Queen lead singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury:  Bohemian Rhapsody famously contains  operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song Bohemi(...)

Circa 1975: Freddie Mercury in concert during the Queen’s British tour. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Ten years ago, as I was interviewing a close confidante of Freddie Mercury, his phone rang. I was working on a literary biography about the late singe(...)

Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek wears prosthetic teeth in the Queen film to re-create Freddie Mercury’s overbite

If you thought Rami Malek’s teeth were big in Bohemian Rhapsody, consider this: they could have been even bigger. The giant prosthetic choppers the ac(...)

Bohemian Rhapsody: Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon. Photograph courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Critics get it wrong again! Despite many negative reviews – although not from The Irish Times, as it happens – the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has (...)

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Photograph: Nick Delany/Twentieth Century Fox

Rami Malek is all elbows and thumbs as he gallantly pushes a chair across the room for me. “Don’t move! I got it,” he insists as he clatters into a d(...)

Natalie Portman in Vox Lux: When she finally appears, she’s in every scene

It’s that time when all logic gets turned on its head. Neither A Star is Born nor Bohemian Rhapsody is a musical. The three stars of Yorgos Lanthimos’(...)

Rocketman: Elton John as played by Taron Egerton

Those glasses. Those songs. It’s billed as “based on a true fantasy”, and it’s coming to a cinema near all of us, soon. Paramount has released a trail(...)

Liz Martin has been HIV positive for 26 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Liz Martin turned 50 this year, and comes across as a confident, organised, healthy and busy woman, happy with her own life, and with how her four chi(...)

Freedom ’90 is everything that was George Michael: dramatic, perceptive, stubborn, frank, funny and sexy as hell

No one can remember the first time they heard George Michael. The famous faces that feature in the documentary Freedom, from Mary J Blige and Mark Ron(...)

Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran performing Girls on Film on Top of the Pops on July 30th, 1981. Photograph:  Michael Putland/Getty Images

Thursday evenings were sacred in our house growing up. It was the night of the week that my mam did the “big shop”. While I was busy attempting to sly(...)

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