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The late J D Salinger, Howard Hughes, Greta Garbo – all masters at hiding from the public. But it works only if the public wants to see you in the first place

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Fangs for the memories: The A-Z of vampires

Once upon a time, they were monsters to be feared. But nowadays, they are cool, sexy creatures with great hair and killer cheekbones – and what’s more, they’re everywhere...Kevin Jackson gets his teeth into the A-Z of vampires

Withnail farmhouse sale falls through

The sale of the derelict farmhouse made famous in the cult film Withnail and I has "fallen through", its owners said today.

'Withnail and I' farmhouse goes up for sale

A remote Cumbrian farmhouse which provided the backdrop for the cult British film Withnail and I has been put up for auction with a guide price of £145,000.

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There's a deluded, unhinged character at the heart of Julia - Erick Zonca's barely disguised tribute to John Cassavetes's 1980 film Gloria.

Philip Hampton & Bryan Sanderson: The constitution is dead, but the EU moves on

We have set up a group to articulate pro-European business sentiment in Britain

Snobs by Julian Fellowes

Rearguard action from the upper crust

Film: Enduringly alluring

Nathalie Baye's kooky beauty and earthy intelligence made her a staple of French cinema. At 50, her charms have hardly faded.

Personal Finance: Barclays bids bye-bye to its Big Idea

IT WAS the next big idea in financial services - a fund which invested in the stockmarket yet guaranteed that you couldn't lose money.

Books: Deadpan McGann and the bad aural sex prize

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Cable and Satillite: Pick of the Day

RICHARD E GRANT'S screen persona was defined by his first major role - the wonderfully dissolute outsider in Withnail and I. There are touches of that in Keep the Aspidistra Flying (8.30pm Sky Premier), Robert Bierman's moderately successful evocation of the novel by George Orwell, which receives its first showing on satellite tonight. Grant (right) plays Gordon Gomstock, a disillusioned copywriter who packs it in to try out a more Bohemian lifestyle as a poet in grimy 1930s Lambeth. Helena Bonham Carter chips in lively support as his frigid girlfriend.
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