Arts and Entertainment Pedro Almodovar arriving at a gala screening of I'm So Excited at the Hackney Picture House, London.

Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar has revealed he is a keen flyer in spite of the problems featured in his new film I'm So Excited!

Book of a lifetime: The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

I've given a lot of thought to books that hold a significant meaning for me; the books that have stayed with me long after the final page has been turned. There are many books that have shaped me. To select one feels like an impossible task, like choosing between salade niçoise and buttery mashed potatoes. I love both at different times of the year.

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If you're not a Woody Allen fan, subtract one point from the above rating. If you are an Allenite, you'll still be forced to file To Rome with Love among his minor works.

The Blagger's Guide To: love in literature

50 Shades of Pooh, and other unlikely romantic interludes

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Stars line up to support new Greenpeace initiative to safeguard future of North Pole

Paul McCartney and Penélope Cruz among celebrity backers. By Michael McCarthy

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If you ask me...

Culture Club: Attack the Block (15)

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Women grab Cannes spotlight with disturbing tales

Female directors, famously shut out of the Cannes film festival's main competition in 2010, dominated the opening of this year's event with dark tales of murder, prostitution, rape and suicide.

DVD: Biutiful (15)

Biutiful is Alejandro González Iñárritu's first film since the underwhelming Babel. It couldn't be a more different affair.

Win VIP tickets to the premiere of Pirates Of The Caribbean

Disney's latest blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" premieres at London’s Westfield on 12 May and, thanks to Spanish carmaker SEAT, you could be there!

Go off the beaten track in Ibiza

After a night on the dancefloor it is time to sample the other side of the island on an 18-mile cycle route of jaw-dropping beauty

Dom Joly: Señor Bullwinkle and a very tall tale from a Spanish hotel

Weird World of Sport: 'I was wondering whether it might be possible for you to forget I stayed here'

Actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz wed in Bahamas

Spanish actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz have joined the ranks of Oscar-winning married couples after tying the knot in the Bahamas earlier this month, according to several celebrity magazines.

Blood, bulls and boycott: Manolete strikes again

In his lifetime, Manolete, the legendary bullfighter, caused a stir living with his exuberant left-wing mistress beneath the disapproving glare of staunchly Catholic, 1940s Spain. Manolete, a film about this romance starring Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz, is raising eyebrows again – this time among the anti-bullfighting camp.

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