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This year, two movies about the great Baroque composer are due to be released. Why the sudden fascination with a man who died 270 years ago? Jonathan Brown reports

Harriet Walker: Equality in relationships, as on the dancefloor, is an illusion

It's terribly unfashionable to say it, but women will never reach complete parity with men. How can we, when we still rely on them not to dump us and one day to pop the question?

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel split

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have ended their four-year relationship.

DVD: The Illusionist, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

Directed by Sylvain Chomet, from a screenplay written by Jacques Tati in 1959, this gorgeously hand-drawn cartoon sees an ageing French conjurer trying his luck in Edinburgh, where he shares a boarding house with a young girl.

DVD: The Illusionist (PG)

Fans of Sylvain Chomet's wonderful Belleville Rendez-Vous will find the director in a slightly gentler mood here.

Heaven knows we're beautiful now

We're taller, healthier and more attractive than ever. But are we also more boring? Harriet Walker looks beneath the surface of the new beauty

Screen Talk: Blood money

For the first time, Hollywood is admitting that it pays to be long in the tooth – but only if you're a vampire. Bloodsuckers are big business, worth an estimated $7bn across all entertainment, since Twilight hit the big screen two years ago.

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You have to smile, but Tati's magic show remains a hat without a rabbit

Film of the week: The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet, 79 mins, (PG)

Starring Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin, Didier Gustin

The A-Team (12A)

The Karate Kid looks a model of coherence and charm next to The A-Team. Please tell me the TV show wasn't quite so fatuous as this farrago of action stunts and non-liners (the opposite of a one-liner).

The Illusionist, Edinburgh Film Festival

Magic show from the Jacques pack

Valentine's Day (NC)

At first sight Garry Marshall's all-star ensemble looks to be a Short Cuts-lite – Short Cutlets, if you will – until it establishes its tone of flabby sentimentality and you realise it's more like an LA version of Love, Actually. There's even a sickeningly precocious kid who declares his love to an adult.

Jessica Biel: Out of this world

Jessica Biel has shed her pin-up image but exudes sex appeal even when playing an alien, as Gill Pringle discovers

Katie Price proves a big draw for cybercrooks

Katie Price was named the UK's "most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace" by internet researchers today.

Jessica Biel: 'I fight against prejudice every day'

Jessica Biel has two men in her life at the moment &ndash; Justin Timberlake and No&#235;l Coward. But as James Mottram discovers, she only wants to talk about one of them

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Brothers Leo and Benjy Taylor tackle famine ships, sewer scavengers and an evil blue rat
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