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Killing Fields executioner faces justice

He may be the most prolific torturer and executioner the modern world has known.

Rosemary Furber: Some mother's son

Julie Myerson threw her son out of the house. Our writer, who was thrown out too but later saw her own child walk away, asks if tough love works

Olga San Juan: Actress who starred alongside Fred Astaire

Though born in Brooklyn, the actress and singer Olga San Juan was of Puerto Rican extraction, and during her years in Hollywood she was often cast and costumed in Latin style. Publicised as "the Puerto Rican Pepperpot", she was an engaging performer, but she lacked the huge charisma that made her contemporary Carmen Miranda a worldwide sensation.

DVD: Tropic Thunder, Rental & Retail, (Paramount)

Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black star as three has-beens who think they're filming a Vietnam war epic in the jungle, unaware that the people who keep shooting at them aren't actors playing the Viet Cong, they're genuine trigger-happy guerrillas.

Hollyweird: William Desmond Taylor

In Hollywood's glitzy society, stories are never ordinary stories and murders are never ordinary murders.

DVD: The Love Guru, Retail & Rental, (Paramount)

The frustrating thing about 'The Love Guru' is is that Mike Myers still has expert comic timing, but he's shelved almost every form of humour except sniggering references to genitalia, flatulence and most varieties of bodily fluid: it's perhaps inevitable that the film climaxes with a pair of rutting elephants.

Rude awakening for Spielberg as DreamWorks runs short of cash

Even the world's most successful director is struggling to raise money for movies as credit crunch bites

Culture: Why I was wrong about the Baftas

As a member of Bafta, I'm currently being bombarded with emails inviting me to screenings of films that distributors believe are in the running for awards. This is a reminder that, for industry insiders, the awards season has already begun, even though the first big "kudosfest" isn't until 11 January when the Golden Globes are broadcast.

DVD: Iron Man, Retail & Rental, Paramount

This summer's second most acclaimed superhero blockbuster stars Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, playboy industrialist turned one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Why stars want to sing

Their all-singing, all-dancing glamour lit up the dark days after the Wall Street crash. And as the credit crisis bites, they are making a comeback.

Spielberg's firm seals split from film giant

The principals behind DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures sealed their parting of ways yesterday, allowing the DreamWorks studio to tie up with Reliance ADA Group of India to start a new film company.

No Money for Old Men: Tommy Lee Jones sues studio for $10m

As sheriff Ed Tom Bell, he risked death in the fight for justice, pursuing Javier Bardem's psychotic murderer across the desolate and lawless landscape of west Texas. Now Tommy Lee Jones is taking his love for the letter of the law a step further – albeit for more self-serving reasons.

Mike Myers: Has Hollywood's funniest man lost the Midas touch?

Mike Myers was once hailed as Hollywood's funniest man. As yet another of his movies is slammed by the critics, Guy Adams examines what went wrong

Margot at the Wedding, DVD Retail & Rental

Paramount Noah Baumbach's second dysfunctional family comedy is so unsparing that there are some scenes even more shockingly intimate than the one with a naked Jack Black in it.

Jean Delannoy: Film director before the New Wave

Described by Georges Sadoul in his book French Film (1953) as "an honest craftsman, capable of good work and worthy of his international reputation", Jean Delannoy was the last surviving and last active member of the directing triumvirate of Claude Autant-Lara, Christian-Jaque and himself, who between them were responsible for much of what constituted the "Tradition of Quality" in postwar French cinema.

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