Controversy has arisen following Helen Mirren’s casting in a biopic of Israel’s former prime minister Golda Meir. Photograph: Jasper Wolf

Soon after the brilliant It’s a Sin came out, Russell T Davies justified his decision to cast only gay actors in gay parts by saying: “They are not th(...)

Tina Fey (L) and Amy Poehler arriving for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.  Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, best known for handing out the Golden Globes, will be relieved that Ricky Gervais is not returning to host th(...)

It is important to decide on your goals when reviewing your financial plan. Photograph: Getty Images

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen, nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty (...)

Sorcar, the Indian magician, cuts his assistant Dipty Dey in half in London in 1956. Photograph: Terry Fincher/Keystone/Getty

A hundred years ago next weekend a magician named Percy Thomas Tibbles literally and laboriously sawed through a sealed wooden box that contained(...)

“If you have any sort of an accent, smart assistants can struggle to accept your commands. Kerry people may know more about that.” Photograph: Getty Images

When you find yourself having murderous thoughts about your household appliances, then you know that this Covid lockdown is getting to you. More time(...)

Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman and has now been cast as Cleopatra,  attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2018. Photogaph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

What did Patty Jenkins think would happen when news emerged that she was to direct Gal Gadot as Cleopatra in a big-budget epic for Paramount? How did (...)

John Doran (Finbar Lowe) and Caitríona Ennis (Emer Hackett) in The Fall of the Second Republic. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What if you could step back in time? Things might well turn out to have be worse. The Fall of the Second Republic, the new play from Corn Exchange, br(...)

This year’s Bafta film nominations have been announced, with Joker leading the way after scoring 11 nominations and Saoirse Ronan picking up a nominat(...)

Leo Varadkar gets Scrooged: ‘Tiny Tim should get a job.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

It would be much in keeping with the tone of A Christmas Carol – the opening sections anyway – to write a grumpy column debunking it for the ages. A M(...)

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (writer-director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) in Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox

And just like that it was deep winter. The football season ceases for around 10 minutes. So we shouldn’t reel too much at the news that awards season (...)

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