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It's enjoyable, and its intentions are beautiful, but if the show wants to depict the reality of life as a gay person in today's world, it is far off the mark

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will soon be taking on new roles: parents of twin girls.

The biggest names in Hollywood just got even bigger

Being portly lends gravitas to Crowe and Travolta, but their female co-stars must remain stick-thin

Screen Talk: Losers Club could be big winner

Warner Bros is bringing Stephen King's horror novel 'It' to the big screen in an adaptation being written by scares scripter Dave Kajganich. The story follows a group of children called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle. The novel is set in 1958 and 1985, though the feature version will be set in the present day. It has already been a small-screen miniseries but coulrophobia on the big screen will be magnified.

The Independent Film Forum: 4. Confessions of a Shopaholic

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Face it: you're dumped

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Are these taboo-breaking novels art or porn?

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One Click Wonder: Embarassing Speeches

Last Sunday’s Golden Globes saw our very own Kate Winslet steal the show with an acceptance speech of painfully histrionic proportions. Of course, she’s hardly the first star to expose herself to ridicule on the awards stage…

Boyd Tonkin: 2009 will be a year to remember the hero of hacks

Not yet two days old, the year already carries curses on its infant head.

The boot that plans a march into men's fashion

To the horror of many fashionistas, Ugg boots have become an unlikely high street phenomenon thanks in part to celebrity endorsement by the likes of Kate Moss, Uma Thurman and Sarah Jessica Parker.

'Sex and the City' film coup

The movie version of Sex and the City has become the fastest-selling DVD of 2008. Shoppers bought 920,000 copies of the film in the first week of its release, according to the Official Chart Company.

Questionnaire: What do your fantasies mean?

Analysis of fantasies, and the closely related world of dreams, has long been the backbone of the talking therapies. Freud famously remarked that when two people make love there are four people present the two doing it and the two they are thinking about. Others have criticised Freud for having a limited grasp of maths. Jung, that other giant of psychoanalysis, built an elaborate philosophy of dreaming around a construct he called the archetype. Although modern psychologists often dismiss night dreams as (a) only 4 per cent about sex and (b) mainly full of the day's mental junk, pioneering researchers into daytime dreaming people like Nancy Friday and Shere Hite - have revealed the amazing richness and filthiness of our sexual fantasies. This quiz asks which of four broad categories of fantasy you fall into.

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Dr Feelgood: Lunchtime peel: fab or flaky?

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Sex and the cities: 'Confessions of a Free Woman'

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