News Cate Blanchett at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she picked up the award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role

Blanchett highlights the fact that women in Hollywood are still honoured for their appearance first, talents second in new GIF

He's my Squeeze from suburbia

England Is Mine: pop life in Albion from Wilde to Goldie by Michael Bracewell, HarperCollins, pounds 18; Is pop music the key to a lost Arcady of Englishness? In your dreams, says D J Taylor

LAST NIGHT: Review of "The Vanishing Man"

The somewhat open ending of The Vanishing Man (ITV) suggests that last night's comedy thriller was intended as a pilot. One can only hope that it proves more competent than the one played by Neil Morrissey, a man who climbs into his twin-engined plane without a pre-flight inspection, and then stows a set of golf-clubs in the front seat, where they are virtually guaranteed to rearrange his instrument panel at the first quiver of turbulence. He can't even claim ignorance as a mitigating factor: "I was carrying golf clubs on the plane," he says wearily, after being jailed for plutonium smuggling. "The metal sometimes interferes with the compass." His lawyer, stunned by this explanation for a radar-dodging approach back to England, summarises his predicament: "If I don't believe you, how can I make a court believe you?" And if she doesn't believe him, where does that leave us, grappling by now with an armful of improbabilities?

Tranmere battle through

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Devious, truculent and unreliable

What a judge said about the rock star Morrissey

Film: Above it all

A new film captures the strange mystique of Nico, the accidental icon. By Louise Gray

So what exactly did Andy do?

Andy Warhol's films of people (and buildings) doing their own thing got the Sixties art world talking. Some of the later works are even watchable - thanks mainly to his director, Paul Morrissey. By Ryan Gilbey

Sailing close to the wind

Colin Brown learns to stand on his own two feet at the Greek Mecca of windsurfing - with the help of a 'Baywatch'-style babe

How wrong can they be?

Alanis Morissette is young, Canadian and mainstream. Does that make her a fake?

live: Afghan Whigs Astoria, London

In the Afghan Whigs song "Crime Scene Part One", Greg Dulli asks "Do you think I'm beautiful? Or do you think I'm evil?" You're never quite certain, but the fun is in finding out. One moment you think you could take him home to meet your mum. She'd adore him; he's immaculately turned out and always on standby with a spot of topical chit-chat to fill those awkward silences. "You've got all those mad cows roaming the countryside and they've all gotta be killed," he observes between songs, apropos of nothing. He's even ready with his own conspiracy theory: "I think Morrissey's behind it," he beams. You'd have to be a right mad cow not to warm to him.

Bowie stages artful return

What a strange, time warp year it is turning out to be: new albums from the Beatles and Queen, feature performances from dead artists; the Rolling Stones are on tour. And last night one of the most delightful surprises of all - David Bowie launched his stage renaissance with his first British concert in five years.

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'Morrissey's muse is stretched to breaking point. There are only so many songs to be written about the fascination of feckless youth'

Glasgow belongs to Morrissey - but why? : Rock : THE CRITICS

IT'S QUITE a feat to get a hall full of Scots shouting along with the hymn about England's green and pleasant land. But on Friday night, Glasgow belonged to Morrissey. The Barrowlands shook with a chorus of his name (to the tune of "Here wego, here we go, here we go"), even before a tape of "Jeru-salem" started the show. The rarity of Morrissey's British tours has done his legend no harm. The fans are not to be put off by a couple of relatively ill-received albums and some less than charming use of jingoistic imagery. Morrissey's latest - and greatest - solo LP, Vauxhalland I (Parlophone), and the effortlessly human new single, "Boxers", would have restored their faith anyway.

Metro Choice: Check out Echobelly

Echobelly may be the most politically correct pop band in Britain, sporting a female Asian singer and black lesbian guitarist, but this doesn't stop them wigging out in a gorgeously tuneful post-grunge fashion. Although singer Sonya Aurora-Madan obviously owns a well-thumbed copy of The Complete Sing-A-Long-A-Morrissey, her lyrics, about patriarchy and arranged marriages, give a very Nineties spin to the thundering band, and Smiths-style moping doesn't get a look in. This year's debut album, Everyone's Got One, is finer even than Blur's Parklife and proves what kids knew: that the British music scene is a vibrant, live thing. Fight hard for tickets for Tuesday's one-off gig at the Astoria, Charing Cross Road (071-434 0403): if their modern masterpiece 'Insomniac' doesn't thrill you to your boots, then you must be dead.

Centrefold: More miserable than Morrissey?: Step forward the Tiger Lillies this wekk's heirs to the Smiths

For impresario Michael Morris, who trawled through hundreds of tapes for his current 'Now You See It' South Bank season of quirky and innovative one-off performances, the Tiger Lillies, playing tonight at the Purcell Rooms, are 'the most original British band since The Smiths'. David Byrne picked them for his selection of bands supposedly promoting his Luaka Bop label tomorrow, even though the band aren't actually on the label. Martin Jacques is the Tiger Lillies' tragicomic front man and songwriter. It would be fair to say that he is not the type who goes in for positive thinking or a New Age view of the world. Their first CD is on their own Misery Guts label. They have immensely catchy tunes with titles like 'Heroin And Cocaine', 'You're Old' ('Arthritis makes you sad/ Angina is regina/the good times are all bad') and the anthemic 'Born to Fail'.
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