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Independent's David Ashdown is Sports Photographer of the Year

DAVID ASHDOWN, the Chief Sports Photographer of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, has been named Sports Photographer of the Year.

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Edinburgh Festival: Film: Putting on a brave Front Not enough time, alas, for this 'Child' Cruising for a bruising via the port of mediocrity

Speed 2: Cruise Control approached these shores in a squall of gale-force raspberries - first there were terrible reviews and an apathetic box office in the States, and then came Monday's press conference at which the film's star, Sandra Bullock, went public about her own mediocrity. "Just because your films make money people think you can act," she admitted, in a moment of breathtaking candour. Rather unchivalrously, I'm going to second her on that. Bullock has exceptionally good teeth and all the grace of a Kay's catalogue model, but that's about it. She is, however, the least of Speed 2's problems.

Down tempo

Speed 2: Cruise Control Jan de Bont (PG) The Cloud-Capped Star Ritwik Ghatak (NC) Heat and Dust James Ivory (15)

I'm not a good actress, admits Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock, star of Speed 2, believes she is not a talented actress and that people only think she is special because her movies make millions, she said yesterday.

GUEST CRITIC

The Eye on Film

Jane Austen for beginners

THE PEDIGREE of Douglas McGrath, who has both scripted and directed Emma (U), is enough to give the wilts and the vapours to Austen hard-liners of every stripe, from the militant tendency who still refer to our author as "Dear Jane" or "Miss Austen" to the Professor Zapps who see her texts through the cracked looking glass of Lacan or whoever. McGrath is a graduate of the Saturday Night Live school of indelicate humour, and a sometime collaborator with Woody Allen: grim precedents for those who prefer their Austen untainted by jokes about flatulence or the daunting cost of psychoanalysis.

Dog beats racism

A TIME TO KILL Joel Schumacher (15) LE MEPRIS Jean-Luc Godard (15) L'AMORE MOLESTO Mario Martone (15) FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG Mark Rappaport (nc)

Film: Box-Office Chart

Everything's in order in the UK charts: Toy Story continues its unstoppable reign, while the really big surprise is the success of Stolen Hearts, a new romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary (who scripted the film as Two if by Sea). The distributors had so much faith in it that they declined to screen it for critics. (All figures denote weekend box-office only.)

A walk on the blind side

ULYSSES' GAZE Theo Angelopoulos (PG); Three lost films and a hero with a mission: Adam Mars-Jones on a symbol- burdened take on Homer

A star is born? Bullocks to that

THIS YEAR'S model isn't a model-type at all. Sandra Bullock, star of While You Were Sleeping (PG), and Hollywood flavour of the month ("the new Julia Roberts"), is the most unlikely sex symbol since Barbra Streisand. Bullock's features have a cartoonish exaggeration: generous nose, brimming lips, and a smile so wide it stretches her face into a gargoyle of glee. She is not exactly the girl next door - but an idealised version of her, with sparkling teeth and undentable self-confidence. Even her name sounds unstarry (Anna Mae Bullock wasn't showbiz enough for Tina Turner). But the hype, and $8m a movie, tells us she's a star. Her first leading role may tempt you to say: Bullocks to that.

Nerd's the word in Hollywood

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America's dream date

`I told my agent: I won't appear in soaps. And I won't appear in adverts for shampoo'; `I never expected the bus movie to be so successful: nothing I'd ever done had been a success'

C H A R T S

Romance dominates the chart with Meg Ryan (left) and Kevin Kline in Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss (formerly called Paris Match) at No 1, and Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping. Panther is Mario van Peebles' story of the Black Panther movement.
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