Brendan Gleeson and director John Michael McDonagh’s latest cinematic team-up, ‘Calvary,’ opens in the UK and Ireland on April 11th. In the black comedy drama, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. The likes of Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croze, Isaach De Bankolé, Domhnall Gleeson, Pat Shortt and David Wilmot also star.
John Michael McDonagh has said he conceived the idea for ‘Calvary’ while filming ‘The Guard’ with you. He was having a discussion with you about all the scandals in the clergy, and you were talking about doing a movie about a good priest…
Brendan Gleeson: Yeah, I remember that conversation. We were taking about what it must be like to be somebody who… I think there have been a few false accusations of pedophilia, life-wrecking kind of allegations, against good men amongst all the proper exposure of bad men. I remember us talking that night, “Imagine being a good person who has given their life to doing good things, finding themselves kind of wearing a uniform that has besmirched itself or has been perceived to be a force of evil.” It must be horrible for anyone who commits to good to be reviled for doing so. We talked a lot about it, and my recollection of the conversation was John saying, “Well, if I write it will you do it?” And I said, “Yeah, I’d love to.”
Following last week’s trailer reveal, EOne has premiered this first poster for Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ - which is said to be the auteur’s final feature. The film stars Barry Ward as James Gralton, the political activist who challenged the Catholic church’s restriction of free speech in 1920s Ireland. Gralton, a communist, was faced with violent protests from the church for running a dance hall where he shared his political views. Written by Paul Laverty (Looking for Eric, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and starring Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Brían F O’Byrne and Andrew Scott, ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ opens on May 30th in the UK and Ireland.
In 1921, Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream… but above all to dance and have fun. JIMMY’S HALL celebrates the spirit of these free-thinkers.
Hammer has revealed this new clip from ‘The Quiet Ones,’ writer/director John Pogue’s supernatural thriller/horror that stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Olivia Cooke and Rory Fleck-Byrne. ‘The Quiet Ones’ tells the story of an unorthodox, but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. The film follows on from Hammer’s worldwide box office hit, ‘The Woman in Black,’ which starred Daniel Radcliffe and has taken over $130 million at the box-office worldwide to date. ’The Quiet Ones’ arrives in theaters on April 10th in the UK and April 25th in the US.
With the release of the superhero sequel on the horizon, Sony Pictures has debuted this latest extended TV spot for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ From director Marc Webb, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ will be released in the US on May 2nd and in the UK on April 18th. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Colm Feore, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak and Sarah Gadon.
In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to struggle with balancing his life as a high school student, and his responsibilities as Spider-Man. When Peter begins to investigate more about his father’s past, thanks to the help of his friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), he begins to realize that the new threats of Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) all have one thing in common: OsCorp. The official synopsis for the film can be read below. Source: CBM.
Legendary Hollywood star Mickey Rooney died of natural causes in his North Hollywood home on Sunday in the presence of his family at the age of 93. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. During his career he received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. By 1965 alone, Rooney’s 200 films had earned more than $3bn (£1.8bn).
As the story goes, when he was 14 months old, unknown to everyone, Mickey Rooney crawled onstage wearing overalls and a little harmonica around his neck. He sneezed and his father, Joe Sr., grabbed him up, introducing him to the audience as Sonny Yule. He felt the spotlight on him and has described it as his mother’s womb. From that moment on, the stage was his home. “When I open a refrigerator door and the light goes on, I want to perform,” he said in one of his often-told jokes. He was six when he secured his first movie role.
With HBO’s hugely anticipated fourth season of ‘Game of Thrones’ now upon us, the Bottleneck Gallery have debuted their “Winter Is Here” series for the show. Based on the hugely popular book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ by George R.R. Martin, the Emmy-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom.
Members of the ‘Game of Thrones’ ensemble cast include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Charles Dance, Maisie Williams, Liam Cunningham, Aidan Gillen, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michiel Huisman and Sophie Turner. Season four of ‘Game of Thrones’ will roughly cover the second half of Martin’s third book in his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ book series, ‘A Storm of Swords.’ Above poster by Marko Manev, titled “Fire and Blood”.