Stickers put brakes on high-speed video driving

Perhaps the cinemas in Acton, west London, should show more James Dean or Marlon Brando films. In the summer, Michael Webster, a local resident, wrote to the House of Lords to complain that "I don't think it's far-fetched to suspect that [young people] get their ideas of driving from the way in which they have driven video racing cars."

Just give that camera to me

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Bongo Brando to go go

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Obituary: Alexander Salkind

"You'll believe a man can fly!" was the slogan dreamed up by the genius publicist Gordon Arnell for the film that could be said to have been the apogee of Alexander Salkind's career as a producer. For not only was Superman: the movie (1978) immensely popular with the public, it also swiftly became the most profitable film in the history of Warner Bros, spawning three sequels, creating a film star out of Christopher Reeve, and totally justifying Salkind's faith in developing a mere idea expounded to him by his own son Ilya, who loved the comic strips as a boy.

Arts: A silvermine brings misery

Many film-makers have ventured into the heart of Joseph Conrad's dense narratives. But most come back empty-handed. As adaptations of `Nostromo' and `The Secret Agent' loom large, Steven Poole explains why Jo can never be the new Jane

The society of children

In 'Iron John', Robert Bly told men to go back to the forest. In his new book he's telling them to grow up. This is an extract

Our host attempted to dispel the suburban ambience by comparing our itinenerary to the river voyage in `Apocalypse Now': `We run into Marlon Brando at Shiplake,' he said

While it's odd for a weasel to prosecute a python, I believe I could mulct Terry Jones of substantial damages as a result of the gross libel directed at my species in his new film The Wind in the Willows. I decided to investigate the setting for this grotesque calumny at first hand and took up the kind invitation of some friends to explore a stretch of the upper Thames in their motor cruiser. Aptly, I joined them at Marlow, near the original "wild wood" of Kenneth Grahame's book.

You don't need to be mad, but it helps

Nutter needed: another of Britain's tiny islands is up for sale. Only eccentrics need apply. Only eccentrics will apply, for there is something about islands that appears to attract them.

Me and my Spyder

Rebel, The Life and Legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto HarperCollins, pounds 18; James Dean yearned for love, but courted dislike.

LETTER : Brando's ordeal

Sir: The attack on Marlon Brando for speaking his mind, by the Hollywood Jewish hierarchy, smacks of nothing so much as McCarthyism. We had the branding, the threats, the arraignment, the "confession" and the abject apology, complete with tears (report, 13 April), and the return to the fold. This episode will leave a bad feeling in the minds of all liberal-minded people, Jews and non-Jews alike.

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OH, SUPERMAN

His creator died in penury this week; the man who played him in the movies lies paralysed. There are other victims, too, of what might be called the curse of Superman. By John Lyttle
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