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The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Ronna & Beverly, Soho Theatre, London

Ronna and Beverly are Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, two American "thirtysomething" actors playing "fiftysomething" Jewish mothers who have co-authored abook of relationship advice called "You'll Do Better Next Time". But the duo aren't just self-help authors, they also fancy themselves as chat-show hosts and their guests have previously included Matthew Perry and Russell Brand. Matt Lucas is tonight's guest star and, though he has appeared before, his changeable expression seems to mirror the uneven ride that Ronna and Beverly take their audience on over the hour.

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Lost Lindy Chamberlain papers prove the 1980 verdict was anything but unanimous

Pilgrims, By Garrison Keillor

Not everyone finds Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon tales as beguiling or amusing as I do, but even the most resistant would surely warm to this sharply observed exodus of Minnesotans to the Eternal City, where they find love, freedom and, er, the opportunity to stay exactly the same if they want to.

Meryl Streep takes on her toughest role: the Iron Lady

She has played an Auschwitz survivor, a nuclear-reactor worker-turned- whistleblower, and the ruthless editor of a fashion magazine. Now Meryl Streep has been lined up to play the leading role in Thatcher, a biopic of one of the most controversial prime ministers in British history.

Meryl Streep 'lined up to play Baroness Thatcher'

Hollywood star Meryl Streep is in discussions to play Baroness Thatcher in a new film, it was confirmed today.

Joan Smith: The male-female divide gets worse as you grow older

New research suggests men can expect a longer sex life than women

The Road, John Hillcoat, 111 mins, (15)<br/>It's Complicated, Nancy Meyers, 115 mins, (15)

There are no cars, no zombies and no hope in this poetic, cheerless trudge through a post-apocalyptic America

It's Complicated (12A)

Nancy Meyers, who has made two of my least favourite movies of all time in What Women Want and The Holiday, adds to her charge-sheet with this egregiously stupid comedy of middle-aged romance.

Natalie Portman has a 'no boobs' policy

Natalie Portman has revealed that she has no plans to go nude on the big screen.

Meryl Streep: Golden girl

No good parts in Hollywood for older actresses? Try telling that to a star who turned 60 this year and has never been on such a roll

Alaina Reed-Amini

Alaina Reed-Amini, who died on 17 December aged 63, was the Broadway star and television actress best known for her long-running role on Sesame Street.

Nora Ephron: Woman's wit

Heroine to a generation of wronged wives, the writer and director's latest film has strengthened her claim to be the voice of liberal America

The Black Monastery. By Stav Sherez

A chilly time in the holiday sun

Sarah Sands: My hoard of glam rock outfits tells a happy tale

Two retail strategies are competing in the high street this Christmas. One is the Marks & Spencer belief that women want "investment" clothes, ie, safe and wearable rather than fashionable. The other is that women want something to lift their spirits beyond knee-length navy blue.

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