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Steve Coogan in Greed. Photograph: Sony Pictures

A few months ago, after an encounter with Michael Winterbottom’s latest at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was among those who thought it i(...)

Comedian David Mitchell has just published his latest collection of Observer columns, Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy.

David Mitchell has some strong opinions. “Sorry about going off on one about various things,” he says at the end of our interview. I don’t mind. It’s (...)

Malgorzata Szumowska’s The Other Lamb, the story of an all-female cult, closes the Cork Film Festival this year.

Halloween may well be gone for another year but horror fans are still in for a treat on Leeside this month when the 64th Cork Film Festival shows one (...)

Greed: Steve Coogan as Sir Richard “Greedy” McCready in Michael Winterbottom’s film. Photograph: Sony Pictures

Every year for the past three decades, Michael Winterbottom has made a movie. Britain’s most mercurial director may have hopped between genres like a (...)

Keaton Henson: “I’ve always been willing to put myself through other hardships to avoid the specific feeling of being confronted by hundreds or thousands of people”

In addition to believing that the human brain is the most incredible thing in the entire universe, the late Oliver Sacks always maintained that music (...)

Kenneth Branagh:  "I couldn't get arrested," he says of his early acting career. Photograph: Gregg Delman/The New York Times

A quarter of a century ago, Kenneth Branagh formed one half of a partnership that bossed the United Kingdom. Alongside Emma Thompson, his then wife, h(...)

Kate Bush: treasure trove of lyrics. Photograph: AFP/ FIsh People/Trevor Leighton

She is famous for incorporating the work of Emily Brontë, James Joyce and Grimm’s fairytales into her work: now Kate Bush will publish her first book,(...)

Gaz Coombes: “I like Adam Buxton’s podcast, he’s got this natural enthusiasm and warmth.”

Current favourite book? My wife works in a bookshop and she’s always bringing books home. Last year, Grayson Perry’s autobiography The Descent of Ma(...)

 Robert Webb: “I have heard from some very angry men who I’ve managed to make much angrier.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“I haven’t written it because I think I’m special. I’ve written it because I think I’m typical.” Robert Webb is deep in the throes of a promotional t(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un:  interest in the Northern Ireland peace process is growing in Korea, especially among those who prioritise improved inter-Korean relations over political unification.  Photograph:  KCNA/VIA KNS/STR/AFP

Two news stories simmered through the summer months, between which few people likely saw any connection. One was the crisis surrounding the Korean pen(...)

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