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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(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Philomena Lee has described revelations about the Tuam mother and babies as “absolutely appalling”. Ms Lee gave birth in Sean Ross Abbey, Co Tippera(...)

Kevin McCallister in 1990 with an object known as a magazine

 The Christmas movie has entered something of a fallow period, with few new entries being entered into the canon of festive favourites in recent(...)

Billion dollar baby: Patrick Dempsey, Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’. The third instalment of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones series has taken $41.1 million at the UK box office.

Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third instalment in the big-screen adventures of Helen Fielding’s big-swigging klutz, has done so well at the UK box office (...)

Glenn Close: ‘I think that [men versus women] pent-up anger hadn’t been expressed, and ‘Fatal Attraction’ was like drilling down to that layer of anger between the sexes, and it just blew up.’ Photograph: Getty

Glenn Close is delighted to hear that I’m calling from Dublin. “Oh, say ‘hi’ to John Banville for me!” she says and, I’m not sure if she’s joking, so(...)

Author Roald Dahl circa 1989 with his grandson Luke Kelly, who is now the managing director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. Photograph: Jan Baldwin via The New York Time

The grey doorway in London’s Marylebone neighbourhood here is unmarked but for 11 words spelled out across the top rail: “The greatest secrets are alw(...)

Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff: a public space named after the author.

Afternoon tea was rather fabulous. There were scrumdiddlyumptious snozzberries, edible teapots, yummy scrummy sandwich bars, loopy lollipop shortbrea(...)

 The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony in Rio last night. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Rio de Janeiro got South America’s first ever Olympic Games off to a happy start last night with an opening ceremony that was as colourful and efficie(...)

Not everybody enjoys interviewing Stephen Frears. I can remember, more than a decade ago, watching him snort his way angrily through a poorly research(...)

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