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!

Timothy Spall: Lucky Tim

Timothy Spall is a very fine actor, and a lovely man. Now he's broken into the Hollywood big league, but it hasn't changed him one bit. He still loves Mike Leigh, 'nice arms' and, most important of all, Rich Tea biscuits. Portrait by Eva Vermandel

Isabella Blow: a true original

Her tastes were unorthodox, her style was uncompromising and her expenses were legendary. Even in the world of fashion, which celebrates flamboyance and idolises the outrageous, the stylist, muse and taste-maker Isabella Blow was a true original. Her death this week, aged just 48, has left her friends and colleagues in shock. Susannah Frankel salutes a style icon

North Korea agrees to nuclear freeze in return for foreign aid

North Korea and the United States have taken a step back from nuclear confrontation after the reclusive Communist state agreed to freeze its nuclear weapons programme in return for foreign fuel aid.

No business in showbusiness

BBC's Liquid News laughed off the curse of the celebrity news show, but it still failed to set audiences alight. Vanessa Langford, one of its presenters, asks why

The Infoprmation on: `All About My Mother'

What Is It?

Film: The man who loves women

All About My Mother Director: Pedro Almodovar Starring: Ceclia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena (101 mins; 15)

Film: Top of the world, Ma!

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De Bernieres takes revenge for review

AS LITERARY literary spats go, this is one of the more unlikely. Louis de Bernieres, author of best-seller Captain Corelli's Mandolin, has reacted furiously to a bad review in the Morning Star.

Film Review: How the West was lost

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Blow-up guys and dolls

Tree trunks, hair, rockets and glass - Project Dark show that vinyl is not the final word in record-making.

Britons stabbed to death on Greek isle

A BRITISH couple have been stabbed to death at their retirement home on the Greek island of Cephalonia.

BOOK REIVEW / Mellow tunes and firing squads: 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' - LOuis de Bernieres: Secker & Warburg, 15.99

LOUIS DE Bernieres' Latin- American trilogy of novels was a trail-blazing flare that took his name into the Granta pack of the Best of Young British Novelists of 1993. But what might be missed, blanked out by the dazzle, is that all three books - The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (which he thinks is his best book, though now it's eclipsed), Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman - are, in effect, a single stretch-limo novel, all ingenious versions, highly polished and purring, of each other.

BOOK REVIEW / Occupied by a bitter mystery of war: Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres: Secker pounds 14.99

IN THIS country we tend to remember the Second World War as a series of famous battles - Dunkirk, El Alamein, Salerno and Normandy: first the heroic retreat from the continent, then the triumphant return. Most war novels follow the same trajectory. It takes a Len Deighton in

Fashion: Through a lens backwards: Blow-Up, Antonioni's 1966 film about a fashion photographer, is back. Marion Hume and Tamsin Blanchard talk to the inspired and the inspirers

David Bailey told Marie Helvin he didn't get it; but one of his assistants from those days suggested that he got it all the time. Those are two responses we got when we asked photographers and other fashion people what they thought about Blow-Up. That it was one of the most memorable films about Sixties London there is no doubt; even less that it is the film about fashion then. But whereas British directors made films from the heart of the London myth, Antonioni's was arty and edgy. Not all those cinema-goers who were overcome by Jane Birkin and another nymphet rolling topless in the studio could get their heads round balletic tennis scenes without tennis balls. And not everyone who went for the cars, the funky apartments and the girls noticed the film's ambivalent attitude to its subject. If it was not a film that launched a thousand photographers, it certainly put some thoughts in some minds. Our own Herbie Knott says that were it not for Blow-Up he would have become a lawyer. And photographers now have girlfriend-models of the moment - Mario Sorrenti and Kate Moss are the Bailey and Shrimpton de nos jours (sort of). Certainly, Blow-Up hums with Sixtiesness, which is why it is part of the Barbican fanfare to that decade. Mary Quant, however, found it disappointingly lacking in chic
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