Trotter in his restaurant in 2011; he closed it last year, knowing he had a brain aneurysm

Charlie Trotter: Chef and restaurateur who led Chicago's rise to become a culinary capital

Of all the chefs who shot to international fame in recent times, Charlie Trotter was the most remarkable, and eccentric. He was entirely self-taught – as a cook and restaurateur – though he was a conventionally well-educated man from a well-off family. Yet when he retired in August last year and closed his Chicago restaurant, aged only 52, he said it was in order to travel and perhaps do postgraduate work in philosophy.

Erin Brockovich herself

Erin Brockovich arrested in Las Vegas for being drunk in charge of a boat

Environmental activist spotted struggling to moor her boat in the harbour near Boulder City harbour

Mirror Mirror (PG)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins

Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror

Pretty Woman has ugly side – but still comes out smiling

Julia Roberts is cast against type as a wicked queen in her new film, Mirror Mirror. The Hollywood favourite tells Lesley O'Toole how acting is now more like a hobby

Between The Covers: Tulip Fever and big news at Simon & Schuster

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Album: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, How I Go (Roadrunner)

The world is never short of decent blues guitarists, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a bit special, combining a deep knowledge of the form with a genuine Southern upbringing in a way which brings to mind Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Recession, as seen by Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts

The highest-grossing star in the world and America's sweetheart can feel our pain, they tell Gill Pringle ahead of their new movie

Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses, By Claire Dederer

Free the spirit, but don't get carried away

Culture Club: Eat Pray Love (PG)

Readers review this week's film

Eat, Pray, Love (PG)

Julia Roberts smiles on crowds at Eat Pray Love premiere

Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts lit up London with her beaming smile at the gala premiere of her new film, Eat Pray Love.

Eat, Pray, Love: Please don't devour this magical memoir

Is there anything worse than a bad film adaptation of your favourite book? Rebecca Armstrong frets over 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Fireflies in the Garden (15)

In Fireflies in the Garden, Ryan Reynolds heads an overqualified ensemble cast to play a writer who's just finished a warts-and-all novel about his childhood. He then flies to the rural Midwest to visit his parents, Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts (in old-woman make-up), but, just before he arrives, Roberts is killed in a car accident, which is the cue for hugs, recriminations, and numerous flashbacks to Reynolds' formative years. Emily Watson, his aunt, scolds him for writing a scandalous roman-à-clef which will lay bare the family's darkest secrets, so you'd assume that the flashbacks would reveal some pretty juicy traumas. No such luck. The crux of this dawdling, self-indulgent melodrama is that Dafoe is a cold father, but his paternal tyrannies are so insignificant that Reynolds would be lucky to get a short story out of them.

Charlie Wilson's War (15)<br />Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (15)

Spy story? Nope, more Afghan farce

Green chic: At last top celebrities wake up to plight of the planet

Between the ads for diamond watches and designer bags in one of America's glossiest magazines, A-listers have gone green. By Severin Carrell and Geoffrey Lean
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
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The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
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