The Week in Arts
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.
Hollywood A-listers love to trumpet their green credentials. Guy Adams reports on a film-maker who's out to expose them
A stone-age archaeological site in the Arabian peninsula has become the focus of a radical theory of how early humans made the long walk from their evolutionary homeland of Africa to become a globally-dispersed species.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Martha Stewart has hinted that Paul Newman is seriously ill, but the publicity-shy actor says he's 'doing nicely'. David Usborne reports on the mystery that's gripping America
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.