Last of the summer whine
(U) Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, 98mins
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.
Emma Stone stars in this year's sleeper smash, race drama The Help, and is soon to cosy up to Peter Parker. James Mottram meets the actress
Beautiful CGI? Check. Cute gags? Check. Half-decent plot? Oops...
Another Pixar-wannabe rolls off the production line, reminding us why we should accept no substitutes.
From vampires to Voldemort, Facebook to family crisis and Wall Street to Welsh drug smugglers, Ben Walsh previews a great season of cinema
Roach takes a sledgehammer to crack some harmless nuts
No love lost in a smirking spoof that's just a sitcom writ large
Ricky Gervais to appear opposite Steve Carell as Slough's finest comes face-to-face with his American alter ego
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
Known in Hollywood simply as McG, the former video and music producer and director is in talks to bring the Broadway rock musical 'Spring Awakening' to the big screen.
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.