5 items from 2004
Wes Craven is looking to Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy to topline his DreamWorks thriller Red Eye. McAdams has closed a deal -- her richest to date with a $1 million payday -- and Murphy is in negotiations to star in the project, due to start lensing Nov. 8 in Los Angeles. McAdams will star as a woman held captive by a stranger (Murphy) on an airliner. The man threatens to kill her father unless she helps him arrange the assassination of a wealthy businessman. Craven is helming from a script by Carl Ellsworth. Craven's producing partner, Marianne Maddalena, is producing along with Chris Bender. DreamWorks-based producer Bonnie Curtis is executive producing along with Jim Lemley, Mason Novick and J.C. Spink. Studio executives Mark Sourian, Marc Haimes and Jeanne Allgood are overseeing at DreamWorks for production topper Adam Goodman. »
Toronto International Film Festival
TORONTO -- Sharing Robert Altman's enviable dexterity with sprawling casts, John Crowley's "Intermission" is technically a film about the quest for love and acceptance among an extended grouping of Dubliners that in practice turns out to be anything but gentle and meditative.
Instead, this bracing blast of creative energy kicks off with an unexpected jolt and keeps ticking away, often flirting with outrageousness without ever losing sight of its main objective.
A respected theater director, Crowley makes the most of Mark O'Rowe's intricate, smartly written script and coaxes terrific performances from all of his 11 principal players (54 in total).
Enthusiastic reviews as well as the presence of the very busy Colin Farrell among the ensemble should result in some decent word-of-mouth coin while easily establishing Crowley and O'Rowe as filmmakers to watch.
One of the first productions to come out of Neil Jordan and Stephen Woolley's newly formed Company of Wolves, "Intermission" is populated by so many colorful characters that it's hard to decide where to begin.
A good start would be Farrell's off-kilter Lehiff, a morally bankrupt punk of a petty thief who is planning the quintessential "one last score" before intending to go straight.
That is, if he can avoid the ever vigilant gaze of tough-guy detective Jerry Lynch (the always memorable Colm Meaney), an overly zealous loner of an anticrime crusader who also happens to have a deep interest in Celtic mysticism.
Meanwhile, supermarket employee John ("28 Days Later"'s Cillian Murphy) has the boneheaded idea of testing his girlfriend Deirdre's ("Trainspotting"'s Kelly Macdonald) devotion by suggesting they break up.
Initially brokenhearted, she rebounds into the arms of the older Sam (Michael McElhatton), a bank manager who is smack dab in the middle of a midlife crisis. Full of understandable hostility, Sam's freshly estranged wife, Noeleen (Deirdre O'Kane), ends up having a rather heated affair with John's lonely buddy Oscar (David Wilmot).
Then there's also Deirdre's emotionally scarred sister (Shirley Henderson), who wears the dark hair on her upper lip like a coat of armor, and their concerned widowed mother, Maura (Ger Ryan), not to mention John and Oscar's bullying, American catchphrase-spewing supermarket boss, Mr. Henderson (Owen Roe), and bus driver Mick (Brian F. O'Byrne), who is determined to track down the culprit who threw a brick at his bus window, causing a potentially tragic accident.
Armed with playwright O'Rowe's fresh dialogue, the characters are a treat to get to know, but the most intriguing thing about the film is the always inventive way in which their lives intersect.
While director Crowley keeps it all moving propulsively with a contemporary pop/rock song selection that complements the pace and those darkly comedic edges, he still manages to accommodate some vulnerable, touching truths about everyday life in the big, scary world.
An IFC Films presentation in association with Company of Wolves and Parallel Films
Director: John Crowley
Screenwriter: Mark O'Rowe
Executive producers: Paul Trijbits, Rod Stoneman, Tristan Whalley
Director of photography: Ryszard Lenczewski
Production designer: Tom Conroy
Editor: Lucia Zuchetti
Costume designer: Lorna Marie Mugan
Music: John Murphy
Lehiff: Colin Farrell
Jerry: Colm Meaney
John: Cillian Murphy
Deirdre: Kelly Macdonald
Sally: Shirley Henderson
Oscar: David Wilmot
Noeleen: Deirdre O'Kane
Sam: Michael McElhatton
Maura: Ger Ryan
Mr. Henderson: Owen Roe
Ben: Tomas O'Sullivan
Karen: Barbara Bergin
Running time -- 106 minutes
No MPAA rating »
CANNES -- Liam Neeson is in talks to star alongside Cillian Murphy in Neil Jordan's upcoming Breakfast on Pluto, the director said Thursday. Jordan said he hopes Neeson will take the vital role of the father in his upcoming movie adaptation of the Patrick McCabe novel of the same name. The movie details the story of Patrick Braden, an endearing, witty, clever and deceptively tough young transvestite. The product of a liaison between the parish priest and his housekeeper, Braden is abandoned as a baby and raised by a foster mother in the small Irish town of Tyreelyn. He later meets his unknown father in a peep show in London. »
Batman is becoming British after director Christopher Nolan has been given the go-ahead to reinvent the American character in new movie Batman: Intimidation. The Memento film-maker wants to freshen up the superhero, who has so far featured in four modern day features, and has decided to give Batman and his American playboy alter-ego Bruce Wayne a more 'James Bond' feel. Brit Christian Bale is playing the lead role with English veteran actor Sir Michael Caine and Irishman Cillian Murphy are also signed up, and now Nolan has added Bond veterans, costume designer Lindy Hemming and special- effects guru Chris Corbould to the crew. Warner Bros's production head Jeff Robinov says, "Chris is reintroducing Batman and it feels smart cool and fresh. That's no disrespect to the other movies, but it's really Chris' vision of Batman and that's what we're supporting." »
Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star opposite Christian Bale in Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming Batman movie being directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Emma Thomas. Neeson would join Bale -- set to play Bruce Wayne, aka Batman -- and Michael Caine, who is appearing as Wayne's butler, Alfred. Katie Holmes and Cillian Murphy also have been cast. The studio declined comment on Neeson's role. Neeson, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, was most recently seen in Love Actually. His recent credits include Gangs of New York and Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace. He will next appear in Kinsey and is shooting Kingdom of Heaven. He is repped by ICM. »
5 items from 2004
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