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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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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

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Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

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David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star