Martin Guerre comes back fighting

The ill-fated musical Martin Guerre is to close. But four days later it is to reopen with a radically altered first act.

A megastar with not a (grey) hair out of place; PETER YORK ON ADS

No 140: CLAIROL LOVING CARE

Twigging the need for etiquette

A snack attack should be indulged in style. Pandora Melly gets crisp

Match made in cyberheaven

network; You, too, could find love on the Net. Mike Hewitt goes in search of romance online; 'Hi, I'm Cheryl! I'm into books and long walks in the country. I'm looking for a non-smoker. Looks aren't important, but he must have that special "something"'

High-concept high roller

The life and death of producer Don Simpson is a classic tale of modern Hollywood. By Kevin Jackson

Does Edward Hopper really epitomise American culture? To Sheila Johnston he's rather European

The adjective Hopperesque has not passed into the language, but it must be only a matter of time. Contemporary American artists in every medium have - supposedly - been inspired by Edward Hopper's work. In the book published to accompany "Edward Hopper and the American Experience", the current show of his work at New York's Whitney Museum, Tess Gallagher, Norman Mailer and other writers pay homage to him. The art historian Gail Levin tracks down his manifold influences on later generations of artists. And an accompanying film season traces his imprint on the cinema from King Vidor's The Crowd (1928) to Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978).

Kings, sheep, wars and concubines

Allan Massie has injected new life into the Old Testament. By Michael Arditti; King David by Allan Massie Sceptre, pounds 15.99

THE FILM FIRST KNIGHT

Julia Ormond meets Richard Gere en route to marrying Sean Connery courtesy of Camelot. Not the lottery you understand, we're talking the Round Table. King Arthur meets the director of Ghost and the writer of Shadowlands - together they dream up a truly terrible title.

the big picture: Mickey Mouse and the knights of the round table

When the director of Ghost gets his hand on the legend of King Arthur, Camelot becomes a theme park and the Dark Ages get a coat of whitewash.

Porthmadog has a first knight to remember

Sean Connery was hardly missed at a film premiere that starred a Welsh coastal town, reports Michael Prestage

On location: six of the best film commissions

The Bath Film Office: opened last June with 800 locations on its books and is spending all its time getting known within the industry. Mark Ezra's feature dbut, Savage Hearts, was shot there and, their brochure says, "took advantage of Bath as an underused contemporary location".

The play's the thing ...

The only film star I ever really wanted to look like was Jean- Paul Belmondo. I went through a phase of trying to walk like Brando and sneer like Paul Newman (or was it the other way round?) but the only film out of which I came determined to change my whole appearance was A Bout de Souffle, with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, in which Belmondo plays a glamorous small-time crook who wanted to look like Humphrey Bogart.

VIDEO MONTHLY:What's the colour of money? Pink, apparently

Once upon a time, gay video meant just two things: a butch, leather-clad Al Pacino in Cruising, or a limp-wristed John Hurt lusting after Ryan O'Neal in Partners. Way back then (the early 1980s, that is), the potential of the pink pound had yet to be realised, so in theory, the market didn't exist.

ARTS / Overheard

I never created Alf Garnett, society created him. I just grassed on him . .

Absolute beginners: In some elevated circles, knowledge is only valuable if gained through pain. Serena Mackesy examines a decorative alternative

Nobody knows the etymological roots of the word Mafia. The Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, once said that 'James Joyce is a living argument . . . that it was a mistake to establish a separate university for the Aboriginals of the island'. In 1902, Lenin went down with shingles, which was known as the 'Holy Fire' and had to be treated with iodine. On the night the Buddha was conceived, his mother dreamed that a white elephant had entered her womb.
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 1 May 2015
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk