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File photograph of Charlie Heaton. A disability charity  has criticised the decision to cast the actor as Joseph Merrick in the upcoming remake  of ‘The Elephant Man’. File photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Disability charity Scope has criticised the decision to cast an able-bodied actor as Joseph Merrick in the upcoming BBC adaptation of The Elephant Man(...)

Carrie Fisher at the European premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, in 2015. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

The most recent Star Wars film – the prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story – might’ve left a disturbing lack of faith among its dedicated fan base, leading (...)

A Star Wars fan dressed as Chewbacca, suffering seasickness on a boat trip to Skellig Michael during the inaugural May The 4th Be With You festival in the Co Kerry village of Portmagee, Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Force is all-powerful in Co Kerry, as Star Wars fans flocked today to the first ever May The 4th Be With You festival. Enthusiasts dressed as Dar(...)

Avengers: Infinity War: the team behind the film has gone to great lengths to guard the story prior to its release this week. Photograph: Marvel Studios Photograph: Marvel Studios

This article may contain spoilers. Possibly. The word has been so semantically unstable of late that we’re not entirely sure. Speaking to Benedict Cu(...)

“If we had a kid I’d call him Opus”: St Patrick’s Day, aka Johnny Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Early on St Patrick’s morning I meet St Patrick. He has his trademark hat, crozier, robe, chewing gum and sunglasses. “My full name is St Patrick’s Da(...)

Sign of the times: a protester holds an anti-Trump sign during a protest ahead of a visit by the US president  earlier this week, in San Diego, California.  Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

In numbers: Fishy business €1.15 billion Value of Ireland’s seafood sector in 2017, taking it past €1 billion for the first time, according a report(...)

O’Connell Street during last year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

He banished snakes from the country but people attending St Patrick’s Day parades around Ireland this weekend may well wish our patron saint had focus(...)

Actor Mark Hamill who will be the international guest of honour at the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Getty Images

Star Wars actor will attend the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin on Saturday as an international guest of honour. Hamill, famous for playing Luke S(...)

Octavia Spencer, Sally Hawkins and Jimmy Kimmel attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Photograph:  Matt Sayles

“I’ve got some things to say” Frances McDormand gave the most impassioned speech of the night. “If I fall over during my speech,” she began, “someone(...)

Frances McDormand accepts the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a fantastic romance involving the relationship between a mute janitor and an aquatic creature, has won best f(...)

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