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eXistenZ Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law (96 mins; 15)

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Are Tom and Nicole's eyes wide shut?

NICOLE KIDMAN and Tom Cruise have just embarked on what may prove to be an entertaining libel suit. They are suing an American magazine, The Star, which suggested that two of the prettiest actors in Hollywood needed the help of sex therapists on the set of Eyes Wide Shut. Apparently the couple believe that this suggestion of an "inability to portray sufficiently realistic love scenes" has "damaged their credibility as romantic lead actors".

Television: You saw it all first in 'South Park'

Here's a troubling coincidence. The state of Colorado, where last week's school massacre was conceived, is the same Colorado where the hit cartoon series South Park, about four dysfunctional, indeed downright weird schoolboys, was conceived. Moreover, South Park's staple mix of lunacy and bigotry - united in the name of satire and, to be fair, sometimes very funny - is set in a fictional town very close to the place where, on Tuesday, lunacy and bigotry produced carnage.

Film: Does this man think he's God?

Fundamentalists are unlikely to enjoy David Cronenberg's eXistenZ but he can't see why. He thinks he and they have a lot in common. 'I understand Rushdie: "The Satanic Verses" was Imax and "Crash" was Super-8'

Film: Blame Spielberg, not me

David Cronenberg's latest is typically extreme, although that's not what he'd have you believe.

Books: A catcher of the wry

Victoria Radin logs on for a witty and ambitious critique of pure reason

New TV plays fuel millennium fears

CHANNEL Four's film production arm, Film Four, has commissioned a special series of television dramas inspired by the millennium, to be scripted by acclaimed new writers.

Cold Call: Jack O'Sullivan rings Frances Meigh

I COULDN'T phone Frances Meigh until this week. She has been engaged for the past fortnight with God on a hermitic retreat. And a conference call was out of the question. Then on Monday she was ordained the Catholic church's first woman priest (at least, in modern times).

Theatre: Genet-ically modified

"If I were to have a play put on in which women had roles, I would demand that these roles be performed by adolescent boys, and I would bring this to the attention of the spectators by means of a placard which would remain nailed to the right or left of the set during the entire performance."

Classic cinema: I wept and wept, from start to finish

A FRIEND of mine invited me to attend an advance screening of a Russian film in Soho. I asked him what it was like and he said, "Well, nothing really happens and then someone dies. Come along. You'll love it." My friend was releasing the film in this country, so I felt obliged. Sitting through a Russian film is the kind of thing friends do for each other.

Mother's pride takes to the billboard

Hester Lacey on the portraits that are shocking South Kensington

Racing: Richards orders One for the road

Irrespective of whether or not you backed him, one of the most distressing sights of 1996 was surely that of One Man, the Gold Cup favourite, clambering drunkenly over the second last and slowing to an exhausted walk. The vigour with which he had cantered towards the leaders just seconds earlier disappeared so rapidly that few who were there - and least of all Gordon Richards, his trainer - would care to witness a repeat.
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