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US heavyweight boxer Joe Louis is presented with the Legion of Merit medal in 1945 in recognition of ‘exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services’ during his tour of army camps and hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images

Joe Louis, maybe the greatest heavyweight champion of all, died 40 years ago today. By some strange synchronicity, Sugar Ray Robinson, credited with b(...)

On March 8th 1971 in New York at the Madison Square Garden, Muhammad Ali lost the first of his three-fight trilogy with Joe Frazier. Photograph: Getty Images

In his classic book “Loser and Still Champion”, Budd Schulberg opens the chapter concerning the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bout at Madison Square (...)

Supporters of US president Donald Trump  rally  in Beverly Hills, California, on October Saturday. Photograph:  David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

When I was growing up, my brother Michael took me to see old movies at the American Film Institute. An American in Paris. Shane. Mr Smith Goes to Wash(...)

John Wayne as  Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: AP Photo/Warner Bros

For reasons that shouldn’t need to be reiterated, audiences are paying greater attention than ever to the entertainment options on streaming services.(...)

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner  in 1974. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Every evening, Mel Brooks leaves his home in Santa Monica, gets in his car and stares down Los Angeles’ notorious rush-hour traffic to go to Carl Rein(...)

Mark Cousins: ‘Bernadette Devlin is still the greatest thinker about the North that I have heard’

Who better than Mark Cousins to consider cinema’s relationship with the Troubles? For the last 30 years or so, his famous keening vowels have walked u(...)

Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which he also co-directed and choreographed

It’s 8am local time in Los Angeles, and Patricia Ward Kelly has already been out, walking her two rescue dogs, Isabella and Francesco. “Isabella is f(...)

 US actress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt: her catches included Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and the photographer Gordon Parks. Photograph: Intercontinentale/AFP

Born: February 20th, 1924 Died: June 17th, 2019 Gloria Vanderbilt, the original “poor little rich girl”, inherited vast family wealth at the high pr(...)

A scene from ‘Baoite’

BAOITE Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Until May 25th 2.30pm & 8pm abbeytheatre.ie It’s a rare artist who can find something instructive in fracking, the(...)

Stanley Donen kisses  Lifetime Achievement Oscar  at the 70th Academy Awards in 1988 in Los Angeles. Photograph:   Reed Saxon/AP

Stanley Donen, who directed Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling, Gene Kelly singing in the rain and a host of other sparkling moments from some of Hol(...)

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