Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Robert Redford and Paul Newman on set. Photograph:  20th Century Fox/Getty

“The horse is dead.” It’s the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round u(...)

George RR Martin. Photograph: Colby Katz/New York Times

THE MAN WHO CREATED THE WORLD OF GAME OF THRONES ON SNOBBERY, FANDOM AND WHY DUBLIN’S WORLDCON NEXT WEEK WILL BE LIKE A FAMILY REUNION Geor(...)

Donald Trump outside the White House, on Friday. Friday was not the end of what the American president tweeted was ‘the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

I got a call at 3pm Friday from the Washington electric company telling me that a manhole in front of my house was smoking, that the underground cable(...)

 William Goldman at the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game at Madison Square Garden in December  2003. Photograph: Ray Amati/Getty Images

In 1970, William Goldman’s nomination for the best original screenplay Oscar for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid presented him with a bit of a conu(...)

Taron Egerton as the altruistic thief

You could argue that a lot is riding on the latest version of Robin Hood. That’s the sort of thing they say in Hollywood: “A lot is riding on this.” (...)

Galway’s Joe Canning and captain David Burke celebrate victory over Tipperary in  last year’s Allianz Hurling League final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

How would any sane person fathom a bet on the National Leagues in hurling and football that begin this coming Saturday? League form has always swayed(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is flanked by Volkswagen chairman Matthias Mueller (C-R) and Volkswagen board member Herbert Diess (C-L) as she visits the booth of Volkswagen (VW) at the Frankfurt motor show

Frankfurt has come and Frankfurt has gone. The biggest car show in Europe, which runs only every two years, has finished with its media and press prev(...)

Caught between our behavioural and aspirational selves, it can be hard to ignore the doughnuts

How would you go about designing or making something successful? For all the mantras about blue sky, out-of-the-box thinking, the most successful film(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump, who who has already softened his line on various subjects. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Imagine that Britain’s Labour Party had replaced Gordon Brown or Ed Miliband before they contested a general election. In all likelihood, there would (...)

Donald Trump is topping polls, even though he repels many people. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

In November 2012, just as Barack Obama was beating Mitt Romney to be re-elected US president, betting opened on who would become president in 2016. Do(...)

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