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End of road for 'Thelma and Louise'

One of the female crime duo nicknamed "Thelma and Louise" was found guilty yesterday of robbing a man after luring him into a phony date.

'Thelma and Louise' end up deep in the arms of Texas law

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Not so fast. Very little is clear-cut about this year's Academy Awards, except that the British should be worried. At least, that's what they're saying in Hollywood. By Daniel Jeffreys

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'Thelma and Louise' fugitives arrested

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THE BUSINESS

Twenty bands and artists may have worked their hides off to get the Bosnian aid album Help! completed in 24 hours, and the album may have sold 71,000 copies in a day, dwarfing the entire week's sales of every other album in the charts, but you won't see it at number one. Chart regulator CIN maintains that Help! counts as a compilation and is therefore ineligible for entry in the main album charts. Some voices have even suggested that Parlophone was responsible for bringing the matter to CIN's attention (the label released Blur's new album two days after Help!). The real winners, though, are the Levellers. Thanks to Help's exclusion, they've got a number one album. A bit odd, seeing as how everyone hates them. Still, nice to see the under-talented, as well as the under-privileged, profiting from such a noble project.

HEROES & VILLAINS

ANNE TYLER

Laugh? I nearly took out a subscription to Mensa

It's easy to spot a genius: they have flyaway hair, messy clothes, a German accent, and they act a bit barmy. But genius comes in two brands. The cute ones twinkle merrily and dote on lesser mortals just like Santa does; stroppy ones smash up hotel rooms, shout a lot and pass out in pools of urine. For those who have difficulty keeping that principle straight, two of the week's new films offer instant succour. Fred Schepisi's I.Q. is about the cutest genius of all, Albert Einstein (who once asked: "Why is it that nobody understands me and everyone likes me?"), while Bernard Rose's Immortal Beloved is about gloomy old Ludwig van Beethoven.

All the President's women

Genteel in the Thirties. Syrupy in the Fifties. Right-on in the Nineties. Helen Birch on the lasting appeal of Little Women

FILM / Women under the influence: Could it be that women had a better deal, and longer careers, under the notorious old studio system? Surely not: look at Susan Sarandon, past 40 and still the star of The Client. Look again, says Beth Porter

Every so often, Hollywood's benevolent despots grant favours - like allowing an occasional three-dimensional female character to appear on the big screen. Take Susan Sarandon's nuanced portrayal of fortysomething Reggie Love in Joel Schumacher's The Client. In this adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller, she gives convincing evidence of a lawyer's razor wit, intelligence and lateral thinking without sacrificing the woman's warmth and humanity. Reggie Love is a reformed alcoholic who's lost custody of her children, but the film offers no magic solutions either to her personal problems or to the intricately plotted story of criminal and political corruption that defines the action. For that alone it must be celebrated.

Health: Lorenzo still lives as his oil is tested: Liz Hunt on signs of hope for a family whose fight to save their son moved Hollywood

Lorenzo Odone lies in a darkened room in his parents' home in Virginia in the United States. He is 16, and his body has matured in the 10 years since he fell ill with a rare and fatal genetic disease, but his mind remains trapped. He cannot see or talk. Communication with those caring for him is so subtle that only his mother and father recognise it, and believe he is aware of what goes on around him.

Scientific study confirms potential of 'Lorenzo's oil'

A VEGETABLE oil discovered by a couple whose son was dying from a rare genetic disorder and made famous in the film Lorenzo's Oil, can halt the disease and delay onset of symptoms in boys who have the gene, according to a study, writes Liz Hunt.

Double trouble: Gun clubs are trying to attract more women members. Helen Birch and Louise Levene decide to shoot first and ask questions later.

It's Raymond Chandler's fault. While less bloody-minded young women spent the small hours swooning over Robin Ellis in Poldark or cleaving to the corseted heroines of Victoria Holt and Georgette Heyer, my dad's dogeared copy of Farewell My Lovely nestled, like a passport to a forbidden land, at my bedside.
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