News Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand

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

PULP This Is Hardcore (Island CID 8066)

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee