British actor tasked with rebooting 'Spider-Man'

Two years ago, a young British actor called Andrew Garfield gave an interview to this newspaper in which he was asked about a string of plaudits that had seen him included in Variety's prestigious list of future Hollywood stars. "Well, whatever," he replied. "I'm only 24, so who knows...I resent it when someone tells me 'this is your time'." Today, even Garfield will find it hard to deny that that time is now.

DVD: Brothers, For retail & rental (Lions Gate)

Another remake, this US version of Susanne Bier's Danish drama stars Tobey Maguire as a marine who's held hostage in Afghanistan, and Jake Gyllenhaal as the brother who comforts Maguire's wife, Natalie Portman.

DVD: Brothers (15)

"Why couldn't you just stay dead!" is the last thing Tobey Maguire's "war hero", Sam, needs to hear from his daughter when he returns from hell in Afghanistan.

Jake Gyllenhaal: How a cult hero became a Hollywood prince

Jake Gyllenhaal has always been movie royalty, but never quite the huge star. That's all about to change, he tells Lesley O'Toole

Who cares who's playing the lead?

One of cinema's most recognisable faces, that of Freddy Krueger, has been replaced. Kaleem Aftab reports on the trend in Hollywood that is undermining the power of the actor

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Boys don't cry &ndash; even if everything in their world is coming to an end

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As Avatar closes in on box-office records and the global appetite for big-budget spectacle and glossy franchises grows, James Mottram reports on how film studios are running scared of serious drama for grown-ups

Al Alberts: Lead singer with the Fifties harmony group the Four Aces

Led by Al Alberts, the Four Aces were an American harmony group who dominated the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-1950s, most famously with the million-selling theme songs from the films Three Coins in the Fountain and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing. A mainstay of the group from its inception in 1949, Alberts and his strong tenor also graced such evergreens as "Stranger in Paradise", "Mister Sandman" and "A Woman in Love". He left the group in 1956 but failed to establish himself as a solo artist and eventually turned to a career in broadcasting. From 1968, he hosted Al Alberts' Showcase, a Saturday afternoon television talent show featuring children singing and dancing, which aired in the Philadelphia area. The programme ran for 32 years and featured early appearances by Teddy Pendergrass, who died last week, and Sister Sledge.

Brothers (15)

Jim Sheridan's drama of guilt and forgiveness reworks the Danish director Susanne Bier's 2005 film, adding an extra polish to the story of US Army captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), who's missing presumed dead after his helicopter is shot down in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Long wait for 3D Spider-Man after Maguire quits

He can spin a web, any size, and catches thieves just like flies. But the arsenal of secret powers celebrated by Spider-Man’s famous theme tune is next-to-useless when it comes to negotiating the choppy waters of Hollywood studio politics.

Natalie Portman has a 'no boobs' policy

Natalie Portman has revealed that she has no plans to go nude on the big screen.

Pandora: Morrissey's turkey talk is off the menu

Few vegetarians in the public eye can lay claim to fighting for the cause with the kind of vigour offered by that revered Mancunian miserablist, Morrissey.

Carey Mulligan's in a class of her own

Carey Mulligan received rave reviews for her role in An Education. Next up is Wall Street 2 for Oliver Stone, and Jim Sheridan's Brothers. James Mottram talks to Britain's fastest-rising star

The Couch Surfer: 'I'm not proud of any of this, but I hope it doesn't make me a weirdo...'

&lsquo;I once looked up a beautiful girl on a dating show, and briefly contemplated asking her out&rsquo;

Anna Friel - Home is where the part is

After cementing soap notoriety and making a few false starts beyond the small screen, Anna Friel has finally found her niche &ndash; and a house &ndash; in the Hollywood Hills. Gill Pringle talks to Britain's latest star export
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