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TV And The Novel: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows

13 December 2011 8:40 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Michael Chabon's "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" could be coming to a screen near you.

According to Collider, director Stephen Daldry wants to turn the novel into a miniseries for HBO.

"I would love to do something for TV," he said. "I wanna do Kavalier & Clay on HBO as an eight-parter. It'll be so much better as a series, honestly."

There's just one catch -- Daldry doesn't have the rights to the book. Paramount does -- though Daldry himself was signed on at one point to direct a film version, the project has continued to languish.

"I spent a year working on it with Michael Chabon, so we're pretty close," Daldry told Collider. "And the rights, good question. Will Paramount give them to me? I don't know. It'll be a really good one. It'd go great with 'Boardwalk Empire.'"

HBO is already working with Chabon and »

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Knuckle

9 December 2011 3:26 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

“Brothers and cousins fighting brothers and cousins”—this simple statement summarizes generations of hatred and a spellbinding feature documentary that is Knuckle. Filmmaker Ian Palmer was working as a wedding videographer when he was thrown right in the middle of Irish Traveller culture and, within it, the perpetuation of clannish hate expressed most often through violent bare-knuckled fighting among the men. Asked if he would film a fight between rival families, Palmer was sucked still further into the mysterious lives of these Travellers who believe so dearly in the honor of solving problems with their fists. »

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Why Irish Fighting Doc 'Knuckle' Gained Interest From Hollywood and HBO

9 December 2011 9:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Knuckle," documentarian Ian Palmer's portrait of Irish families constantly engaging in bare-knuckle fights, generated immediate industry buzz when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. HBO wanted to adapt its fierce, absurdly proud subjects for a series and Hollywood stars asked about playing them. However, none of this attention necessarily validated "Knuckle" as a movie; it demonstrated that Palmer had chosen ideal characters for pop-culture appropriation. Watching "Knuckle," it's impossible not to realize how their brutality could go mainstream. Palmer spent 10 years following a pair of warring Irish traveler families, the Quinn-McDonaughs and their distant cousins, the Joyces. Both sides are locked into a feud dating back to 1992, when a drunken brawl in London resulted in the death of a Joyce and the incarceration of a Quinn. However, that incidentonly served to resurrect lingering animosities from half a century »

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Director Ian Palmer and Star James Quinn McDonagh Knuckle Interview

9 December 2011 9:20 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sometimes men fight just to fight. Tempers flare and punches are thrown, and a lot of time the biggest damage is done to egos more than anything else. Filmmaker Ian Palmer found a situation in Ireland where much more damage is done to the bodies and the faces of the fighters that live in a constant sort of conflict with neighboring families. Called Travellers, Gypsies, or any number of things, these nomadic people have long-standing feuds that are settled with individual fights between two representatives of a family in a somewhat civilized stand-up fist fight. Over the course of more than a decade Palmer followed the Quinn McDonaghs and their champion, James, and compiled a documentary simply titled Knuckle, which opens in limited release this weekend and on VOD. Earlier this year I had the chance to sit down with James Quinn McDonagh and Ian, and after the jump you »

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Review: Understated & Powerful Documentary 'Knuckle' Is A Knockout

9 December 2011 7:57 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Given the recent explosion of mixed martial arts in the last several years, it seems like a no-brainer that someone would make a documentary about real-life pugilists who don’t just fight but have a real, deep-rooted beef with one another. But Ian Palmer’s documentary “Knuckle” isn’t a celebration of competition, or even the chronicle of a journey some ambitious hopeful makes en route to victory, or even defeat; rather, it takes a long and in many ways tragic look at two warring Irish clans who have engaged in a rivalry for so long that they keep it going without ever knowing why, and certainly without considering stopping it. A chronicle of two intertwined family histories whose ongoing conflict is as raw and unrefined as the fists of the men who fight, “Knuckle” is an understated but powerful look at a world people know little about, in a »

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Exclusive: Ian Palmer and James Quinn McDonagh Talk Knuckle

8 December 2011 3:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A generations old Irish blood feud is settled by bare-knuckle boxing in this new documentary, in select theaters December 9th

James Quinn McDonagh and Paddy "The Lurcher" Joyce. Names that demand attention. Men related by blood but separated by a feud that dates back generations. As the heads of rival families, they train to represent their feuding Irish traveling clans, in their long-standing history of violent bare-knuckle boxing.

With Knuckle, filmmaker Ian Palmer presents a hard-edged portrait of Irish Traveller male culture and explores the bond of loyalty, the need for revenge, and the pressures to fight for the honor of your family name.

Irish Travellers are normally silent about certain parts of their lifestyle and this is a rare chance to step inside one of the world's most vibrant and elusive communities. Never before has such a portrayal of their fighting traditions been committed to film, as Ian Palmer »

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'Knuckle' Director Ian Palmer Talks Bringing The Documentary To TV, Reveals Vin Diesel Was Interested In Movie Rights

8 December 2011 11:58 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Aside from maybe Errol Morris' "Tabloid," there is no story you'll see in a docmentary this year as astonishingly odd and visceral as that in Ian Palmer's "Knuckle." But unlike Morris' film, which centers on a single incident in the already quirky life of one woman, Palmer's film tracks the simmering real life feuds between multiple families that has deloved in an endless series of bare knuckle fights between warring members. In "Knuckle," Palmer weaves an incredible tale, captured from more than a decade's worth of footage he shot as an invited witness to the matches, centered around the Quinn-McDonaugh family of Irish travellers and their battles with the Joyce and Nevins clans. The film is raw, brutal stuff with men of all ages -- from lads barely out of their teenage years to grandfathers -- meeting every few months to settle a variety of scores in bloody »

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The real Fighting Irish in documentary ‘Knuckle’ - Video (IrishCentral)

8 December 2011 2:52 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Forget all those criminal Cockney cliches populating Guy Ritchie movies. If you want to see what a real life tough as nails subculture looks like take yourself along to the movies and see Knuckle, which opens in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas on Friday. A you-are-there portrait of a hardy Irish traveling community in Britain and Ireland, it’s a true to life picture of feuding Irish traveling clans and their long-standing history of violent bare-knuckle boxing. First we meet James Quinn McDonagh and Paddy “The Lurcher” Joyce, two men who are related by blood but separated by a family feud that dates back generations and whose origins are mostly long forgotten. As the heads of rival families, they represent what they call their “breeds” through the brutal -- and illegal -- street fights they spend most of their adult lives training for. ------------------------ Read More: Ireland may »

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Film: Movie Review: Knuckle

7 December 2011 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Knuckle is a documentary about feuding families of Irish Travelers who settle their grudges with bare-knuckle boxing matches, so it’s bound to be inherently fascinating, regardless of how well it’s assembled. First-time filmmaker Ian Palmer has been following his subjects, the Quinn McDonagh clan, for more than a decade, and the film exhibits both the benefit of that long investment, and the problem that likely kept Palmer at it for so long—there’s no escalation, no conclusion, just a series of brutal bouts in the name of grudges that will never be settled. It’s an involving »

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Dialogue: 'Knuckle' Creators Discuss the Difficulties of Filming Real-Life Families Beating the Crap Out of Each Other

7 December 2011 4:20 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

In a landscape of movies where actors pretend to beat one another to a bloody pulp, it’s rare – whether or not you see it as a privilege – to watch people on screen actually trade blows. But in Ian Palmer’s Knuckle, audiences watch unflinching depictions of bare-knuckle fights, held in unglamorous locations and shot with unglossy brutality. At the same time, Palmer didn’t merely infiltrate a world of Irish bare-knuckle boxing and milk it of its visceral intensity, but chronicled its emotional underpinnings, as he follows the historic rivalry between two warring clans who can’t seem to resolve differences that began so long ago that the people almost literally have to invent new reasons to keep it going. Movies sat down with director Ian Palmer...

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'Knuckle' Creators Discuss the Difficulties of Filming Real-Life Families Beating the Crap Out of Each Other

7 December 2011 3:06 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

In a landscape of movies where actors pretend to beat one another to a bloody pulp, it’s rare – whether or not you see it as a privilege – to watch people on screen actually trade blows. But in Ian Palmer’s Knuckle, audiences watch unflinching depictions of bare-knuckle fights, held in unglamorous locations and shot with unglossy brutality. At the same time, Palmer didn’t merely infiltrate a world of Irish bare-knuckle boxing and milk it of its visceral intensity, but chronicled its emotional underpinnings, as he follows the historic rivalry between two warring clans who can’t seem to resolve differences that began so long ago that the people almost literally have to invent new reasons to keep it going. Movies.com sat down with director Ian Palmer and...

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Ian Palmer and James Quinn McDonagh won't "Knuckle" under

6 December 2011 3:12 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

I've heard of fights at weddings, but this is ridiculous.

Filmmaker Ian Palmer was hired to shoot a wedding between members of what are called Irish Traveller clans, nomadic families notorious for their longstanding feuds with other Traveller clans. Palmer shot the wedding and was quickly invited to film a bare knuckle boxing match between two Travellers. Instantly, he was hooked on the endless drama and the explosive fights, and he spent the next decade recording the ups and downs of the Quinn McDonaghs, particularly their biggest and best fighter, James.

At Fantastic Fest 2011, I got the chance to talk with Palmer and Quinn McDonagh about their film and the fascinating world it explores. We touched on the logistics of spending more than ten years shooting a movie, and how the finished doc has affected the easily disturbed relationships between the clans. And thankfully, no one punched me in the face. »

- Matt Singer

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Knuckle Movie Review

3 December 2011 3:16 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Knuckle Director: Ian Palmer Starring: James Quinn-McDonagh, Michael Quinn-McDonagh and Ian Palmer The violent world of bare-knuckle boxing has long been a secret one, as the community who largely embarks in the sport, the nomadic Travellers, remain silent about certain aspects of their lifestyle. But two rival Irish Traveller families, the Quinn-McDonaghs and the Joyces, allow filmmaker Ian Palmer into their elusive world, to show their long-standing hatred of each other. The first-time director surprisingly shows the families’ pressure to fight for the honor of their name and the need for revenge. ‘Knuckle’ chronicles the fight between the Quinn-McDonagh and Joyce families, who are distant relatives but are separated »

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The Story With The Best Documentary Short List Is, Once Again, The Snubs

19 November 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Every single year come awards season, it's always upsetting to see the blatant misfires on the Academy's short list of films eligible for the Best Documentary Oscar. Just last year [1], the big story wasn't so much that Exit Through the Gift Shop or Restrepo were up for the award, it was that films like Catfish, Best Worst Movie and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work were snubbed. This year it's more of the same. Much more. Fifteen films have been chosen that will be narrowed down to five to tangle for the Oscar itself and on that list are several exceptional documentaries: Bill Cunningham New York, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory and Project Nim (above) just to name a few. Not on the list, however are Constance Mark's Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, Steve James’s The Interrupters, Werner Herzog‘s Into the Abyss, Errol Morris' Tabloid, Ian Palmer's Knuckle, »

- Germain Lussier

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Grandpa fight! Check out an exclusive clip from the documentary "Knuckle"

8 November 2011 8:51 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Boxing gloves are for wimps.

The upcoming documentary "Knuckle" chronicles a decade in the neverending feud between Irish Traveller clans. For reasons neither can quite remember, the Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces have been at each other's throats for generations. Their arguments simmer through elaborate taunting videos they record and send to one another (and, nowadays, post on YouTube) and then explode at frequent underground bare knuckle boxing matches.

It was a fluke that director Ian Palmer discovered this world, and it was even more unlikely that he, an outsider among the Travellers, would be invited to document year after year in the war between the Quinn McDonaghs and Joyces. But that's exactly what happened, and the gripping "Knuckle" is the result.

In this exclusive clip from the film, which opens on December 9, you get a taste of what an underground bare knuckle boxing match looks like: it's a bloody, »

- Matt Singer

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Sitges 2011: Winners Announced; Red State and Attack the Block Score Multiple Awards

15 October 2011 10:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The 2011 Sitges Film Festival has concluded its competition portion and announced awards in more categories than we've seen at any other fest. The biggest winners are Kevin Smith's Red State and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block, but several other films we've been closely watching here on Dread scored victories as well, including Kill List, Livid, The Divide, The Woman, Bellflower, Hell, and Detention.

Here's the full breakdown from the fest, held 6-16 October on the Catalan coast of Spain. Congratulations to all the winners!

Oficial FANTÀSTIC In-competition – Sitges 44

J. A. Bayona, Quim Casas, Lisa Marie, Ryoo Seung-Wan, Richard Stanley (judges)

Best Short Film (tie)

Dirty Silverwear by Steve Daniels

The Unliving by Hugo Lilja

Best Production Design

Marc Thiébault for Livide (Alexandre Bustillo & Julian Maury)

Best Makeup FX

Steven Kostanski for The Divide (Xavier Gens)

Best Special Effects

Lluís Castells and Javier García for Eva (Kike Maíllo)

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- The Woman In Black

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The Irish Clean Up At Irish Film New York

4 October 2011 12:20 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Another good day (night even) for Irish film. This time round, it was at Irish Film New York, where Knuckle (about bare knuckle boxing amongst the traveller community and is well worth a watch) by Ian Palmer picked up the Moet Best Film. The Moet Most Promising Film Maker went to Ian Power who is behind one of the feel good movies of the year, The Runway. And last, but not least, Paul Rowley picked up the Moet Rising Star award for Pyjama Girls. Congrats to all!

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- vicbarry@gmail.com (Vic Barry)

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Irish Film New York '11: Critic's Notebook

1 October 2011 12:29 PM, PDT | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Nick Schager

The docs have it at Irish Film New York, a new screening series founded and directed by Niall McKay, former steward of the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and co-founder of the L.A. Irish Film Festival. Taking place this weekend (September 30th though October 2nd) at Nyu's Cantor Film Center, Ifny aims to be a premiere showcase for movies and moviemakers hailing from the Emerald Isle, offering a selection of six varied features that speak, directly and indirectly, to the past and modern Irish condition. And for its inaugural outing, Ifny stands tall courtesy of its non-fiction works, which unlike its somewhat more clichéd and formulaic fictional submissions, capture a stinging sense of Irish history, character and culture with an effortlessness that’s matched by an insightfulness into its all-too-human subjects.

Ifny commences with a bang, as its opening night film Knuckle is its indisputable standout. »

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Irish Film New York '11: Critic's Notebook

30 September 2011 4:29 PM, PDT | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Nick Schager

The docs have it at Irish Film New York, a new screening series founded and directed by Niall McKay, former steward of the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and co-founder of the L.A. Irish Film Festival. Taking place this weekend (September 30th though October 2nd) at Nyu's Cantor Film Center, Ifny aims to be a premiere showcase for movies and moviemakers hailing from the Emerald Isle, offering a selection of six varied features that speak, directly and indirectly, to the past and modern Irish condition. And for its inaugural outing, Ifny stands tall courtesy of its non-fiction works, which unlike its somewhat more clichéd and formulaic fictional submissions, capture a stinging sense of Irish history, character and culture with an effortlessness that’s matched by an insightfulness into its all-too-human subjects.

Ifny commences with a bang, as its opening night film Knuckle is its indisputable standout. »

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Fantastic Fest 2011: A joint interview with the director and star of "Knuckle"

28 September 2011 11:14 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Fantastic Fest is not a big festival for documentaries. This year, there's just two in the lineup: Morgan Spurlock's "Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope" and "Knuckle," the true story of a family of Irish bare knuckle boxers, the so-called Traveller clan known as the Quinn McDonaghs. You may think of documentaries as stately, educational things with somber voiceovers and slow-motion zooms of photographs of men with handlebar mustaches who died in the Civil War. "Knuckle," with its perpetually smoldering blood feuds and brutal bare knuckle combat, is another breed of doc entirely, one that feels right at home amidst the rest of the funky, frenzied films at Fantastic Fest.

Its director is Ian Palmer, who stumbled into this world by accident, when he was hired to film a Traveller family wedding. There he met James Quinn McDonagh, his clan's biggest and best bare knuckle fighter. For reasons largely lost to history, »

- Matt Singer

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