Welcome newcomer Valkyrie is given a boozed-up, kicking-out-time vigour by Tessa Thompson

The eccentric Kiwi director Taika Waititi has been set loose on Thor and – praise be! – he seems to have been allowed to do pretty much what he wishes(...)

 John Hurt holds the Gold Giraldillo Award as a tribute to his career during the Sevilla European film festival in Seville in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

John Vincent Hurt, actor, born 22 January 1940, died 27 January 2017 Few British actors of recent years have been held in as much affection as John H(...)

Anthony Hopkins plays Dr Robert Ford with his  customary silken menace in Westworld

And so the sun sets on Westworld (Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm), a costly, time-consuming and utterly rewarding study in obsession. That was the force(...)

The Ireland players form a ring around Joe Schmidt at the Aviva Stadium as the head coach delivers instructions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A New Zealand television journalist crystallised Joe Schmidt’s Ireland with the final question of Thursday’s press conference: “Joe, you always talk a(...)

That the documentary was broadcast at all proved its own theme: the constant underestimation of Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

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Lance Armstrong poses for a selfie as he rides with Cure Leukaemia charity riders during stage thirteen of the One Day Ahead - Le Tour 2015 on July 16, 2015 in Rodez, France. Photo: Sam Bagnall/Getty Images

What is it that people expect Lance Armstrong to do or say? The Texan spinner – of wheels, lies, deception, inspiration, delusion, truths, apologies a(...)

Helene Hanff,  author of ‘84 Charing Cross Road’

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Elva Trill’s advice to others was: ‘The worst thing we can do is stress ourselves out over nonsense’

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Everton’s predicament this season has been bothering Vinny. Seamus Coleman has been a wonder going forward but if Vinny was in charge he’d remind him of his primary duty – defending. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

The walk along the Clontarf promenade from the wooden bridge to the garda station and back measured six kilometres, for which Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pers(...)

Martha Stewart at a recent EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards event in Monaco. Photograph: studio.phenix

Amid the furore, Martha Stewart is calm. Her hosts most definitely are not. I’ve just asked the woman who, to a worldwide TV audience, is a dom(...)

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