Hugh O’Conor - ‘the cheery Dubliner has emerged as one of our busiest hyphenates.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Hugh O’Conor is pondering the years after his breakthrough role in My Left Foot. “I didn’t do some jobs I was offered,” he says. “My parents said I h(...)

Apple Homepod, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. We rely heavily on digital gadgets and often view them as miracles of disembodied progress. Photograph: Jason Henry/The New York Times

Last year Kate Crawford, a New York University professor who runs an artificial intelligence research centre, set out to study the “black box” of proc(...)

Sunset: Juli Jakab in László Nemes’s film

The last time I saw László Nemes in the flesh he was holding an Academy Award. The Hungarian film-maker had just received the best foreign film Oscar (...)

Éamon de Valera in 1948: JJ Lee’s analysis of the political state-builders, including William T Cosgrave, de Valera and Seán Lemass, was multilayered and nuanced. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty

When introducing his short history, Ireland in the Twentieth Century, published in 1975, historian John A Murphy noted that “in the absence of both pe(...)

Will your children scoff all their Easter eggs in one day or space out their consumption? Photograph: iStock.

Will your children dive into their chocolate Easter eggs this Sunday and scoff the lot before bedtime? Or will they – on your insistence perhaps – sp(...)

Elsie Fisher and Jake Ryan in Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham’s hilarious, charming, clever coming-of-age tale, the best film about teen angst since Edge of Seventeen. Photograph: A24

YouTube was new, only two years old in fact, when lanky 16-year-old Bo Burnham uploaded a memorable video. “Hi, gang. I just woke up, so I thought I’d(...)

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy at a gala for the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, March 6, 2017. When the actress was implicated in the college admissions scandal, it stunned people in her acting circles and at the prestigious high school her older daughter attends. Photograph: Deidre Schoo/The New York Times

Felicity Huffman hated the myth of the perfect mother. “She should go the way of the dinosaur, extinct,” Huffman wrote in exasperation a few years ago(...)

Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Facebook’s chief artificial intelligence (AI) researcher has suggested the company is working on a new class of semiconductor that would work very dif(...)

M Night Shyamalan. “I am very sentimental and when I make family movies I get sentimental.” Photograph: Jessica Kourkounis/The New York Times

Dear God, M Night Shyamalan can talk. Few directors have so many opinions on the ups and downs of their own careers. If he ever fancies a change in di(...)

Buildings stand as the night sky is illuminated by blue light in New York. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

A bright blue light lit up the New York skyline on Thursday night after a transformer exploded at an energy facility. The blast prompted a brief fire(...)

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