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Cinema's unhappy families

With a dysfunctional family at its heart, Dennis Lee's Fireflies in the Garden joins an illustrious, continent-crossing tradition

Guess who's in the new Almodovar film?

Yes, it's Penelope again. And yesterday the director explained why he always chooses Cruz

Farrow and Soon-Yi won't testify at Allen trial

Woody Allen's ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and his wife Soon-Yi Previn will not be called to testify at a trial pitting the movie director against American Apparel, a lawyer for the clothing company said yesterday.

Settling scores: Songwriters who take revenge

Lily Allen's single, released as a CD tomorrow, takes aim at an ex-partner, mocking his love-making skills. Katy Guest reports

Woody Allen signs up 'Slumdog' star

Freida Pinto tipped to become the director's latest muse after Oscar success

Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri: France's funniest film-comedy duo

Who bickers as amusingly as the misfits and fools in Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri's comedies? Well, the pair tell Jonathan Romney, they can think of one couple...

Be Kind Rewind - DVD

Michel Gondry's potty comedy stars Jack Black and Mos Def as two idiotic friends who accidentally erase every tape in Danny Glover's inner city video store, and try to cover their tracks by shooting their own hilariously shambolic remakes of 'Ghostbusters', 'King Kong', 'The Lion King' etc.

How waving a stick promotes orchestral harmony

Conductors settle the score after violinist Kennedy's dig at strutters on the podium

Be Kind Rewind (12A)

Be Kind Rewind is the latest offering from the French director Michel Gondry, best known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his innovative promos for bands such as the White Stripes, whom he animated with the clever use of Lego.

Be Kind Rewind

Jack Black has a 'Blue Peter' moment in used silver foil

Mia Farrow: It's time to end the genocide

This is a critical moment for Darfur. China must do all in its power to persuade Khartoum to stop the aerial bombardment and ground attacks on civilian populations and to immediately admit peacekeepers, as outlined in the latest UN resolution, to protect civilians and humanitarians in Darfur. We also ask that China support UN sanctions against Khartoum.

They've got it taped: The appeal of the home-made tribute

The big concept behind Michel Gondry's new film Be Kind Rewind is the remaking of classic movies on a shoestring budget. Starring Jack Black and Mos Def, the movie had its world premiere at the Sundance festival this week. Now its French director wants everyone to take their camcorders and remake classic films using household items as props, with friends and non-actors as cast and crew, and post the results on the internet.

Police halt Mia Farrow's genocide protest

The Hollywood actress Mia Farrow has been prevented from holding a rally at a former Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians were held and tortured before being dispatched to their deaths at nearby "killing fields".

THE 1990s IN REVIEW: CINEMA - Hollywood takes over the world

In Britain, we had `Trainspotting' and `Four Weddings'. But overall, American blockbusters triumphed. By Gilbert Adair

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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