Remember that moment in The Simpsons when Troy McClure dismisses Homer’s pitch by saying: “But they’ve already made some movies about World War II”? D(...)

“I can’t believe there isn’t somebody playing it somewhere,” says James, to which the narrator responds: “I can assure you that we’re quite alone.” Photograph: Neil Godwin/T3 Magazine via Getty Images

Magnus Mills’s excellent novel The Restraint of Beasts achieved its comic effect through a deadpan tone that, with its sustained pitch, exercised a gr(...)

Landore Hall is a whopper of a mid-1800s property just opposite Orwell Medical Clinic in Rathgar

The tone is firmly set at Landore Hall – a whopper of a mid-1800s property just opposite Orwell Medical Clinic in Rathgar – by the champagne sink in t(...)

Writer-director-actor Warren Beatty in Los Angeles: “Rather than sit around and mourn the demise of the big screen and an audience of hundreds, we should be waiting for a revival of movies that are not sequels: a revival of the unknown.” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

There’s a photograph of Warren Beatty that I’ve often wondered about. In it, Nancy Reagan is beaming like a star-struck teenager. Warren Beatty is bes(...)

A scene from Terminator Salvation: “Any apocalyptic vision of AI can be disregarded,” says Prof Luciano Floridi. The worst-case scenario is when the development of AI  benefits the minority.

There is a disturbing moment in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey when the sentient ship computer Hal suffers a meltdown. Outside, in the depth(...)

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in an elevator scene in Fifty Shades Darker

Here comes that Big Fat Bore again. Weren’t films much sexier when they were less explicit? I don’t know about you, but I find a glimpse of Cyd Chari(...)

Matthew McConaughey: "A bowling alley at 10pm on a school night? Let’s do it. Pizza for breakfast? Great idea. Milkshakes with the pizza? Even better." (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey stretches out of his chair, stretches his arm out for a handshake and stretches back down in one long, languid movement. I’m wr(...)

I’m constantly surprised by how few of Ireland’s urban chefs attempt to grow even a little of their own ingredients. Yes, yes, I appreciate that the w(...)

Sir Nick Faldo, director Pedro Almodóvar, Jackie Chan and Simon Cowell are among the celebrities whose names have been linked with the Panama Papers.

There is nothing illegal about moving money offshore. To begin with, during the 1970s it was a way of moving cash around at a time of widespread curre(...)

Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

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