Arts and Entertainment Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone attend the 'Grudge Match' Rome Premiere

The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads

The ugly face of beauty

Cosmetic surgery is a consumer service like any other, and one that is booming

Afghan tribes take on the Rambo myth

WHEN THE Hollywood moguls dedicated Rambo III - in which Sylvester Stallone single- handedly liberates most of Af-ghanistan from the Soviet Union - to the country's "brave people", they felt they were celebrating men who had fought a just war against an evil enemy. Such certainty would be unlikely now.

Essay: Death is hard, but there's life in it

`Die Hard' copycats can set their own body count, says Daniel Rosenthal, but they should leave the rules alone

Police blame Hollywood for rise of hit-men

A RISE in the number of murders by "hit-men" in Britain is linked to more gratuitous violence in Hollywood films, according to one of Britain's most senior policemen.

Why Are They Famous: Jackie Stallone

Main Claim

Films: Videowatch

One Night Stand (18), New Line (available to rent now)

Obituary: Judge Dread

THE BRITISH love novelty records. Put saucy lyrics to a groovy beat, add a dash of seaside postcard humour and you're on to a winner. Judge Dread, the risque cod-reggae artist who died on Friday night at the end of a concert in Canterbury, had a string of Top 20 hits in the Seventies with singles like "Big Six", "Big Seven", "Big Eight" and "Big Ten" which left little to the imagination and were all banned by the BBC. Somewhere between coarse rugby songs, Benny Hill and ska, these proved firm favourites with skinheads, "rude boys" and spotty teenagers chuckling at their first taste of swearing on albums like Dreadmania, Working Class 'Ero and Bedtime Stories.

Film: Box-0ffice UK

1 Tomorrow Never Dies

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1 / ALIEN: RESURRECTION

New films: box-0ffice UK

1 Alien Resurrection

Cinema: Stallone and Liotta pull their paunches

Stallone. Liotta. Keitel. De Niro. Say them out loud in the husky transatlantic tones of the man on the legendary Denim advert. Impressive, isn't it? These men are icons of masculinity, a gang of guys who've come to personify a buckish true grit that's made them Pub Man's eternal pin- ups. But did you know they have a combined age of 207?

He could have been a contender

Few stars had a bigger, better more starry start than Sylvester Stallone. `Rocky' catapulted him to fame and millions. But, argues Nick Hasted, the man is a failure.

Interview: The method of Robert de Niro's money-making

From his early classic performances to his latest appearance in `Cop Land', De Niro has gone from a method actor who gave his all for a part to a man merely cashing in on cameos. Sarah Gristwood discovers why

Film: Take a good look in the Miramax, boys

The US film company Miramax has brought ground-breaking movies to a mass audience since 1980. But, argues Geoffrey MacNab, with the launch of `Copland' next week the stress of reconciling art with commerce is beginning to tell.

Letter: Women climb for themselves

Charles Arthur says that"women are also discovering that the traditional image of a top climber - Sylvester Stallone ... is false" ("It's a long hard ascent for women climbers", 26 October).
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