Stephen Frears

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Chris O’Dowd: “I used to write a lot in my spare time, in between jobs. But in the last three years I’ve had two kids.” Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Phew, that’s a relief. I thought we’d lost Chris O’Dowd there for a minute. Not on the phone – the phone connection to LA is fine, if a little distant(...)

The Snapper ★★★ The Gate Theatre, Dublin     How well do you remember The Snapper? The second novel in Roddy Doyle’s Barry(...)

Despite being caught up in the events of 1968, the Cannes film festival has announced no official acknowledgement of this year’s 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago this month, Peter Lennon, the late Irish journalist and film-maker, did something very brave. He shouted back at Jean-Luc Godard. Len(...)

This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan in a scene from "Lady Bird." Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for best actress on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.  (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE IRISH Have we got blasé about Saoirse Ronan’s record at these awards already? Only one other female actor has scored (...)

The Young Offenders

It’s still so young as a medium: not even a century old. But so much has happened to television recently, it’s hard to say how we’ll be watching it by(...)

Victoria & Abdul: Eddie Izzard at Venice Film Festival this month. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Where do you start with Eddie Izzard? The first activity mentioned in any potted biography will still be “stand-up comedy”. In the early 1990s he gain(...)

You could call Stephen Frears’s latest cosy entertainment a companion piece to John Madden’s sturdier Mrs Brown. In truth it’s so similar in structure(...)

Anne Maree Barry and Patricia Cronin

Glance through the plate glass window of the Lab on Foley Street and you’ll find that New York-based artist Patricia Cronin has transformed the main g(...)

File image of actor Daniel Day-Lewis posing with his Oscar for best actor for his role in ‘Lincoln’, in Hollywood, California, the US. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is to retire from acting, it has been announced. The surprising news came in a statement to Variety magazine from his representat(...)

Billion dollar baby: Patrick Dempsey, Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth in ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’. The third instalment of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones series has taken $41.1 million at the UK box office.

Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third instalment in the big-screen adventures of Helen Fielding’s big-swigging klutz, has done so well at the UK box office (...)

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