A woman cries as people look at Notre Dame  engulfed in flames from the Paris’s Hotel de Ville esplanade on Monday. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Notre Dame burned. Those are words that belong to a metaphor, or the opening line of a novel, or the plot for a post-apocalyptic zombie film. Those ar(...)

The Chrysler Building in New York.  Whoever buys the  building will have to compete in a universe in which WeWork is now the largest office tenant in New York

The Chrysler Building is beautiful, but that alone does not explain the unequivocal, emotional reaction it provokes. Like all skyscrapers of the Moder(...)

Mary Poppins Returns sags on the rare occasions when Emily Blunt is not on screen

Within half an hour of the embargo lifting on this presumed Christmas blockbuster, at least eight reviews headlined with “practically perfect in every(...)

   The Surface Breaks author Louise O’Neill. Her new book   takes the darkness and misogyny of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid and brings it to the surface

It says something about President Michael D Higgins that he’s inspired not one but two successful picture books. Following the enormously popular The (...)

Harry Higgins, Martha Breen and Fionntán Larney in ‘Beat’. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Lin-Manuel Miranda drew lifeforce from hip-hop to forge his triumphant stage show Hamilton, he sketched out the blueprint for a form of musical t(...)

 Thousands of people march in support of families separated at the US-Mexico border, in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Thousands of people marched in major cities and tiny towns across the US on Saturday to demand president Donald Trump’s administration reunites famili(...)

From the Hollywoo hills: A scene from Bojack Horseman

The longest face in Hollywoo (whose iconic showbiz sign lost its ‘D’ way back in series one) still belongs to Bojack Horseman (Netflix, streaming from(...)

Tara Lee: “When I was four years old, I remember being really bored, so my dad said: ‘Why don’t you write a song?’ So I wrote a song about a man in space and thought I was David Bowie.” Photograph:  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Tara Lee was born in the 1990s and can cite cultural cornerstones to prove it. Favourite movie? True Romance. First song she knew the words to? Heart-(...)

Expect a “La La Land” sweep on the night, including best film, best director and best actress

Spoiler alert! La La Land is going to win best picture at this weekend’s Oscars. Roll up the red carpet. Shelve the champagne flutes. Send the televis(...)

La La Land looks likely to be the first original film musical to win best picture since Gigi in 1958

Well, here we are again. On Tuesday at lunchtime — a little later in the year than usual — we will learn the 2017 Oscar nominations. There will be so(...)

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