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BRIAN HORTON'S first victory as Port Vale manager failed to make the headlines in the Stoke Sentinel's Green 'Un on Saturday evening for a simple reason - the Sentinel's reporter was barred by the club from attending the game.

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THE FUGITIVE'S Andrew Davis has remade Hitchcock for the multiplex generation in A Perfect Murder (left). More reptilian with each passing movie, Michael Douglas is sublimely smarmy as businessman and control freak Steven Taylor, who plans to bump off his heiress wife (Gwyneth Paltrow, as a Grace Kelly ice queen) by blackmailing her lover, Viggo Mortensen. Glossy trash, and a gorgeous way to spend a winter afternoon.

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Hollywood executives are obsessed about controlling the publicity of their films. However, up until now, the Internet seems to have bypassed their quality-control mechanisms: the Godzilla website actually portrayed the beast devouring the Spice Girls. Tinseltown executives have now begun to twig that they've been underexploiting the medium.

Film: Basic instincts of the president's man

Michael Douglas has played some of the defining cinema roles of recent years. He's always used the screen to air his views. Now he's decided to stand up and have a go at the Establishment

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS ?: Tara Newley

Main Claim: Joan Collins. Tara is the offspring of the nation's favourite vamping sexagenarian and Anthony Newley, some Sixties crooner chappie shortly to bob up in EastEnders. Beaming for Hello!, Tara is this week posing with an empty pink cradle to celebrate the arrival of a yet unborn child. Said pregnancy is named Miel Celeste. "I feel our baby's spirit has been around, following us, and that soon she will materialise," explains Tara's husband, Michael. Tamara Beckwith turned up for the baby shower in a delightful leopard-skin print. Joan Collins was kitted out for the event in soft baby pink. A thoughtful touch, that.

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Classical Music: A voice - and more

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Film: Sex and violence? It's only satire

The nudity in `Showgirls' was numbing, the derision deafening. `Starship Trooper' has had Paul Verhoeven labelled a Nazi. He says his movies satirise the States. Nick Hasted wonders if he, too, has been seduced by what he would mock

Choice: Film: The Game, MAC, Birmingham

The Game, MAC, Birmingham (0121-440 3838) 8.30pm

Cinema: My baby's a boring old alien

I Saw the original Alien movie on the Betamax machine of a spoilt boy in my primary-school class. It was an illicit event: curtains were drawn, Sodastream limeade flowed like wine, there was a whole packet of Wagon Wheels on offer (I told you he was spoilt). The film scared the living daylights out of us, not just because of the handful of scenes in which the crustaceoid of the title leapt out of the darkness - or John Hurt's stomach - but because of the terrifying, foul-mouthed, sweaty grown-upness of its protagonists.

Film: Mind games - The Game David Fincher (15)

Is there a more wonderful sight in the movies than Michael Douglas being tormented? I don't think there's another Hollywood actor who does such a fine job of suffering. In David Fincher's wily new thriller, The Game, Douglas is in his element as Nicholas Van Orten, a frosty millionaire ensconced in an affluent world from which he is required to make only the most fleeting contact with fellow human beings. His reprobate brother (Sean Penn) punctures this cocoon with an unusual birthday present - an offer to play "The Game", an executive adventure which turns out to be something like the weirdest Twilight Zone episode never made.
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