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Brenda Blethyn turns TV detective in Vera

Brenda Blethyn, everybody's favourite on-screen mother, hits the TV detective beat next month. But first, she's got one or two surprising confessions of her own.

Was Paul Newman's acting career limited by his charm and good looks?

Paul Newman's sublime looks and air of geniality made it easy for him to charm audiences. But, as a season of the actor's films opens at the BFI in London, Geoffrey Macnab wonders whether the attributes that propelled him to stardom were also shackles that bound and limited him

David Brown: Film and theatre producer who worked with Spielberg and

After David Brown formed an independent production company with Richard Zanuck in 1972, they were responsible for two of the biggest money-making movies, The Sting (1973), which won seven Oscars including Best Film, and Jaws (1975), directed by their protégé, Stephen Spielberg. Brown and Zanuck had been ousted from executive positions at 20th Century-Fox, where Richard's father, Darryl F. Zanuck, had been studio head. They later dissolved their partnership, but still teamed up occasionally, their later films including Robert Altman's 1992 satire of Hollywood, The Player.

100 years of movie stars: 1910-1929

Next month is the centenary of one of the most important concepts in modern culture. Geoffrey Macnab introduces our week-long celebration of film stardom with an account of the studio stunt that started it all

Lynn Shelton: ‘I can make men run for the hills'

They’ve bickered in buddy movies, and they’ve hugged in ‘bromances’. But the chaps in Lynn Shelton’s ‘Humpday’ actually bare their souls – and much more besides. Demetrios Matheou meets a director with boys on the brain

48 Hours In: Nairobi

Now is the perfect time to visit the Kenyan capital. Frank Partridge reveals the highlights of East Africa's largest city, from Masai traders, to tropical gardens... and tame giraffes

Film review: Lions for lambs

America’s War on Terror is the thorny issue at stake here in a film which uses its various plot strands to take on American foreign policy, a celebrity-obsessed media and the apathy of youth in American society.

Sydney Pollack, film director revered by stars, dies aged 73

Sydney Pollack, who has died aged 73, was an astonishingly versatile director. Look through his filmography and what leaps out is its diversity. Whether documentaries about architects (Sketches of Frank Gehry), old-fashioned Hollywood weepies (Out of Africa), political thrillers (Three Days of the Condor), gender-bending comedies (Tootsie), romance (Sabrina), gruelling Depression-era dramas (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?), or westerns (Jeremiah Johnson), Pollack had every base covered. He was also active as a producer and made many scene-stealing cameos as a character actor.