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Sixth-formers, pull your designer socks up

'Clueless', Hollywood's latest teen movie, threatens to turn UK schoolgirls into Calvin Klein-clad, mobile-phone-toting trendoids. Tamsin Blanchard reports

FILM / They don't make them like they used to: The teenager in Richard Linklater's forthcoming movie is Dazed and Confused, every bit as world-weary as the Slacker of Generation X. Time was when the teenager was a world- beating rebel, striking a pose and strutting his stuff. So what happened? By John Lyttle

Being a movie teenager used to be a gas. Okay, you learnt a dull lesson or got tamed in the final reel - if you didn't you usually croaked either hot-rodding or rumbling or were branded a genuine juvenile delinquent and hauled away by Officer Krupke - but before you bowed to the inevitable dictates of Hollywood morality you had fun. You terrorised entire towns (The Wild One), gave the campus cuties hickies they'd never forget (I Was a Teenage Werewolf), beat up the new supply teacher (The Blackboard Jungle) and, best of all, made Mom and Pop feel really guilty for not attending to your bottomless emotional needs every minute of the day (Rebel Without a Cause).

FILM / Go North: the kids are cuter there

CHILDREN'S cinema, like teenage fiction, is a concept that reeks of compromise. Condescension and calculation vie for their share of the piggy- bank. Are the movies grown-up enough to talk down to 10-year- olds, who seem to be their target audience most of the time? Such is the question posed by North (U), Rob Reiner's third sally into the junior genre, after Stand by Me (1986) and The Princess Bride (1987). The best that can be said for it is that it is not Oliver Stone's bio-pic of Colonel Ollie. The worst is that its sentimental compass seems magnetically set at saccharine.

FILM / Look what they've done to my films, ma: Mary Stuart Masterson, Drew Barrymore and Andie MacDowell may look happy with him (below) but Jonathan Kaplan is not a happy man. He makes Hollywood movies, lots of them, and some of them are pretty good. But, he tells Geoffrey Macnab, they are never the films he set out to make

Depending on your point of view, Jonathan Kaplan's career in movies is either a case-study in bad faith or a heroic, Capra-like fable of the little man battling against the system. Whichever way you approach it, one thing is for certain: the picture which finally appears under his name is unlikely to be the one he wanted to make.

REVIEW / Ballad to a bawd: Richard Loup-Nolan reviews ATC's Celestina and 7:84's Twilight Shift in Scotland

Dramatists have always been preoccupied with human couples, how to get into and out of them, and the joys and dangers of being on the in- and outside.

THEATRE / Rockers on a low-fat diet: Paul Taylor on steering-wheels and inappropriate muscle in Grease at the Dominion Theatre

THE BEST moment at the opening night of Grease was a sheer fluke. It came during the drive-in movie scene. An overstimulated Danny (Craig McLachlan) was just starting to get fresh with the virginal Sandy (Debbie Gibson) when his steering-wheel snapped off in his hand. Thank God it wasn't his gear-stick, or it would have been curtains for that romance. Suddenly confronted by an accidental image of less than complete manhood, Gibson to her undying credit, could not keep a straight face and the show ground to a brief halt.

Real Life: This is not imagination - it's devastation: Jane Hanson tells of her fight against premenstrual tension which has blighted her life and ruined her career

I ONCE lived with a man who knew when I had started my periods before I did because my mood would swing so dramatically back to normal as soon as the first drop of blood began to flow.

It's not true about my torpid affair

BEING libelled is a bit like a having a heart attack. You never expect it to happen to you, so you haven't the faintest idea what to do when it happens. That's why today I have asked our top libel 'doctor', Wilkie M Sangster, to take you through the ordeal, step by step, in the hope that when you are traduced by the press, as we all surely must be some day, you will know what to do.
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Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

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