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Go on, spit in his soup: Waiters spill the beans

Waiters Spill the Beans...

Look out, he's dangerous

He was pure sex - and it was all done with the twitch of a lip and the arch of an eyebrow. David Thomson remembers Steve McQueen

The last of the British movie moguls: Lew Grade - His Life in His Words

"The best deal I ever made was marrying my wife Kathie. The next best deals were Jesus of Nazareth and The Muppet Show - 120 episodes and three movies."

Christmas Gifts: Titanic selection of videos to buy

James Rampton takes a look at the best - and some of the worst - available in the shops

Going Out: film the mask of zorro (pg)

The Mask of Zorro (above) is refreshing after a summer dominated by soulless, special-effects-driven blockbusters. In this sweeping, gleefully old-fashioned swashbuckler, the actors and the stunt artistes are the stars, not the backroom boys and their computers. A dignified Anthony Hopkins and a spirited Antonio Banderas are the ageing Zorro, masked defender of the oppressed, and the Mexican outlaw he moulds into his successor respectively. And in a star-making turn, Catherine Zeta Jones plays the film's sultry heroine, whose encounter with Banderas in a stable combines swordplay with seduction. Martin Campbell (Goldeneye), meanwhile, directs with a sure hand, only indulging in overkill (and arguably contextually dubious imagery) at the end. Under his deft guidance, a much-loved hero is thrillingly reborn.

film the negotiator

Friday the 13th proves lucky for Kilburn and north-west London with the opening of a new cinema adjoining the comely Tricycle Theatre.

Arrivederci, Signor De Niro

Italians hate subtitles. So in Italy, the dubber is king. Anne Hanley reports

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BILL PULLMAN (left) is a hoot as Daryl Zero, the world's greatest private investigator, a drop-out who subsists on tuna fish, tabs and amphetamines, pulling on reserves of wit and ingenuity when the time comes to crack a new case. In Zero Effect, a neat comedy from 22-year-old Jake Kasdan (son of Lawrence), Pullman, who has recently specialised in gruff-voiced "serious" roles (such as the US president in Independence Day), gets back to playing comedy. His performance is manic, even seething, yet brimming with compassion.

Film slowdown hits Megalomedia

THE slowdown in the movie industry in recent months has damaged one of Europe's biggest digital effects and computer animation companies, it emerged yesterday. Shares in Megalomedia, whose chairman and majority shareholder is Lord Saatchi (left), fell 30 per cent to 22.5p after the company warned that the downturn in the volatile industry would affect its interim and full-year results.

Sir Alec backs campaign to preserve the celebrities' pub from pounds 4m sale

SIR ALEC GUINNESS drank there because the darts players were "safe". David Niven used to pop in for his pre-prandial because there were no autograph hunters.


Tomorrow Never Dies (12) MGM, rental, 1 Jun

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