Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

Director Woody Allen: says of his TV series  commission, “I’m doing my best with it. I’m struggling with it at home. I should never have gotten into this.” Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Award-winning film-maker Woody Allen fears his first foray into directing for the small screen will be a disaster, saying he should never have signed (...)

Paul Thomas Anderson: “You mellow out as you get older . . . There is less fighting than there used to be. I used to think that I had to plant a flag and talk louder than anybody else.” 7:04

Have we killed Paul Thomas Anderson? We are in Paris. The director is nearing the end of two days’ publicity for his elegiac, pretzel- plotted (...)

Chelsea Clinton watches as her father, former US president Bill Clinton, thanks a gospel singer for his performance at a health clinic funded by the Clintons in South Africa. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

Martin Scorsese has tackled the mob, the Dalai Lama and the real-life Wolf of Wall Street. But he appears to have met his match in Bill Clinton. The f(...)

Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year 7:29

You’ve seen All Is Lost. Right? That’s the film featuring Robert Redford as a yachtsman who gets cast adrift in a lonely ocean. There is barely a l(...)

A still from National Gallery.

I’m about to leave the British Film Institute at London’s Southbank having interviewed Frederick Wiseman for far, far longer than most film- makers wo(...)

HBO’s hit drama Game Of Thrones continues to be the most popular among illegal downloaders, with the series amassing more than eight million downloads, according to new data.

HBO’s hit drama Game Of Thrones continues to be the most popular among illegal downloaders, with the series amassing more than eight million downloads(...)

It might be stretching it a little to summon up allusions to Oliver Cromwell’s famous warts (and all). Steve James’s cinematic take on Roger Ebert’(...)

Donal Foreman: “I wanted it to be a collaboration with the city and that moment and with the actors. Too many Irish filmmakers say ‘I want to make a universal story, it could be set anywhere’. That was something I didn’t want to do”

Lenny Abrahamson has the smarts and Shimmy Marcus has the moves, but the hottest ticket in Irish cinema now is Donal Foreman. When his debut featur(...)

You don’t need a critic to tell you that Frederick Wiseman’s four-hour study of how the 2010 budget crisis impacted upon the University of California (...)