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June Brown joins Piers Morgan on the sofa to discuss her life stories

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Kevin Costner's latest film is about a futuristic postman. And it's utter tosh. Whatever happened to the once-epic star of 'Dances With Wolves'? By David Thomson

Opera: From Russia with love

The Enchantress Royal Festival Hall (Saturday)

Film: Not just another one off the assembly line

Hollywood is often fawningly referred to as "a state of mind" but these days it's more like a turbo-charged assembly line. The directors and screenwriters working the factory floor are earning more money than ever before, but there's a catch: the only clear route to success is the well-travelled, four-lane, techno-violent highway.

The Critics: Cries And Whispers: The real Bond is Moore, Roger Moore

we're no strangers to controversy here at Cries & Whispers. Our radical treatises, from "Liv Tyler doesn't look all that gorgeous to me" to "I'm not sure if Anna from This Life is such a brilliant actor", have challenged the assumptions of the age, time and time again. And today we're going to devour the meat of popular culture's most sacred cow - right off the bone. Hate-mail and death threats be damned. This is the column that dares to say: Roger Moore was a superb James Bond.

Film: Screen life

Get an evil mastermind who cannot do the simplest task, like killing someone. `We're not going to actually watch them die, we're going to shut the door and just assume everything goes as planned.'

THE EYE ON PRIZES: THE GREAT VIDEO GIVEAWAY

One of last summer's blockbusters, The Rock (cert 15) starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, is a cocktail of action, adventure and comedy which boasts a well- crafted script. After its success at the box office, The Rock is now available to buy on video (pounds 14.99).

The campaign has paused, but the worries go on

It was certainly right for the Government, as a mark of respect to the Princess of Wales, to call a temporary halt to the Scottish referendum campaign. What is more it may make a difference: the referendum is only nine days away; and the last two weeks were always seen as crucial. Apathy, and a consequently low turnout, perhaps 50 per cent or even less, has always been what ministers feared most deeply. And so far a series of distractions, over which Donald Dewar, the Secretary of State for Scotland, has inevitably had little control, have made it much more difficult for the Yes campaigners to inspire real excitement among Scottish voters about how a parliament might improve their quality of life.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TOUCH

Paul Healy's recent job interview had him shaken but not stirred. "There must have been about 30 or 40 people there and most of them were dressed in James Bond gear," Healey, a media studies student from Burnley, explains. Having barely had time to check the Bond-age on display (ranging from "tuxedos" to "a few females dressed as Bond girls"), Healey found himself plunged into a group interview with a character from the famous films. Luckily, his grilling for a position as a "Special Agent" at the Royal Armouries World of 007 exhibition in Leeds was conducted by a charming Miss Moneypenny, who awarded him the job on the strength of his "customer services" skills - interpersonal aplomb gleaned largely, he explains,"from working in a Bingo hall"!

From Russia with love

Kolya Jan Sverak (12)

Snowdrop withers but battle to curb guns lives on

The Snowdrop Campaign, which started life on an antiquated decorator's trestle table in the numb days that followed the Dunblane massacre, and acted as a potent voice for the anti-gun lobby led by the victims' parents, was finally wound up as the nation went to the polls yesterday.

A chip on my shoulder (and another in my lap)

LAPTOP COMPUTERS are all very well, but what I really want is a laptop life, compact and portable. It came to me suddenly, in the courthouse. I was sitting there waiting to be asked difficult questions on behalf of a dreadful, horrible man, when there was little "Bing!" from inside my rip-stop nylon laptop-computer bag.

'The first stepping-stone to a professional career'

What do Sue Pollard, Lord Attenborough, Peter Bottomley, Compo, Betty Boothroyd, Sean Connery, Alan Bennett, Seamus Heaney, Michael Palin, and, it is rumoured, Maureen Lipman and Alan Rickman have in common? They could, in a small way, help decide the fate of the Co-op, writes Chris Hughes.

Snowdrop campaign may fold over rows

The Snowdrop campaign to ban handguns, set up after the Dunblane massacre, may be disbanded amid internal acrimony.

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`Language Roulette', Bush Theatre, London, W12 (0181-743 3388) from Wed to 26 Apr

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Anti-gun lobbyists, who are calling on all voters to consider the banning of handguns as an election issue, yesterday launched a cinema advertisement to highlight their campaign.
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