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Daniel Craig: Bond 25 is expected to be the last time he play the spy. Photograph: PA

The title and cast of the forthcoming James Bond film will be announced on Thursday. A tweet from the official 007 account on Wednesday said: “Coming(...)

Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye. Photograph: United Artists

Pierce Brosnan, actor The first film I saw when I came to London as a boy was Goldfinger, which starred Sean Connery as 007. In Ireland, I had been b(...)

Rufus Norris at a rehearsal of Macbeth in the Royal National Theatre London

In conversation, Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National Theatre of London, can sound a little like a foreign correspondent, bringing alar(...)

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski  and his team members pose with all their awards for their film ‘Cold War’ during the 2018 European Film Awards ceremony in Seville. Photograph:  Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War was the big winner at the 31st European Film Awards in Seville. The beautiful, monochrome drama, detailing a complicated (...)

Gabriel Byrne and Ralph Fiennes in ‘My Astonishing Self’

My Astonishing Self (RTÉ1, Wednesday, 9.35pm) is a documentary about the many transformations of George Bernard Shaw, began with the long and slender (...)

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: seven women ex-employees claimed frequent inappropriate touching, highly sexualised comments and workplace bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a dry, warm Wednesday evening in August 2012, a group of Gate Theatre employees gathered for a dinner party in the well-appointed Dublin home of Mi(...)

Cool and the gang: The Night King and his army

It’s the exquisitely-drawn villains that have elevated Game of Thrones above lesser swords and sorcery sagas. Lord of the Rings had its huge fiery eye(...)

The Festung Hohensalzburg

Whether they realised it or not, delegates to the Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg this week were following in the footsteps of a 10th-century Iri(...)

Jodie Whittaker will become the first woman to play  Doctor Who, the BBC has revealed. Photograph: Colin Hutton/BBC/PA Wire

In 2010, Helen Mirren put a wind up Shakespeare purists – who are even stuffier and more numerous than instinct might suggest – by starring in a film (...)

Jessica Chastain: ‘She’s the nicest woman in Hollywood’ said the late Joan Rivers. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

She replies to her fans on Facebook and Twitter. The first time she was nominated for an Oscar, for The Help, she took her granny. She loves animals s(...)

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