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You're so vain, they could make a movie about you

They are two of Hollywood's most famous and enduring actor-directors, both of whom released a new film in the US last weekend. Cameron Docherty reports from Los Angeles on a thirty-year long battle of egos that, like its combatants, shows no sign of flagging

Britain's real reading list

Give them credit. Whoever dreamt up Waterstones' greatest 100 books of the century pulled off the neatest marketing wheeze since Prima persuaded Cherie Blair to edit their mag. Neat, because yesterday everyone who had any interest whatever in books found themselves unable to avoid discussing the merits and demerits of their list.

Taking the best out of bestseller

Haven't read anything on the literati's best-book lists? Don't worry - neither have they. Ann Treneman examines the bluffs and blushes

The cop said: `Your mother's been killed'

The time: 22 June 1958 The place: El Monte, California The man: James Ellroy, crime novelist

Audiobooks; The Horse Whisperer read by William Dufris In Patagonia read by James Wilby

The combination of pacey action, skilful cross-cutting and contemplative asides makes Nicholas Evans's highly-praised first novel The Horse Whisperer (Chivers, unabridged, 12hrs 40 mins, pounds 16.95) perfectly suited to being heard rather than read. Delivered with well-sustained sympathy by New Englander William Dufris, it is absolutely gripping.

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Working Title, the British film company that made Four Weddings and a Funeral, has announced that it is on the lookout for modern British novels with filmic potential.

BOOK REVIEW / All the blood that's fit to spill: 'The Picador Book of the New Gothic' - Ed. Patrick McGrath & Bradford Morrow: Picador, 15.99

THIS is an anthology with attitude. Not one of those meek compilations of compliant subjects (sex, marriage, death) for a captive audience of Christmas-gift- recipients; nor one of those scholarly compendiums fated to become library wallflowers. The Picador Book of The New Gothic has, to adopt a metaphor close to its heart, argumentative blood in its veins. In their introduction, the editors, Patrick McGrath and Bradford Morrow, write that 'Gothic fiction, in its earliest days, was known by the props and settings it employed, by its furniture. Dark forests and dripping cellars, ruined abbeys, riddles with secret passages, clanking chains, skeletons, thunderstorms and moonlight . . . '
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