Alia Shawkat: I think my teen self would be happy with me

The former Arrested Development actor talks about co-starring in buddy movie Animals A two-hour drive from Los Angeles, in the Coachella Valley desert, lies the resort city of Palm Springs: upmarket hotels, golf courses, palm trees as far as the eye can see, mountain ranges sprawling majestically in the distance. It was a slow, suburban kind of town a very chill place to grow up, says Alia Shawkat. By the time we were in high school, we would drive around …

Alec Baldwin: ‘You naughty English could fold sex into dentistry’

Playing the fallen car entrepreneur John DeLorean, skewering Donald Trump on SNL, Woody Allen, #MeToo Why is it so hard to pin the actor down on anything? A conversation with Alec Baldwin feels rather like being in a holding pattern above New York. Not that its boring: on the contrary, talking with this old-fashioned film star and modern-day sitcom god, this part-time Trump antagonist and full-time schmoozy showbiz personality, is an entirely pleasant experience. You are in business class, perhaps …

Carrie Underwood: ‘I’d put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart’

As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songs Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Texas Rangers, while at the US Bank Arena next door American Idol, triumphing in the TV talent shows fourth season in 2005, Underwood has since …

Trump has a new favourite news network – and it’s more right-wing than FOX

The president has responded to the obscure TV outlets boundless flattery with shout-outs and access Donald Trump and Fox News are said to have One America News Network (OAN) makes up for its lack of clout or viewers by covering every Trump utterance, recycling conspiracy theories, downplaying Russian threats, bashing the mainstream media and championing the Make America Great Again agenda. Most Americans have not noticed, but the most powerful one has. The president rewards OAN with shout-outs and access …