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Daniel Day-Lewis talks about Nine (and acting, reluctantly)

10 December 2009 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Daniel Day-Lewis will live rough, break bones and work through pneumonia to get inside his characters. It may be absurd, he says, but then, he's in an absurd business. He talks about his latest film, Nine

The Daniel Day-Lewis interview is set for Friday and then it's set for Saturday. It's at 3.30pm; it's at 1.15pm; it may not happen at all. Inside the swish London hotel, the press handlers are all hunched over their clipboards while Italian journalists keep tripping over TV cables in the corridor. Eventually, a pair of publicists forge through the melee to assure me that yes, the interview will indeed take place – but not right now. "Can we bring you some food while you wait?" asks the first publicist. "There's no food," says the second.

By this point I'm starting to wonder whether the Nine press junket might be some ornate PR stunt by the Weinstein Company, »

- Xan Brooks

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'Brothers' Wrenching, But the Performances Are Top Notch

5 December 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Sibling rivalry is a common theme in films, but Brothers takes that universal subject and places it in a new context. There's more at play — and at stake — in Jim Sheridan's awards hopeful than just family interaction. Grief, guilt, and identity lie at the torn heart of this sometimes disturbing but always moving film.

At the beginning of Brothers, the family of Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire, Spider-Man 3) is reluctant to see the Marine return to Afghanistan for another tour of duty. His wife, Grace (Natalie Portman, The Other Boleyn Girl), jokingly asks to come with him, and his daughters (Bailee Madison and Taylor Geare) plead with him to stay. He has an uneasy relationship with his brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac), who has just been released from prison in time for Sam to leave. Trouble-making Tommy has always stood in his brother's shadow, and it's never been »

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Brothers Review

3 December 2009 9:25 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I’m not sure why Brothers is so shallow.  The plot of a man leaving to fight in a war, presumed dead, his wife developing an emotional connection to his brother, and then the resulting conflict which occurs when the man comes home alive.  The story feels almost biblical but Brothers prefers obvious emotional markers rather than create real conflict between the characters.  In the end, what should be a thematically rich and tense film becomes the story of a man who sacrificed his humanity in order to return to the human relationships that he now finds meaningless.  Thankfully, that man is played by Tobey Maguire who manages to build a full character while everyone else is left to function as plot devices.

Sam Cahill (Maguire) is a good father, husband, and soldier.  His brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the black sheep of the family, but Sammy loves him.  While »

- Matt Goldberg

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Monthly Movie Preview – December 2009

3 December 2009 1:53 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

This is going to be a great month. No matter whether these big and small movies fall flat on their faces or not there’s going to be plenty to choose from – especially for those who want to keep up with important films.

First up is Avatar, one of the biggest gambles of this decade. Will the same kind of crowd that saw The Dark Knight or Transformers multiple times venture to movie theatres to see a 150-minute-long 3-D film that features tall blue creatures? It’s up in the air.

Which reminds me of a few more titles that should be worth checking out, one of them being Jason Reitman’s new film with George Clooney. The drama-comedy about a man who fires people for a living has been getting great buzz from its successful festival runs, with Oscar talk flying around as smoothly as paper airplanes.

But, Up In the Air »

- Nick Allen

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Natalie Portman Discusses Brothers and the Secrecy Surrounding Thor

2 December 2009 1:13 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Acclaimed director Jim Sheridan's (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father) new movie opens this week. Brothers tells the story of a soldier who returns home from captivity in Afghanistan to discover that his wife turned to his brother for comfort while he was presumed dead. Tobey Maguire plays Sam Cahill, the solider who tries to reintegrate with his family while coping with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd). Natalie Portman plays Sam's wife, Grace, a role that she told Parade she was eager to play.

It was such a fantastic opportunity because so many parts written for females my age are just, like, the cute, girlish love interest. To get to play a real woman who's really strong and a good mother was really a great opportunity.

To prepare for his role, Maguire met with soldiers who suffer from Ptsd. To play Grace, Portman said »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Paradox | Delia's Classic Christmas | Storyville: Simon Mann's African Coup – Black Beach | Cast Offs | Watch this

30 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paradox | Delia's Classic Christmas | Storyville: Simon Mann's African Coup – Black Beach | Cast Offs

Paradox

9pm, BBC1

Another day, another mysterious vision of the future for Di Rebecca Flint to deal with. This time, it appears to involve a drowned teenager and, although Flint and co don't know it, the death of one of their number. Of course, as DS Holt helpfully points out, the idea that perhaps "God's talking to Manchester" is ridiculous. Nevertheless, this is a huge improvement on last week's opener: turns out you can mix high-concept Sf hokum with grumbling coppers, a race-against-time narrative and just a hint of kitchen sink realism.

Delia's Classic Christmas

9pm, BBC2

After the PR disaster of her series on "cheat" cuisine, in which Britain's longest-serving TV cook seemed to be telling us that tinned mince wasn't all that bad a thing, here Delia is back on much safer ground. Christmas »

- Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, David Stubbs

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Oscar buzz surrounds Jim Sheridan's latest film 'Brothers' (IrishCentral)

30 November 2009 9:42 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

His latest film "Brothers" is garnering Oscar buzz, but Irish film-maker has more up his sleeve, including a movie called "Black Mask," about Boston Irish gangster Whitey Bulger. Born in Dublin in 1949 Sheridan moved to American in 1982. He has worked as an actor as well as a director and his movies have covered a host of familiar Irish subjects: land ownership and inheritance in “The Field”; Ira violence and false accusations in “In the Name of The Father”; imprisonment and release in “The Boxer”; and the immigrant experience in a movie called “In America.” He told the story of disabled Irish artist Christy Brown in “My Left Foot”, whose stars, Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day-Lewis, both won Oscars. Sheridan also worked with Day-Lewis on a number of other films. Sheridan’s latest offering, “Brothers,” is based on a film by Danish director Susan Biers. It tells the story of a »

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Preview: Brothers

27 November 2009 4:01 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

About ten years ago, three promising young actors were working to secure a place amongst the Hollywood A-list. Natalie Portman had finished her first major acting role, as Mathilda in Luc Bessons Leon. She would go on to make her major breakthrough in the Star Wars prequels. Tobey Maguire had small roles in respected films like The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys, then also got his major break in a high budget franchise, winning the role of Spiderman. Jake Gyllenhaal came to public attention through his role in sleeper Indie hit Donnie Darko, then hit the big time through a combination of big budget popcorn in The Day After Tomorrow, and critically acclaimed drama in Brokeback Mountain. Next week in the Us, these three actors, firmly A-List, come together for Jim Sheridan’s brothers.

Brothers is a remake of Susanne Bier’s Danish film Brodre. Tobey Maguire plays Captain Sam Cahill, »

- Barry Steele

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Jim Sheridan’s newest film ‘Brothers’ wrenchingly powerful (IrishCentral)

25 November 2009 10:59 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Most things may never happen, but this one will -- by the time the 2010 Oscars roll around Irish film director Jim Sheridan, 59, will not only be basking in a slew of nominations, he’s likely to be carrying one home. Sheridan’s certainly no stranger to the red carpet. His celebrated films like “In America,” “My Left Foot” and “In The Name of the Father” have between them received no less than six previous Academy Award nominations (“My Left Foot” won two) but next year will probably be the year he collects an Oscar for best director. It’s not difficult to make this prediction. “Brothers,” Sheridan’s latest and most accomplished work to date, finds a way to skillfully address some of the most momentous questions now facing the U.S., but on a human scale, and in the process he inspires some unforgettable performances from his stellar cast. »

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Daniel Day-Lewis was scared of singing and dancing in ‘Nine’ (IrishCentral)

23 November 2009 7:28 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Daniel Day-Lewis didn't think his singing and dancing was good enough to star in new musical movie “Nine.” The Oscar-winning actor and Irish citizen, who plays Italian film director Guido Contini in the hotly-anticipated film, had a crisis of confidence and asked the director Rob Marshall if there was anyone else who could take his role, because he had no confidence in his voice. Day-Lewis, who lives in Wicklow, Ireland, said: "I did say to Rob in the early stages, 'Is there anyway of getting out of this? I have a list of actors who could do it tomorrow!' He tried to convince me I could sing and I said, 'You've no idea if I can sing or not!' "I sang feebly a couple of times, and on the grounds of that Rob managed to convince me it was worth pursuing." The 52-year-old actor, who is famous for his method acting, »

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Brothers TV Spot #1

16 November 2009 4:09 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Here’s the first TV spot for Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest movie, “Brothers“.

“Brothers” Plot: Sam (Tobey Maguire) is a family man who is about to embark on his fourth tour of duty. His brother, Tommy (Gyllenhaal), however, is the black sheep of the family and a drifter just out of jail. When Sam’s Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains of Afghanistan, this steadfast marine is presumed dead. This places Tommy in the position to be responsible of Sam’s wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and two young daughters, which leads to an unexpected attraction between Tommy and Grace.

While the two are still dealing with the intricate situation, Sam returns home. Carrying the heavy weight of post traumatic stress disorder, he starts suspecting that something happened between his wife and brother when he was away.

Directed by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (”In America,” “My Left Foot, »

- Allan Ford

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Jim Sheridan to Attend Ifta Exclusive Preview of 'Brothers'

15 November 2009 11:29 PM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Six time Oscar® nominated Irish director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father) will attend an exclusive Irish Film & Television Academy preview screening of his latest feature film 'Brothers' in Dublin on Thursday 19 November 2009. The acclaimed filmmaker will participate in a post screening Q&A with Ifta Academy Members. 'Brothers' tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal) who are polar opposites. A marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man, married to his highschool sweetheart, the aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman) with whom he has two young daughters (Bailee Madison, Taylor Grace Geare). »

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Lifting the Lid on W.C. with Liam O Mochain

14 November 2009 8:31 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Julia Wakeham and director/actor Liam O Mochain in Wc, above.)

by Alan Kline

When I first visited Irish filmmaker Liam O Mochain ten years ago on the set of his debut feature, The Book That Wrote Itself, one of the first things I noticed was that he had managed to pull together production elements that would have been difficult for a film with ten times the budget. On the first day, he had managed to get the City of Dublin to give him a double-decker bus, complete with driver, to shoot on throughout the city. I, and a few dozen other tourists, had just paid the equivalent of $20 each for a tour on a similar bus, just the day before. Later in the production, he visited the Venice Film Festival with a small crew, attended a press conference, and asked a variety of celebrity luminaries questions, in character as Vincent, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Brothers Movie Trailer #2

5 November 2009 5:12 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Lionsgate has premiered a new trailer for  “Brothers“, the upcoming drama from director Jim Sheridan.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman, Brothers

A young man Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) comforts his older brother’s wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and children after her husband Sam (Tobey Maguire) goes missing in Afghanistan. While the two are still dealing with the intricate situation, Sam returns home. Carrying the heavy weight of post traumatic stress disorder, he starts suspecting that something happened between his wife and brother when he was away. Read full synopsis

Oscar nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan (”In America,” “My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father,” “The Boxer,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”) directed his new movie “Brothers” from the script written by David Benioff.

“Brothers” hits theaters December 4th, 2009.

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- Allan Ford

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Lifting the Lid on W.C. with Liam O Mochain

2 November 2009 10:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Julia Wakeham and director/actor Liam O Mochain in Wc, above.)

by Alan Kline

When I first visited Irish filmmaker Liam O Mochain ten years ago on the set of his debut feature, The Book That Wrote Itself, one of the first things I noticed was that he had managed to pull together production elements that would have been difficult for a film with ten times the budget. On the first day, he had managed to get the City of Dublin to give him a double-decker bus, complete with driver, to shoot on throughout the city. I, and a few dozen other tourists, had just paid the equivalent of $20 each for a tour on a similar bus, just the day before. Later in the production, he visited the Venice Film Festival with a small crew, attended a press conference, and asked a variety of celebrity luminaries questions, in character as Vincent, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Daniel Craig Takes a Break from Bond to Build a Dream House

1 September 2009 2:45 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Dream House, a psychological thriller by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father) coming out of Universal Pictures and Morgan Creek, has cast Daniel Craig as its lead. Craig will play a successful publishing executive who quits his job in New York City to relocate his family and two daughters to a beautiful house in a small New England town. They soon learn their home was once the murder scene of a mother and her children, believed to be at the hands of her husband who survived.

The movie is written by David Loucka. No release date is set for Dream House yet, but it is set to begin filming on January 25, 2010.

Next Showing:

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- Jim Littler

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Daniel Craig Stars In “Dream House”

30 August 2009 2:37 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Daniel Craig will play a family man in psychological thriller “Dream House.”

The movie will be directed by acclaimed director Jim Sheridan (”In America,” “My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father,” “The Boxer,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”), who has been nominated for six Oscars and two Golden Globes.

Sheridan will direct “Dream House” from the script written by David Loucka.

Craig will play a successful publishing executive who quits his job in New York City to relocate his family and two daughters to a beautiful house in a small New England town. They soon learn their home was once the murder scene of a mother and her children, believed to be at the hands of the husband who survived.

Production starts shooting in Toronto on January 25, 2010.

Jim Sheridan’s next film, “Brothers,” starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaall and Natalie Portman, will be released this December 4th 2009.

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- Fiona

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Hi-Res “Brothers” Images

30 August 2009 8:28 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Here we have today some great and Hi-Res images from the upcoming “Brothers” starring Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire. (click to see them bigger)

Oscar nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan (”In America,” “My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father,” “The Boxer,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”) directed his new movie “Brothers” from the script written by David Benioff.

Actually “Brothers” is a U.S. remake of Susanne Bier’s 2004 Danish film, “Brodre” a film that won and was nominated for several international awards both for the film itself and performances from Connie Nielsen and Ulrich Thomsen.

A young man Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) comforts his older brother’s wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and children after her husband (Tobey Maguire) goes missing in Afghanistan. While the two are still dealing with the intricate situation, Sam (Maguire) returns home. Carrying the heavy weight of post traumatic stress disorder, he starts »

- Fiona

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Daniel Craig to star in Morgan Creek Productions' Dream House

28 August 2009 10:59 PM, PDT | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

Daniel Craig has signed on to star in the Morgan Creek psychological thriller Dream House, it was announced by Morgan Creek Productions co-chairmen James G. Robinson and Rick Nicita.Craig will play a publishing executive who quits his job in New York City to relocate his family to a house in a small New England town. They soon learn their home was once the murder scene of a mother and her children, believed to be at the hands of the husband who survived.The film will be directed by director Jim Sheridan, whose previous works include My Left Foot, In the Name of »

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Daniel Craig Joins Jim Sheridan’s Dream House

28 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

As soon as Get Rich or Die Tryin' was released, starring a then-hot 50 Cent, it was evident that the climb back up to respectability might be a long one for Jim Sheridan, the guy who previously impressed us with films like My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father. I'm not sure how much good Brothers, his upcoming film with Jake Gyllenhall, Natalie Portman and Tobey Mgauire, will do. (Premise is great, trailer has me worried.) But I'm now a lot more interested in his follow-up Dream House, because Daniel Craig is joining the cast. Variety has the news, and describes Craig's character as "a New York publishing exec who relocates his family to a small New England town, only to learn that their new home was the scene of a vicious murder." Sounds like the sort of info that should really be released before buying (isn't there »

- Russ Fischer

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