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Blade runner

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Don't sit there, do something

Stacy Title doesn't hang about. She directed 'The Last Supper' in just 18 days. And she talks as fast as she works.

Alien-zapping wins patriotic approval

In a summer of blockbusters,Hollywood has been counting statistics with all the fever of baseball fans. The film Independence Day was annointed the winner yesterday, breaking box office records as it earned $100m in US ticket sales in less than a week.

Earthly price for 'Alien' beastie

First seen erupting from John Hurt's chest, the monster that formed the centrepiece of the film Alien goes on sale next month. Those with pounds 20,000 to spend can discover the workings of the puppet that horrified Sigourney Weaver and Hurt in Ridley Scott's 1979 film.

There's something more than faintly suspicious about that 'Alien Autopsy' footage ...

Hey, remember that alien autopsy footage? I think that might be fake! It's just a feeling, so don't push me, but I don't think that's a real alien!

End of road for 'Thelma and Louise'

One of the female crime duo nicknamed "Thelma and Louise" was found guilty yesterday of robbing a man after luring him into a phony date.

DICKIE FANTASTIC

'People are mistaking your explosions for our explosions, and they're getting confused'

Screening blue murder

Damien Hirst (anagram: Mr Thin Ideas) is a busy old chap. Not content with prowling nocturnally around pastures and sawing unsuspecting cows in half, not even content with directing Blur's video for "Country House" last year, the bloke's gone and made a film. Twenty minutes long, starring Keith Allen and Eddie Izzard, it's called Hanging Around, and boasts a soundtrack by Pulp, The Pogues, Joe Strummer and Alex James (the cool one from Blur who plays bass with his fringe in his eyes and an insouciant fag drooping from his lips). But that's not even the main attraction of Spellbound: Art and Film, which opened yesterday, 100 years to the day since the first screening of a film in Britain. The purpose of this mega culture-fest is to examine the passionate relationship that art and film have enjoyed throughout the century. Try some of these intriguing prospects: an exhibition of original storyboards, paintings and scripts for Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi epics, Alien and Blade Runner; a dramatic installation by Peter Greenaway starring five real actors in a glass box; a phantasmagorical film set by Pop-Art genius Eduardo Paolozzi; Disney- inspired paintings by Paula Rego; and an interactive video installation by Terry Gilliam, based around his extraordinary film Brazil. Possibly the strangest concept of the lot comes in the shape of Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho (below). Gordon has decided to slow Hitchcock's classic down to the rate of three frames per second, so the director's craft in mise-en-scene and cutting is made nakedly evident. The title is erroneous, but 24 Hour Psycho's two special screenings still last a fundament-numbing 18 hours apiece. That's more like it. Why let cattle have all the fun? Let's suffer for art ourselves.

'Thelma and Louise' fugitives arrested

RUSSELL BLINCH

Alien fixation

This weekend belongs to the aliens. Manchester plays host to the International Conference on Alien Abduction, while Channel 4 gives lesbianism a rest and screens pictures claimed to be of dead space folk being dissected in Roswell, New Mexico, circa 1947.

I Was an Alien Sex God

Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41), 19 Hill St (0131-226 6522), 11.05pm; to 2 Sept (exc Mons)

When the future came and bit everyone on the bum fiction begins where the science leaves off Fast running out of futures The future is all behind us Today's future is tomorrow's With the future all behind us

One hundred years after H G Wells launched his Time Machine, time may be running out for science fiction. Enter Johnny Mnemonic to the rescue!

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