Actor John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in ‘The Searchers’.  File photograph: AP/Warner Bros

Californian politicians have rejected proposals to hold a John Wayne Day over statements the actor made about racial minorities. Members of the state(...)

Prince performing in March  2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com

It would be hard to assemble a greater bunch of brilliant contradictions than are embodied in the singular life and person of Prince, who has died at (...)

Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard speak in a videotaped apology played during Monday’s hearing at the Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland state’s Gold Coast. Photograph: Australian Government/AP Video

A senior Australian politician has mocked a video recorded by actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard over their infamous dog smuggling spat with (...)

Award-winning actor Patty Duke at an unveiling ceremony for  her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles, California, in  August 2004. Duke has passed away at the age of 69. File photograph: Jim Ruymen/Reuters

Patty Duke, an Oscar-winning actor renowned in the mid-20th century as a child star of stage, film and television who went on to cultivate a respected(...)

Nia Vardalos: “I describe myself as a fearless idiot. I don’t think about pressure at all”. Photograph:  Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

In 2002, Nia Vardalos, a relatively unknown Greek-Canadian actor, wrote and starred in a $5 million comedy with little by way of fanfare. Within week(...)

File photograph from 2006 showing f Sir George Martin holding his limited edition lithograph of the lyrics of ‘Yesterday’ written by Paul McCartney. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sir George Martin, the record producer known as the “Fifth Beatle”, has died aged 90, Ringo Starr has said on Twitter. Sir George helped the Beatles (...)

Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars Emma Donoghue accepts the best first screenplay award for the film ’Room’. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, one of two Irish films competing for best picture at the Oscars tonight, took two prizes at the Film Independent Spirit Award(...)

Oscar statuettes are seen as workers make preparations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

This weekend we will see the outcome of a long and challenging campaign, the culmination of much handshaking and media appearances. The votes will be (...)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, in a  courthouse in her hometown. File photograph: Donald Uhrbrock/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

This time last year news editors and literary journalists were intent on sourcing advance copies of the rejected first novel from which Harper Lee sha(...)

Jamie Foxx told the man: “You’ve got to help me get you out, because I don’t want to have to leave you.” Photograph: Getty Images

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has told how he and another man pulled a man from his burning truck moments before it became engulfed in flames. The i(...)