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Much Ado About Nothing, Courtyard, Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Alec Baldwin launches foul-mouthed tirade at producer Harvey Weinstein

Calling the all-powerful film mogul Harvey Weinstein a “douchbag” at a party packed with his movie peers is not a recommended formula for anyone wishing to thrive in Hollywood.

New film about Roman Polanski will be 'opinion changing'

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Polanski with Sharon Tate

On Sharon’s murder, the teen rape, and life since – Polanski speaks out

Geoffrey Macnab reports on a new film that will show the troubled director in a remarkable new light

Elfie Hopkins (15)

Starring: Ray Winstone, Jaime Winstone

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce at Southwark Crown Court yesterday

Battle of the briefs as ex-minister and wife get court date

Chris Huhne was never the centre of a show quite like this in his years as a fast-rising politician. Cameras, lights, celebrity lawyers, piped music and a nutcase in fancy dress were all there to enliven up a short and very routine court hearing.

Mary Dejevsky: An epitaph for the selfish charm of yesterday's bourgeoisie

If you have visited the cinema recently, you will be familiar with the scenario of Carnage, even if you have not actually seen the film; the promotional clips have been aired endlessly.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (15) / Carnage (15) (4/5, 1/5)

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy / Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C Reill

French connection: Roman Polanski is filiming Carnage in the Parisian suburbs
Sigourney Weaver - Lanvin. Sigourney Weaver is a goddess and it therefore makes sense to dress her like one. Resisting the urge to match is normally a golden rule of the red carpet and it is true that, for her big entrance, Ms Weaver is just the same colour not only as the carpet but also the drapes that form a backdrop. Still, this (also draped) red silk gown was designed for her by fashion darling du jour, Alber Elbaz, still whipping up a quiet storm at Lanvin and is therefore not only perfectly proportioned but also has the Lanvin signature of a large and suitably exotic piece of costume jewellery at one shoulder. Also very Lanvin is the fact that the dress is tied loosely at the waist with nothing more fussy than a piece of grosgrain ribbon (tied by Elbaz himself or by one of his ambassadors one likes to think).

You just can't keep a strong woman down

On screen Sigourney Weaveris fearless and Amazonian. Arifa Akbar finds out how the off-screen version measures up

Sigourney
Weaver as
Lieutenant
Ripley in the
first of the
‘Alien’ films

Sigourney Weaver: You can't keep a strong woman down

On screen the actor is fearless and Amazonian. Arifa Akbar finds out how the off-screen version measures up

Sharp making 'The Four Feathers'

Don Sharp: Film director who made his mark with 'Kiss of the Vampire'

He gave depth to the characters that was often missing in other productions by Hammer

Violetta Villas

The singer Violetta Villas, who has died aged 73, was a coloratura soprano who spurned opera for popular music, a Polish singer who became a caberet star in Las Vegas and who was trapped for years behind the Iron Curtain when she flew home to tend to her dying mother.

Von Trier continues trend of directors' using EFAs as rehab

The European Film Awards is seemingly becoming the award of rehabilitation. Two years in a row directors of the film picking up the top prize Best European Film have refused to attend the award ceremony for fear of landing themselves in trouble.

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