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Screentalk: The sky's the limit for Schaal

Kristen Schaal, a correspondent on The Daily Show, is to lend her vocal talents to Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn are directing the movie, a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the classic children's book.

Award horses and hot dogs: Could Uggie have a shot at the gold

Awards season is almost upon us. Fans hellbent on promoting the rights of quadrupeds this year have been clamouring for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand its eligibility criteria beyond humans so that a certain Jack Russell terrier known as Uggie, from The Artist, can have a shot at the gold statuette.

Robert Pattinson movie at centre of animal cruelty storm

Most movie stars wait for either an invitation to park their bottom on Oprah's sofa or the publication of a warts-and-all autobiography to share the details of their abusive childhood. But Tai is no ordinary movie star. For starters, she is an elephant.

Curse of the Oscar

Even solid relationships do not seem to survive the apparent triumph of the Best Actress Academy Award. The winner gets a gong but loses her husband

Observations: Musical actors call the tune

Jeff Bridges may have lost out to Colin Firth at the Baftas, yet his turn as a down-on-his-luck country singer in Crazy Heart is still odds-on for Oscar glory. Why? Because Hollywood likes nothing more than actors who play their own musical parts.

Pandora: Westwood Jnr plans his fashion week debut

Gentlemen, get ready. We have news of a surprising addition to the London Fashion Week schedule: Ben Westwood, son of doyenne designer Dame Vivienne, hopes to debut his menswear collection in the forthcoming February shows.

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DVD: Monsters vs Aliens, For retail & rental, (Paramount)

Barnstorming title, shame about the slick but empty cartoon that goes with it. Its heroine is a 50ft woman (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) who is recruited by the US government to repel an alien invasion, alongside a few other classic movie monsters.

Avon is calling again

Avon is 50 this year but the company isn't in a mid-life crisis – recession has boosted its sales force. Just don't call them 'Ladies'. Emily Dugan reports

Blake Lively: 'I felt like I fooled them'

Blake Lively has graced the cover of American 'Vogue' and been voted one of America's 'most beautiful people'. In her new film, she acts alongside Keanu Reeves. So why does she still regard herself as shy? Gaynor Flynn meets a low-key star