Irish Eye on Hollywood: Brosnan in Polanski's 'Ghost Writer'


Irish short films may be represented at the 82nd annual Academy Awards in March. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that Ireland’s Brown Bag Films will be among those considered for nomination for their short film Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, directed by Nicky Phelan and produced by Darragh O’Connell. Short films undergo an extended nomination process, with nearly 40 films eventually being narrowed down to the five final nominees, which will be announced on February 2.

Ken Bruen (The Guards) wrote the novel. William Monahan (The Departed) wrote the screenplay. And Colin Farrell is starring in it. So London Boulevard, currently filming, should be a treat for Irish movie fans. Also starring Kiera Knightley, London Boulevard is a kind of updated version of the film classic Sunset Boulevard. Bruen’s novel revolves around an ex-convict whose only job prospect after prison is to work as muscle for a loan shark. But when he meets a beautiful woman, and also lands work fixing things up around the house of a rich actress, he figures his luck might finally turn around. Of course, it doesn’t, which becomes abundantly clear when his past catches up with him. Look for London Boulevard to hit screens later this year.

On to TV news. When the Denis Leary drama Rescue Me begins season number six next year, expect to see more of Irish-American actress Maura Tierney, who recently underwent surgery for breast cancer. Tierney had played the wild love interest of Tommy Gavin, the equally wild Irish-American firefighter played by Leary.

“We are just about finished writing the entire sixth season . . . and then there are nine more” episodes for Season 7, Rescue Me executive producer Peter Tolan told People magazine. “So we know we’re going to bring back Maura Tierney, because we loved her and she loved us, which is even more fulfilling.”

Finally in DVD news, a funny thing happened to John Huston’s poetic final film The Dead on the way to its DVD release. Following the initial release of this beautiful 1987 film, based on the classic short story by James Joyce, a production error clipped ten minutes from the running time. That error has now been corrected, and the running time restored to 83 minutes. Lions Gate has even offered to replace the faulty, 73-minute versions of the DVD. If you purchased the wrong version and need more details, e-mail or call (800) 650-7099.