Whoopi Goldberg has defended Liam Neeson amid racism row controversy. File photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Whoopi Goldberg has defended Liam Neeson in the wake of a controversy over racially charged comments made by the Irish actor. The star of Sister Act (...)

Cellar Door: ‘It’s as if Darren Aronofsky made a film about the Magdalene Laundries.’

We should have seen Cellar Door coming. Focusing on a young woman as she searches for the child who may have been taken by the Catholic Church, Viko N(...)

Penny Marshall: the first woman to direct a movie that grossed more than $100m. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Penny Marshall, the nasal-voiced co-star of the slapstick sitcom Laverne & Shirley and later the chronically self-deprecating director of hit film(...)

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart ‘I’m sorry that I hurt people’. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Academy Awards amid controversy over alleged homophobic tweets he posted nearly a decade ago.(...)

The Simpsons character Apu in the Kwik-E-Mart. Photograph: Fox

The Simpsons is not going to include Indian character Apu in future episodes after a backlash against alleged racial stereotyping, a producer has said(...)

Tiffany Haddish has been working her way up through various sitcoms since 2005. Photograph: Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBC via Getty Images
Tiffany Haddish: Our New VBF

There are some people who, no matter what they do, are just entertaining. They can turn the most mundane task into something comical, without even try(...)

Viola Davis on race and TV: “Things have changed in TV, certainly, because you now have 400 television shows on the air. There are stations you’ve never heard of. Because of the sheer volume you have more opportunity for actors in general.”

We have rarely had an Oscar favourite as unassailable as Viola Davis. At time of writing, one particularly mean bookmaker has her at 1/66 to win best (...)

 Prince performs  at the Roskilde Festival, Denmark,  July 2010. Photograph: Jens Dige/EPA

The world of showbusiness has paid its respects to Prince, who has died aged 57. Chic frontman Nile Rodgers tweeted: “#RIP our dearly beloved #Prince(...)

BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

The passing of John Bradley at the early age of 60 is an irreparable loss to Irish archaeology, medieval and urban studies and to Kilkenny in particul(...)

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