Simon Fitzmaurice directed ‘My Name is Emily’ – a crowd-funded production – from a wheelchair, while struggling with the symptoms of motor neurone disease. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An extraordinary awards season for the domestic film industry comes to a close on Saturday night with the Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) Awa(...)

X-Ray Spex: Your mum may not let you dress like Poly Styrene, but you could brandish a copy of her Germfree Adolescents with relative impunity

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On the robe: Harvey Keitel as the struggling director in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

Harvey Keitel raises his fist in the air as he walks toward me: “Éirinn go brách,” he cries. We should not be surprised that the man knows his audi(...)

Lisboa Casino in Macau: gaming sector revenue in the former Portuguese colony fell in November by 32.3 per cent to €1.87 billion. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

For more than a decade, Macau, the world’s biggest casino hub, has been on the kind of roll to set any gambler’s pulse racing, with gaming revenues mu(...)

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City

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US attorney-feneral Loretta Lynch: accused two generations of Fifa  officials of “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption, “ both abroad and here in the United States”. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

It may have been a German judge who finally banished Sepp Blatter from the world of football, but the longtime Fifa president’s real nemesis was a di(...)

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

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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.”

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 (...)