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New Channel 4 drama Utopia combines conspiracy theories, edge-of-your-seat tension and dark humour with a talented cast. It could turn out to be one of the TV hits of the year

Sharon Stone in bad hair nightmare

also showing: LAST DANCE Bruce Beresford (18) THE SILENCE OF THE HAMS Ezio Greggio (15)

Kodak aims for total recall

Roger Trapp reports on plans to house all forms of commercial data

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Flat-sharing is a modern rite of passage. Steve Bailey followed three groups of Londoners as they agonised over choosing a complete stranger to share their lives - and bathrooms. Photographs by Paul Reas

CRITICS CHOICE: CINEMA

Casino It's overlong and hideously violent but Martin Scorsese's dissection of the fall of Las Vegas is redeemed by operatic visuals, a camera so alive you can feel it pulsing and a pair of magnificent performances from Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone (above).

Dice with death

CASINO Martin Scorsese (18); The template is GoodFellas but the violence here is played with sick relish.

Total recall: part two

THE SUZI FEAY COLUMN

Sense, sensibility and Austen's seven nominations

Jane Austen was not represented in any category but her modern co-writer, Emma Thompson, made Hollywood history yesterday, earning Oscar nominations for both best actress and best screenplay. The Academy Awards will be presented on 25 March.

Those choice words that say 'I hate you'

The Princess of Wales, it seems, can whisper a mean insult. But where's the wit, asks Peter Guttridge

This is the script that Joe wrote, again and again and again

Joe Eszterhas is the world's highest-paid screenwriter and, on the strength of Showgirls, one of the worst. You, too, could be this bad and this rich. By Kevin Jackson

ARTS: THE MICHAEL DOUGLAS THING

Michael Douglas for President! America's least typical movie star has another hit on his hands. Here, David Thomson studies an unusual career; while, right, Quentin Curtis examines Hollywood's relationship with the White House ALL THE PRESIDENT'S FILMS

The trouble with wise guys...

Martin Scorsese's doing the Mob again. Daniel Jeffreys thinks he's overdoing them

Dear Sharon Stone

No matter what they say in the Daily Mail, you deserve any accolade on offer, writes a star-struck fan

when ambition has to go naked

If the role means appearing in the buff, do actors feel they have to whip their clothes off? The stars reveal all

'Casino culture' decides medical research

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She's raw, she's rough, she's our new icon

How come feminism gave birth to Tank Girl - a fierce, farting hoodlum with a huge cult following?
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