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You’ll also see Farrell in an upcoming film from director  Neil Jordan entitled Ondine and set in the west of Ireland.
Incidentally, Jordan’s long-gestating TV series about the infamous Borgia family may turn up on Showtime next spring. Show biz insiders are saying the Borgia series could replace the heavily Irish Showtime hit The Tudors, which is ending its run. Though The Tudors dramatizes the trials and tribulations of British royalty, the series is filmed in Ireland and its cast includes Irish talent such as Jonathan Rhys Myers and Peter O’Toole. Jordan’s series about the Borgias will look at the trials and tribulations of another prominent family, an Italian one during the Renaissance which produced a pope as well as many accusations of corruption and murder.

In other Irish TV news, Gabriel Byrne’s HBO series In Treatment will be back for a third season. Byrne plays Dr. Weston in the critically acclaimed show. Each episode takes a close look at Dr. Weston’s session with a particular patient. In Treatment also stars Oscar winner Dianne Wiest. Production on the third season should begin early in 2010.

On to DVD news. Director Troy Duffy’s sequel to his notorious first flick Boondock Saints was released in October and should be available soon on DVD. The first film was a cheesy gore fest about Boston Irish gangsters which became a cult classic—mainly after the release of a documentary about Duffy’s rise to fame, which depicted the bartender-turned-director as self-destructive and spoiled.
Speaking of which, in a world of temperamental artists and super-rich celebrities, it’s refreshing to hear about a film such as Into Temptation.
Starring Kristen Chenoweth and directed by Patrick Coyle, the movie was an homage to the 50-year-old director’s Irish Catholic father, who was once a seminarian but eventually raised eight kids in Omaha, Nebraska.
Available on DVD, Into Temptation is about a prostitute and a flawed but dedicated priest. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Coyle showed his dad the film in a hospice, where the 91-year-old was slowly dying. “He loved it,” Coyle said. “He felt it resonated very truthfully, that it was powerful.”
The elder Coyle died just weeks later.

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