Judi Dench

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Sheila Hancock: The soaps have done a lot for that. There are wonderful parts for older women. Photograph: Mike Marsland/Getty ImagesWireImage

The solidly left-wing Sheila Hancock has been enjoying the royal wedding on the telly. “I didn’t watch all of it, but I thought: that girl has put he(...)

Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Look, it’s only fair. Hollywood has aimed undemanding, patronising films at kids for generations. It can only be right that older people now get their(...)

Harry, who will be problematically dressing as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Meghan Markle. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Next month Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle and The Irish Times doesn’t even have a royal correspondent. This is a rum state of affairs for a so(...)

Sean Connery and Molly Peters in 'Thunderball'. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

A full 54 years ago, speaking to (what else?) Playboy magazine, Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, parried accusations that the character should be r(...)

Saoirse Ronan wins a Golden Globe for ‘Lady Bird’ at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, US. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via Reuters

Every actor wants an award from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). That professional body has only been handing out its gongs since 1995, but, as they are(...)

Saoirse Ronan chatting to Mary J Blige on the red carpet at the IFP Gotham Awards in November, while Greta Gerwig is interviewed. Ronan won an award for her role  in Lady Bird, which Gerwig directed.  Ronan has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award. Photograph: Rebecca Smeyne/The New York Times

Saoirse Ronan continues a seemingly inevitable run to a third Oscar nod with a nomination for best actress (comedy or musical) at the upcoming Golden (...)

Kenneth Branagh as Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

There’s not a lot you can do with Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Though blessed with one of the great denouements in golden-age crime(...)

US producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman arrive at 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA/Pool

The controversy over film producer Harvey Weinstein deepened on Wednesday as revelations about his sexual behaviour over decades threatened to embroil(...)

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Where do you start with Eddie Izzard? The first activity mentioned in any potted biography will still be “stand-up comedy”. In the early 1990s he gain(...)

You could call Stephen Frears’s latest cosy entertainment a companion piece to John Madden’s sturdier Mrs Brown. In truth it’s so similar in structure(...)

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