The Iseq’s bigger companies had mixed fortunes with Ryanair shares down 0.5 per cent.  Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Most European and US markets were ahead yesterday, with the S&P 500 Index at a four-month high, as investors shook off oil’s losses on failed out(...)

A portrait of Donald Trump in his tennis whites hangs in the bar – formerly a library – at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Eric Thayer/New York Times

Everything seems to sparkle here at the Mar-a-Lago estate on a recent afternoon. The sun glints off the pool and off the black Secret Service SUVs in (...)

Bozo the Bear as Ben and Dan Haggerty as James “Grizzly” Adams in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Photograph: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Dan Haggerty, the bearded US actor who starred in the film and TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, has died aged 74. Haggerty died at Prov(...)

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings giving a keynote address at the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: AFP Photo

Video streaming company Netflix yesterday launched its services in 130 countries, covering almost the entire globe except China, as part of efforts to(...)

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”:  grossed more than $1bn since its release last month and received mostly positive reviews

George Lucas has apologised for remarks he made in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, in which he described the new Star Wars film as too “retro” f(...)

“Star Wars” fans wait outside the cinema prior to the premier screening of the latest “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on December 20, 2015. Globally, the latest “Star Wars” space epic raked in an estimated $517 million, Disney said, breaking records for biggest opening weekend abroad in 18 other countries, including Russia and Germany, and second biggest across four nations. (Photograph: FAROUK BATICHEFAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Conventional wisdom holds that mass moviegoing is the pastime of another era. The cultural heat emanates from television now. Hollywood only churns o(...)

Pixar success story: Toy Story 3

Thanks to much-loved Pixar films like Toy Story, Up, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Inside/Out, audiences all over the world happily embrace th(...)

Rebel pilots and Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars film franchise are seen next to a life-sized model of an X-Wing Fighter during a promotional event at the Changi International airport in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Church of England’s valiant bid to run an advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer before the forthcoming Star Wars film may have hit a sn(...)

Amazon is among 11 companies that will be questioned by European Union lawmakers next week about low-tax deals as the internet retailing giant awaits a decision on its fiscal pact with Luxembourg from antitrust regulators. (Photograph:  Ralph D. Freso/Reuters)

Amazon is among 11 companies that will be questioned by European Union lawmakers next week about low-tax deals as the internet retailing giant awaits(...)

A handout photo issued by the BFI National Archive of a still from the film Sleigh Bells featuring Disney’s first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Photograph: PA

A long-lost Walt Disney film featuring his first ever animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, has been discovered buried away in the national arc(...)