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Emma Stone - Spiderman's squeeze shows her mettle

For a girl who trades on easy-going charm, Emma Stone's inexorable rise over the past year seems to be the result of precision plotting. This is the actress who, at the age of 15, gave her parents a PowerPoint presentation entitled Project Hollywood, to convince them to let her drop out of school and move to Los Angeles. When casting directors kept sending the naturally blonde Stone for entirely inappropriate cheerleader-type roles, she dyed her hair brown – and then, when she was cast in her first film, Superbad, turned herself into a redhead: anything to stand out from the crowd.

Despicable Me (U)

Another Pixar-wannabe rolls off the production line, reminding us why we should accept no substitutes.

King of bromance: Judd Apatow

Think of a recent smash-hit movie comedy: chances are Judd Apatow will have had a hand in it. Tim Walker on the oddball who made men fall in love with rom-coms

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Acting awards fail to get the Hollywood party started

This may be as festive as Hollywood gets this year: a rain-soaked red carpet; a clutch of stars trying not to look worried about the dispute crippling their business; and a pall of grief over the death of Heath Ledger.