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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.

The Illusionist (PG) <br/>Salt (12A) <br/>The Expendables (15)

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

Children's Books Special: The best books for boys

Brothers Leo and Benjy Taylor tackle famine ships, sewer scavengers and an evil blue rat
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A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory