Helena Bonham Carter: In all the best circles

She was once a waif-like fixture in costume drama who struggled to impress the critics. Now she has evolved into one of cinema's most intriguing actresses. And then there's the company she keeps...

The Kids Are All Right (15)

Readers review this week's big film

Rooney Mara: The girl with the very bright future

Relative unknown lands coveted role in Hollywood take on Stieg Larsson bestseller

Nevermore, Barbican Theatre, London

Once upon a mid-week weary, in the Barbican so dreary, while I nodded, nearly napping, came there actors, vaguely tapping, gently rapping, on my semi-conscious door. Edgar Allan Poe's the subject of their mock heroic mumming, all in words and gentle strumming, and their title's Nevermore.

Forgotten authors No. 55: Hugh Wheeler

Some writers are forgotten because they are chameleons. Tracking their work becomes a slippery business. They change names, switch genres and leave behind their work scattered through library systems and traceable only by ISBN number. In the history of this column, one name has remained on my list from the outset. Hugh Callingham Wheeler was also known as Patrick Quentin, Jonathan Stagge and Q Patrick, and facts about him are hopelessly few, perhaps because he remained single and lived privately.

DVD: Alice in Wonderland (PG)

It's once more into Wonderland with Tim Burton's attempt to give the children's classic a makeover for the 3D age.

An interview with Tim Burton

The 'Alice in Wonderland' director talks Jonny Depp, falling down rabbit holes and the power of imagination.

Helena Bonham-Carter

In an item in Amy Jenkins's column last Saturday, 'One big happy family three separate houses' (27 February 2010) Amy Jenkins wrote that Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton live in two separate houses next to each other and that the nanny and two children live in a 'third house in the same street'. In fact the entire family live together in a single home that is fashioned from three adjacent former artist's studios.The comment that this arrangement is 'not so much eccentric as chilling', is unfounded and we accept that Helena Bonham Carter is a caring mother and apologise to her for suggesting otherwise.

Guy Adams: They love a police drama at the Oscars

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Wear Me: Alice in Wonderland and spring fashion trends

Alice in Wonderland might seem an unlikely wardrobe inspiration – but it's a perfect match to spring's most curious trends, says Harriet Walker

This way to Wonderland: Discover the National Trust treasure that sets the scene for Tim Burton's 'Alice'

When Tim Burton began the search for a location for his new and utterly weird Alice to fall down the rabbit hole, he knew exactly what he wanted: an English idyll, where magic could begin to happen. Which is how he came to pick Antony House, one of the National Trust's Cornish jewels, set on its own little peninsula sticking out into the blue sea.

Don’t be late for a
very important date

Thanks to the launch next week of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ film, there are three games heading our way.

Observations: The right choir for a Carroll

Not many choral directors can claim to field daily calls from Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Craig Armstrong. Jenny O'Grady is one such director and her phone has barely stopped flashing up LA numbers since she created Metro Voices 15 years ago. Her latest project is providing vocals to this year's eagerly anticipated Alice in Wonderland.

Liz Hoggard: Revenge of the life-savvy over-40s

My name is Liz. I've no idea what a podcast is. I've lost days in cyberspace trying to upload photos. So it made me roar with laughter when I heard that Trivial Pursuit are planning a new online experiment next month. The Battle of the Generations – which will pit the under-30 "tech-savvy" crowd against the over-30 "life-savvy" set – is positively Corinthian. Because as generations, we really are wired differently. They have digital brains; we're still analogue.

Curiouser and curiouser: From Wonderland to Glee, we're falling in love with our childhoods all over again

With Alice in Wonderland on the big screen, storytelling clubs for adults and exhibitions set up like playgrounds, there's never been a better time to revisit the golden days of youth. Nancy Groves joins in the fun
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Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

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'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

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