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With less than a week to go until the 71st annual Golden Globes this Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the first round of presenters for the event.

Sandra Bullock: America's $56m sweetheart

She may be Hollywood's most bankable star, but it is her humour and honesty that win her fans as well as her performances on screen.

Philip Hensher: Why Austen would never win the Booker

The ambitious novel with a regard for humour is not dead, but is beleaguered

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

Blondes at the movies: hats off to a look that will never fade

As a BFI season celebrates blondes on film and Legally Blonde thrives on the West End stage, Sheila Johnston gets to the roots of our durable fascination with a classic type

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.

Blonde ambition: Why theatre is a girls’ club

Two new shows may seem poles apart in their outlook, says Paul Taylor, but they both carry important messages about feminism in the 21st century

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Adolescent girls are lapping up the latest Hollywood-to-West End hit, but is their bimbo heroine such a great role model?

Amy Jenkins: Why shows like Legally Blonde are the opium of the lasses

Legally Blonde, the musical, is the new feel-good girls night out. The hype was such that the show was a hit before it even opened – or so the story went. "The first preview was what I imagine Beatlemania to have been like," said producer Sonia Friedman. "You sometimes couldn't even hear the performers through the screaming."

First Night: Legally Blonde, Savoy Theatre, London

This blonde is definitely more fun

Post Grad (12A)

The screenplay of this would-be quirky comedy about the job market at least has its finger on the economic pulse.

DVD: Monsters vs Aliens, For retail &amp; 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.

Barbie goes to Hollywood

World's best-known doll is coming to the big screen. But who can fill her shoes?

First Night: Too Close to the Sun, Comedy Theatre, London

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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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One man's day in high heels

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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