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Every pupil should read Dickens, says minister... (but he's too hard, says the author's biographer)

Marvel’s new Iron Man is a 15-year-old black girl

Tony Stark is hanging up his Iron Man suit, but it will be quickly donned by a new hero, a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. And that’s canon. ‘Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15,’ Time, which got the scoop, reports. ‘She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.’ The handover will come at the end of Marvel’s comic book event series Civil War II, and was made with TV in mind.

Jacques Prévert (1900-1977) - French poet and screenwriter. Photo by Rajak Ohanian

Gavin and Stacey set for US remake

Gavin and Stacey go Stateside - but how will 'what's occurring' sound in a US accent?

Amandine Lucile Aurore Dupin, best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a remarkable woman - a prodigious novelist, dramatist and campaigner for all manner of political reform. A rebellious, cross-dressing, cigar-smoking, scandalously-acting woman writer who lived at a time that was certainly much more of a man's world than today. Chopin was only one of many famous men in her life. After the relationship fell apart, in 1847, he scarcely composed again, before his death two years later.

Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino mob drama loses Joe Pesci

Ever since Robert De Niro confirmed production on long-gestating mob drama The Irishman, film fans have been excited by the thought of seeing him reunited on-screen with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the Martin Scorsese-directed project.

Samuel Beckett

The DC universe seems to have a major crisis on its hands

We all knew it was going to be bad, but this bad?

Simone de Beauvoir. Saint-Germain-de-Prés, Paris, c. 1946.