Carrie Fisher: her portrayal of Princess Leia reflects a victory over her struggles in real life. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Sitting in the back row of a packed, expectant and good-natured cinema for Star Wars: the Force Awakens, I was struck by the number of contemporaries(...)

Ryan Tubridy: introduces RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“Once we were made aware by the BBC of the significance of this episode RTÉ made a decision to simulcast the episode with the BBC rather than disappoi(...)

Star Wars drones C-3PO and R2-DT attend the opening of the European premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in central London on December 16th, 2015. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Star Wars fans were treated to an early surprise on Tuesday ahead of the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when the cast of the movie teamed u(...)

A familiar, bashed-up spaceship flees a planet far, far away

Variations on a signature shot appear about half-a-dozen times in JJ Abrams’s absurdly hyped addition to the Star Wars cycle. The camera pauses for s(...)

Filmmaker George Lucas attends the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in Hollywood on Monday. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty

An army of Stormtroopers plus C-3PO and R2D2 were among the early arrivals at the world premiere of the highly-anticipated new Star Wars movie in Los (...)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) with Stormtroopers. Photograph: David James/ Lucasfilm 2015

Calm down. Calm down. We still have just over a month to wait until Star Wars: The Force Awakens strikes domestic cinemas. Despite the disappointment(...)

Fire woman: Mia Wasikowska in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars

Dr Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a horrid psychotherapist who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; his snake-oil therapies go over well(...)

Actor Harrison Ford is to appear alongside Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o in the next Star Wars film, which is currently being filmed. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Hollywood star Harrison Ford has been airlifted to hospital after being injured on the set of the latest Star Wars film. The 71-year-old actor was rep(...)

Stormtroopers strode through the RDS in Dublin during the Invasion Dublin event attended by hundreds of Star Wars enthusiasts today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The sight of Stormtroopers striding through a southside Dublin suburb should be no cause for worry for residents this weekend - though the looming fig(...)

Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan Gleeson) is to appear in the 7th Star Wars film.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Rising Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson is to appear in JJ Abrams’s highly anticipated seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise. Speculati(...)