Philip Seymour Hoffman will return for extended cameos in the last two Hunger Games films, but his lead turn in Anton Corbijn’s take on a 2008 John(...)

Vladimir Antiufeyev this week became acting prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic

If John le Carré were to visit the pseudo-statelet run by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, he might feel oddly at home with Vladimir Antiufey(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The physical book may well be under threat from the digital revolution, but a growing number of crime writers have decided that books are more dangero(...)

Plot for Peace 2:24

This fascinating, if not hugely cinematic, documentary takes care not to oversell its thesis. In the years leading up to the fall of apartheid (...)

Spooked: Gary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

During the summer I picked up a copy of John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, not long after Edward Snowden’s revelations of the US National Secu(...)

‘A couple of years ago I decided to branch out,” explains Daniel Brühl. “So I opened a tapas bar. It’s still there. We’re not bankrupt. And you’re (...)

Corridors of power: seven key spots in the city. Illustration: John Cassidy

After half a century in Bonn, Germany’s federal government packed its bags and, on September 6th, 1999, raised the curtain on the Berliner Republik.An(...)

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta holds a joint news conference with British prime minister David Cameron  (right) in 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The three-month-old coalition government of Enrico Letta faces a potentially life-threatening moment in the Italian senate today when the house votes(...)

“Are Toby and Giles spies?” asks the narrator early on in John le Carré’s (...)

Rachel Weisz as Evanora in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful
The witches of Oz

You need not be waist deep in Angela Carter (though such immersion probably helps) to know that fairy stories – both ancient and contemporary – hav(...)