The Festival Palace at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which opens tomorrow. Photograph: EPA/Carsten Riedel

What do we mean by the Palme d’Or? That’s not quite so facile a question as it first appears. The Cannes Film Festival first awarded a top prize – to(...)

‘Adams has enjoyed an unchallenged tenure at the top of the Sinn Féin of a duration once seen only in newly established African democracies.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A nationalist Twitter user in Turkey recently suggested that perhaps the best way to discredit the iconic and currently imprisoned Abdullah Öcalan, f(...)

To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

“The Irish are the n****rs of Europe. ” So Jimmy Rabbitte famously told the band in Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel The Commitments. But that line didn’t mak(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said on Monday his use of the N-word in a tweet had been a mistake and inappropriate. Photograph: Reuters

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has acknowledged he “made a mistake” in using the N-word in a tweet in which he compared the struggle against slavery (...)

Green and gold: an Oscar statue outside the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood, before this weekend’s Academy Awards. Digitally manipulated photograph by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Joe Kennedy is supposed to have claimed, just before the Wall Street Crash of 1929, that he knew it was time to sell when his shoeshine boy began to g(...)

Ennio Morricone at the Abbey Road studios, in London, to record the score for ‘The Hateful Eight’.  Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music

Ennio Morricone is a member of a club to which no film professional wishes to belong. Like Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant and Peter O’Toole, the singul(...)

The Oscar nominations are out soon, and while awards season can be unpredictable, there are certain things you can also be damn sure will go down on (...)

My wife and I were planning on taking a trip to the cinema this weekend, to see The Hateful Eight, the latest Quentin Tarantino movie. We began to (...)

File photograph of director  Quentin Tarantino.  Many cinemagoers in Ireland will have a hard time seeing  Tarantino’s  new film ‘The Hateful Eight’ due to a distribution row. File photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP

One of Dublin’s busest cinemas will not be showing Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated western The Hateful Eight. After failing to agree terms with (...)

New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer is calling time on tipping across his 13 restaurants in favour of higher wages for all staff, funded by significantly higher prices on all his menus.  Photograph: Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images

I don’t tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I’ll give them something, a litt(...)

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