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Reports that Van Morrison had become a father again at 64 resulted from a hoax apparently because the singer's website was hacked, according to Agence France-Press.
Morrison said in a statement Thursday that the post stating that he fathered a child, George Ivan Morrison III, with wife-manager Gigi Lee was "utterly without foundation." He doesn't even know a Gigi Lee.
"Claims were made relating to my personal life in a 'statement' purporting to come from me," the statement read. "Once these claims were brought to our attention, they were taken down from the site. The comments ... did not come from me."
The statement was issued on Morrison's behalf by the Dublin branch of the U.S.-based public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard Inc. Morrison's Hollywood-based representative, Phil Lobel, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that the original announcement was based on the hacked website posting and "all those with Van Morrison »
- Adam Bryant
We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.
Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:
2009 – 11
2008 – 11
2007 – 7
2006 – 14
2005 – 12
2004 – 8
2003 – 7
2002 – 12
2001 – 10
2000 – 8
93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus
90. Tasogare Seibei »
- Movie Geeks
Monday, December 21st sees the broadcast of 'Belonging to Laura' a modern Irish interpretation of Oscar Wilde's play 'Lady Windemere's Fan'. The made for television feature is a TV3 commissioned Irish drama. Iftn caught up with the film's director Karl Golden. In this modern take on the classic play, Laura Wilde is about to be married to the handsome Tiernan Fitzpatrick. But on the eve of the main event, she learns that her perfect fiancé may have slept with another woman on his stag night. And when this woman turns up at the wedding rehearsal, Laura's world starts to fall apart. 'Belonging to Laura' is the screenwriting debut for writers Iseult Golden and David Horan who are already established theatre writers. It is directed by Karl Golden (The Honeymooners, Beached) and produced by Martina Niland (Once) and David Collins (Cairo Time). The 75 minute TV film »
A staggering 63 songs have been submitted to the Academy for consideration in the Best Original Song category with a list of artists that span an incredible spectrum. The convoluted, complicated selection process means this number will ultimately be whittled down, however, to anywhere between zero and five nominees. The full rules on the nomination process can be found here.
As usual the list comprises an eclectic mix this year ranging from “Cinema Italiano” from Nine through to songs from the Hannah Montana film and the misfiring “Dove of Peace” from Bruno. Scanning the entrants brings up quite a few pleasant surprises though including, but not limited to, Through The Trees the wonderfully satiric song from Jennifer’s Body and the Jarvis Cocker performed “Petey’s Song” from The Fantastic Mr. Fox (a song which Michael Gambon refers to as “bad songwriting” in the film’s script). The most satisfying nominees »
- Kieron Casey
Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) joined The Swell Season, Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová (you know, the musical artists from the indie musical Once) on stage at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 18th, 2009. Segel joked that the movie Once beat out the Dracula Love song from Forgetting Sarah Marshall at the Academy Awards due to Hollywood "politics." Segel performed a song which involved asking college girls in the audience, interested in having sex with him, to call a phone number - 315-329-6673. And yes, it is a real number. Women who call the number are given an email address to contact him (email@example.com). Apparently Segel performed the same song, with few lyrics changed, at a Maroon 5 concert earlier this month. Watch a video of the performance after the jump. Here are the lyrics from the New York performance »
- Peter Sciretta
If my favorite part of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is Paul Rudd's advice to a forlorn Jason Segel, my second favorite is the "Dracula's Lament" musical that Segel performs at the end. Many thought it might be nominated for an Oscar. It wasn't. And the Oscar eventually went to Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard for Once's "Falling Slowly." While you might chalk that up to "Falling Slowly" being a beautiful song from an equally beautiful film, Segel thinks it's all »
- Mike Sampson
Cinemavault has bolstered its American Film Market (Afm) slate with the Irish thrillers 'Savage', from director Brendan Muldowney (Final Journey), and 'The Disturbed' from Conor McMahon (Dead Meat). Conor Barry of Sp Films, the production company behind 'Savage', tells Iftn: "It is a tremendous opportunity to have a company with Cinemavault's proven ability involved with 'Savage' - a film we are so proud of." Starring Darren Healy (Once) and Nora-Jane Noone (The Descent), 'Savage' tells the story of a news photographer who, following a vicious assault, drifts into derangement as he changes from a victim to a revenge obsessed aggressor. Funded by the Irish Film Board, the film had its world premiere at the Galway Film Festival and was an official selection at the Darklight Film Festival. »
While the Writer's Guild strike in the later part of 2007 stalled a plethora of productions, many of them were able to get back on their feet once the strike had subsided. However, there are still some that fell through the cracks and have yet to pick-up the momentum they had before the strike. This is no longer the case for one such project as Variety reports that Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Amy Adams (Julie & Julia) have joined Town House, a dramatic comedy (because I hate the word dramedy) from producers Ridley and Tony Scott and Once director John Carney who wrote the script with Doug Wright. The story is loosely based on Tish Cohen's debut novel about an agoraphobic man (Galifianakis), who passes the time with his son in a historic Boston townhouse passed down to him from his deceased rock star father. When his inheritance begins to run out, »
- Ethan Anderton
Normally a drama about a sheltered man who strikes up a friendship with a call girl wouldn't be a movie that would register high on my radar. But Town House is a movie that's got me all kinds of excited for the talent it has attracted. Zach Galifianakis and Amy Adams have signed on to star in the pic, which will be directed by John Carney (Once) and produced by Ridley Scott. If you visit the site at all, you know my feelings about Amy Adams. Equal parts adorable and talented. »
- Mike Sampson
Zach Galifianakis and Amy Adams have signed on to star in the long-gestating comedy drama, Town House.Galifianakis, stretching his wings a little after booking a series of comedic roles in the wake of his breakout performance in The Hangover, will play an agoraphobic man who lives, with his teenage son, in a large house bought and paid for by his late rock star dad. When the royalty cheques stop arriving, the man has to reassess his life and attitude, with the help of a friendly prostitute, in the shape of Adams.About A Boy meets Pretty Woman, anyone? Now here’s material that could go either way, with enormous potential for tipping over into the irredeemably mawkish. But we have faith that Galifianakis, who doesn’t seem to have a sentimental bone in his body, can turn this the other way, into a sharp and affecting comedy drama.No »
Now this seems like a winning combination. Zach Galifianakis has been riding a rocket of success following his scene-stealing performance in The Hangover, and Amy Adams is simply always fun to see on screen. The two are currently in talks for the next film by John Carney, director of Once, which was among my favorite films of its year. The project is a dramedy entitled Town House which has been brewing since before the writer's strike in 2007. According to Variety, the film is based on the Tish Cohen novel of the same name. The plot revolves around an agoraphobic man who lives in an inherited town house with his teenage son. He's forced to reassess his life after royalties from his rock star father start to dry up, and ends up befriending a call girl. The film was adapted by Carney and Quills writer Doug Wright. We haven't heard much »
- Devindra Hardawar
What does Zach Galifianakis have in common with British actor Michael Sheen? Well, as Sheen is the de facto guy in Hollywood to play former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Galifianakis is quickly becoming a stock commodity of his own -- he's Hollywood's resident crazy person. According to Variety, Galifianakis is once again signing on to play an 'offbeat' character (that's putting it lightly) in the long-gestating dramedy Town House. The pic is being produced by Ridley and Tony Scott through their Fox-based Scott Free production banner. Galifianakis will play an agoraphobic man, who lives with his teenage son in a historic Boston townhouse that he inherited from his rock star father. With royalties from his father's work dwindling, the man is forced to come to terms with his life, and along the way he strikes up a friendship with a call girl. Amy Adams (Night at the Museum 2) has also signed on to the project. And »
- Neil Miller
I do love it when two of my favorite Hollywood actors decide to work together. Both Zach Galifianakis and Amy Adams are very funny and sexy (more Galifianakis than Adams on both counts) but I would’ve never thought to pair them in a movie. But it looks like they’ll be moving into “Once” director John Carney’s “Town House”. Hit the jump for details about how this amazing pairing are signing on to what sounds like an awful movie.
Here is how Variety describes the story which is loosely based on Tish Cohen’s debut novel of the same name:
[Town House] centers on an agoraphobic man, who lives with his teenage son in a historic Boston townhouse that he inherited from his rock star father. With royalties from his father’s work dwindling, the man is forced to come to terms with his life. A call girl strikes up a friendship with the man. »
- Matt Goldberg
According to Variety, Ridley and Tony Scott will produce through their Fox-based Scott Free banner.
The story is loosely based on Tish Cohen's debut novel of the same name, which centers on an agoraphobic man, who lives with his teenage son in a historic Boston townhouse that he inherited from his rock star father. With royalties from his father's work dwindling, the man is forced to come to terms with his life. A call girl strikes up a friendship with the man. Doug Wright and Carney adapted the screenplay.
Fox 2000 will start production sometime next summer.
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s first album as The Swell Season contained songs the Irish rocker and Czech chanteuse worked up for the 2006 movie Beauty In Trouble, and some of those songs were re-used for the indie-film hit Once, at which point Hansard and Irglová began to tour together, win awards, and rack up sales. So it’s fair to say that The Swell Season’s second proper album, Strict Joy, represents the first time the duo has entered a studio knowing that there’d be a sizable, receptive audience for whatever they came up with. Which »
Principal Photography of new feature film 'As If I'm Not There' is set to commence on 5 October. The film, adapted and to be directed by Juanita Wilson is her feature film debut. An Irish/Macedonian/Swedish co-production involving Octagon Films (Ireland), Sektor Films (Macedonia) and Stella Nova Films (Sweden) and based on the acclaimed novel by Slavenka Drakulic, the film will be produced by James Flynn (Octagon Films) and Nathalie Lichtenthaeler (Wide Eye Films) and co-produced by Vladimir Anastasov (Sektor Films) and Lena Rehnburg (Stella Nova Films). Shooting in Macedonia will commence on Monday, the 5th October with Tim Fleming (Once) as the director of photography. The film will star Fedja Stukan and Natasa Petrovic and is set in Bosnia during the 1990's Balkan Conflict. The line producer of the film is Karen Richards, whose production manager credits include 'The Tudors' and 'Fifty Dead Men Walking', »
By Steve Pond
Inspired by an intimate, wonderful performance last night by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the two stars of “Once” who also record under the name the Swell Season, I feel inclined to share a video of the song whose Academy Awards win has to rank as my favorite of the past several years.
"Falling Slowly," from "Once" (Fox Searchlight)
Hansard and Irglova performed on Sunday night in a dramatic little hall on the grounds of the Hollywood Forever cemetery behind Paramount Studios; they playe »
- Steve Pond
Best Canadian Feature Film honours at the Toronto Film Festival went to Ruba Nadda's 'Cairo Time'. Produced by David Collins of Samson Films and Daniel Iron of Foundry Films, the feature, set in Egypt, stars Patricia Clarkson (Married Life), Tom McCamus (Killshot) and Alexander Siddig (Syriana) and examines a brief, unexpected love affair. Irish creative talent involved in the production of 'Cairo Time' included composer Niall Byrne (The Honeymooners) and production designer Tamara Conboy (Once). The winners were announced on Saturday the 19th of September. »
Variety reports that Jann Wenner and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will be executive produce a four-hour HBO special set around next month's Madison Square Garden concerts that celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The special will be directed by Joel Gallen. It will air November 29. Headlining this concert (which takes place October 29 and October 30) are: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; U2; Eric Clapton; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends; Aretha Franklin; Metallica; Paul Simon playing solo and with Art Garfunkel; plus Stevie Wonder. There will also be special guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Dion, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Sting, Van Morrison and James Taylor. Other surprise guests will be added.
The broadcast will feature the highlights from two concerts.
"Once you've »
The Irish Film & Television Academy (Ifta) has announced details for their inaugural Ifta Music Forum, focusing on Music for the Moving Image, which will take place in Dublin on 4 September 2009. Guests include Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement); Maggie Rodford, MD of the Air Edel Group, one of the world's leading music publishing and production companies; music supervisor/score co-ordinator and director of Hot House Music Becky Bentham, whose credits include 'Mamma Mia!', 'Hotel Rwanda', 'Blood Diamond' and Neil Jordan's latest 'Ondine'; and acclaimed Irish director Kirsten Sheridan, whose feature August Rush received a Grammy and Oscar nomination for its original soundtrack; along with representatives of Oscar winning, ultra low budget feature film 'Once', David Collins (tbc). Other participants and guests include a range of Irish composers from the Music chapter of the Academy and invited experts such as: Ifta »
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