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Robin Williams

Cultural Life: Claire Rutter, soprano

Theatre: I went to see the ENO's 'Tales of Hoffmann'. There's some great singing from everyone. The production was very entertaining and a bit wacky in places, which appeals to me. It's quite a long opera, but Richard Jones's production didn't feel like it. I sat in the dress circle for the very first time – I usually sit in the stalls – and enjoyed champagne in the intervals. I think this production would also appeal to newcomers to opera. It was a worthwhile night out, and nice to be on the other side of the curtain.

Slow but perfectly formed

Sloths are all the rage but, asks Simon Usborne, what is it about the curious creatures that appeals to us?

Minnie Driver: 'When I'm riding an 8ft wave, it feels like I'm flying'

I've always loved the idea of playing an inspiring, rabble-rousing teacher I had an amazing teacher at my school called Alastair Langlands, who introduced me to my first love: storytelling. He made language, words and poetry magical, which has stayed with me. It's what attracted me to the role of a drama teacher in [my new film] Hunky Dory.

What it takes to win a Oscar

All film-makers are searching for the secrets of Oscar success. But the formula is pretty straightforward, as Daniel Bettridge explains...

How We Met: Marc Warren & Rankin

It was nearly 10 years ago that I was thinking maybe it was time to calm down a bit and settle down. Then I met Rankin. I got a call from his office saying he was doing his first short [autobiographical] film and he wanted someone to play him, so we met at a bar in Soho.

My Secret Life: Scott Capurro, comedian, 48

My parents were... practically strangers when they married. My mother was in love with someone else, and my father couldn't keep his hands off her. Once over the threshold, she became his maid.

More headlines

Kutcher to replace Sheen in Two and a Half Men

One of the most lucrative franchises in American television once more revolves around Two and a Half Men, after Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace Charlie Sheen in the sitcom he was fired from in spectacular fashion almost three months ago.