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Album: Patrick Wolf, The Bachelor (Bloody Chamber Music)

Wolf is the outrageously talented, outlandishly dressed polysexual polymath who specialises in fusing the classical and the hi-tech. The fact that this, his fourth album, features both Tilda Swinton and Alec Empire speaks volumes. Tracks such as the soaring, sweeping "Oblivion" meld scratched-CD glitches with musketeer flourishes, as a backdrop for Wolf's mannered yet emotional voice. Exceptions are the straightforwardly dancefloor-friendly single "Vulture" and the rave-metal of "Battle".

The Independent Film Club: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Our new film club is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. To kick things off, here’s a selection of readers’ views on Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated movie

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher, 165 mins, 12A

Brad Pitt grows younger by the day in Hollywood's lavish attempt to chart the human condition

Age finally catches up with Brad Pitt

In his latest movie, the Hollywood heartthrob lives a whole life backwards – from geriatric to babe in arms. He tells James Mottram how he did it

David Fincher: "Awards are just icing on the cake"

There was a time when David Fincher's career threatened to derail. Following his 2002 home-invasion thriller Panic Room, he dropped out of skateboard film Lords of Dogtown and Tom Cruise vehicle Mission: Impossible III. He toyed with numerous other projects – including an adaptation of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama – but nothing came to fruition. "Making movies is hard," he shrugs. "It takes a long time." Already known for his Kubrick-like fastidiousness, Fincher seemed afraid to commit to anything less than the perfect project.

Film industry stunned by Bafta snub for Leigh

Acclaimed in America, but British awards ignore director and star of 'Happy Go Lucky'

Slumdog takes on Button for top Bafta honours

Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each received 11 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards today.

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Hollywood can't get away from race this week &ndash; and it's all too easy to think it's black and white

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There's a deluded, unhinged character at the heart of Julia - Erick Zonca's barely disguised tribute to John Cassavetes's 1980 film Gloria.

Tilda Swinton: 'I'm not interested in acting skills'

Tilda Swinton has never tried to fit in. She wins Oscars but describes her work as 'clowning'. She flits from obscure indie films to Hollywood blockbusters. And then there's her 'scandalous' love life...Jonathan Romney meets a British actress with attitude

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Coens' latest is dark, convoluted, chaotic &ndash; and extremely funny

Swinton takes on Cannes with cup cakes and Scottish rain

When Tilda Swinton announced plans for a film festival in her home town of Nairn in north-east Scotland, she said she wanted it to be the antithesis of the glitz and glamour of Cannes. As it opened yesterday, the Highland weather was doing its bit to help. "I did a rain dance last night and it seems to have worked. What better place to be on a rainy August afternoon than in a cinema?" she said.

Hollywood loves cut-price Brits

As the film industry hits hard times, producers are hiring our actors to fill roles that used to go to $20m-a-movie US stars. Guy Adams reports from Los Angeles
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