Former US president Barack Obama leaves after he and his daughter Malia watched the revival of Arthur Miller The Price. Photographer: Christopher Lee/The New York Times)

Former US president Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office last month, and he largely avoided the spotlight Friday night(...)

A fikle image of actor Keira Knightley and writer/director John Carney at a press conference for  ‘Begin Again’ in 2014.  Photograph: Getty

John Carney, the director of Sing Street, Once and the Bachelors Walk TV series, has issued an unreserved apology to Keira Knightley for comments he m(...)

 Stop the Drill activists campaign in recent days against an oil drilling operation at Woodburn Forest in Carrickfergus,  Co Antrim.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Woodburn forest in Co Antrim has become the focus for an environmental battle between geologists exploring for oil and local people concerned about po(...)

Race for the prize: Mad Max is  usual in that it’s a mainstream film in the best picture fight

This year, the Academy has gone for eight best picture nominees. They have finally achieved their aim of allowing a few mainstream, marquee pictures i(...)

Idris Elba holds his two Screen Actors Guild awards  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where minority (...)

Emma Watson has  created an online feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf

Post-Harry Potter, actor Emma Watson has shown herself to be intelligent, articulate and a champion for women’s rights. Already a goodwill ambassado(...)

In the spotlight: Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber (as Marty Baron), Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d’Arcy James in Tom McCarthy’s film. Photograph: Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films

Shortly after the Boston Globe began to break stories about sexual abuse by priests and the decades-long cover-up by the Catholic Church, in 2002, th(...)

Donald Clarke predicts that Saoirse Ronan will receive an Oscars nomination for her role in Brooklyn. Photograph: Getty

For the last three months we have been predicting an unprecedentedly strong Irish performance at awards season. Last Sunday, at the Golden Globes, (...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to “build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work”. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Spending less time on social media is in danger of becoming a new year’s resolution perennial, up there with alcohol avoidance and pretending to be tr(...)

Joe Crowley (right) a survivor of clerical abuse, and Michael Cyril Creighton, the actor who portrays him in ‘Spotlight’.

The idea of journalism being cinematic is counterintuitive. Rather than being visually appealing, the craft of journalism is more in keeping with Bism(...)