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If it feels too early to get started on your summer wardrobe, denim is the perfect candidate for a between season update, writes Emma Akbareian

Look Who's Talking: A smile isn't my natural expression: He was born with a permanent frown on his face, now Jack Dee is laughing all the way to the bank

I WAS born with this face: I can't smile, it's not my natural expression. When my face is completely relaxed, it just happens to look as if I am frowning. When I was serving pizzas, customers always complained - one man even said I looked 'sinister'. My face seemed a handicap for most of my life, until I found a way of turning it to my advantage and actually making a living from it.

THEATRE / Rockers on a low-fat diet: Paul Taylor on steering-wheels and inappropriate muscle in Grease at the Dominion Theatre

THE BEST moment at the opening night of Grease was a sheer fluke. It came during the drive-in movie scene. An overstimulated Danny (Craig McLachlan) was just starting to get fresh with the virginal Sandy (Debbie Gibson) when his steering-wheel snapped off in his hand. Thank God it wasn't his gear-stick, or it would have been curtains for that romance. Suddenly confronted by an accidental image of less than complete manhood, Gibson to her undying credit, could not keep a straight face and the show ground to a brief halt.

INTERVIEW / Did you get very far? Aha, aha . . .: Jim Jacobs was happy writing ads and taking bribes. Until Grease. Tell me more, tell me more, pleads Sabine Durrant

Jim Jacobs is one of the two guys who wrote Grease. It's made him a millionaire but, hell, you should have seen him in the Sixties. He was writing advertising copy for the Chicago Tribune back then, and reviewing restaurants on the side. 'Every week, I was paid my regular salary, plus I got like a dollars 50 bonus for every restaurant story I wrote, plus the restaurant was always tipped off I was coming and they'd put like a dollars 50 bill under the salad plate to bribe me. I forget who I told this story to years ago and they said, 'Really, you took the money?' and I said, 'You've never been to Chicago, honey. I wasn't Serpico, you know.' '

Camping out in West Hollywood: Roger Tredre sets out to discover what's up in Boys' Town, home to much of LA's gay community. To his surprise, he finds himself going native

MY FIRST trip to Los Angeles. I am a white heterosexual English middle-class male, and I'm staying with Greg and Keith, two gay friends, in West Hollywood. It is an illuminating experience, for this is a part of town where, as Keith points out, the men are 'as camp as a row of tents'.

Verdict on Baton Rouge killing shocks Japanese

AMERICANS have the 'absolute legal right' to answer everyone who comes to their door with a gun, a lawyer told a courtroom in Louisiana over the weekend. The lawyer was defending a man who had used a .44 calibre Magnum to shoot dead a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student who had rung the man's doorbell expecting to find a Hallowe'en party. The man said he thought the student was going to attack him, and the jury took only three hours to acquit the man of a manslaughter charge.

ROCK / But where was John Travolta?

MIKE READ: age shall not wither him. Compering Capital Gold's Giants of Seventies Soul extravaganza at Wembley Arena, Read doesn't allow his composure to be ruffled by a profusion of technical hitches. The Wembley bar prices - normally a powerful incentive to temperance - have had no effect on this hardened crowd of superannuated soulboys, and these are not people to be messed with even when sober. Luckily, the acts themselves process smoothly. George McCrae ('Rock Your Baby') confounds those who believed him to be dead. The Real Thing counsel, 'Don't forget our new single, it's called, erm . . .' And the vocal harmonies of the Tavares are miraculously intact, though cricketing brother Chris is sadly missing. What exactly were the Bee Gees thinking of when they wrote the words to 'More than a Woman'?

FILM / The bare necessities of life: The flesh is weak, but its appeal at the box-office is stronger than ever. John Lyttle offers a scene by scene guide to movie seduction

Sex at the movies doesn't always happen in the back row. Since the Sixties Louis B Mayer's catch-all dictum 'Don't show the bodily functions]' has been discarded in favour of ever more graphic D-I-Y kits showing the public how to assemble the two-backed beast. More and more often 'it' is laid bare across the Silver Screen, in close-up, moans, groans, goosebumps, ice-picks, extras and all.

DANCE / Missed by a whisker

WITH the Tales of Beatrix Potter, the Royal Ballet has brazenly targeted the Christmas box office - and it will succeed because the production, adapted for stage by Anthony Dowell from Frederick Ashton's 1971 film, is indisputably good-looking.

Out of Japan: Culture shocks end in tragedy

TOKYO - Yoshihiro Hattori, a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student from Nagoya, and his friend Web Haymaker, also 16, were out to have a good time last week. The two boys had been invited to a Hallowe'en party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Yoshihiro had dressed up in a white jacket, mimicking John Travolta in the old disco film, Saturday Night Fever. It was Saturday night.
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