Arts and Entertainment Robert Pattinson in the high-octane Cosmopolis, which, he says, has given him 'balls'

Sex, death, money... Cronenberg takes R-Patz for a spin

Charlie Kaufman's new film: New York state of mind

It has baffled audiences and critics alike. The director and screenwriter gives Gaynor Flynn a few clues to its mysteries

Look back in anger: Samantha Morton makes her directorial debut

Samantha Morton is making her directorial debut by drawing on her traumatic childhood in care homes for a new Channel 4 drama

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Why do we condemn children to such terrible care homes?

Denmark and Germany have exemplary 'social pedagogy' systems

Actress takes to streets in bid to save care home

Samantha Morton to lead demonstration after social worker's plea

Synecdoche, New York, London Film Festival

The highly anticipated directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York is unquestionably the most ambitious American film of the year. Depending on taste, you might also think that it's the most pretentious, but then Kaufman isn't a one-off for no reason.

Sands film in line for seven awards

Hunger, the debut film by artist Steve McQueen about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, has been nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards.

Pandora: Miriam stirs up another controversy

The actress Miriam Margolyes caused ripples in the gay community last week when she told Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that she regretted telling her mother she was gay.

Pandora: Protesters take up pole position

Following Brian Haw's unkempt occupation of Parliament Square, news of an upcoming protest that sounds like it might be a little easier on the eye.

Hermione Eyre: Cool title, but what does it mean?

The Government has pledged to build three million extra homes by 2020, but how can this be done without concreting over the countryside? This question has been worrying me, as it must worry anyone who likes grass, and thinks some of it should still be visible in the South-east. So I went along to a lecture on this topic at the Royal Geographical Society this week, where the message was sent out loud and clear: Worry not. We can do it.

Lights, cameras, fashion: Designers reveal their cinematic inspiration

When glamorous star meets beautiful clothing, something magical happens. On the eve of the second Fashion in Film Festival, Rhiannon Harries asks four designers where they find cinematic inspiration

Actress Morton wins restraining order for 'frightening' texts

A 42-year-old man has been handed a restraining order to keep him away from the actress Samantha Morton, despite being cleared ofharassing her.

Mister Lonely (15)

Off-the-graph oddity. The least that can be said for Harmony Korine is that his films aren't like many others.

River Queen (114 mins, 15)

Control (DVD)

Momentum Anton Corbijn rewrites the rules of the rock'*'roll biopic by filming the tragic life story of Joy Division's Ian Curtis in black and white, and with a largely unknown cast. Newcomer Sam Riley is uncanny as Curtis, who is left too debilitated by his epilepsy and medication to function both as a moody rock icon and as a faithful husband and father. Samantha Morton plays his wife, Deborah. But as sad as their brief relationship is, 'Control' finds time for twinkling humour and deep tenderness. You don't need any prior interest in Joy Division to be captivated.

Kremlin tightens grip on Russian media

The most influential newspaper in Russia is to come under Kremlin control as the government tightens its grip on the media in the run-up to elections next year.

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