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Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.
Chastain tweeted in memory of him.
“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.
The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016
“The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).
Ireland was nominated for »
- Carmel Dagan
Matthew Macfayden is a convincingly conceited director on the rocks who is seduced by a dictator’s offer of another shot at success
Award-winning film-maker Paweł Pawlikowski is here in a larksome mood, co-writing with Ben Hopkins this watchable satirical comedy about the international movie business. Hopkins directs, and together they split the difference between Borat and Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories. It’s a crazy caper about a washed-up British director named Emil Forester (Matthew Macfayden) who accepts a flattering invitation to attend a festival retrospective of his work in the comedy fictional state of Karastan. He arrives to find a bizarre and sinister shambles everywhere, and is disconcerted by his fellow guest, hard-drinking Hollywood B-lister Xan Butler (Noah Taylor). But Emil is intrigued by the president’s beautiful aide Chulpan (MyAnna Burling) and by the president himself (Richard Van Weyden) who offers him a lot of money to »
- Peter Bradshaw
2 items from 2016
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