RIP: Anthony Minghella (1954-2008)

Starring in a Minghella film would ruin you. How could Gwyneth have gone back to minimalist black (or the odder English looks she's adopted in recent years) after months in Mediterranean Grace Kelly glory? How did Nicole pick up a hair straightener after seeing herself in the midst of a Civil War that appeared to spawn from Ralph Lauren's dreams? Perhaps they're better at separating fantasy and reality than I. For I'd take Anthony's world any day. The great Ripley, English Patient and Cold Mountain director died yesterday from complications of throat cancer surgery, just five days before the Easter Sunday debut of his most recent project - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.