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A video-grab  of the speaker of the Catalan regional parliament, Roger Torrent, as he testified  at the supreme court in Madrid in the so-called “process” trial against 12 Catalan separatists leaders. Photograph: EPA

The police’s handling of an outlawed referendum and the behaviour of pro-independence demonstrators have come under scrutiny during the trial of 12 Ca(...)

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(...)

A house is consumed by wildfire, as seen   from a helicopter, in the Calabasas section of Los Angeles. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP Photo

A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in southern California has killed two people and more than doubled in si(...)

Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Netflix has commissioned Cartoon Saloon, the world-beating Kilkenny-based animation house, to produce a new feature entitled My Father’s Dragon. Nora (...)

A scene from ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

In November 1993, 11-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo was abducted by the Sicilian Mafia in order to silence his father, a gangster who had become a “penti(...)

Saoirse Ronan is transcendent as a fraught teenager who is closer to her mother than their fuming rows would suggest, in Lady Bird

Don’t get in a state. You should know that we do this now. Be grateful that we were polite enough to wait until the end of June before naming our favo(...)

New this week: John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising

ANNIHILATION ★★★★ Directed by Alex Garland. Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac.(...)

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro

Be in no doubt. The current, slight favourite for the best picture Oscar is a lovely thing. It has taken over 60 years, but Guillermo del Toro has tu(...)

This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan in a scene from "Lady Bird." Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for best actress on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.  (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE IRISH Have we got blasé about Saoirse Ronan’s record at these awards already? Only one other female actor has scored (...)

Saoirse Ronan  with the award for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for ‘Lady Bird’ at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Yes, the Golden Globes are a bit of an empty circus. Voted upon by 90 often-obscure journalists, they offer no guarantee of Oscar success or of future(...)

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