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The Austrian actor recorded a video message for demonstrators in the country which was posted via the opposition leader's YouTube account

Film: He shoots aliens, doesn't he?

Well, yes, Will Smith is amply gifted with that ability. And now he is poised to take over the world. How? By doing proper acting

Hollywood strives to recapture its glamour

HOLLYWOOD Boulevard has the unenviable reputation of being the most disappointing tourist spot on the planet.

Profile: Michael Jackson, Megastar First cyborg turns forty

THE IDEA that Michael Jackson has reached the ripe old age of 40 seems shocking,more shocking, indeed, than the fact that Keith Richards and Iggy Pop have comfortably cruised past the half-century mark.

How to write a movie

He can boast 17 Oscars and 91 Emmys, but Robert McKee didn't win them himself: his students did. Beverley D'Silva went to his scriptwriting seminar, and got some extra tips in the fag break

Pop music: Andy Gill's round-up

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Music: Sounds of blackness

The music of the `blaxploitation' movies of the Seventies was more than just a bunch of soul songs, writes James Maycock

Film: Scoring a hit

Released the same week as Hans Zimmer's latest score, the newest six soundtracks in the MGM reissue programme, taken alongside the 10 already out, show the form's range, as a parallel history of pop.

Interview: Nastassja Kinski - Still a daddy's girl ...

After a spell in the wilderness, Nastassja Kinski is back in two movies. She talks to Cameron Docherty about films, fame and father figures

UNDER THE COUNTER

We really can't cope with it - this heat. If we were Italian we'd be cursing to work on our Vespas, in our little Max Mara linen suits and our Web shades, and he'd be cool. In Britain, people just seem to sweat - certainly the ones I've been pressed up against in the tube do. I stood next to one corpulent woman who was wearing black 70 denier tights and a dark suit - it was eighty in the shade - what was she thinking of? Everywhere you go there is an all-pervading smell of BO. I need air.

FROM THE HEART 3to17 April

St Patrick's Day should get you in the mood for a hooley, but the best is yet to come. Book now for the Barbican's Irish festival

Diary: Criminal tendencies

It was, they said, strictly a do for the writers. No squawking PRs, no pompous publishers, just an annual jolly for authors and friends in the mellow 18th century grandeur of a bookshop on Piccadilly. The Hatchards Authors of the Year reception is indeed a rare affair.

Hollywood allows a glimmer of reality to light its night of the year

Diary of an Oscar winner; Documentary maker Jon Blair on the week his film about Anne Frank triumphed in Tinseltown

`I'd just like to thank my hairdresser...'

Monday is Oscar's night in LA. But florists, chauffeurs, trainers have been planning for weeks. By Daniel Jeffreys

Sinatra

Frank is 80. Frank is 80. Frank is 80.

'Jew me, sue me, everybody do me.' We are a long way from Thriller. Giles Smith on the new Michael Jackson

Yesterday a giant statue of Michael Jackson in military armour was floated up the Thames in central London to mark, with the modesty and sense of proportion for which these occasions are renowned, the launch of the singer's new album, HIStory: Past Present and Future. Jackson himself was absent, but he doesn't need to be around to cause a stir, nor even present in massively inflated form. A more modest, cardboard version of the statue, positioned recently in the windows of Epic Records in London, has, a receptionist there said, drawn tourists with cameras. He's back, then, and the madness can start again.
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Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
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The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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