A sense of being loved in the community she grew up in brought artist Ger Kennedy back to her native Tramore after years abroad. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In 1960s Ireland, the telephone was an elusive luxury, so to get the update on her gravely ill baby daughter, Kathleen Kennedy had to go to the top of(...)

Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson is Beckett and Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo in ‘Solo: a Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, the actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ and man-of-the-moment has, in recent weeks, using his m(...)

Steven Spielberg: 'I probably watch five old movies a week and five new movies a week. And it’s the old films more that make me want to keep directing.' Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Wrapped in a heavy suit and scarf against the wintry London day outside, Steven Spielberg walks up without a coterie of minders, a trail of rose petal(...)

 JJ Abrams, who will  replace Colin Trevorrow as the director of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Filmmaker JJ Abrams will write and direct the ninth instalment of the Star Wars series, Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday, a week after the film lost its(...)

Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca in one of the original  ‘Star Wars’ films.

The directors of the upcoming Han Solo film have left the production due to “creative differences”. Film-makers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had (...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: “When Palin turned out to be utterly unqualified and unintelligible, spouting her own special Yoda-like language, it did not reflect poorly on women as a whole – only on her and John McCain.” Photograph: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg

It’s a tough call to figure out which place is more benighted: Hollywood or Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was pulling ahead with all its beheadings and i(...)

US director JJ Abrams arrives at the European premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in Leicester square in London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Star Wars director JJ Abrams turned down the film when it was first offered to him because he did not want to be seen as “the guy who does sequels”. (...)

A woman leaves a Beijing cinema advertising Django Unchained before it was banned. Photograph: AP

It’s lights, camera and action all week in Beijing, as the great and the good of the international film business descend on the Chinese capital(...)