Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon in Belle.

Even if she wasn’t statuesque, fiercely articulate and drop-dead gorgeous, Amma Asante would likely stand out from any crowd. A Bafta-winning, Brit(...)

Burt Reynolds, the man most middle-aged men are trying to be. Photograph from Smokey and the Bandit

Worryingly, this year I hit the same age as Billy Crystal’s character in City Slickers. Yes, I am now in the same age bracket as the central player(...)

From July, new cars will display the 142 number plate, as we enter into the second year of the new registration system. Perhaps we’ll be used to it(...)

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If your dad is one of those repressed Irish fathers (do they still exist?), a thoughtful, emotional Father’s Day gift may inspire a nod, a terse sm(...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

 Actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images

It’s January 2013, and Michael Fassbender is sheltering from the icy mountain winds in a class of faux-Alpine lodge near a lake in Co Wicklow. Obvious(...)

The Ford Mustang’s $2,368 price tag in 1964 made it affordable to the horde of baby boomers that were just reaching driving age or heading off to college. Photograph: Reuters/Ford Motor Company

It’s weird to be jealous of your car. But I am. Men look at my car with such naked lust, their eyes devouring the curves and chrome, that I oft(...)

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Need for Speed

A throwaway big-screen adaptation of EA’s popular videogame series, Need for Speed sees for(...)

Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner for best supporting actress in 12 Years a Slave

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, Awards Season 2014. We’ve enjoyed your relative unpredictability and tangents: remember when the officially(...)

Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture for his film ‘12 Years a Slave’, with actress Lupita Nyong’o (L), at the 86th Academy Awards . Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters 2:46

It was a strange sort of evening at the Academy Awards. We went into the show knowing that, for the first time in aeons, best picture was stil(...)