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Barbie dolls are have been manufactured by Mattel since 1959. These days, dolls, action figures and miniature cars are competing for the attention of children, who are spending hours a day playing online games

Beekeeper Barbie was lonely. On a rainy Sunday afternoon in December, the foot-tall plastic doll stood on a store shelf, perfect smile frozen in place(...)

Patrick Wilson: I am conscious of my good fortune.

“I cast a wide net when I started out,” lovely Patrick Wilson tells me. “In the mid-1990s there weren’t a lot of guys coming into musical theatre who (...)

Teamwork founders Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger. They’re targeting turnover of $50 million by the end of 2021. Photograph: Tom Honan

They won the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year recently but the founders of Irish technology company Teamwork. com">Teamwork.com readily admi(...)

Disney’s Ariel dolls: the Wah Tung factory in Heyuan, where staff said they worked 175 hours of overtime in one month. Photograph: China Labor Watch

She sings. She sparkles. And she’s made by women paid just 1c for each doll that shimmers off shop shelves. This Christmas, tens of thousands of chil(...)

Jacksepticeye: Seán McLoughlin has almost 21 million subscribers and more than 10 billion views

Seán McLoughlin, the Irish YouTuber better known to his millions of viewers as Jacksepticeye, earned €14 million between June 2017 and May 2018, accor(...)

Star Wars action figures. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP/ Getty Images

A wonderful archive clip of the late Barry Norman reviewing the original Star Wars on the BBC’s Film 77 leaves no doubt as to his opinion on a certain(...)

‘We went to Netflix and they really responded,” says Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

How do kids watch Netflix? Just as there isn’t one type of family, there isn’t one type of viewing pattern, says Melissa Cobb, the woman leading the s(...)

Roald Dahl: Netflix is turning his stories into an animated series. Photograph: Ronald Dumant/Getty

Beloved Roald Dahl classics including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Esio Trot; The Twits and The BFG are set to get the Netflix treatment next ye(...)

Sarah Silverman: ‘The hypocrisy blows my mind.  What is the difference between saying ‘crap’ and ‘shit’? Yet you have to bleep ‘shit’.” Photograph: Brinson+Banks/New York Times

“Donald? That’s my dad’s name,” Sarah Silverman nearly yells. “Of course it’s also the name of . . .” We’re here already. You just can’t escape the c(...)

Taron Egerton as the altruistic thief

You could argue that a lot is riding on the latest version of Robin Hood. That’s the sort of thing they say in Hollywood: “A lot is riding on this.” (...)

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