Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Meryl Streep has paid tribute to the playwright Brian Friel describing him as a “tender dramatist, an insightful humanist and a lovely man”. Streep st(...)

Leslee Udwin, director of the documentary India’s Daughter, pictured during a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Irate over the release of a British-made documentary film on a 2012 gang rape in Delhi, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, told Parliament on Wedne(...)

Musicians Common and John Legend address the audience after accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song “Glory”. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

“Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry brightest” – Host Neil Patrick HarrisRacial representation proved a particularly contentious i(...)

Eddie Redmayne attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25th, 2015 in LA. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images 2:00

Eddie Redmayne was named outstanding actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 and will be hoping at least one Hollywood tradition continues, as th(...)

US director Richard Linklater (centre) poses with the cast of ‘Boyhood’ in the press room after winning Best Motion Picture - Drama at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 11 January 2015. From left to right: Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Richard Linklater, Ellar Coltran and Ethan Hawke. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA 2:28

Click here for a full list of winnersThe small, often eccentric electorate at the Golden Globes sprung a few surprises last night, but Richard Linklat(...)

Tommy Lee Jones: ‘For as long as people are making movies, they’re going to sometimes make movies about the history of their country.’ Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Watch any documentary about John Ford and odds are the film will feature archive footage of an eager young Peter Bogdanovich attempting to get some(...)

Charlie’s Country, the final part in Rolf de Geer’s exploration of indigenous culture in Australia will open the Cork Film Festival on November 7th. Screengrab: YouTube

An Australian film which has already earned its lead actor the best actor prize at Cannes and is Australia’s entry for best foreign film at next year’(...)

In living colour: Brenton Thwaites in The Giver

The set-up will seem rather familiar to anyone who saw DreamWorks’ Bee Movie. Jonas (newcomer Brenton Thwaites) lives in a controlled community in (...)

 Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El today. Photograph: Getty Images
Funeral of Joan Rivers held in New York
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  • September 7, 2014, 16:34

A host of stars have attended the funeral of American comedian Joan Rivers, giving her the send-off she had asked for.The 81-year-old died last Thursd(...)

 Comedian Joan Rivers has died after being removed from life supports following complications during surgery. Photograph: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Comedian, writer and outrageous television personality Joan Rivers died yesterday aged 81. Best known for hurling cutting barbs at fellow celebriti(...)