Arts and Entertainment Emma Thompson arriving for the National Board of Review Awards in New York

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.

DVD: Mamma Mia, Retail & Rental, (Universal)

Mamma Mia is 2008's biggest hit at the British box office, due largely to the singalong nights attended by women of a certain age. I'm sure those same women will make it 2008's biggest Christmas DVD, too.

On The Road: Nobody drives for fun, so how are we managing to cut back our car use?

It is official. We are all mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Or, at least, a little put out and not going to take the Astra to Bluewater 'just to have a scratch around and maybe get a new bath mat'.

Melanie McDonagh: Celebrate long life and good living

Welcoming the growing number of pensioners

The Manchurian Candidate

Directed by John Frankenheimer

The French Lieutenant's Woman

Directed by Karel Reisz

Hollywood and the curse of Princess Vi

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Sophie's Choice

A great novel, a great movie, but what about the new opera? Edward Seckerson sees the premiere at Covent Garden of Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice

Radcliffe isrun ragged heat

Festival: From the heart

Hot on the heels of St Patrick's Day comes the Barbican's annual Irish knees-up. "From the Heart" taps into the Emerald Isle's rich cultural vein to present concerts, literature, poetry, dance, film and comedy. Highlights include: Nobel-prizewinning poet Seamus Heaney, who joins forces with uilleann piper extraordinaire, Liam O'Flynn; madcap comedy trio, The Nualas (28 Mar); Mary Coughlan in an evening celebrating Irish divas (27 Mar) and a selection of gaelic-themed films including Dancing at Lughnasa (5 Apr, left), adapted from Brian Friel's award-winning play and starring Meryl Streep and Kathy Burke

Arts: Heart of darkness

Klaus Maria Brandauer is in London to play the architect Albert Speer. And it's not the actor's first brush with the Nazi era. What's the attraction?

Not just in the comedy camp

Interview: Kevin Kline

Jazz: A kind of magnum music that made Clint's day

"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Clint Eastwood, and I love jazz." So begins old Stoneface's brief and humble oration towards the end of the double-CD, Eastwood After Hours, a remarkable recording of a Carnegie Hall concert held in the actor and director's honour in October last year, and released on his own Malpaso label (via Warner Brothers). What makes the album so special is not the reaching out of jazz to Eastwood or vice versa, but rather the fact that the whole enterprise is so damn good.

why are they famous?: Amanda Donohoe

Main Claim: Stripped naked, had a lesbian snog, developed fangs, and all in cut-glass accent. Amanda, 35, is famous for her, let us say, eccentric choice of roles. She is a pretty talented luvvie, but hers has not been the classical route to damehood and thespish immortality. But now she's playing Wallis Simpson in Snoo Wilson's new West End play, HRH, which exposes the underbelly of the most exciting love match of the century before Dodi Fayed hit the scene.
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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