Benedict Cumberbatch first set hearts aflutter in the BBCs hugely popular Sherlock, which returns on New Year’s Day, and has since made great waves playing Julian Assange, Khan and now, as the voice of Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit. He has also made a big impact on the world of otters. He talks to Donald Clarke
More than 20 years ago, Alan Ereira made a film about an elusive Colombian people who changed how he saw the universe. A follow-up has an urgent warning for mankind
After a 50-year career, Bruce Dern is finally getting some Oscar attention. Acting is “an endurance competition,” he says. “It’s like a marathon: you don’t start racing until mile 16. It will take a long time,” he tells Tara Brady
A documentary about the duo The Swell Season as they embarked on a post-Oscar tour plays a little like the Oscar-winning drama ‘Once’ in reverse. “It was an interesting endeavour to embark on,” says director Carlo Mirabella-Davis
He’s older, wiser and still sober but Colin Farrell hasn’t lost any of his wicked streak – and he’s definitely in touch with his feminine side. The Saving Mr Banks star on film, family, fame and femininity
As his three-hour love story arrives in Irish cinemas weighed down with awards – and ongoing allegations of exploitation – director Abdellatif Kechiche ponders the dynamics of love and betrayal with Donald Clarke
In his revealing new documentary ‘Utopia’, distinguished journalist John Pilger paints a bleak picture of life for the aboriginal people of his native Australia
The smash success of Downtown Abbey has made Allen Leech a household face, if not quite a name to remember yet. Now, with a scene-stealing role in new Irish horror film In Fear, the Killiney-born actor’s career is definitely looking up
Urban rhymes, beats and truth are not just a US west coast vs east coast thing – hip-hop is changing lives in north Dublin too, say the stars of a new documentary, Broken Song, about the scene
The theatrical Dame chats to Tara Brady about her new movie Philomena, still being nervous and admiring Clint Eastwood’s eyes
As the one and only Loki returns to the big screen in Thor: The Dark World, actor Tom Hiddleston explains to Donald Clarke that you don’t have to go to Eton to be a good baddie
Cannes it ain’t: the purist Colorado festival is the kind of place where you might spill Salman Rushdie’s cocktail, startle Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, or get your film praised by the screenwriter of ‘The Graduate’
Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Toad in the Hole
Only 16, Hailee Steinfeld’s CV already boasts an Oscar nod and roles alongside the likes of Bridges, Ford Streep and Kingsley. How did she find herself in such illustrious company? “I never really found something that I loved as much as I love acting,” she tells Tara Brady
Last quizmas you gave it away. Don't make that mistake, this week.
Steve McQueen's slave drama and David O Russell's con-artist movie lead the race that says nothing about The Oscars.