Naomi Watts: will play  “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the pilot for Game of Thrones prequel.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Naomi Watts has signed on to play the lead in a Game of Thrones prequel series. The Oscar-nominated actor will be playing “a charismatic socialite hi(...)

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox will be split, with the mogul hanging onto much-criticised Fox News. Photograph: Mark Lennihan / AFP

Wholesome Disney has gained what might yet be the definitive edge in its battle with Comcast to buy the entertainment assets of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st (...)

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”

1. Did anybody actually see these films? Yes, they did. But this is still the lowest-grossing set of best-picture nominees since 2011. Dunkirk, which (...)

When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the l(...)

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey elephants  in New York, 2010. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

One of the oldest American circuses, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, is to take down its big-top tent for the final time, 146 years after (...)

File shot from  December  2015 shows US actor Carrie Fisher  posing with a Star Wars stormtrooper as she attends the opening of the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in  London. The original Star Wars movie gave her her most high-profile role, as Princess Leia. File photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher has died in hospital, days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight. The 60-year-old, who became an int(...)

1882. Arizona. When cowardly sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) runs away from a gun duel, he loses face and drives Louise, his gold-digging (...)

Actor and producer Charlize Theron walks up to me looking like . . . well, do you really need me to tell you she wasn’t exactly hammered with the ugly(...)

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The song remains the same: there’s just no room for the little guy in a blockbuster-packed summer schedule. Irish film folks take heed and beware the (...)

How To Train Your Dragon 2: Coming July 4th

Welcome to our bumper guide to another year of sequels, remakes and leftfield experiments. The most comprehensive preview available is, f(...)