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Muhammad Ali, a few weeks shy of his 40th birthday, takes on Trevor Berbick in his last ever fight on  December 11th, 1981 in the Bahamas. Berbick won the fight in a ten-round unanimous decision. Photograph: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

A couple of years back, I asked a roomful of college freshmen and women to name the world’s most famous living Muslim. “Barack Obama! ” stage-whispere(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association convention, Friday, May 20th, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Mark Humphrey

If you want to understand the extraordinary success of Donald Trump, a good place to start is with a scene from the 1998 movie Primary Colors. It’s a (...)

Bronagh Gallagher speaks to Róisín Ingle on this week’s episode of the Róisín Meets  . .  . podcast.

In the latest episode of the Róisín Meets podcast, Derry-born singer and actor Bronagh Gallagher joined Róisín Ingle to talk about her “monastic” life(...)

Hollywood star Tom Cruise: actor is among the high-profile names associated with the Church of Scientology. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Donations to the Church of Scientology in Ireland increased by 76 per cent last year, newly-filed accounts show. The Church of Scientology Mission of(...)

Attendees at a conference  in 2012 entitled ‘Dublin Offlines; Speaking out against the cult of Scientology’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Zabina Collins, a leading member of the Church of Scientology in Ireland, launched “a vicious character attack” on a former member who had given a tal(...)

Dead Poets Society: John Keating (Robin Williams) is no ordinary English teacher

Grease (1978) It’s a classic back-to-school scene, soundtracked by a classic hit song, Summer Nights. You know the story: it’s 1959, and too-co(...)

Scarlett Johansson’s initial reaction to Travolta’s ‘handsiness’ spoke volumes. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Dear John, Actually, let’s try that again. Dear John, Joe and anyone else out there in need of a refresher on the subject. There’s a certain etiquett(...)

Oscars  host Neil Patrick Harris stands unclothed onstage during this year’s ceremony. Harris’s performance as host drew poor reviews. Photograph:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Love him or hate him, Neil Patrick Harris proved to be one of the hardest-working hosts in Oscar history on Sunday night, singing, dancing and even sp(...)

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)

Soprano family dinner

  THE SOPRANOS Holsten’s, New Jersey Any TV series centring on the Italian way of life is bound to be plentiful with food referenc(...)

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