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Forget the non-news that Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film. The skinny that’s got the cinema world abuzz concerns(...)

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Jaylen Brown top-scored  for the Celtics against the Golden State Warriors the night after his best friend died last November. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Jaylen Brown is one the most intelligent and interesting young athletes I’ve met in years and it seems fitting that, midway through our interview in B(...)

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If you judged humanity’s literary output by clicks and outrage, you’d think the art of essayism is dead. Contemporary taste is for unadorned informati(...)

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There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

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Apparently, everyone over a certain age is now supposed to hate millennials. We have, in this newspaper, recently seen an article suggesting that mi(...)

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