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Kristen Wiig: Rolling in the aisle

She came late to acting – and the brilliant performance she gives in the hit film comedy 'Bridesmaids' suggests that this might just have been her best career move

James Franco: The man with the golden arm

Actor, artist, writer, musician – and tomorrow night, both co-host and nominee at the Oscars. But is Hollywood's new renaissance man spreading his talents just a little too thinly?

Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words, Pleasance Dome

He may look like the older brother of Justin Bieber, but don't let the youth and fragility of the 19 year-old American comedian Bo Burnham fool you. This is his "United States of Whatever" and he has come to kick some serious comedy butt.

Charlie Hunnam: The Queer As Folk star has grown into a burly biker

Charlie Hunnam knew what he was letting himself in for. It was all there in the script. Within minutes of appearing on a TV screen in his first major role, playing a 15-year-old schoolboy, he'd be having his naked bum licked by a drug-taking club Lothario. "I was just thrown into this world and it was all so exciting, and I didn't really have any gauge of what was a normal day on a set and what wasn't," the actor says of his appearance in Channel 4's headline-rattling 1999 drama Queer as Folk. "But I was a pretty fearless kid. I was just amazed that I'd been given this opportunity. I jumped in head first."

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King of bromance: Judd Apatow

Think of a recent smash-hit movie comedy: chances are Judd Apatow will have had a hand in it. Tim Walker on the oddball who made men fall in love with rom-coms

Is Antichrist anti-women?

Lars von Trier's graphic new film has been labelled misogynistic. Sadly, that's true of so many contemporary movies, says Sheila Johnston

Whatever happened to the great American film director?

Once upon a time in Hollywood, the man behind the camera was king. Today, studios are more interested in blockbusting franchises and big bucks than in nurturing new voices and visionaries – and our screens are suffering as a result, says Kaleem Aftab