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Thursday's worldwide event is to be a 'feminist tsunami' against violence

Lost in La La Land, the Brits who find fame for 15 minutes

Don't send your daugher to LA, Mrs Worthington, she'll be flavour of the month and then never get cast again. Lucy Broadbent reports on the notable failure of British actresses to make it big-time, long-term (because let's face it, there isn't a single bankable British female star in the Hollywood firmament)

Film: A Guy Fawkes in rock star's clothing

The Leading Man

CINEMA : An icon tested to the point of deconstruction

If you were watching the trailer with half your mind on something else, it would be easy to mistake Clint Eastwood's Absolute Power (15) for an uninteresting film. There's that title for a start. It has a nasty case of the John Grishams: seeming very macho and awe- inspiring (Men jousting! Testosterone overload imminent!) but actually saying something smaller and less meaningful than a stoat's capacity for remorse. Then there's the story.

Coalition urges boycott of Sony over crash film

An ad-hoc coalition of Muslim and Christian fundamentalists is threatening to boycott Sony products in protest against the film Crash.

Cinema / American stifled in Paris

WE FILM critics hold these truths to be self-evident: that all Merchant-Ivory films are created equally bad, that they are endowed by their creators with certain inalienable Faults, and that among these are Lifelessness, Liberty prints and the pursuit of Prettiness. On Merchant- Ivory's last outing, The Remains of the Day, these vices became the film's subject, in an examination of stifled Englishness, so that we had the illusion of a well-crafted film. But Jefferson in Paris (12) takes one of the most intriguing figures in US history and turns him into a waxwork. Thomas Jefferson's ambassadorship to France (1784-1789) is full of historical fascination, as the philosopher of the New World confronts the Old in the full glow of its sunset, yet out of it Merchant-Ivory has made a movie which is a scurrilous lie and an unconscionable bore.

An American in limbo

'Jefferson in Paris', the latest offering from Merchant-Ivory, seems to point an accusing finger at the third president of the United States. Or does it? Adam Mars-Jones wishes it would make up its mind

The President and his girl

A new Merchant Ivory film reveals Thomas Jefferson's amazing love affair with his black slave girl. Chris Peachment reports
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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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