Steve Martin

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Facebook: the company seems to be hoping that a rebrand will wipe the slate clean. Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty

Facebook is in the news a lot this week. What’s going on? The social-media giant Facebook (as it’s currently known, but more on that shortly) announc(...)

Protesters march to the Dublin City Council offices in protest at a proposal to build a 114-room hotel around the Cobblestone pub at Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hundreds of people have protested through Dublin city centre over proposals to develop hotels around the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield and at Merchant(...)

Frank Oz (left) and  Jim Henson (far right) making the original Muppets pilot in New York, 1975. Photograph:  Ken Regan /American Broadcasting Companies via Getty

I ask Frank Oz if he feels like the Paul McCartney to Jim Henson’s John Lennon, the one left behind to carry the flame after his revered creative part(...)

As enduring and endearing double acts go, Short and Martin are up there with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. Photograph: Mark Seliger

It is when I hear myself quoting Steve Martin and Martin Short’s jokes back at the men themselves, from films they made decades ago, that I know for c(...)

Gloriously daft: Steve Martin as Dr Hfuhruhurr in The Man with Two Brains

He’s a master of slapstick, a surrealist clown, the don of comic film roles from Roxanne to The Jerk. As he turns 75, comics including Sarah Silverman(...)

Larry Kelly at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan on July 14th. Larry got the virus just as the pandemic hit New York, and his personal catastrophe mirrors the city’s. The worst may be behind him but the wreckage is not. Photograph: Heather Sten/The New York Times

On Saturday, March 28th, Dawn Kelly got the phone call summoning her to the hospital to say goodbye to her husband, Larry. A palliative care social wo(...)

Dick Van Dyke (R) and Mary Tyler Moore with Carl Reiner during a rehearsal of The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1963.

Born: March 20th, 1922 Died: June 29th, 2020 The screenwriter, actor and director Carl Reiner, who has died aged 98, was a man of remarkable talent a(...)

Carl Reiner: the late writer and director appeared in Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels. Photograph: Vincent Sandoval/Getty

Carl Reiner, who as performer, writer and director earned a place in comedy history several times over, died on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hi(...)

Steve Martin and Martin Short. Photograph: Bryan Derballa/New York Times

Martin Short first met his partial namesake and friend Steve Martin when he went to the latter’s house to collect the script for Three Amigos, the hit(...)

Oscars 2020: Bong Joon Ho accepts Parasite’s Academy Award for best international feature film. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Triggering one of the great upsets in Oscar history, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, a social satire wrapped in a farce, won best picture at a busy, rain-dre(...)

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