KEEPING UP WITH THE GLEESONS It’s the Gleeson family’s world. The rest of us just live in it. This autumn will be a special time for the Irish acting clan, made up of patriarch Brendan Gleeson and sons Brian and Domhnall. Domhnall was featured in the summer Irish-American gangster flick The Kitchen, about the wivesRead more..
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An acclaimed Australian actress known for tackling tough parts, Cate Blanchett takes on her first Irish role in Veronica Guerin. Smart, provocative and down-to-earth, Blanchett spoke to Louise Carroll just before the movie’s U.S. release. ℘℘℘ Cate Blanchett has played a range of characters in her career including the Queen of England, the elf queenRead more..
By the time Judy Garland made her first and only concert appearance in Dublin in July 1951, she had been an international star for more than a decade. She had starred in 27 feature length films, performed on more than 200 radio shows, appeared in hundreds of national and international magazines and newspapers, and recordedRead more..
In a street café in Prague’s Old Town, 24-year-old Colin Farrell is having a coffee with Bruce Willis. It’s a few days before they face up as adversaries in Hart’s War, a war drama that Gregory Hoblitt, who also directed Primal Fear and Frequency, is shooting on location in the wooded hills outside the CzechRead more..
The first original screenplay by Irish novelist Roddy Doyle is automatically a cinematic and literary event. When Brendan Met Trudy offers many quirky delights, but it is an uneven and ultimately disappointing film. Doyle’s oddball yarn about a movie-obsessed Dublin schoolteacher (Peter McDonald) who falls in love with a thief (Flora Montgomery) is dragged downRead more..
Titanic Town, the fictional story of a Northern Ireland woman who mounts crusade for peace in 1972, is not the first movie to attempt to trade on James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic. The European film The Chambermaid on the Titanic barely managed to beat Cameron to the screen but had its title changed to TheRead more..
Kevin Kline is seriously funny. Blame it on his Irish side. ℘℘℘ Settling back into a plush maroon velvet banquette in the restaurant of the Mark Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Kline sips his cappuccino, then leans forward in a conspiratorial fashion and smiles. “She was definitely in charge.” Agnes Kline, his mother, wasRead more..
Irish-American heartthrob Mel Gibson is rumored to be “very interested” in Wolfgang Peterson’s newest undertaking. The director of The Perfect Storm has now set his sights on another nautical adventure – the story of Irish-born Sir Ernest Shackleton and the ill-fated Endurance expedition to Antarctica. Another tale of man vs. nature, with another Irish-American hunkRead more..
Round two of Mel Gibson’s war with the British. ℘℘℘ Jack L. Warner once said he hated the kind of movie in which the hero “writes with a feather.” Hollywood’s aversion to the quaint details of a distant historical period helps account for the scarcity of films dealing with the American Revolutionary War. But reluctanceRead more..
Anyone who has survived Catholic schooling – in my case, eight years of torture by Dominican nuns, then four years of more refined sadism at the hands of Jesuit priests – cannot help watching Leo McCarey’s The Bells of St. Mary’s with deeply mixed emotions. One of Hollywood’s most popular religious movies, a Christmas perennialRead more..