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MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

Child star to lauded director: Ron Howard’s long journey

With his Oscar win Sunday night for best director, Ron Howard can finally silence all those who snickered about his Hollywood career, which began with a stroll down a country road.

Lord of the Rings steals early march at Oscars

US actress Jennifer Connelly and British actor Jim Broadbent won best supporting actor Oscars at Sunday's 74th annual Academy Awards, as fantasy film <i>Lord of the Rings</i> took an early awards lead.

Raising the reggae banner

Once upon a not so very long time reggae prided itself as more than just music — it was a social movement with a message, writes Meshack Mabogoane.

Tell me a story …

<b>Not quite movie of the week:</b> <i>Storytelling</i> feels as though it has a masterful first act, an overlong second act and no third act at all, writes Shaun de Waal.

Sex and drugs and the law

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>Rainbow Vice: The Drugs and Sex Industries in the New South Africa</i> by Ted Leggett (Zed/David Philip). Ted Leggett's new book is a little like the mix between mandrax and dagga — to get up, you first have to go down, writes Charlene Smith.

Italian mouse journalist challenges Harry Potter

With his impeccable green suit and round glasses, Geronimo Stilton poses a bigger challenge to Harry Potter than the many demons and devils the world's most famous boy wizard has ever battled.

The gospel according to Noam Chomsky

<b>REVIEW:</b> <i>9-11</i> by Noam Chomsky (M&G Books).

Enemy of the States

The American right is having a whale of a time kicking director Robert Altman around, writes John Patterson.

Blowing in from the north

A two-day talk shop will celebrate the linguistic links between the Netherlands and her former colonies, writes Jane Rosenthal.

Mind over maths

<b>Movie of the week:</b> Skilfully and without mercy, <i>A Beautiful Mind</i> coerces one into feeling good, writes Shaun de Waal.

Something fishy about these Trout

Sons of Trout: <i>Odd Times</i>

A separate development

REVIEW: Heaven Forbid by Christopher Hope (Macmillan). Heaven Forbid represents a deepening of Hope's vision of apartheid South Africa, writes John Higgins.

Cohen and Elu swan off

Artist Steven Cohen and partner Elu are known for their grotesque performances that confront everything from coprophilia to religious identity, write Robyn Sassen and Matthew Krouse.

God of small things

With a fastidiousness, meticulousness and precision utterly at odds with the age of disposability and mass-production, Michael Croeser creates visual testaments to a value all but forgotten by many contemporary artists: obsession, writes Alexander Sudheim.

Cape Town sees the light

The Month of Photography is set to transform the city's bars and galleries, writes Nicholas Dawes.

Into the blue again

<b>Thriller of the week:</b> I found <i>The Deep End</i> a seriously provocative movie, one that left me with a persistent sense of unease, despite (or emphasised by) the beauty of its images, writes Shaun de Waal.

Spiritual music for the needy

Salif Keita is an African who evidently loves Africa, writes Paul Tilsley.

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