Maria Schneider: Actress best known for starring opposite Marlon Brando in the controversial film 'Last Tango in Paris'

The French actress Maria Schneider became famous over-night when she starred opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial film Last Tango in Paris (1972), which featured perhaps the most famous sex scene in cinemahistory, in which Brando, with the aid of a slab of butter, appears to have anal intercourse with his co-star.The sequence caused a world-wide furore, and the film was banned in several countries (including parts of the UK). Schneider and Brando, along with Bertolucci, were idicted by an Italian court on charges of obscenity for participating in the making of an erotic movie, and it was banned in Italy until 1987.

'Last Tango' stole my star's youth, admits Bertolucci

The Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci has expressed his regret for never apologising to Maria Schneider for making her do the taboo-busting sex scenes with Marlon Brando in his 1972 arthouse film, Last Tango in Paris.

End of a love affair: Brando's 'lover' dies

Maria Schneider, the French actress best-known for her controversial steamy sex scenes in the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, has died at the age of 58.

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Wilko Johnson's New Year's Eve Show, 100 Club, London

Even Wilko Johnson's skull is stripped to brutal basics. Bushy grey eyebrows hood the dent in his bald eagle forehead; manic eyes stare down the crowd. In the 1970s, Johnson's band, Dr Feelgood, helped scorch a path for punk. Last year, a documentary by Julien Temple, Oil City Confidential, showed that the largely forgotten guitarist is still magnetically charismatic, though haunted by the death in 2004 of his childhood sweetheart and wife, Irene. Tonight, the success of the film seems to have resurrected not only Johnson's career, but also his spirit.

Make them an offer... of at least $2.9m

The stately home where The Godfather wedding scene was filmed is on the market, priced at a minimum of $2.9m (£1.8m).

Sport on TV: Barrel-bellied man floats down in a stream of unconsciousness

When it comes to extreme feats of physical endurance, it's debatable whether they should be shown on TV.

Best for Harley heaven: California

There comes a time in life, normally when hair starts thinning and waistbands begin to stretch, when a man's thoughts turn towards a motorbike. Specifically, they turn towards a Harley Davidson, those roaring kings of the open road upon which we can deludedly dream of being transported back to free-spirited days of our youth.

Irish church has suffered dramatic fall from grace

A seemingly unending wave of sex scandals, many of them involving children, has decimated the once-proud standing of the Catholic church in Ireland and rendered its power a pale shadow of what it was.

Against Interpretation, By Susan Sontag

This classic collection of essays and criticism from the 1960s flatters the reader's intelligence without being intimidating. Sontag has seemingly read everything, from Sophocles to Sartre, but has the gift of explaining ideas in reader-friendly prose – a gift not shared by all the critics who followed the trail she blazed.

Inside Lines: Cash row threatens pro debut of boxing's 'next Ricky Hatton'

Frank Warren's latest capture, brilliant young amateur star Ronnie Heffron – tipped as "the new Ricky Hatton" – is locked in a bitter financial battle which threatens the launch of his professional career next month. The British Amateur Boxing Association are demanding he pays them £16,000, which they say is part of the investment made in grooming him for the 2012 Olympics as a member of their elite squad. ABA champion Heffron, just 19, has also been told by the professional game's Board of Control that he cannot be given a licence until this is resolved. Warren says: "It is outrageous. How can they justify demanding this sort of money from a young kid?" Heffron, who is taking legal advice, says he has received only £2,000 in funding and has offered to repay this but BABA chairman Derek Mapp argues: "We now have contracts with our boxers and it is only right that if taxpayers' money is being used to support them, this should be repaid. Promoters have been made aware of this." Oldham's Heffron, a Hatton fight-a-like, who turned pro after being omitted from the European Championships, said he saw little chance of being selected in 2012 because he was in the shadow of number one light-welter Bradley Saunders, the Beijing Olympian who ironically is out of this month's world championships with a broken thumb.

A Streetcar Named Desire, Donmar Warehouse, London

I don't want realism, I want magic," cries Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's 1947 New Orleans masterpiece of broken dreams and tragic collapse, and she speaks for anyone who ever entered a theatre.

The strained making of 'Apocalypse Now'

Dead bodies, heart attacks, wild parties, cocaine binges, Marlon Brando's belly and breakdowns. Thirty years on, Robert Sellers revisits the making of 'Apocalypse Now'

James Delingpole: I'm smitten: cut me, and I weed

Gardening will bring joy in good times and comfort in bad; once you've got the bug, you never recover

Album: Gilad Atzmon, In Loving Memory of America, (Enja)

Maybe because he's such a wild card himself, saxophonist Atzmon plays Charlie Parker with a perfect mix of bluster and vulnerability.

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