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Arrest mugshots of James “Whitey” Bulger, the late mobster who terrorised south Boston in the 1970s and 1980s. “Black Mass” and “The Departed” drew glamourous versions of his character. Donald Clarke looks at why cinema is obsessed with ‘Whitey’ Bulger and other criminal maniacs.

Trinity College Dublin has seen a 20 per cent decline in applications from students in the North this year due to Brexit, it said an open letter publi(...)

Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd in Juliet, Naked. Photograph: Alex Bailey

If this enchanting romantic comedy (what a rare, rare pleasure to write those words) had sprung from anyone else’s pen we’d be inviting Nick Hornby to(...)

Brendan Gleeson in Mr Mercecdes

Terrific news. The second series of Mr Mercedes starts in just over a month. You know, Mr Mercedes. The series based on Stephen King’s 2014 novel. Mr (...)

Chris O’Dowd: “I used to write a lot in my spare time, in between jobs. But in the last three years I’ve had two kids.” Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Phew, that’s a relief. I thought we’d lost Chris O’Dowd there for a minute. Not on the phone – the phone connection to LA is fine, if a little distant(...)

Miles is given a buddy to allow for dialogue

The dirty little secret of Hollywood and, increasingly, television shows is that there are only so many stories to go around. In Get Shorty (Sky Atla(...)

Chris O’Dowd stars as Miles Daly in Get Shorty, which  is loosely based on the Elmore Leonard model

Raised by the Village Monday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm What do you do when your troublesome teen is getting out of hand and heading down a delinquent road? Se(...)

All the interesting stuff in The Cloverfield Paradox happens to Chris O’Dowd’s character, Mundy (right)

In the surprise new Netflix film The Cloverfield Paradox Irish actor Chris O’Dowd plays an Irish spaceman named Mundy. We are made immediately aware o(...)

Jessica Chastain wears clothes like weapons as she powers her way towards the capitalist dream

With his directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin is here to prove that middle-brow American cinema is not always about men and their daddy issues. Not always.(...)

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(...)

“Send us your ideas”: Zai Bennett, director of programmes for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland, is looking to commission dramas, comedies and documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky 1. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Sky has money to spend making television – but not just any television. “It’s a really stupid and straightforward thing to say, but we work in pay t(...)

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