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First Night: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Cannes Film Festival

Gekko not quite on the money

Cannes Diary: 15/05/2010

Douglas offers old excuses

When a fellow member of the press stood up at the press conference of Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and congratulated the Hollywood actor Michael Douglas for looking good at 65, the actor visibly winced, admitting some minutes later that the film offers weren't as abundant as they had been some years ago.

Family and betrayal at centre of Wall Street sequel

Director Oliver Stone today described his sequel to Wall Street as a film about family and betrayal.

Michael Douglas' son pleads guilty to drug trafficking

Michael Douglas' son has pleaded guilty to trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine.

Liz Hoggard: We are too quick to judge older mothers

Society has a new hate object. She hasn't murdered anyone, or stolen anything. She is fit and healthy. She spent most of her life working as a special needs teacher. So what has she done to incur such wrath?

The Stepfather

It's astonishing to think that the thrillers of the 1980s are now deemed insufficiently bland and glossy for mainstream audiences, but it's true. In May we had Obsessed, a (12A)-rated copy of Fatal Attraction, and now we have a plastic, production-line remake of 1987's The Stepfather – with no blood, no swearing, no sex, and no violence – that wouldn't be at home in an episode of Poirot. I'm not even sure why it deserves a 15 certificate, except for all the gratuitous shots of Amber Heard in an itsy-bitsy bikini.

Carey Mulligan's in a class of her own

Carey Mulligan received rave reviews for her role in An Education. Next up is Wall Street 2 for Oliver Stone, and Jim Sheridan's Brothers. James Mottram talks to Britain's fastest-rising star

Stoke desperate to keep Shawcross amid speculation

Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists they will do everything to keep Ryan Shawcross but has warned the defender not to get distracted by media speculation.

Terence Blacker: Britain's green and pleasant divided land

Because politicians only occasionally take into consideration what is happening in the British countryside, rural policies and initiatives, when they do come, often have an other-worldly, Alice in Wonderland feel to them.

DVD: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (12)

Matthew McConaughey, the king of duff romantic comedies – see How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fool's Gold for proof – stars in another dollop of Hollywood froth.

Tom Sutcliffe: The matter of facts in fiction

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (12A)

Matthew McConaughey plays Connor, a commitment-phobic photographer and serial shagger in this curious hybrid of A Christmas Carol and Broken Flowers.

Kiefer Sutherland - From 24 to outer space

What could Kiefer Sutherland do after a massive hit series? Something out of this world, he tells Lesley O'Toole

Terry 'overwhelmed' by meeting with servicemen

England captain hails the sacrifice of armed forces as players mix with the military

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/fatal-attractio.html">Chris Schuler: Fatal attraction</a>

So, the Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider was gay. He spent the evening of his fatal car crash in a gay cub, cuddling another man, and used to nip across the border to Slovakia for sex with young men. And Stefan Petzner, his protégé and successor as the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Austria, described Haider as “the man of my life” on an Austrian radio breakfast show

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