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Exclusive Clip For Indie Comedy ‘The Stag’ – Out Today!

4 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ever wondered what happens when metrosexual man meets the great outdoors? Well Fionnan is about to find out when The Stag arrives on digital platforms today and on Blu-ray/DVD from July 21st, 2014 courtesy of Arrow Films.

Badgered into a stag do by his bride-to-be, Fionnan (Hugh O’Connor – Moone Boy) is determined to avoid the clichés of booze, babes and more booze and defers to his best man, Davin (Andrew ScottSherlock), to organise a sedate sojourn in the Irish countryside. All goes to plan until Fionnan’s soon-to-be brother-in-law, The Machine (Peter McDonaldMoone Boy) invites himself along – and with The Machine travels mayhem which materialises in the form of lost clothes, lost dignity and some hopelessly ill-equipped and very lost men…

Check out this great clip below – it’s rather entertaining!

The Stag is available to either buy now digitally or pick up a copy on July 21st by clicking here. »

- Dan Bullock

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Film Review: Irish Friends Go Stag in ‘The Bachelor Weekend’

6 May 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What truths are contained in the male ritual of the bachelor party? Alcohol/substance consumption sure, maybe discomfort at being yourself, or perhaps a bit of accidental emotion? All is realized in the Irish comedy “The Bachelor Weekend,” brought to life by six members of the pre-wedding team, off on a stag weekend.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fresh off its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, the film is co-written by director John Butler and one of the lead actors, Peter McDonald, and adopts a theme of “what has happened to men?” Practically forced to go on a camping trip by the bride, the six buddies eschew their ritualistic smartphone lives and rough it as fellow travelers, anchored by the loose cannon in the group, The Machine. This works as a bit of an Irish “Big Chill,” with similar emotional bonds and dramatic transitions occurring over one event-filled weekend. There »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: What the Men of The Bachelor Weekend Have to Say About Stags

2 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

I love me some Irish men. So sitting across from a trio of triple threat actor/writer/director strapping lads had me all in a tizzy this past week at Tribeca Film Festival."We're coming at you from every angle!" co-writer and co-star of The Bachelor Weekend Peter McDonald joked, flanked by his co-writer and director John Butler and lead Hugh O'Connor.In addition to the exclusive clip we posted on Wednesday, and on the eve of their limited theatrical release in Chicago and on cable VOD/iTunes, here are some snippets from our interview at Tff.The bachelor/bachelorette thing has been done a couple times, so what was your motivation for making this film?Peter McDonald: A lot of those films sell you a bit short on heart, and they don't...

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Tribeca Video: 'The Bachelor Weekend' Director John Butler Speaks About Having the Right Producers

25 April 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Playlist's Drew Taylor sat down with director John Butler and actors Hugh O'Conor and Peter McDonald to chat about their comedy film "The Bachelor Weekend." The talk is part of a series of Tribeca Film Festival conversations being hosted at the Apple store in SoHo. In the vein of "The Hangover" films, "The Bachelor Weekend" follows a group of not-made-for-the-wild men who take a trip to the Irish wilderness before their friend's wedding.  In the clip below, Taylor asks the comedy team if they could impart any wisdom for aspiring filmmakers. Director Butler highlighted his lucky in finding producers who were willing to make their film. "As a first time filmmaker I just think that's exactly the support you need to find. And I think it's rare and under-appreciated in the business." Be sure to check back on iTunes shortly for the full podcast. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

7 April 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.Scroll down for full list of winners

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday night including Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor, for Brendan Gleeson’s performance as a good-natured priest who must battle dark forces. The actor beat competition including his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in About Time.

The ceremony in Dublin also saw Stephen Frears’s Philomena walk away with three prizes including Best International Film, Best Costume for the work of Consolata Boyle, and Best International Actress, for Judi Dench’s performance as a woman searching for her long lost son. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was in attendance

Vampire horror Byzantium also scored a hat-trick, winning Best Director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

30 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud »

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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

30 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud »

- Leo Barraclough

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On my radar: Peter McDonald's cultural highlights

15 March 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Irish actor and writer on Vic and Bob, Philomena and London's parks

Peter McDonald is an Irish actor and writer best known for Moone Boy, Sea of Souls and Rte's Your Bad Self. Born in Dublin in 1972, he began his acting as a student at University College Dublin. In addition to his TV roles, he has appeared in more than a dozen fims, including I Went Down, The Damned United and Felicia's Journey, while his theatre work includes a highly praised production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the Apollo in London. As well as Sky 1's Moone Boy, McDonald can currently be seen in the comedy film The Stag and at Wyndham's theatre in The Weir.

Television: House of Fools

Absolutely crazy and a real breath of fresh air. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are at their best and have great support from Matt Berry and Morgana Robinson. It »

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Film Review: 'The Stag'

13 March 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ You'd perhaps be forgiven for thinking that John Butler's The Stag (2013), co-written and starring Peter McDonald, might be in the vein of Bridesmaids (2011) or Bachelorette (2012) before it. What we actually get is a surprisingly tender Irish comedy, which traverses the depths of modern masculine identity, whilst aping the tropes of the genre. Fionnan (Hugh O'Conor) is a set designer about to marry the love of his life, Ruth (Amy Huberman). But Fionnan is not a man's man. He spends his day, not considering the end of his bachelorhood, but instead wrapped up in the finer details of the wedding plan, even going to the trouble of making a detailed diorama of the big day.

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Three Exclusive Clips Released From Buddy-Comedy ‘The Stag’

12 March 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Released this coming Friday, The Stag sees John Butler make his directorial debut…and what better way to start than with a cracking British comedy!

When one shy groom opts out of a boozy Stag Do, his best man decides that a quiet walking-weekend would better calm his nerves. However, when the bride’s manly brother tags along all hell breaks loose! Have a read of the official synopsis below:

Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O’Conor) doesn’t want a Stag Do, but would happily attend the Hen. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one. Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth’s infamously alpha male brother, known only as ‘The Machine’ (Peter McDonald), gatecrashing their sober, walking-weekend, excuse for a Stag Party. Not so easily foxed, ‘The Machine’ tracks them down, sparking to »

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The Stag: Watch A Pair Of Clips From The Hilarious Irish Comedy

10 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

John Butler's hilarious Irish comedy The Stag hits UK screens this coming Friday and a pair of clips have just been released for your viewing pleasure. And they are very pleasurable, indeed. Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O'Conor) doesn't want a Stag Do, but would happily attend the Hen. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one. Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth's infamously alpha male brother, known only as 'The Machine' (Peter McDonald), gatecrashing their sober, walking-weekend, excuse for a Stag Party. Not so easily foxed, 'The Machine' tracks them down, sparking to life a wild few days in rural Ireland where the Stags find themselves lost, shot at,...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Paranoia: this week's new films

7 March 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel | 300: Rise Of An Empire | Wake In Fright | Paranoia | The Stag | Escape From Planet Earth

The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

(Wes Anderson, 2014, UK/Ger) Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan. 100 mins

You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.

300: Rise Of An Empire (15)

(Noam Murro, 2014, Us) Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro. 102 mins

With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Co-writer and star Peter McDonald discusses The Stag

7 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As The Stag prepares for it’s theatrical release in the UK, we had the pleasure of speaking to it’s co-writer and star, Peter McDonald, who is blessed to be playing the film’s star attraction if you will, the brilliantly funny creation ‘The Machine’.

Taking place on a stag do in the middle of the forest between a group of friends, McDonald’s The Machine (third from the left, above) is the bride’s older brother, and his offbeat, overzealous enthusiasm isn’t one welcomed by the other guys – as his macho, red-blooded nature drives them all mad. McDonald discusses the enjoyment had when crafting this character with fellow writer and director John Butler, while describing to us the experience of jumping naked into a freezing cold lake in the middle of November. He also talks about balancing the comedy with the drama, and what he has planned for the future. »

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The Stag Review

7 March 2014 8:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The mighty stag still holds a lot of comedy value, so much so Jon Turteltaub tried to do a geriatric version of The Hangover recently with Last Vegas that spawned a lukewarm response, even with a stellar cast onboard. Debut writer-director John Butler has tried to cash in on this fertile ground with his Irish version, The Stag, that boasts the stunning vistas of the Irish countryside as opposed to Vegas. The result is a safe and sanitised jaunt that disappointingly plays to caricature and the Carry On days of (giggle, giggle) ‘naughty’ nudity.

Mild-mannered groom-to-be Fionnan (Hugh O’Conor) is getting married to stunning Ruth (Amy Huberman) but doesn’t want a stag party. He is far more interested in the wedding detail, like the centrepiece flower arrangements on the tables than getting raucous with the lads. Persuaded by Ruth, best man Davin (Andrew Scott) is tasked with organising »

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Review: The Stag

5 March 2014 11:49 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

John Butler makes his feature debut with this likeable and amusing male-bonding comedy, co-written with cast member Peter McDonald (Moone Boy). Obsessing to the point of implosion about the details of his impending nuptials, meek set designer Fionan (Hugh O'Conor) isn’t interested in having a stag do.

But anxious bride-to-be Ruth (Threesome’s Amy Huberman) feels her fiancé could use some respite from table planning and place settings and so persuades best man Davin (Sherlock’s Andrew Scott) to cobble together a stag party.

Unfortunately, Ruth’s terrifyingly macho brother ‘The Machine’ (McDonald) won’t be stopped from attending and a planned quiet break in rural Ireland soon takes in lost bearings, lost clothes and hilarious clashes with electric fences. Will Fionan and co make it to the church on time?

Co-produced by the Irish Film Board and Arrow Films – who’ve carved a commendable niche with UK releases »

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Calvary, Stag lead Irish Academy noms

27 February 2014 2:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Comedies lead the pack at the Irish Film and Television Awards; father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson compete for best actor.Scroll down for full list of nominations

John Michael McDonagh’s blackly comic Calvary and John Butler comedy The Stag lead the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards.

Both films have secured six nominations each, including Best Film where they are up against Neil Jordan’s vampire feature Byzantium, drama Run & Jump, starring Nebraska’s Will Forte; and drama The Sea.

The best actor category will see Brendan Gleeson, who played a good-natured priest under threat in Calvary, compete against his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in Richard Curtis romantic drama About Time.

Also up for best actor are Ciaran Hinds for his role in The Sea and a comic turn from Sherlock villain Andrew Scott for his performance in The Stag.

McDonagh, Butler and Jordan will compete in the film director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Stag gallops to Us

19 February 2014 2:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Metro International inks multiple deals for Toronto premiere, starring Sherlock’s Andrew Scott.

UK sales outfit Metro International has inked a number of deals on Irish comedy The Stag, including a Us deal with Tribeca Film.

Additional sales comprise Canada (Tva), Australia/Nz (Umbrella Entertainment), German-speaking Europe (Drei Freunde) and Italy (Academy 2). Further deals are in the works.

The Toronto premiere tells the story of a groom-to-be who reluctantly agrees to a stag weekend of wild camping in the great outdoors of western Ireland.

Cast includes Andrew Scott, best known for playing villain Moriarty in BBC drama Sherlock, alongside Peter McDonald, Hugh O’Conor and Brian Gleeson.

Produced by Treasure Entertainment and directed by John Butler, the film is written by Butler and Peter McDonald and financed by the Irish Film Board, Windmill Lane and Treasure Entertainment.

As previously announced by ScreenDaily, Arrow will release in the UK and Ireland. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014 Unveils Full Line-Up

20 January 2014 12:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has announced a jam-packed line-up of films and a stellar list of Irish and international guests for the 2014 festival, taking place in Dublin from 13th to 23rd February.

The 12th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival features over 135 films, including gems that will receive their Irish premieres; a strong strand of music-themed films; the best in short film making with 16 short films screening; 27 intriguing Irish and international documentaries; and 13 star-studded galas of must-see films. 17 new Irish feature-length films have also been selected to screen at the prestigious festival.

Irish comedy The Stag, directed by John Butler and starring Peter McDonald, Andrew Scott, Hugh O’Connor and Amy Huberman has been announced as the Closing Gala on Sunday 23rd February. The cast and crew will be in attendance to mark a memorable end to what will be a feast of films and events over the 11 days of the festival. »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Theatrical trailer for Irish comedy The Stag

9 January 2014 11:18 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new trailer for the upcoming Irish comedy The Stag has arrived, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis...

"Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O'Conor) doesn't want a Stag Do, but would happily attend the Hen. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one. Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth's infamously alpha male brother, known only as 'The Machine' (Peter McDonald), gatecrashing their sober, walking-weekend, excuse for a Stag Party. Not so easily foxed, 'The Machine' tracks them down, sparking to life a wild few days in rural Ireland where the Stags find themselves lost, shot at, stoned and butt-naked. The Stag is a hilarious and heart-warming journey of friendship, fear, male bonding, and tightly fashioned squirrel skin!"

The Stag looks as if it follows beats we’ve seen in several »

- Gary Collinson

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The Stag Trailer Stumbles Online

9 January 2014 7:03 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Anyone who has been through the nerves, nightmares and noise of preparing to get hitched knows that there are pitfalls aplenty for the unwary bride or groom. While many pre-wedding pics focus on the female side of things, The Stag aims to balance matters out with a peek at one man’s hellish baptism by freezing cold camping trip. Self-confessed metrosexual Fionan (Hugh O’Conor) doesn’t want a stag do, but would happily attend the hen do instead. His concerned bride-to-be Ruth (Amy Huberman) persuades the marginally more macho best man Davin (Andrew Scott) to organise one.Reluctantly he agrees, while doing everything he can to stop Ruth’s infamously alpha male brother, known only as “The Machine” (Peter McDonald), gate-crashing their sober, outdoorsy excuse for a stag bash. Not so easily foxed, “The Machine” tracks them down, sparking to life a wild few days in rural Ireland where the Stags find themselves lost, »

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