George Bernard Shaw: caused a sort of frisson. Photograph:  AFP/AFP/Getty Images

With Royal Ascot behind closed doors this year, there is even less risk of anyone being shocked by a vulgar cockney shouting at one of the horses: “Mo(...)

Jeanne Moreau in Lift to the Scaffold/Ascenseur pour L’echafaud (1958)

With her sensual, pouting mouth, her Gauloises-saturated voice, and her combination of sharp intelligence and smouldering sexuality, Jeanne Moreau, wh(...)

Leo Varadkar: A “thrill” to visit Number 10 for the first time. Photograph: EPA/SIMON DAWSON

Even if Leo Varadkar were to disclose he was a secret Duran Duran fan it would not be as cringey as his comments in Downing Street yesterday. With th(...)

Paul Meade as Henry Higginsand Anna Sheils-McNamee as Eliza Doolittle. Photograph: Futoshi Sakauchi

★★★ This is an age of upstarts, observes a man in the crowd early in Pygmalion, where anyone can become somebody else as long as telltale signs of (...)

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in the eponymous movie.  Photograph: Kobal

Dame Julie Andrews, one of cinema’s most durable stars, is to attend two special events at next month’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JD(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

A lot of things have been said – and possibly written, for all I know – about the influence of television on the minds of, like, impressionable chi(...)

Charlie Murphy knows the Christmas drill: “Too many tins of Roses. Sweating in your jumper. Watching an old film on TV. Popping over to different p(...)

This is the sound of 2013. Massive slabs of playful, fizzy, infectious, charming, energetic house, garage and pop grooves. Smart- as-hell vocals on to(...)