Louis Zamperini ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was later and tortured by the Japanese during the second World War. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Most New Year resolutions are broken after 24 hours. The first of mine was broken on the day itself. Because with cosmic irony the film Unbroken makes(...)

They won’t be putting it on the poster, but, as Angelina Jolie’s second film as director powers towards cinemas, one unfortunate quote is elbowing (...)

Which male actor has broken through most dramatically in 2014? You could argue for Chris Pratt, but the face of Guardians of the Galaxy has bee(...)

We’re used to thinking about Sam Reid as a very English gentleman or a very upright officer. In fact the actor grew up on a cattle ranch in rural New South Wales.  Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Sam Reid is having a moment. No. Scratch that. Sam Reid is having a year’s worth of moments. So far in 2014, movie hounds have had reason to gasp over(...)

Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross:  “It’s very fine margins get you selected at this level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Slamming into the provincial ceiling they may be but Munster are growing loosehead props again. James Cronin started in Perpignan last December(...)

Starred Up

It is impossible to watch this British prison drama without permitting thoughts of Alan Clarke’s Scum (...)

 Leinster’s Darren Hudson. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster Rugby can confirm that prop Jack O’Connell and fullback Darren Hudson have signed for Bristol Rugby for the 2014/2015 season. M(...)

Dungannon’s Paul Magee and UL’s Rory White during the Division 1B clash. UL-Bohs won 29-13.  Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Right-wing Michael McGrath crossed for a hat-trick of tries to help Clontarf secure a bonus-point 46-28 victory over Young Munster and maintain their (...)

Leinster’s impressive young tighthead prop Jack McGrath is tackled by  Richard Fussell of the Ospreys during the recent Rabo Direct Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish props haven’t exactly been falling out of the trees in the professional era. The durability of John Hayes, especially, and Marcus Horan covered (...)