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The Reading List: Scandals


'Notes on a Scandal' by Zoë Heller (Penguin, £2.60)

A murky tale of middle-class scandal from Zoë Heller.

Carey Mulligan: Hollywood's new star pupil

An Oscar nomination for 'An Education', a famous actor boyfriend – the young London actress is rapidly discovering what it's like to grow up in public. Nina Lakhani talks to Carey Mulligan

DVD: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount)

Fair enough, GI Joe is a noisy, frenetic, CGI-laden blockbuster that exists to advertise a range of paramilitary toys, but compared to its peers (ie, the dreaded Transformers movies) it’s orchestrated with tremendous skill.

DVD: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, For retail & rental,

Without wishing to overstate the case, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the pretentious, nonsensical, sexist, jingoistic, militaristic, CGI-dependent, product- placement-packed, hectically edited, punishingly loud, wearyingly long, eye-wateringly expensive and phenomenally profitable exemplar of everything that is most repulsive about Hollywood today.

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Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost box office

He may not be getting any younger and that bullwhip might not crack with the snap it once had. But Indiana Jones's enduring ability to strike box-office gold has eased some of the pain of a disastrous early summer for Hollywood's studios.

Harrison Ford: Whip hand

The jokes have been wearily predictable. The news that Harrison Ford is to return to the silver screen as Indiana Jones, some 18 years after what was billed as his Last Crusade, has prompted a deluge of dodgy ageist puns. The 66-year-old star is ironically rebranded as Indefatigable Jones, and the film, variously, as Raiders of the Lost Memories, The Saviour of a Lost Art, and The Temple of Zimmer. Then there are all the inevitable gags about whips being swapped for hips, as in replacement.

Keanu Reeves: I relish being an antihero

He has starred in a few turkeys, but it hasn't done his acting career (or wallet) any harm. Keanu Reeves talks to Lesley O'Toole about love, loss – and gun control