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Curious and curiouser

Shaun de Waal

NOT QUITE THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Shaun de Waal reviews The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

Thoughts on Mohammed, the bad-news bear

Lev David

Does anybody know if Hindu fanatics have ever started a protest over Yogi Bear? It might surprise you that I'm on the side of the Sudanese nutters who thought it was a big deal to name a teddy bear Mohammed. It's not the greatest name for a teddy. If teddies weren't so busy being adorable, they'd be up in fluffy arms too, writes Lev David.

Brangelina's car

Sukasha Singh

General Motors (GM) is making a point of acknowledging girl power with the launch of the Chevrolet Captiva. Using the blockbuster movie Mr & Mrs Smith as a premise, GM went to great lengths to accentuate the versatility and over all appeal of its latest SUV.

Hollywood boys who just don't want to grow up

Iain Blair

When to slow down and retire? For most people in their 60s the decision is a no-brainer -- the sooner the better. But in the rare air of movie stardom, where careers are fuelled by a mix of talent, ego, vanity and, sometimes, cosmetic surgery, it seems to be a far harder decision.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes

Staff Reporter

Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans on Monday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes. Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.

Cannes critics cool as film competition nears end

Mike Collett-White

A lack of memorable movies mean the 2008 Cannes film festival is unlikely to live long in the minds of many critics, who argue that after a solid start the main competition faded. With four out of 22 films in the main competition this year yet to screen, critics and journalists struggled to come up with many highlights.

Iraq war films among favourites at Venice festival

Mike Collett-White, Silvia Aloisi

Two very different movies about the Iraq war are among the favourites for awards at this year's Venice film festival as it passes the halfway stage, and an unusually high number of male leads have stood out. For pure shock value, Brian De Palma's Redacted wins hands down, stunning audiences with an uncompromising reconstruction of the real-life rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl.

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