made known his desire to venture into directing, said Ms Wright, adding: "He's got access to incredible amounts of material. This film is the one he really wanted to do". The 72-year-old was, according to BBC Films, "slightly in awe of the cast". It seems beyond doubt that they will be in awe of their director.

DVD: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Rental and retail, (Optimum)

This breezy tale of two American tourists (Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall) who have their hormones and preconceptions shaken by two Spanish artists (Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz) is the return to form Woody Allen fans had given up hoping for.

Cannes Film Festival snubs British movies for the second year running

Hollywood made its presence felt in this year's line-up for the Cannes Film Festival, with Clint Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh nominated for the top directorial award, the Palme d'Or. But the list of contenders announced yesterday was notable for its absence of British films for the second successive year.

Love in the Time of Cholera (15)

I know, I know, this ought to be the big event of this week, if not this year. A beloved book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, adapted by Ronald Harwood (hot property after The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral! Donnie Brasco!), and starring Javier Bardem: what could go wrong?

Baddie hair days: the haircut that grew and grew

Javier Bardem's villainous bob has made even more headlines than the Oscar-sweeping film in which he and it starred. Tim Walker considers the strange cinematic potency of the really unpleasant hairdo

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Acting awards fail to get the Hollywood party started

This may be as festive as Hollywood gets this year: a rain-soaked red carpet; a clutch of stars trying not to look worried about the dispute crippling their business; and a pall of grief over the death of Heath Ledger.

A night of a thousand absent stars as Golden Globes lose their lustre

In any other year, it would have been a glittering night for British talent at Hollywood's Golden Globes: acting prizes for Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis, Ricky Gervais's Extras named the best comedy on television, and the biggest recognition of all, the award for best dramatic picture, going to Atonement, Joe Wright's adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel.