LONDON TOP TEN FILMS

1 / ALIEN RESURRECTION

Films: Box-office London

1 Alien Resurrection

Rather odd fairy cakes, ladies ...

"It Is high time our party stopped talking about 'the women' as if we are from another dimension or another species," said Mrs Peta Buscombe, the grandly titled Conservative Party Vice Chairman with Responsibility for Women.

New Films: The Big Picture - The mother of all monsters

Science-fiction or horror films are doomed never to be taken seriously enough, except by people who wear outsized wind-cheaters and talk to themselves a lot, but the first two alien movies were unusual in gaining serious respect. It may be that Alien Resurrection, the fourth in the series, is the first to truly challenge the codes of its chosen genre, rather than simply adhere to them. Nothing has changed in the construction, but there's something primal and unsettling at the heart of the movie that goes beyond simple frights.

Film Interview: Alienated? Excuse my French ...

When Jean-Pierre Jeunet got the call to go to Hollywood to direct the latest `Alien' film, he knew it was time to learn some English, get on a plane, and compromise the principles of a lifetime.

ARTS: THE TALL GIRL

Sigourney Weaver has a theory: producers are short, and like women to be shorter. She is nearly six feet. So they cast her among aliens

Never say never again

After a 200-year vacation, Officer Ripley is back, along with a load of

Net gains: The mail with no name

Paranoid, or are they really out to get you? Either way, anonymous remailers cater for your needs, allowing you to send off e-mails without revealing your identity

It's a man's world...

... isn't it mummy? The very idea of girls in government is enough to break a seven-year-old son's heart. By Cherrill Hicks

I want to be a clone

Hollywood's duplication complex started long before Dolly skipped into view, says John Lyttle

This is Tracy Quinn, who began to go bald at 12, a misfortune most women could not endure, including those who mimic it

"By the time I got a wig," says Tracy Quinn,"I couldn't bear to look at myself in the mirror." Now aged 34, her hair started to thin when she was 12. By the time she was 30, she had lost all the hair on her body. For her as, no doubt, for Princess Caroline of Monaco, who recently suffered dramatic hair loss, shaved the rest off and now, in headscarf and shades, must run from paparazzi in even hotter pursuit, alopecia strikes at the heart of self-esteem.

A come-on, or a kind of armour?

Why does a woman wear a low-cut dress? The answer seems obvious, no? But if that's what you think, you may be wrong. By Ruth Picardie

Sorry, lady, you just ain't the part

In Hollywood, the bankable movie star will always oust the acclaimed stage actress, says David Lister

Earthly price for 'Alien' beastie

First seen erupting from John Hurt's chest, the monster that formed the centrepiece of the film Alien goes on sale next month. Those with pounds 20,000 to spend can discover the workings of the puppet that horrified Sigourney Weaver and Hurt in Ridley Scott's 1979 film.

Pulp diction, Denver style

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