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In the 50th and final instalment of our writers' favourite films series, Jason Deans plumps for a prohibition-era mob drama from the Coen brothers
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My all-time top celebrity spot? Gabriel Byrne, no question. On a Saturday in July 2003, the morning after two of my best friends marry, I'm in the bar of the Charlotte Street Hotel saying a final farewell before they fly off on honeymoon (also, the newly minted husband needs to borrow cash for the cab to Heathrow). As we swap war stories from the night before, I become aware of a familiar yet unplaceable Irish voice drifting over the conversation from behind me. After a few seconds, it comes to me – "What's the rumpus?" – so I sneak a crafty glance over my shoulder and there »
- Jason Deans
It's hard to know yet what to make of Liam Neeson's big, bold sci-fi action adventure film Battleship from the all action trailer announcing the May 2012 flick. It certainly looks like a pulse pounding thrill ride, as the epic action-adventure tale unfolds on the high sea and in the air as earth is forced to fight for its survival against a vastly technologically superior alien horde. ----------------- Read more: Liam Neeson doesn’t have a ‘f***ing clue’ what new Batman ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is about Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson play prepares to open in NYC ----------------- Loosely inspired by the classic naval combat game of the same name, Battleship stars pop princess Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones and Irish superstar Liam Neeson as the glowering Admiral Shane. Peter Berg directs (his previous screen credits include Hancock). The »
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Actors Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson have teamed up with Dublin City Councilor and writer/artist Gerard Mannix Flynn, and with Culture Project, to present “James X.” The piece explores what years of silence and abuse can do to an individual.
In it, a man (played by the author) waits to give testimony to an Irish governmental tribunal of inquiry. He hopes that telling the story will set him free. The show began performances on Tuesday, and runs at Culture Project, »
- Gwen Orel
Following the sad death of director Ken Russell yesterday, James looks back at his sometimes stunning body of work...
While his best years were clearly long behind him, the passing of director Ken Russell, one of the undoubted titans of post-war British cinema, still feels like a huge loss for the world of film. Contrarian, provocateur and a lover of excess in all its forms, Russell was a filmmaker whose work was rarely restrained, seldom safe and almost always memorable, although not necessarily for the right reasons.
Despite a childhood desire to be a ballet dancer, it was as a photographer that Russell initially made his name, and it was through this route that he secured a job in 1959 within the BBC.
Working as an arts documentarian during the 1960s, Russell honed his craft, creating a series of artful, evocative films, mainly focusing on composers such as Debussy, Elgar and Strauss. »
DVD Playhouse—November 2011
By Allen Gardner
Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Foul-mouthed actress Ellen Barkin allowed her young son to cuss to his heart's delight for an hour a day so he would avoid swearing at school.
The Ocean's Thirteen star, who is known for her love of curse words, admits she adopted the unusual method of parenting in a bid to keep Jack Daniel, now 22, from using bad language in front of his teachers.
She says, "I used to give my son cursing hour when he was little to get it all out so he wouldn't curse at school.
"(He was) maybe like, five. Otherwise he'd do it at school and say he learned it from his mother and father."
Jack is Barkin's eldest child with ex-husband Gabriel Byrne. The actors, who divorced in 1999, are also parents to teenage daughter Romy. »
Quelling rumors about a potential role in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises”, Liam Neeson said he doesn’t even know what the film is about. “I'm eager to see this one. I haven't got a f--king clue what it's about,” the Irish actor told MTV. Neeson played the role of the role of Ra's al Ghul in “Batman Begins”. His voice was used in the teaser trailer for the film which is due to be released next summer. Praising the film’s director he said Christopher Nolan films are "wonderful... very rich, dark and complex". Watch the teaser trailer here: Watch Liam Neeson in “Batman Begins” here: ____________ Read More: Liam Neeson’s profile page More movie news on IrishCentral Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson to team up in sex abuse play ______________ »
Sopranos' Jennifer Melfi to the cranial craft of Frasier's Niles Crane, we sort the small screen shrinks from the couch potatoes
As Sky Atlantic subscribers will perhaps have already spotted, the brilliant In Treatment was back in session over the weekend. Now in its third series, it follows the working week of Dr Paul Weston – played superbly by Gabriel Byrne – as he welcomes a regular roster of patients whilst also taking to the therapist's couch himself.
But In Treatment isn't alone. In fact the schedules are filled with shrinks – perhaps no surprise when you consider the average TV character has to contend with everything from extra marital affairs and murders to alien invasion and inheriting super powers.
But who are tellyland's most memorable mental health practitioners? Join us on the couch as we pluck the six best shrinks from the small screen's troubled psyche. Have we missed your favourite therapist? »
- Daniel Bettridge
The one-man production, fronted by actor Gerard Mannix Flynn, explores the issues of physical and sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church and features the story of a man about to provide evidence to a tribunal about the mistreatment of children.
The Usual Suspects star Bryne will direct the project and Neeson will co-produce with officials at the Culture Project, a performance organisation which focuses on human rights issues.
The critically-acclaimed play, which was first staged in Ireland in 2003, will open at the 45 Bleecker Theatre on 9 December. »
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One of my favorite techniques is when an actor gets to tackle more than one role in the same film. There is something about seeing an actor double, triple, or even octuple up on roles that I adore… so long as they are doing more than simply hiding behind makeup and wigs. The one thing my favorite multi-role performances have in common is the way the performer manages to make the characters they are playing all feel different.
The latest actor to try this hand at this is Adam Sandler, who plays twin siblings in Jack and Jill. Something tells me his dual performance isn’t going to be appearing on a list like this anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfect excuse to celebrate the actors who have excelled at doing so. There were loads of possibilities, »
- Shane T. Nier
 It was announced  earlier this week that Ben Affleck and longtime pal Matt Damon would reunite for a biopic about Whitey Bulger, with Casey Affleck set to co-star. We now have a more information about the younger Affleck's part. He'll be playing Bill Bugler, little brother of Whitey Bugler (Damon's role). Unlike notorious gangster Whitey, Billy was an upstanding member of society -- Korean war vet, lawyer, politician, and educator. He lost his post as the president of the University of Massachusetts in 2003 when he was found to have spoken with his fugitive brother in secret. In addition to starring, Damon will also script the film; Affleck the Elder will direct and co-star. It's unclear when exactly the picture will get off the ground, as both brothers and Damon have plenty of other projects on their plates. But they'll have to get moving if they want to beat the two »
- Angie Han
On paper, All Things to All Men sounds like the next Guy Ritchie movie. It.s being described as a fast-paced, London-based crime thriller, with one character trapped in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game being waged between a police chief and a crime lord. Throw in some macho dialogue and a handful of flashy edits, and it.s a Ritchie special. Only it isn.t coming to us from the Snatch and Rock-n-Rolla director. All Things will mark the directorial debut of newcomer George Isaac, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he.s luring a top-notch cast. Rufus Sewell has agreed to play the maverick law enforcement official. Gabriel Byrne signed on to play the sadistic crime boss. And Brit TV star Toby Stephens is all set to play Riley, a criminal trying to play both sides of a dangerous situation. Isaac will co-produce All Things with Pierre Mascolo, who collaborated »
Toby Stephens, Gabriel Byrne and Rufus Sewell are all heading up the cast of George Isaac's directorial debut - the crime thriller "All Things To All Men" for Cipher Films says The Hollywood Reporter.
Set in contemporary London, Stephens will play Riley, a criminal who becomes caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse between a maverick police boss (Sewell) and a crime lord (Byrne).
- Garth Franklin
For his directorial debut, producer George Isaac (Adulthood) has landed some top-notch actors to head up the London-based crime thriller, All Things to All Men. Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Rufus Sewell (The Tourist) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) have joined the cast in addition to supporting members Elsa Pataky, Leo Gregory, Julian Sands and James Frain. In All Things to All Men, a criminal named Riley (Stephens) is caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse between Parker, a London police boss (Sewell) and the crime lord, Joseph Corso (Byrne). Principal photography is currently underway in London. [Casting news via THR.] »
- Dave Trumbore
 Apparently Joseph Kosinski's Horizons (a.k.a. Oblivion) is the plum gig for actresses in Hollywood right now. Last month, Jessica Chastain beat out  a list of up-and-coming actresses -- including Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace, and Olivia Wilde -- for one of two lead female roles; this weekend, Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, and Kate Beckinsale will vie for the other. Whoever lands the sci-fi flick will be starring opposite Tom Cruise, who leads the cast as soldier and drone repairman Jak. Most details after the jump. Deadline  writes that the three actresses will be reading with Cruise for the part this weekend in Pittsburgh, where the actor is currently shooting  Christopher McQuarrie's Lee Childs adaptation One Shot. Kosinski's film was renamed  as Horizons a few months back, but the new story refers to it by its old title Oblivion -- I'm not sure if that's just »
- Angie Han
The remake of John Boorman's 1981 'Excalibur' has been shelved, Bryan Singer has told SFX. It was previously announced that the 1981 Boorman film, that launched the career of actors including Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Ciaran Hinds, Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart, was set for a remake by Warner Brothers with Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) at the helm. »
More details about the sequel to Liam Neeson’s 2009 hit ‘Taken’ have begun to emerge. The sequel, which is set to begin filming this month, is yet unnamed and has a release date of October 5, 2012, according to the Examiner. Liam Neeson will again be undertaking his role of Bryan Mills, whose daughter was kidnapped and forced into human trafficking while in France in the first film. By the end of the film, Mills had killed his daughter’s kidnapper and brought her to safety in a whirlwind thriller. _____________ Read More: Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne present Irish Arts Center's Spirit Award to Bill Whelan Liam Neeson opens New York’s third annual Cinemagic Festival Trailer for Liam Neeson’s tense adventure movie ‘The Grey’ - Video _____________ The sequel, however, turns the tables as it is Neeson’s character and his wife, played again by Famke Janssen, who will be the ones kidnapped by Murad, »
I’m sure The Scapegoat sounds familiar to you. Of course it does, it’s Daphne du Maurier‘s 1957 novel. And whenever we have some novel in our report, you immediately know that a big screen adaptation of the whole thing is coming, right? Well, ok then, nothing to be surprised about, so check this out. According [...]
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has had to face some menacing villains in his time. Who can forget the unstoppable and unrelenting Robert Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the ultimate all seeing evil Gabriel Byrne as The Devil in End of Days, the madness of the Christmas Day shopping spree in Jingle All The Way, or even a clone of himself in The Sixth Day?
So with that being said, Spanish actor Eduardo Noriega sure has some big shoes to fill as the baddie in Last Stand, the upcoming action movie that marks The Governator’s big comeback to acting, his first leading role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines that was released eight years ago. Variety confirmed the casting yesterday.
Last Stand is the English language, Hollywood debut of I Saw The Devil’s South Korean helmer director Kim Ji-woon and will follow Arnie as a disgraced Lapd cop who »
- Matt Holmes
"The Lion King" roared back into theaters and grossed nearly $30 million at the box office last weekend, all thanks to its new 3D treatment. That was enough dough to earn the re-release a No. 1 slot over "Contagion" and "Drive," and stun cynics who may have doubted audience interest in the 3D-ification of a 2D animated film. Whether or not the upcoming 3D re-releases of "Star Wars" and "Top Gun" will find similar success remains to be seen (although both are probably a safe bet).
As long as Hollywood is digging through their attics and retrofitting films for 3D, though, we've got a few proposals that could make for memorable multidimensional screenings.
10. "Cool World" (1992)
- Brian Warmoth
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