Arts and Entertainment Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

A decade after collaborating on Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2003), Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and British producer David Heyman have combined forces again on Gravity, a 3D survival thriller set in deepest, darkest space. The new film (which opens the Venice Film Festival) is a visual triumph even if its storytelling is less than sure-footed.

The new Rose blooms at last

Marlowe and Shakespeare's original Elizabethan playhouse has been given a hi-tech restoration.

Dame Judi picks Rose that grew on her

A FULL-SIZE replica of the Rose Theatre made for the hit film Shakespeare in Love has been acquired by Dame Judi Dench as a souvenir.

I Liked It So Much I Bought The Company

Peter Wheeler: In 1981 Mr Wheeler was a chemical engineer who owned a TVR, an exclusive high-powered British sports car. That year he became the struggling company's saviour when he bought it. His instincts have been successful and the company is in profit. Sales this year will be 2,000, compared with 170 the year he took over. There is a two-year waiting list for the latest model.

Sticking the knife in

Standing in a spectacular Shakespearian theatre, the words "time- warp" spring to mind. The elevated seats are empty, but below on stage, a vicious duel is being played out by two men with a range of theatrical swords and daggers.

Once bitten, twice shy, third time lucky...

The loo roll may be soft and strong, but it's the making of the advert that is very, very long. At least when the star is a pup. Louise Jury sniffs out the action.

Connery falls victim to road vandals

Sean Connery was recovering yesterday in his central-London home after a brick was hurled from a road bridge, smashing the front window of his Range Rover while he was driving and leaving him deeply shocked but not seriously hurt. The noise was so loud the actor thought it was a gun firing, his younger brother Neil Connery said yesterday.

Where the camera lies

Sophie Campbell looks between the frames of `Evita' for the real Argentina. Or is that Hungary?

Arts: THE FILM'S THE THING

Kenneth Branagh's four-hour `Hamlet' has a cast-list that reads like a roll-call on Oscar night. It's already a hit in the States - but 11 months ago, up to his ankles in fake snow, the star and director was wondering how the hell he ever got himself into this ...

Come on, do the locomotive

Britain's favourite steam engine is on a non-stop route to the Stock Exchange, writes Paul Rodgers; profile; Thomas the Tank Engine

Based on an original idea by William Shakespeare

Where once only Olivier dared to tread, now the big guns are lining up to make big movies from the Shakespearian canon. And they're doing surprisingly big box office. Coming soon to a cinema near you: McKellen's `Richard III', Branagh's `Hamlet', Nunn's `Twelfth Night' and Noble's `A Midsummer Night's Dream'

On location in Britain and Ireland

Superman IV in Milton Keynes? Carry on up the Khyber on Mount Snowdon? Liese Spencer presents a shot-by-shot guide to the towns and castles used as backdrops for some classic films

From Lilliput to Brobdingnag, via Soho: Gulliver's new travels

Ivan Waterman hears how hi-tech solved the problem of adapting Swift's classic for television

Scott of the Atlantic

Tony Scott pulled a few strokes to film the submarine thriller Crimson Tide. It's how he's stayed afloat in mainstream Hollywood. By Chris Peachment

Penny-share ticket to the movies

Investment in Metrodome demonstrates revived interest in UK films, writes Richard Phillips

Market Report: Suspicion of a counter-bid fuels Lasmo performance

THE suspicion that a counter-bidder is preparing to barge into the battle for control of the Lasmo oil group is enthralling the market.
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