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Outlook Champagne bonuses, Christmas cracker competitions, "Grand in your Hand" contests: welcome to the wacky world of Lloyds bank's staff incentive plans.

FAN'S EYE VIEW: Martin O'Neill : The Irishman cometh in the age of miracles

ONE RECENT Saturday we drove down to London to see Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh at The Old Vic. I'll see Kevin Spacey in anything. The play is set in the No Chance Saloon, a New York bar where a dozen bums drink, indulge their pipe dreams and wait for Hickey. This Hickey (Spacey) is something of a hero, a salesman-messiah.

Television: Portrait of the artist as an old man

Last night was Jack Lemmon night on BBC2. Why?

Film: A flick through the Good and Evil book

Mark Cook visits Savannah, Georgia, whose eccentrics and scandalous past have brought Clint Eastwood to town

Videos: L'Appartement (15), Artificial Eye (available to rent 23 Feb)

In Gilles Mimouni's engrossing romantic thriller, Max (Vincent La Haine Cassel) risks losing his wife-to-be and career to pursue a woman he believes to be his lost love. You won't have seen a film so intricately structured since The Usual Suspects, but don't expect to have to wait until the death to have the narrative knots unravelled.

Film: London Top Ten

1 / TITANIC

Choice: Film: LA Confidential

LA Confidential, on general release

LONDON TOP TEN

1 / LA CONFIDENTIAL

Box-office UK

1 The Full Monty

New Films: BOX OFFICE; london

1 Face/Off

Cinema Review: It's not exactly noir, but I like it

Curtis Hanson's LA Confidential (18) is clearly the best crime picture of the year. Smart, stylish and brutal, it has an exhilarating film noir plot (filleted from James Ellroy's novel) and an impeccable sense of time and place (Los Angeles, 1953, cracked Bakelite under a haze of nickel-cigar smoke). And its dramatis personae are the most carnivorous pack of grifters, sharks and patsies seen since John Huston filmed Dashiell Hammett.

People: Hopkins's Hannibal voted baddest baddie ever

Hannibal Lecter is the most evil movie character ever, according to a top 100 of film bad guys.

The usual suspect

Need to add an undercurrent of cold-blooded menace to your thriller? Step forward Kevin Spacey... Until now. Ryan Gilbey meets the actor-turned- director whose latest role is, well, someone you'd like to take home and cuddle

ARTS 1996

It was the year of Cezanne at the Tate and Oasis at Maine Road; of `Moll Flanders' and `Emma', `Trainspotting' and `Our Friends in the North'. And here, in time-honoured tradition, our critics pick their people and productions of the past 12 months. The envelopes please ...

Film: Wild Angle

"What I really want to do is act" was once the favourite refrain of the model bent on being "taken seriously". But these days, beautiful airheads would do well to skip the thespian stage and head straight for the camera, craftily leap-frogging all those actors moaning that what they really want to do is direct. The actor-director is not a new thing. As a species, they're a bit like the actor- managers of Victorian theatre, a megalomaniac breed that transmuted with Darwinian ease into the likes of Charlie Chaplin when moving pictures came along. These were monumental talents with egos to match, choreographing themselves in their own movies.

Letter: Is `Cassandra' a woman?

Sir: Your "resident Greek scholar" might have pointed out that, besides being murdered by Clytemnestra, Cassandra was, rather more relevantly, a woman ("Predictions galore in Cassandra hunt", 16 November). Shouldn't your line-up of the usual suspects - Austin Mitchell, Tony Banks, John Garrett - therefore have included a woman or two?
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