George Clooney’s email said “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.” Photograph: Tal Cohen/EPA

The saga that led to Sony Pictures pulling its movie The Interview hasn’t just made a mockery of the stories Hollywood tells us about itself: it ha(...)

Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures, has said “the president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened”. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg 2:30

The head of Sony Pictures has insisted the studio has “not caved” over the decision to cancel the release of a movie about a plot to assassinate North(...)

 Sony studios in Culver City, California: The studio’s reputation has suffered considerable damage in the wake of leaked emails that have proved extremely damaging. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Hollywood giant Sony Pictures Entertainment has gone on the offensive for the first time in the hacked-and-leaked emails scandal, warning US media aga(...)

Paddington Bear and Mr Brown (Hugh Bonneville) in a scene from ‘Paddington’

As Lord Downton, Hugh Bonneville has dominated Christmas telly since 2011. Now, as lovable, sure-fire hit Paddington makes its way into the multiplexe(...)

The new-look Darren Clarke shows the fruits of his fitness regime. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

As the star attraction of the night entered the room, tall, tanned and toned, Vinny Fitzpatrick sank his bulging buttocks a little lower in his seat a(...)

By the end of this year, college friends Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins will have raised almost $20 million for charities in two years.

When 2014 comes to a close, college friends Ryan Cummins and Matt Pohlson will have raised almost $20 million for charities in two years.Their start-u(...)

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 Oscar de la Renta who died at the age of 82 this week. Photograph: EPA/Carlos Ortega

The fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died aged 82, arrived in New York in 1963 with letters of introduction to the editor-in-chief of Vogue(...)

 Oscar de la Renta (R), pictured with American Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (C), died yesterday at his home in Kent, Connecticut. He was 82. Photograph:   Jim McIsaac/Getty Images 1:45

Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco’s Spain and sprawled across the better living rooms of Par(...)

A worker in a hazardous-material (hazmat) suit at a block in Dallas, Texas, where a man diagnosed with Ebola was staying. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

There is a disturbing new epidemic sweeping across the developed world. Its symptoms include nausea, sweating and an inability to watch a rolling n(...)