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Van Morrison recently suggested that we need to ‘stand up, speak up and fight the pseudo-science’ about Covid-19.

Can we organise a moratorium on the “I never liked [bad person’s] work anyway” construction? The idle boast has been around for a while — no doubt, in(...)

The New York Times argues no adjective derived from a modern writer’s name rivals “Orwellian” for visibility. Photograph: AP

Next week, the works of George Orwell drop out of copyright in the UK and Ireland. The world is celebrating the incoming avalanche of new editions in (...)

Marshall McLuhan: Not only did he read Finnegans Wake in full, it inspired one  of his own defining works. Photograph: Michel Laurent/ Getty Images

To a general audience, the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) is now best remembered, if at all, for a few pithy phrases. He predict(...)

US director Woody Allen during a photocall for the film “Cafe Society” in Cannes, southern France in 2016. File photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Film-maker Woody Allen sued Amazon Studios on Thursday, saying he deserves at least $68 million (€60m) in damages over its refusal to distribute (...)

Ukip leader Gerard Batten: his Border knowledge needs a little brushing up. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The English have been getting stuff wrong about Ireland again. Earlier this week, Gerard Batten, an MEP for Ukip, made an effort to downplay the kerfu(...)

Director Woody Allen had traditionally released a new movie every year. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The release of Woody Allen’s latest film was cast into doubt on Thursday after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely. The 82-year-old Osc(...)

Fatheads on the internet are already beginning to grumble about the imminent Oceans 8

Let’s remake every film with an all-female cast. No, hear me out. There are obviously some downsides to this plan. For starters, we have enough remake(...)

Pick of the summer streams

Summertime is traditionally a wasteland for original programming, with all the best new shows stored up for winter hibernation. Summer is usually rese(...)

Diane Keaton arrives for the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Gala   in Hollywood where she received a lifetime achievement award earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck

Will Diane Keaton be like Diane Keaton? It’s not such an absurd question. Forty years ago, in Annie Hall, she played a character with the actress’s ow(...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

A few years ago, we published a guide to the best films available on Netflix. It proved to be one of our most popular stories ever. Since then many n(...)

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