At a time when the need for innovative, thoughtful and commercially viable movies are paramount in the UK, it's always good to see an institution like First Light put their money where their mouth is. A foundation set up to develop skills in under-25s through film and media production, their annual awards ceremony (the 11th) is just around the corner.
Since winning the Best Director Oscar for The Pianist back in 2002, Roman Polanski has yet to offer a film to match the brilliance of his World War II drama. His political thriller The Ghost, provided a lacklustre contribution to the film schedule of 2010, but with a move into comedy with Carnage, has the Polish director got his mojo back?
The world turned its attention to Italy once again this week, but for a change it wasn't the country's precarious finances or shady politics making headlines. On 13 January, as its passengers enjoyed dinner and drinks, the cruise ship Costa Concordia made its way past the Tuscan coast, sailing too close to a reef off the island of Giglio as it did so, scraping an ultimately disastrous gash in its side.
At last night's Golden Globes we saw Hollywood glamour at its best, and guess what? There wasn't a fake strip lash, tattooed brow or hair extension in sight. Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman all chose to play down their classic coutures and enhance their natural beauty with nude make up, healthy skin and tousled shiny locks.
Dodgy hand-me-downs? Check. Awkward teen years? Oh yes. We've all been there but at least most of us can keep those embarrassing childhood snaps locke...