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DVD: Milk, Retail and rental, (Momentum)

Gus Van Sant's heartfelt, fast-moving biopic depicts Harvey Milk's progression from closeted New York stockbroker to campaigning San Francisco demagogue to America's first openly gay elected official in 1978.

For the record: 02/03/2009

"The most sustained run of scoops and exclusives in the history of broadcast news in the UK." Citation for Robert Peston, winner of both the television journalist of the year and specialist journalist of the year titles at the RTS Journalism Awards last Thursday

Culture: Give Sean Penn an Oscar for irony

At the time of writing, I don't know what films appeared on the list of Oscar nominations announced on Thursday, but the results are such a foregone conclusion that I can confidently predict that Slumdog Millionaire will win Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay; Milk will win Best Original Screenplay; and Kate Winslet will win Best Actress.

Milk, Gus Van Sant, 128 mins, 15

Sean Penn's portrayal of America's first openly gay man in public office is full of exuberance and joy

Oscars: full nominations list

This is the complete list of the 2009 Academy Award nominations:

Milk (15)

Harvey Milk is a folk-icon of American politics, the first out-of-the-closet gay man to be elected to public office and, later, a martyr to the cause when he was shot dead by a deranged colleague in 1978.

Milk - a movie stuck in the closet

Milk is a typical gay-as-Issue movie. Where are the films about ordinary homosexual life, asks Philip Hensher

Leading article: Dog days

No Country for Old Men. The Departed. Crash. Million Dollar Baby. The winners of the best picture Oscar in the past four years have many qualities but one thing none of them could be said to deliver is a happy ending.

Film in 2008: Hands up, lady, and step away from the Abba LP

Whether it was to check out Carrie Bradshaw's frocks or Daniel Craig's pecs, women of a certain age couldn't keep away from the movies in 2008

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A recession may have taken hold in adland, but ‘bring it on’ says Farah Ramzan Golant, the gutsy head of Abbott Mead Vickers. By Ian Burrell

W, Oliver Stone, 129 mins, 15

Josh Brolin has a good stab at rendering President Bush as complex. But the film comes too late to be useful, too early to dish the dirt

The man who set America straight about gay rights

The release of a Hollywood biopic about Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected politician, couldnot be more timely. Guy Adams reports

Josh Brolin: The punk who became president

He was a no-good party animal with a famous dad. But, against all expectations, he found huge success in his forties. No, not George Bush, but Josh Brolin, the actor who gives the performance of a lifetime in 'W', Oliver Stone's controversial new biopic

Gilbert Baker: "I love going to cities around the world and seeing the rainbow flag"

Kristina Backer meets Gilbert Baker, the man who came up with the globally famous symbol of gay pride

Album: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Momofuku (Lost Highway)

Recorded as an offshoot of sessions for a Rilo Kiley album, Momofuku has an impromptu quality lacking in Elvis Costello's more considered recent work. Rattling from style to style as Costello aims at one target after another, there's a brusque impatience about the album, which in some cases transfers to the listener: frankly, it's hard to raise two hoots of interest in songs like the McCartneyesque trifle "Mr Feathers", the schematic "Stella Hurt" or the melodrama "Go Away".

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