Fans have wondered for years how Thomas Harris, shown cradling a rescued possum named Bruce, comes up with his characters. ‘You don’t have to make anything up in this world,’ he says. Photograph: Rose Marie Cromwell/New York Times

Thomas Harris, the creator of one of literature’s most terrifying monsters, arguably has one of the darkest imaginations of any writer working today. (...)

Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black. Photograph:  Universal Pictures

Last week the internet became obsessed with a Brad Pitt film that’s 21 years old. By now, online chatter has almost certainly moved on to that goat wh(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Rob Brydon:   “No one can say: ‘Oh, not another film about middle-aged men taking up synchronised swimming,’’’  Photograph: Jeff Vespa/ WireImage

Days before I meet Rob Brydon, the affable “None-More-Welsh” comedian and actor pops up on Graham Norton’s couch to compare sporting achievements with(...)

David Lynch: the director looks every inch the auteur in winter. Photograph: Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via Getty

David Lynch seldom smiles in photographs. His etched Easter Island statue of a face doesn’t glower so much as brood; lips pursed and eyes hooded, he l(...)

Anthony Hopkins: ‘Work has kept me going. Work has given me my energy.’ Photograph: Vera Anderson/WireImage

For anyone who looks toward their later years with trepidation, Sir Anthony Hopkins (“Tony, please”) is a proper tonic. He is 79, and happier than he (...)

Nobody’s fool:  Anthony Hopkins. Photograph: Ed Miller

King Lear Monday, BBC Two, 9.30pm A mad king rules over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England, and pretty soon everything descends into chao(...)

Killiney Stores which closed in recent weeks attracted many celebrities

It’s the end of an era at Killiney Stores on the corner of Strathmore Road and Killiney Hill Road. The landmark shop with its sunny deck out front shu(...)

Advertising during the Super Bowl reveals the prevailing creative thinking at the highest end of the advertising business. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

As strange and disorientating as it is to seek out ads from another culture, there’s much to be learned from scouring the internet for the annual batc(...)

Tommy Tiernan: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I came to consciousness in three minutes’ time in a carpet factory in Navan, with some foreman shouting ‘Cop on Tiernan! Stop daydreaming!’”

If you were wondering how Tommy Tiernan prepares for gigs – a spot of shadow-boxing, perhaps; maybe screaming into a bag for half an hour, or listenin(...)

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