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Brendan Gleeson on Getting a Late Start on His Career

Brendan Gleeson on Getting a Late Start on His Career
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson made his film debut in 1990’s “The Field,” starring Richard Harris and based on the play by John B. Keane. Five years later, he made an impact internationally as Hamish Campbell in Mel Gibson’s Oscar winner “Braveheart.” Since then, film lovers have seen the versatile thesp in a wide range of blockbusters and indie films. “Harry Potter” aficionados know him as Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody, and fans have treasured his work in such fare as John Boorman’s “The General,” John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and for his Emmy-winning turn as Winston Churchill in TV film “Into the Storm.”

Now on-screen as Detective Bill Hodges in the new Stephen King neo-noir TV series, “Mr. Mercedes,” Gleeson was first noticed by Variety on Aug. 1, 1990, for his performance in Dublin in Keane’s play “The Year of the Hiker.”

John B. Keane
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Brendan Gleeson on Getting a Late Start on His Career

Brendan Gleeson on Getting a Late Start on His Career
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson made his film debut in 1990’s “The Field,” starring Richard Harris and based on the play by John B. Keane. Five years later, he made an impact internationally as Hamish Campbell in Mel Gibson’s Oscar winner “Braveheart.” Since then, film lovers have seen the versatile thesp in a wide range of blockbusters and indie films. “Harry Potter” aficionados know him as Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody, and fans have treasured his work in such fare as John Boorman’s “The General,” John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and for his Emmy-winning turn as Winston Churchill in TV film “Into the Storm.”

Now on-screen as Detective Bill Hodges in the new Stephen King neo-noir TV series, “Mr. Mercedes,” Gleeson was first noticed by Variety on Aug. 1, 1990, for his performance in Dublin in Keane’s play “The Year of the Hiker.”

John B. Keane
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First trailer for The Truth Commissioner

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Ahead of its opening on February 26th, the first trailer has landed for The Truth Commissioner directed by Declan Recks (Eden). Filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin, the film is adapted from David Park’s award winning novel of the same name and looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process. Synopsis: Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam, V for Vendetta), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. Co-starring Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall), Sean McGinley (The General), Conleth Hill (‘Game of Thrones’), Ian McElhinney (‘Game of Thrones’) and Tom Goodman Hill (The Imitation Game), the story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some.
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Star Wars Digital Edition Hitting April 10th Loaded With Additional Bonuses

As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.

They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.

Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and
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BBC Worldwide North America Acquires Director John Boorman’s Final Film Queen And Country

BBC Worldwide North America announced today the acquisition of Queen And Country, the latest film by five-time Academy Award nominated director and writer John Boorman (Hope and Glory, Excalibur, The General, Deliverance), securing all rights in North America.

The film, which Boorman has announced will be his last, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014 and was acquired after making its North American debut during Film Comment’s special screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival earlier this month.

Queen And Country introduces Callum Turner (Ripper Street, Borgias) to the big screen and also stars one of Variety’s “Top 10 Actors to Watch” Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), David Thewlis (War Horse, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Vanessa Kirby (About Time). Featuring cinematography from Seamus Deasy (Neverland, When the Sky Falls) and set design by Academy Award nominee Anthony Pratt (The Phantom of the Opera,
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‘The Grand Seduction’, with Brendan Gleeson, releases its first trailer

Over the course of a 25 year career, actor Brendan Gleeson has made a name for himself with a number of strong supporting and leading turns in movies such as The General, Gangs of New York, Kingdom of Heaven, the Harry Potter series, and In Bruges. Many fans of the performer were interested to see what he would do next, which raised the profile of his next project. Titled The Grand Seduction, the film is directed by Don McKellar, who works from a script by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott. Gleeson stars alongside Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, and Mark Critch. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.

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Cannes: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Cold in July’ Set to Screen at Directors’ Fortnight

Cannes: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Cold in July’ Set to Screen at Directors’ Fortnight
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” two well-received American dramas that world premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, are among the 19 features set to screen in the 46th annual Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.

Selected by delegate general Edouard Waintrop in his third year at the helm, the Fortnight, a long-running parallel program to the official selection, will also fly the U.S. flag with the world premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “National Gallery,” a portrait of the London museum’s day-to-day operations, and a special screening of Tobe Hooper’s original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” in a newly restored version.

As the winner of both the grand jury prize and the audience award in Sundance’s U.S. dramatic competition (where it was snapped up by Sony Classics), “Whiplash” had been widely expected to receive the Un Certain Regard berth typically reserved
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Cannes Prospects: ‘Foxcatcher,’ Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Likely Headed to the Croisette

Cannes Prospects: ‘Foxcatcher,’ Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Likely Headed to the Croisette
A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.

In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs.
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #143. John Boorman’s Queen and Country

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Queen and Country

Director: John Boorman

Writer: John Boorman

Producer: John Boorman, Kieran Corrigan

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Tamsin Egerton, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Caleb Landry Jones

The octogenarian director is still going strong, though this is his first feature since 2006’s The Tiger’s Tail. We’re thinking this historical piece sounds exactly like Boorman’s cup of tea, whose more recent dabblings in John Le Carre land or the South African set In My Country didn’t quite win raves. Instead, this recalls something like his semiautobiographical 1987 film, Hope and Glory.

Gist: An Englishman who grew up in London during World War II joins the military to fight in the Korean War. br>

Release Date: Boorman’s last stint at Cannes was in 1998 for The General, for which he won Best Director. Chances are slim that we’ll see him there again, look for it
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A Terrifically Dark & Amusing Trailer For ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson

Calvary was recently confirmed to make its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The Guard director John Michael McDonagh reunites with his brilliant lead Brendan Gleeson in this darkly comic story of a priest who finds himself threatened during a private confession and is unsure what to do or even take it serious.

I’m a huge fan of the Irish actor from everything from big blockbusters like Braveheart and Gangs Of New York to indie gems The General and I Went Down. Of course, most will remember him for the Harry Potter franchise and the awesome In Bruges.

The superb supporting cast is filled with hilarious familiar faces with the likes of Chris O’Dowd and Dylan Moran lending their perfect dry Irish humour to the film also starring Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen and Marie-Josée Croz.

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Gleeson & Keeley Head ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ For Ron Howard

Two more shipmates have joined cast of Ron Howard’s seafaring fact-based disaster drama, In The Heart Of The Sea. One of my own favourite actors – in part due to outstanding varying roles in the likes of Braveheart, The General, Lake Placid, Dark Blue and The Guard – the brilliant Brendan Gleeson will play an older version of one of the handful of survivors of the whaleship Essex. He’ll also appear with rising young actor Sam Keeley.

Oscar-winner Howard’s film will chart the harrowing events that inspired Herman Melville’s iconic obsession novel ‘Moby Dick’, which, during 1819, the ship was sunk by the shear power of a massive sperm whale in the South Pacific. Those who survived drifted for 3 months in tiny lifeboats and endured disease, starvation before eventually succumbing to cannibalism. In The Heart Of The Sea is led by Howard’s Rush lead Chris Hemsworth and will also feature Benjamin Walker,
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Gleeson & Thewlis Head For ‘Eliza Graves’

Two more top actors have joined the cast of underrated director Brad Anderson’s modernised take on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, ‘The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether’, going by the title of Eliza Graves.

The superb Brendan Gleeson (so brilliant in the likes of Lake Placid, The General and In Bruges) and his Harry Potter co-star David Thewlis, have both signed on for of the upcoming suspense thriller which also boasts Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.

The film, from a screenplay by Joseph Gangemi, will see Sturgess’ Harvard Medical School graduate take a job at an insane asylum, terrifyingly unaware of the fact that it has been taken over by its occupants. Anderson’s previous foray in the ‘haunted insane asylum’ genre, Session 9, is a now looked on as a genuine cult classic. His latest effort, serial-killer thriller The Call, starring Halle Berry,
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Empire's John Boorman Podcast Special

Empire's John Boorman Podcast Special
John Boorman is the legendary British film director behind Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope And Glory, The General, The Tailor Of Panama and many more.As he has been recently awarded a BFI fellowship - which is currently showing a selection of his films in a special John Boorman season - we asked him into the podcast studio for an in-depth interview, and here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fascinating result.P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed.
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Caleb Landry Jones Eying Lead In Boorman’s Sequel ‘Queen & Country’

Legendary director John Boorman is currently preparing a sequel to his memorable semi-autobiographical film Hope & Glory from 1987, entitled Queen & Country. It also appears he’s looking at X-men: First Class and Contraband’s rising young star Caleb Landry Jones for the role of Bill Rowan (previously played by Sebastian Rice-Edwards). The original film told of the young boy’s harrowing-yet-heartfelt childhood growing-up in London during the blitz of World War II. The sequel will pick up the story with Bill in his late teens.

It has been 6 years since Boorman’s last effort, the dark drama The Tiger’S Tale but with an iconic cinematic legacy that includes classics Point Blank (1967), Deliverance (1972), The Emerald Forest (1985) and The General (1998), it will be great to see him back behind the camera.

Source: Variety
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It’s ‘The Grand Seduction’ For Kitsch & Gleeson

The French-Canadian film Seducing Doctor Lewis had nabbed leads for the forthcoming English-language remake, which has been retitled The Grand Seduction. The story will follow a diminishing fishing village’s attempts to persuade a visiting young doctor to stay there permanently, giving a much-needed boost for the formerly thriving town, with their world-renowned business and tourism.

Although a disastrous year as lead in Disney’s flop John Carter and Peter Berg’s dire Battleship, Taylor Kitsch looks to be taking steps to rectify things. He’ll play the young doc, alongside one of my all-time favourite actors Brenadan Gleeson. Kitsch has recently joined the cast of war-drama Lone Survivor and will soon be seen in the UK in Oliver Stone’s Savages. Gleeson meanwhile is an actor always in demand after his incredible performance in John Boorman’s 1998 biopic The General, caught the eye of Hollywood. He’ll next be
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The Boorman family's 40 years on the red carpet

What's it like to go Cannes as a family? Director Katrine Boorman explains the highs and lows of being there with her father John

I first went to Cannes in 1970 when my dad, John Boorman, had a film playing in competition. It was Leo the Last, about a deposed Italian prince living in London, and I remember holding hands with my sister and its star Marcello Mastroianni as we ran along the beach being chased by paparazzi. Dad won best director. I was so excited.

Eleven years later, he was back with Excalibur 11 years later, based on the King Arthur legend. I spent so long waving to the crowd and having my photo taken, I didn't notice everyone else had gone into the cinema. Dad grabbed my arm, only for the door to be closed in our faces. He turned to me with a look of fury. Eventually, we were spotted by an official,
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Highly Anticipated Documentary West Of Memphis

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they have acquired worldwide rights to Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Amy Berg.s (Deliver Us From Evil) high profile documentary West Of Memphis. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premiere Section to great critical acclaim. West Of Memphis is produced by the Academy Award-winning team of Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson, and first time producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis.

West Of Memphis is a powerful documentary that chronicles the new investigation surrounding the .West Memphis Three,. which ultimately broke the case open and led to the freedom of three innocent men: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. Beginning with a searing examination of the fatally flawed police investigation into the 1993 murders of three, eight year old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, the film goes on to reveal personal insight into Echols. fight
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Graham Cantwell's 'Anton' gets UK DVD release as 'Trapped'

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The Ifta nominated feature film 'Anton' has been released for rental under its international title 'Trapped' in the UK and Ireland. Released through High Fliers Films, the film will be available to buy in January 2012. The 2008 thriller, directed by Graham Cantwell (The Callback Queen), stars Gerard McSorley (Veronica Guerin), Anthony Fox (The General) and Laura Way (The Silence) and is produced by Patrick Clarke (Beyond the Pale) and Anthony Fox.
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The Guard – review

Marlene Dietrich said of Orson Welles's Hank Quinlan in Touch of Evil that he was "a great detective but a lousy cop", a judgment that could equally be applied to Brendan Gleeson's corrupt but deeply lovable Connemara policeman, Sergeant Gerry Boyle, in John Michael McDonagh's The Guard. This lively comedy-thriller is the latest example of that very knowing genre, the Irish crime movie, whose greatest peaks to date also star Gleeson: John Boorman's The General, and In Bruges, written and directed by McDonagh's brother, Martin.

It's an amalgam of In the Heat of the Night, The Quiet Man and Pulp Fiction telling the not wholly plausible tale of a combined anti-narcotics operation between the FBI and the Garda on the west coast of Ireland that brings together sly, slobbish, boozy, faux-racist Gerry Boyle and efficient, uptight federal agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), an African American Ivy League graduate and Rhodes scholar.
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Review #2: The Guard

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, David Wilmot

Certification: 15

Running Time: 96mins

Synopsis: Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.

Brendan Gleeson, the Deatheater hunter ‘Mad Eye’ Moody in Harry Potter and reliable gangster/killer in In Bruges which funnily enough written and directed by The Guard’s brother Martin McDonagh, stars as the seeminly over the hill, disillusioned garda (Irish police force). This is beautifully illstruted in the opening of the film where Gleeson sits back to watch a fatal car crash and then pilfer the pockets of the dead youths to get rid of then sample the tabs of acid they were carrying,
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