Bette Davis

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Emmet Byrne, Úna Kavanagh, Aoibhínn McGinnity, Patrick Ryan and Aidan Kelly in the Corn Exchange production of ‘The Misfits’ at Smock Alley Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

We are a long way from Reno. On an Autumn afternoon in Ranelagh the sun is coming through the high windows at an angle to dazzle the eye. Annie Ryan, (...)

Dwayne Johnson succeeds because he has enormous charm and because he is disciplined in his choices. Photograph: Ryan Conaty/The New York Times

This weekend sees the release of two potentially huge blockbusters: The Incredibles 2 and Skyscraper. Already the highest-grossing animated film in th(...)

Bette Davis and Thelma Ritter in “All About Eve”. Margo Channing, played by Davis,  is among the most divine monsters in the history of cinema (1950). Photograph: 20th Century Fox

Throughout Joseph L Mankiewicz’s indestructible All About Eve the characters, denizens of the New York stage, maintain clenched disdain for Hollywood.(...)

She-Ra, a warrior person from the gender-essentialising world of Eternia. She had a tautologically monikered brother, He-Man

Given the day that’s in it, I’m going to use my pop cultural corner of The Irish Times to talk about more of my favourite television heroines. Bette (...)

Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Look, it’s only fair. Hollywood has aimed undemanding, patronising films at kids for generations. It can only be right that older people now get their(...)

Hollywood great: Olivia de Havilland in 1938. Photograph: George Hurrell/Donaldson/Ochs/Getty

To the relief of film-makers and TV executives everywhere, a panel of three judges has rejected the defamation suit brought by the veteran actor Olivi(...)

Erasure: Vince Clarke and Andy Bell
Andy Bell: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’ve just finished Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. That was out about 15 years ago, but it’s quite a thick book and took me a(...)

There are some things that should be flung into the sea and given no more thought. Among these are boot cut jeans, people who change a toilet roll so (...)

Hallelujah! In the fight for gender equality, Hollywood has finally advanced to the position it occupied in 1958. For the first time since then, the t(...)

Sean Millar’s highly-anticipated performance at the Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street, Dublin runs from December 15th-17th. Photograph: Gary Doyle

Going out... The Songs of Silver Stars, by Sean Millar Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street Dublin. 8pm Dec 15-17 . Eventbrite.ie €12-€16.77 Thi(...)

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