Kenneth Branagh

Frankenweenie (PG) *** Ginger and Rosa (12A) ***

Tim Burton's career, which seemed in tailspin with the Gothic resurrection comedy Dark Shadows earlier this year, has somehow righted itself with Frankenweenie, his most enjoyable film in ages. This too is a Gothic resurrection comedy, a monochrome stop-motion animation that revisits and extends a live-action short he made for Disney in 1984. On one level it pays affectionate homage to horror classics such as Bride of Frankenstein – Burton is an obsessive pasticheur – though more importantly it shows that he still has an instinct for a good yarn.

The Diary: Tracey Emin; Chortle's 10th Comedy Awards; National

Might a new direction be looming for Tracey Emin? The artist, moving on from patchwork blankets and embroidery, is trying out tapestry for the first time and is collaborating with weavers at the West Dean Tapestry Studio on a reworking of her Black Cat – a "rather demonic self-portrait in a long black dress" – in thread.

The Branagh enigma

He is still best known for his stage and film work, but now the boy wonder is following many of his peers and making his mark as a TV detective

Rising Star: Tom Hiddleston, Actor

When you find yourself playing Cassio to Ewan McGregor's Iago, you could be forgiven for not standing out. Yet Tom Hiddleston was the name most bandied about by those who saw the Donmar's 'Othello' last winter. The Rada graduate is now starring opposite Kenneth Branagh in 'Ivanov', and last week made his film debut in 'Unrelated'. Next up, he's in the BBC's 'Wallander', again opposite Branagh. "Ken is calling it his Hiddleston year," joked the actor recently.