Good-guy George Clooney shows his corrupt side...
Traditionally marginalised by the big studios, genre films are finally gaining the respect they deserve, says James Mottram
Sideshow is a travelling exhibition of drawings and poetry exploring the lives of the people in and around the fairgrounds and penny gaffs of an older England. It examines the transformative effect of the carnival, voyeurism and the human body as a commodity of display.
Clerks director Kevin Smith hired the cinemas himself to show his latest movie. He's not the only rebel, says James Mottram
These rarely seen images of the Cannes Film Festival are the work of the Traverso family, four generations of photographers who captured the transformation of a sleepy seaside town into an iconic location for cinematic legends.
An eerie adaptation that doesn't quite ring true
Every last cliché about Paris, courtesy of Woody
The big stars will be at the Cannes film festival next month, but its Edinburgh rival is looking far from glamorous, says Geoffrey Macnab
It gives me no pleasure to admit that Labour frontbencher Caroline Flint rather burned bridges when she made a point of not thanking me for highlighting the news she was among the leading contenders for 2011's Rear of the Year award. For those of you who don't keep up with current affairs in the way you should, I reported back in January that Caroline was among the early frontrunners for this year's "prestigious" gong, due to be handed out to the lucky winner at The Dorchester hotel this June. Supporters who had helpfully nominated the Shadow Communities Secretary pointed out at the time that Ms Flint would join an esteemed list including Babs Windsor and Graham Norton, should she emerge victorious. Alas, awards organiser Tony Edwards now informs me: "The nominations for Caroline seemed to peak quite quickly, confirming my suspicion they originated from Commons-based computers. Much the same happened last year with Harriet Harman – basically a flurry of voting activity, then nothing." Fickle, fickle world.
All's well with this action hero
We all live in Ayoade's Submarine
Felicity Jones (aka Emma Grundy in 'The Archers') wins top prize at Sundance Festival
After a quiet two decades, the godfather of street art, Richard Hambleton, returned to the public scene with a splash last year with a hugely successful exhibition in New York. On Friday, he’s coming to London for his first major UK exhibition, with 38 works, half of which have never been seen before. Twice featured on the cover of Life, he is most famous for his Shadowman series and his “crime scenes” of the 1980s, when he painted “chalk” outlines around volunteer victims, then splashed red paint on the outline. His recent exhibit in Moscow drew the city’s biggest ever art crowd – so expect a packed gallery. To 3 December, The Dairy, 7 Wakefield Street, London WC1
Next week's Sheffield film festival focuses on work captured by the cameras in all our pockets. Kaleem Aftab sees the future
Music: I don't really like music any more. I bought The Coral; the single's brilliant but the album's OK. I bought David Rawlings because he's Gillian Welch's guitarist – I heard one of the songs called "Method Acting" and it's a cover of a Conor Oberst song. But the album's not very good. The one record I liked this year – and I'm shocked to say it as I managed them for years – is Carl Barat's album – it's a complete departure. It's like Scott Walker and Kevin Rowland –it's the best record Carl's ever made.
A spotlight on the Prince of Darkness