Irish Eye on Hollywood Irish-American hunk George Clooney recently said that he plans to return to
Also working hard this spring and summer is Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The Tudors is back on Showtime, starring Meyers as well as fellow Irish thespian Peter O'Toole. Meyers also has an independent film coming out on May 23. The Children of Huang Shi features Meyers as George Hogg, a British journalist who rescued 60 orphaned children in 1930s China.
Intentionally or not, the documentary Constantine's Sword - based on a massive book by Irish- American Pulitzer Prize winner James Carroll - was released just as the pope was visiting the U.S. In contrast with the pomp of that visit, Constantine's Sword is a disturbing look at the evolution of Catholic doctrine, particularly as it relates to Christian-Jewish relations. Oscar nominated director Oren Jacob collaborated with Carroll on the project. Carroll is a practicing Catholic who broke with his conservative background in the late 1960s. He chronicled this journey in his 1996 book An American Requiem. Look for Constantine's Sword in big-city theaters, or at festivals. The DVD will go on sale later this year.
Speaking of DVDs, if you are like me and never caught The Wire on HBO, now is the time to go get the DVDs and start with Season One. The series features Dominic West as Irish-American detective Jimmy McNulty, navigating crime and politics in Baltimore. All five excellent seasons of The Wire are now on DVD.