Robin Williams: a comic actor who evolved into a nuanced performer able to take on a wide variety of roles. (Jay Paul/The New York Times)

Robin Williams, who has died aged 63, was a comic actor who evolved into a surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning performer, imbuing his performa(...)

Actress Lauren Bacall has died oaged 89 years old. Photograph: by Baron/Getty Images 1:27

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau(...)

US actor Robin Williams was found dead late yesterday  from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Files/Reuters 2:16

Oscar-winning actor and renowned comedian Robin Williams died by asphyxia in his California home, a coroner said today, based on preliminary findin(...)

Songwriter Gerry Goffin poses at the BMI’s 60th annual Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California on  May 15th, 2012. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

Gerry Goffin, the prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote hits such as Will You Love Me T(...)

Peter O’Toole arrives at the 79th annual Academy Awards Nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills in February, 2007. Photograph: Gabriel Buoys/AFP/Getty Images.

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the late Peter O’Toole, describing him as a man of grace and genius, during a memorial event in Londo(...)

Alien creator HR Giger standing with some of his artworks in Switzerland in 1981.  Giger died yesterday, aged 74, according to Swiss media. Photograph: EPA/STR

Swiss artist HR Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic Alien, has died at the age of 74 from injuries suffered in a (...)

Labor Day

It takes a special kind of idiot to look at any piece of art and ask: But what’s the point of it? It’s tempting, therefore, to dismiss the comp(...)

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(...)

An online  petition condemning an Oscar Pistorius  bet contained in Paddy Power advertisements as “reprehensible” is addressed to the bookmaker’s chief executive Patrick Kennedy (above) and states: “Please consider the vast surge of public outrage against the terrible decision you have taken to offer bets upon the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Paddy Power’s controversial Oscar Pistorius advert has become the most complained about UK advert of all time with more than 5,200 complaints s(...)

Kate Moss receiving the award on behalf of David Bowie. Photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

We’re all human. It is to be expected that our opinion on celebrities mouthing off about political and social issues is flavoured by our own st(...)