Beyonce reacts as her husband Jay-Z carries their daughter Ivy Blue onstage to present the Video Vanguard Award during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in  California yesterday. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters 2:01

Beyonce was the reigning queen of the MTV Video Music Awards.The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed(...)

The Godfather Part II

It is a commonplace of cinema distribution that, though people always say they want to see more vintage titles on the big screen, the masses st(...)

Maximilian Schell, the ruggedly handsome Austrian-born actor who won an Academy Award for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg, died early last Saturday (...)

Philip Seymour Hoffman: sadly,  we will never see his Falstaff or his Captain Ahab. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

When an actor dies too young – let’s name no other names – we sometimes err on the side of hyperbolic adulation. Why not? It’s only polite. Nobody wan(...)

The Innocents
The Innocents

Henry James wasn’t all that proud of The Turn of the Screw. Yet that terrific little ghost story has proved to be the most influential and resonant of(...)

I can’t believe it’s not butter: Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando in ‘Last Tango in Paris’. Photograph: AP

This week we’re talking about controversial images on television. I know what you’re thinking. Last Sunday, Irish viewers were subjected to an unexpec(...)

James Franco is the polymath of the moment. This week, the scalpel-cheeked Californian, known for turns in 127 Hou(...)

James Franco at the European premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

James Franco is the polymath of the moment. This week, the scalpel-cheeked Californian, known for turns in 127 Hou(...)