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The thing about evil by Anne-Katrin Titze

Roberto Andò on Connie Nielsen's character Claire: "I based her on someone like J.K. Rowling but also on others who have become hugely wealthy through their writing" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At his hotel on Central Park South, director Roberto Andò discussed with me the connections to Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess and Torn Curtain in his latest film, which character was inspired by Jk Rowling, the majestic location where he filmed, and how "evil serves no purpose."

The Confessions (Le Confessioni), co-written by Angelo Pasquini, shot by Maurizio Calvesi, and starring Toni Servillo (Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty and Andò's Viva La Libertà) has an exceptional ensemble cast including Connie Nielsen (Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman), Marie-Josée Croze (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary), Daniel Auteuil (Michael Haneke's Caché), Moritz Bleibtreu (Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run), Lambert Wilson (Jérôme Salle's L'Odyssée), Pierfrancesco Favino (Roger Michell
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CAA Signs ‘Calvary’ Filmmaker John Michael McDonagh

CAA Signs ‘Calvary’ Filmmaker John Michael McDonagh
Exclusive: Writer-director John Michael McDonagh and his House of Un-American Activities, which he runs with producing partner Elizabeth Eves, has signed with CAA. He is perhaps best known for his 2014 film Calvary, which garnered McDonagh the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and four more British Independent Film Awards nominations with a win for Brendan Gleeson as Best Actor. It was released in North America by Fox Searchlight. His most recent film, War…
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Mr. Mercedes Review – King Adaptation Is Brilliant But Drags

Mr. Mercedes is a weird story, and it makes for an even weirder TV adaptation, but working against convention has helped Stephen King get where he is, and TV could probably use a lot more of the idea.

The show opens with a mass killing as a man drives a stolen Mercedes through a crowd waiting to get into a job fair. Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is one of the detectives on the case and getting justice for the 16 people who were killed becomes a mission that consumes him. We jump two years into the future and Hodges has retired, but Mr. Mercedes (Harry Treadaway) isn’t done with him yet. Sending him taunting messages, Mr. Mercedes is after tormenting Hodges as much as possible, and Hodges is now even more desperate to capture him.

What’s unique about the show is that we get such an in-depth look at our killer,
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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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‘Get Shorty’: Why Chris O’Dowd Is Uncomfortable With Violence, But Fine With Mocking Hollywood

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‘Get Shorty’: Why Chris O’Dowd Is Uncomfortable With Violence, But Fine With Mocking Hollywood
Get Shorty” might be about Hollywood, but is it a satire? Star Chris O’Dowd thinks so.

“Poking fun at truth is satire,” he said. “Us trying to extricate those things that we find ridiculous about Hollywood and putting them on film satirizes it. But we don’t have to fake it.”

The Epix original drama, the first three episodes of which can be watched online now, is “inspired by” the Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent Barry Sonnenfeld film. But, a la “Fargo,” the show has put its own spin on the material, creating the character of Miles (O’Dowd), a gangster who decides to pursue a new path in life after getting a taste of the Hollywood scene.

Read More‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

It’s an area that O’Dowd thinks has a lot of potential. “There
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On my radar: Brendan Gleeson’s cultural highlights

The star of Hampstead and Alone in Berlin on his Flann O’Brien obsession, the most thrilling piece of theatre he’s ever seen, and discovering Caravaggio

Born in Dublin in 1955, Brendan Gleeson worked as a secondary school teacher of Irish and English before turning to acting full-time in 1991. He is best known for his roles in Calvary, In Bruges and The Guard. He has also appeared in Braveheart, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Gangs of New York, and the Harry Potter films. His portrayal of Winston Churchill in the television film Into the Storm won him an Emmy award in 2009, and he has been nominated for three Golden Globes. Two of his four sons, Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, are also actors. Gleeson stars opposite Emma Thompson in Alone in Berlin, based on Hans Fallada’s second world war novel, and in Hampstead, both out now.

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Exclusive Interview: Brendan Gleeson on Hampstead and Mr. Mercedes

Freda Cooper chats with Brendan Gleeson about his new film Hampstead

A world weary priest (Calvary), Ben Affleck’s dad (Live By Night), an unorthodox cop (The Guard) …… just a smattering of Brendan Gleeson’s many and varied roles in recent years. But in his latest, Hampstead, he explores new territory. As a romantic lead.

Inspired by the true story of Harry Hallowes, a hermit who lived on Hampstead Heath for so many years that he was able to claim squatter’s rights, it pairs Gleeson with Diane Keaton in a rom-com with the silver market in mind.

The actor talked to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about working alongside Keaton and how Mr Mercedes, his new series for American TV, has changed his working schedule. And he gave the inside story on one of the loves of his life. Aston Villa Fc.

Hampstead is released in UK cinemas on Friday, 23 June. Read our review here.
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Exclusive: Brendan Gleeson on working with Diane Keaton in Hampstead

Author: Stefan Pape

Though hardly a regular in the romantic comedy genre, Brendan Gleeson could not have been left in better hands, collaborating with one of the true innovators of the genre, Diane Keaton – as the pair share the screen in Joel HopkinsHampstead.

We had the pleasure of speaking to the affable Irish star, on the glorious sense of unpredictability that comes with working with Keaton, and whether this experience has changed the way he now watches her movies. Gleeson also discusses his diverse range of projects, which has Paddington 2 coming up (we can’t wait for that) while we also asked for an update on the third and final endeavour in the aptly named ‘glorified suicide’ trilogy alongside John Michael McDonagh, following The Guard and Calvary.

Watch the full interview below…

Our good friends at Cameo – and in this instance, Phoebe Winter, spoke to Diane Keaton too
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New to Streaming: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘Three,’ ‘War on Everyone,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon)

The near-ubiquitous familiarity with the majority of Disney animations make the financial proposition of a live-action remake a no-brainer greenlight. In aiming to appeal to those experiencing these stories for the first time, the generation prior, and the generation that brought that generation to the theater, it can also be as creatively risk-averse as one might imagine. As these cultural touchstones get dusted
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Boyd Holbrook To Star In Bliss Media’s ‘Two/One’ With Director Juan Cabral – Cannes

Boyd Holbrook To Star In Bliss Media’s ‘Two/One’ With Director Juan Cabral – Cannes
Boyd Holbrook is set to star in Bliss Media's Two/One, from Argentine director Juan Cabral, which Protagonist Pictures is unveiling to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Bliss Media's Wei Han (Jackie), RedRum Films' Chris Clark (All the Money in the World, Legend) and Flora Fernandez Marengo (Calvary) will produce, along with Dave Valleau for South Creek Pictures. Bliss Media is fully financing and handling Chinese distribution rights while Protagonist Pictures…
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It’s Time to Get Naked With Your Co-Workers

This Week in Home Video‘Toni Erdmann’ Suggests It’s Time to Get Naked With Your Co-WorkersPlus 17 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Pick of the WeekToni Erdmann

What is it? A professional woman and her oddball father dance around their complicated relationship, both in and out of costumes.

Why buy it? Family dysfunction is a longtime staple in cinema, but no film this year captured it with such humor, warmth, and wisdom as Maren Ade’s third feature. Even at 162 minutes our time with Ines and her oddball father feels far too short as their journey of discovery becomes one we don’t want to see end. There’s an honesty here — yes, even with subtitles — about the way we see ourselves through our loved ones
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This Is Us Playlist: Your Favorite Songs From Season 1 of the NBC Drama

This Is Us Playlist: Your Favorite Songs From Season 1 of the NBC Drama
Standin’ at the station, don’t know what to say? Starin’ out the window as you’re rollin’ away? Don’t worry — we can always come back to TVLine Mixtape: This Is Us edition.

RelatedThis Is Us @ PaleyFest: The Cast on That Finale Fight and Jack’s Death

In a single season, NBC’s hit drama managed to deliver a wide range of heart-wrenching, gut-punching emotions. We laughed, we cried, we obsessively searched for fan theories. And the show’s music played an integral role in warming our hearts (and exhausting our Kleenex reserves).

If you’re ready to
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New to Streaming: ‘Arrival,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘The Love Witch,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)

Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds.
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'War on Everyone' Review: Buddy-Cop Comedy Gets High on Retro Bad-Boy Supply

'War on Everyone' Review: Buddy-Cop Comedy Gets High on Retro Bad-Boy Supply
Remember the Nineties? Specifically, that decade's subgenre of films that proliferated during the A.T. (After Tarantino) era, the ones featuring retro-hip musical deep cuts and gallows-humor dialogue dotting horrific gunfights? Usually the antiheroes were criminals; in the case of writer-director John Michael McDonagh's tart-tongued throwback, they're police officers. And from the moment that Terry (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob (Michael Peña) show up, chasing down a street performer – "Always wondered if you hit a mime, does he make a sound?" – you realize you've entered some sort of Lethal Weapon through the looking glass.
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Review Round-Up: ‘Let’s Be Evil’ & ‘War on Everyone’

Let’S Be Evil

Stars: Elizabeth Morris, Kara Tointon, Elliot James Langridge, Isabelle Allen, Jamie Bernadette, Brooke Johnston, Martin Owen, Helene Wilson, Paul Casar, Jonathan Willis, Billie Wilson, Aimee Wright | Written by Elizabeth Morris, Martin Owen, Jonathan Willis | Directed by Martin Owen

Desperately in need of money to care for a sick parent, Jenny (Morris) takes a job supervising children at a learning centre for gifted students. But when she and two other new employees are ushered into a maximum-security underground bunker where eerily robotic children are outfitted with augmented reality glasses, Jenny finds herself thrust into a disturbing technological experiment in which she is an unwitting player in a terrifying virtual game.

Techno-horror is a genre that, given my previous experiences with films of this nature, is really hard to get right. The reliance on the technology within, techno-babble et al. can, and often does, overwhelm the story the filmmakers are trying to tell.
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Review: War On Everyone, A Hilarious Affront to All That Is Decent

Within its first 10 minutes, War on Everyone smashes at least two dozen stereotypes familiar to anyone who has ever watched a cop movie made by a Hollywood studio, doing so in a rollicking and hilarious fashion. It's a barrage of silly sight gags and punchy one-liners that is simultaneously silly and smart, a series of over the top explosions that blow up, one after the other, to ever greater effect. When things finally slow down, it's only for a moment to allow the audience to catch its collective breath and ask, perhaps, where can this crazy thing possibly go from here? Writer and director John Michael McDonagh, who previously made the tight, intense drama Calvary, here returns to the rough, black comic territory of...

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Win a War On Everyone Blu-ray signed by writer-director John Michael McDonagh

To celebrate the release of War On Everyone – available now on Digital Download, DVD & Blu-ray – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray signed by writer-director John Michael McDonagh!

John Michael McDonagh, the award winning writer/director of The Guard and Calvary, heads stateside for this unapologetically offensive buddy movie comedy thriller, starring True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård and End of Watch’s Michael Peña, as a pair of crooked cops the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

Skarsgård and Peña really shine as the corrupt cops who get out of their depth, and share some wonderfully surreal, part-improvised moments, aided and abetted by a superb support casts that boasts Paul Reiser, Westworld sensation Tessa Thompson, and Caleb Landry Jones, a stand-out as strip club manager Birdwell.

Suffused with McDonagh’s trademark jet black humour, littered here with a generous helping of near-the-knuckle, take-no-prisoners gags, and featuring an off kilter,
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Giveaway – Win War on Everyone on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of War On Everyone – available now on Digital Download and DVD & Blu-ray 30th Jan – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment.

John Michael McDonagh, the award winning writer/director of The Guard and Calvary, heads stateside for this unapologetically offensive buddy movie comedy thriller, starring True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård and End of Watch’s Michael Peña, as a pair of crooked cops the likes of which you’ve never seen before.

Skarsgård and Peña really shine as the corrupt cops who get out of their depth, and share some wonderfully surreal, part-improvised moments, aided and abetted by a superb support casts that boasts Paul Reiser, Westworld sensation Tessa Thompson, and Caleb Landry Jones, a stand-out as strip club manager Birdwell.

Suffused with McDonagh’s trademark jet black humour, littered here with a generous helping of near-the-knuckle, take-no-prisoners gags, and featuring an off kilter,
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Mr. Mercedes: Stephen King series gets a trailer

John Saavedra Jul 14, 2017

Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes is being adapted for TV by the Audience Network. Here's the first trailer...

Let's face it: if Stephen King wrote it, it's probably going to turn up on some sort of screen at some point.

The latest upcoming TV adaptation is Mr. Mercedes, King's 2014 novel about a retired police detective who is being stalked by a killer. It's still King writing at his very creepiest, as the hardboiled mystery unfolds page after page. 

Here's the first trailer...

The TV adaptation is coming to the Audience Network from the minds of David E. Kelley (The Practice) and Jack Bender (Under the Dome). It will star Brendan Gleeson (28 Days Later).

The official synopsis, which came with the trailer, reads thusly...

"From Executive Producers Stephen King, David E. Kelley and Jack Bender comes the story of a demented serial killer who taunts a retired police
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