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The singular comic talents of Stefan Golaszewski are mostly expended on works for television - as in Him & Her, a sitcom that applies Royle Family techniques to twentysomething slackerdom with intermittently hilarious results.

Producers star Kenneth Mars dies

Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in The Producers and an earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in Young Frankenstein, has died at 75.

The Antonioni Project, Barbican, London

Why attempt to translate a celluloid masterpiece for the stage?

Victoria Summerley: How to make drama out of bereavement

It takes a very skilled scriptwriter to convey the weight of grief,the sense of endurance, the slow drip of endless tears that follow what is an emotional amputation

Barney's Version (15), Biutiful (15) (3/5, 1/5)

Three weddings and a murder

Duo Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell score on pointes

Director Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell, his composer of choice, go hand in hand. Mansell has scored the director's latest, Black Swan, which uses arrangements from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The working relationship goes back to 1996, when the director asked Mansell, then wrapping up his role as frontman in the punk-pop band Pop Will Eat Itself, to score his first film, Pi. It was Mansell's first film composition, and since he has penned the music to almost every Aronofsky film. Perhaps his most famous soundtrack is Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, its haunting and urgent string-fuelled music combining his electronic beginnings with orchestration.

Tom Sutcliffe: How to lead the eye a merry dance

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Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, 110 mins (15)<br/>Morning Glory, Roger Michell, 108 mins (12A)

Trembling, teary, and prone to seeing things. And that's just the audience

Feathers ruffled over Black Swan

Extravagant tutus created for the ballet film have caught the eye of Oscar judges, but an off-screen costume drama puts the designers in the shade

Natalie Portman worried she will bore cinema fans

Natalie Portman is worried people will get bored of her face because she is in so many new movies.



Winona Ryder's difficult Black Swan role

Winona Ryder found 'Black Swan' "difficult" to film.

Mila Kunis: The other Black Swan finds her feet

Ukraine-born Mila Kunis missed out on a Golden Globe for her role as Natalie Portman's rival in their new film but is still on a high.

Video: Exclusive interview with Black Swan star Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman, star of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, talks exclusively to independent.co.uk about the rigours of training for the role.

Darren Aronofsky: Hollywood's most ambitious director

Plagued by outrageous misfortune in his early career, his latest film is a hot favourite for the Oscars. Has he struck it lucky at last?

Sloane Crosley: 'I might say I had a girl crush on Tina Fey, but not on AS Byatt'

Unless we're talking about old-school, witchcraft-trial violence, can we please phase out the phrase "girl crush"? While we're at it, if we can axe "like, total girl crush" unless Total Girl Crush is the name of a fizzy soft drink, in which case I'll take two, thank you. A Twitter and Facebook favourite, "girl crush" has been the primary means of lady-on-lady compliment over the past few years. Now that 2011 has begun, I say this is the year women take a non-heeled stand against this oddly undercutting and twee acclamation.

TV&rsquo;s funniest woman: Ruth Jones on life after Gavin &amp; Stacey

The writer and star of Gavin &amp; Stacey is adding Hattie Jacques to her list of acclaimed creations. Gerard Gilbert meets the late-blooming comedian
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen