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Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's disappointing Under the Skin

Film Review: Under the Skin - Even Scarlett Johansson can't save Jonathan Glazer's laughably bad alien hitchhiker movie

It has been 9 years since Jonathan Glazer made Birth, the underrated follow-up to his brilliant debut Sexy Beast. The British director has spent much of that time trying to adapt Dutch-Scots writer Michel Faber’s 2000 novel Under the Skin. Shooting with Scarlett Johansson wrapped in time for it to have been scheduled for release in 2012. But it was never ready.

Atkinsons Old Bond Street store

Look for the bear necessities

Founded in 1799, fragrance brand Atkinsons of London is relaunching after hibernation, says Emma Akbareian

Jumper £35; shirt £25; skirt £30; boots £40; all by Dorothy Perkins; dorothyperkins.co.uk

iStyle: Midi marvellous

Forget maxi-skirts and minis, this season’s hemline has gone mid-length says Emma Akbareian

The Fashion Audit: Eau Direction, Belgium's finest, scentsational and celebrity cast-offs

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Twitter trolls' online crusade against extremism brings down 'al-Qa'ida' Twitter account

A Twitter hashtag asking for propaganda ideas was bombarded with joke advice such as 'release a brand of exclusive fragrances'

Anthony Rose: 'What happened to muscadet?'

Remember that thirst-quenching, bone-dry white wine from the Loire we used to knock back by? What ever did happen to muscadet? Once all the rage, it went the way of Hungarian merlot, Romanian pinot noir and prawn cocktail. Why? What happened quite simply was that muscadet was washed away by the New World tsunami of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc because it couldn't compete on flavour.

Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter at the New Town Theatre

Edinburgh Fringe stagehand 'nearly dies' after perfume sends him into anaphylactic shock

Bryn Jones didn't run for help because he 'didn't want to interrupt the show'

We can't wait for… Posh pong

The Fashion Audit: Posh pong / Paul's pop-up / Designer dolls

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

The 10 Best oils and serums

Learn the true meaning of beauty sleep with a selection of nourishing  and rejuvenating overnight products

Recent Matrushka project, Mulberry Lodge

Wear did you get that mat?

Interiors brand Matruska has a new website that shows off the founder’s fashionable past.

Investment View: Why Burberry is clicking with me as one to keep

It does business the way customers like, while other luxury brands try for a bogus exclusitivity
Current top female CEOs include Burberry's Angela Ahrendts, left, and easyjet’s Carolyn McCall, right

It’s not equality yet, but 2012 saw more women on FTSE boards

Nearly half of all first-time directors appointed at Britain’s biggest companies last year were women, offering renewed hope that the Government target of a 25 per cent female make-up of FTSE 100 boards by 2015 will be met.

Yulia Makhalina and Xander Parish in Schéhérazade

Dance review: Saisons Russes du XXIe siècle - Next time, show me the colour of your orchestra

An attempt to resurrect Diaghilev's world is scuppered by a sound system, while Homer inspires the real deal

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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'