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FILM: THE STORY OF THE SCENE: `Alien' (1979)

Raised from their stasis-like sleep, the crew of the spaceship Nostromo have stopped to investigate a mysterious distress signal. It's not a good move. In the ruins of an ancient craft in a windswept planet they discover a cargo of giant eggs. John Hurt bends over to peer at one. In a flash, a terrifying organism has attached itself to his face. Taken back to the ship, he remains unconscious until the creature appears to die and fall off. But in the mess hall of the Nostromo he convulses - and a gruesome junior alien bursts from his chest, spraying the onlookers with blood. It's gone down in film legend as the event that Ridley Scott concealed from 28-year-old Sigourney Weaver and her co-stars, hoping to catch real expressions of fear and revulsion.

Billy 'Uke' Scott

Music-hall star and virtuoso ukulele player

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Thumbs up for a tale of blood, sweat and spears

Gladiator (15) | Director: Ridley Scott | Starring: Russell Crowe,Joaquin Pheonix, Richard Harris, Connie Nielsen; 150 mins

Digital Cable & satelite: Pick of the Day

GI JANE (10pm Sky Premier) is never going to win any awards for the complexity of its plot. Ridley Scott's satellite premiere centres on the simple idea of a tough woman (played with intensity by a famously shaven-headed Demi Moore, right) who is training to become the first female Navy SEAL and battling against the brutal sexism in the military. But Scott directs proceedings with his usual panache and choreographs even the most brutal scenes with his trademark sense of style.

Film: Cranky goes to Hollywood

Philip K Dick inspired `Blade Runner' and `Total Recall'. Now Steven Spielberg is to film one of his stories.

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I Liked It So Much I Bought The Company

Peter Wheeler: In 1981 Mr Wheeler was a chemical engineer who owned a TVR, an exclusive high-powered British sports car. That year he became the struggling company's saviour when he bought it. His instincts have been successful and the company is in profit. Sales this year will be 2,000, compared with 170 the year he took over. There is a two-year waiting list for the latest model.

Film: Fan Facts; Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver stars in `The Ice Storm', which opens today.

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Cinema: My baby's a boring old alien

I Saw the original Alien movie on the Betamax machine of a spoilt boy in my primary-school class. It was an illicit event: curtains were drawn, Sodastream limeade flowed like wine, there was a whole packet of Wagon Wheels on offer (I told you he was spoilt). The film scared the living daylights out of us, not just because of the handful of scenes in which the crustaceoid of the title leapt out of the darkness - or John Hurt's stomach - but because of the terrifying, foul-mouthed, sweaty grown-upness of its protagonists.

Film Interview: Alienated? Excuse my French ...

When Jean-Pierre Jeunet got the call to go to Hollywood to direct the latest `Alien' film, he knew it was time to learn some English, get on a plane, and compromise the principles of a lifetime.

ARTS: THE TALL GIRL

Sigourney Weaver has a theory: producers are short, and like women to be shorter. She is nearly six feet. So they cast her among aliens

CINEMA: It's all in the worst possible taste

Kevin Smith isn't renowned for his good taste. His debut film, Clerks, featured a scene in which an old man suffered a fatal coronary while masturbating in the toilet of a 24-hour convenience store. His second, Mallrats, contained what I will decorously describe as the Chocolate Pretzels Incident. In his latest, Chasing Amy (18), his characters swap stories about injuries sustained during cunnilingus; one gains the cryptic high-school nickname "fingercuffs" for having sex with multiple partners; another is the author of a comic-book entitled White-Hating Coon. Smith's film is often mortifyingly filthy, but it's also a disarming, generous and affectionate romantic comedy.

Film Review: Corporal punishment

GI JANE (15) Directed by Ridley Scott
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