The Oscar nominations are out soon, and while awards season can be unpredictable, there are certain things you can also be damn sure will go down on (...)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on court during game two of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA playoffs. Photograph: Getty Images

Among the deluge of tributes to Kobe Bryant floating around cyberspace now is one tweeted by Shane Battier, one of the few defensive players capable o(...)

It was raining as we drove into town, a cloud of mist hanging heavy over the mountains. GPS was spotty, but I was sure we would find the hotel with(...)

Detail from ‘Waltzers’ by Jack Vettriano: it is expected to go for £200,000- £300,000 at Bonhams auction next week

The Scottish self-taught painter Jack Vettriano (63) is one of Britain’s most successful artists. His most famous painting, The Singing Butler (1992) (...)

10. Cork man thinks he’s right and everyone else is wrong. Really? This is news? Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

1 Passion has been reduced to ad-speak, a banal corporate shortcut, another tired cliche for politicos and suits: if there’s a ticket to flog, air-tim(...)

Roy Keane’s lost film reviews -  E.T: People say he is cute and adorable, all this . . . but where’s his loyalty? Hides in your wardrobe and breaks your kids hearts and then f**ks off back to whatever planet he came from? No, a big disappointment for me, that little fella. Only out for himself. Worst behaviour I’ve seen since Veron.

What is the last film you saw, Roy? Roy Keane: Gone Girl. Rubbish. Absolute rubbish. I went with a couple of lads from the Irish team but if I wa(...)

David Fincher: “There’s way too much risk in offending people now”. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

David Fincher stops halfway into a biscuit. He looks deep in thought. “Enough bitching from me,” he says. “I’ve bitched so much. I’m embarrassed. R(...)

David Fincher: “There’s way too much risk in offending people now”. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

David Fincher stops halfway into a biscuit. He looks deep in thought. “Enough bitching from me,” he says. “I’ve bitched so much. I’m embarrassed. Righ(...)

Splashdown: Will Forte and Maxine Peake in ‘Run & Jump’

It would be overstating things to say that Will Forte has found himself at the centre of a controversy, but he is certainly somewhere in the vi(...)

Late actor Ralph Waite as Reverend Norman Balthus in the TV series Carnivale. Photograph: HBO

Stars of 1970s TV series The Waltons have paid tribute to Ralph Waite, the actor who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of the tight-knit rur(...)