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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.

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