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The New York underground – in pictures

From a solemn Susan Sontag in repose to Candy Darling on her deathbed, photographer Peter Hujar’s work reveals a life embedded in East Village underground art, music and drag scenes – capturing queer life from the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the Aids crisis

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Everyone says I hate you … pinpointing the exact moment Woody Allen became toxic

One actor after another is coming out denouncing the director. When did the honour of being in one of his films lose its lustre?

I wonder when historians will pinpoint the exact moment that working for Woody Allen flipped from being an absolute honour for any actor to a matter of obvious shame, for which they would be donating their fee to charity. To the untrained eye, it seems to have been sometime last week, despite his daughter Dylan Farrow’s claims that Allen sexually abused her when she was seven having been known about for many years. (The director denies the allegations.) First to say she wouldn’t be working with him again was Greta Gerwig, and the actor and director has now been followed by Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet.

Whenever the precise date falls, the director’s insistence on making a film approximately every 10 minutes means two things. One, that the much-vaunted “honour” has been somewhat diluted. Contrary to actors’ usual humblebrags, there are about three people in Hollywood who haven’t worked with Woody Allen, so much so that he’s down to honouring former Disney kids with roles. Once Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are having the most extraordinary creative experience of their career, or whatever the standard line is, you have to realise that Woody’s only a couple of rehashed melodramas away from casting the guy who plays Goofy at the Anaheim theme park as a romantic lead.

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Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels: brief encounters of the ‘textbook generic’ kind

The dignity of the presidential office has plummeted to a new improbable low with the revelations from the adult film star. Obviously this column is clearing its diary to hear the whole story

Even for a messy president who lives for the drama, it must have hurt that Donald Trump’s inaugural Fake News awards were so completely overshadowed by a kiss-and-tell trailer containing the phrase “she talks about what he’s like down there”.

I mean … no offence, Mr President, but the 14-month-old Paul Krugman column you’re trying to get my attention with now desperately needs to contain speculation about bottoming-out that is unrelated to post-election markets. Does Krugman make some fanciful claim about how you guys met, and how he had to tolerate some horrendous, although mercifully very brief, discussion about economics with you, in which you maintained one position throughout, and were “textbook generic”? Does he claim you got him to sign a copy of his Nobel prize citation? Because, otherwise, I need you to pipe down while I listen some more to Miss Stormy Daniels.

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Ian Schrager: how we made Studio 54

‘We wanted a mix of rich, poor, gay, straight, old and young … somebody topless could dance with a woman in ballgown and tiara’

New York was on the verge of bankruptcy in the mid-1970s. Danger was in the air, people were getting mugged, but it was also a creative, bohemian time. You could really feel the energy in the gay clubs: there were frantic, intense, sweating bodies everywhere. Straight people hadn’t yet learned to let it all hang out.

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Saoirse Ronan: teen talent that grew into true stardom

The Irish-American actor has been tipped for Oscar glory in Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed comic drama

Film stars frequently rise to their place in the showbusiness firmament trailing a glittering series of lead roles and fiery celebrity feuds behind them. Others, like Saoirse Ronan, appear there suddenly, twinkling down benignly.

The Golden Globe-winner, now an A-list performer despite being only 23, is the open-faced, unpretentious Irish-American actor whose starring role in the acclaimed new film Lady Bird, along with forthcoming lead parts in the films Mary Queen of Scots, On Chesil Beach and The Seagull, is about to heavily underline her arrival in the first rank of talent. Yet reaching the top of the casting directors’ wishlists has been quietly achieved, through a succession of carefully delineated roles in unusual and complex films, such as Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Atonement.

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Frame up! Guardian photographers’ best 2017 portraits – in pictures

Wild-living nomads, artists, actors, singers, cricketers and refugees – here is a stunning selection of images, from Gina Miller and Steve Coogan to Ed Sheeran, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jeremy Corbyn, Cardi B and Fenella Fielding

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