Voices Robert Pattinson greets Twilight fans. But not always

Memphis Barker intercepts a warning letter to the stars on behalf of a powerful body

Lisa Markwell: Private lives are a thing of the past

It is now safer to assume that nothing is really private any more. The news that our mobile telephone billing information has routinely been sold by T-Mobile employees to the highest bidder is just the latest in the chip, chip, chipping away of our closely guarded personal information. Those cold calls to ask if one was about to finish a mobile phone contract were always suspiciously prescient, and now we know why.

Why teens are staying up until Twilight

He turned to look at me with a wistful expression. His golden eyes held mine and I lost my train of thought. I stared at him until he looked away.

Heart-throbs! Hollywood's leading leading men

Vampiric British star Robert Pattinson leads the pack of young actors who set teenage hearts a-flutter. And he can act, too

Michael Sheen: 'I am officially the king of Hollywood'

On stage and screen, Michael Sheen has made his mark by breathing new life into cultural icons; now he's turning his gaze away from real life and towards fantasy.

Ian Birrell: Mind your language: words can cause terrible damage

When did people with disabilities cease to matter in the battle against bigotry?

Observations: Barbican's vampire show is theatre to get your teeth into

If imitation is a form of flattery, Twilight star Robert Pattinson ought to be pleased by the posters for new teen vampire flick, Cirque du Freak, whose young lead is a dead (or should that be undead?) ringer. The continuing mania surrounding Twilight on the big screen and the HBO series True Blood on the small meant it was only a matter of time before vampires invaded other cultural spheres.

Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson voted 'favourite vampire'

Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson's character Edward Cullen has been hailed film buffs' favourite movie vampire.

Amy Jenkins: Powerless in the grip of vampires

Be afraid. Be very afraid. The undead have risen in unprecedented numbers and are walking among us again. They cluster sinisterly in our bookshops and our cinemas; they lurk terrifyingly behind our television and computer screens. In fact, they are nigh on ubiquitous. Two hundred years after they first became popular, vampires are back with a vengeance.

Album: Ian Brown, My Way (Polydor)

Ian Brown's sixth solo album – which, it's worth noting, is three times the total output of The Stone Roses – follows in much the same vein as its immediate predecessors Solarized and The World Is Yours.

Kristen Stewart - The Twilight zone

Kristen Stewart's role as Bella in the films of Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels have made her a superstar. Lesley O'Toole meets the teen sensation

Self-help gurus plan to cash in on the Twilight generation

The first 'Secret' book was a bestseller, and now a spin-off promises teens they can 'live their dreams'

Sarah Sands: Passion, drama, agony: a British institution in the making

On Friday evening, even as Scotland's latest most famous son saw his dreams dissolve at Wimbledon, the country's adopted daughter played out hers at Leicester Square.

Album: Various Artists, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (Universal)

Joe Meek is often lazily dubbed "the English Phil Spector"; but despite the shared characteristics of their personal lives (independent spirit, short temper, paranoid psychosis, doomed recourse to gunplay), in the arena which defined their existences – music – they were poles apart.

Ben Barnes: Prince of hearts

Ben Barnes, better known as Caspian, lives in a world of red carpets and hysterical fans. He tells Alice Jones about hero-worship, Narnia, and his new role in Oscar Wilde's famous tale of narcissism

Hit & Run: Aboard the good ship Twilight

Until now, Hit & Run was convinced that, generally speaking, cruises were for OAPs, and Twilight was for teenagers. So a Twilight-themed cruise seems somewhat oxymoronic. Yet in August 2010 the good ship Oosterdam will set sail from Seattle for the first ever Twilight "Cruise to Alaska and Convention at Sea". And news that Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz – two stars of the sensationally successful adolescent vampire film – will be aboard should attract an age group unaccustomed to bridge parties and bingo.

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