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THE AMERICAN guitarist Pat Metheny's new album, A Map of the World (Warner Brothers), is derived from the sound-track to a forthcoming film of the same name starring Sigourney Weaver. Cynically, this sounds like a match made in heaven; Metheny's music often comes with a treacle-thick coating of folksy sentiment, and a predilection for technique at the expense of intelligence. Of course, he's a great guitarist, but unless you're a guitarist yourself (as many fans are), this isn't really enough. No offence, of course.

Pick of the Day:Digital, Cable and Satellite Television

AS HE did so memorably with Sense and Sensibility, Taiwanese director Ang Lee brings the lucidity of an outsider's vision to The Ice Storm (10pm Sky Premier), a period drama showing on satellite for the first time tonight. In this beautifully realised portrait of disintegrating families in 1970s Long Island, Sigourney Weaver (right) plays Janey, a bored housewife having a messy affair with neighbour Kevin Kline. The details are meticulously evoked; it's all reel-to-reel tape recorders, wind-chimes and wife-swapping. The wardrobe people have had a field-day, too, turning up the most exquisite turquoise trouser-suits, airplane-wing- sized collars and Starsky wrap-around cardigans.

FILM STUDIES: Once upon a time, all the world was a sound-stage

Variety, the Hollywood trade paper, was once treasured for its punchy word-play headlines. The most celebrated of these was from 1935, when the headline "Sticks nix hick pix" was meant to convey that rural audiences had no appetite for films about themselves. Well, last week Variety shrugged off drab grabs and humdrum come-ons and hit show business with "Hasta La Playa Vista, Baby".

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THE ICE STORM

Film: Fan Facts; Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver stars in `The Ice Storm', which opens today.

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Interview: Sigourney Weaver - Sigourney's heightened emotions

Prejudice over her height and intelligence, and Meryl Streep getting all the glitzy roles at college, didn't stop Sigourney Weaver making it big. Yet, she's still battling against being typecast as an `ice-queen heroine'

Fashion: Alien resurrection - the flares that never died

Oh my gawd - it's the Seventies. They've remembered the decade that fashion forgot, writes Tamsin Blanchard. Photographs by James Cant.

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