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Watch: First Trailer For Don McKellar's 'The Grand Seduction' Starring Taylor Kitsch & Brendan Gleeson

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 24, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Grand Seduction
If you are a member of the Brendan Gleeson fan club (and really, who isn’t?), then this summer should be a blast for you. While you are most likely aware of his upcoming film “Calvary,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to solid buzz and comes out this August, you may be surprised to learn that he co-stars in yet another comedy this year. That film would be “The Grand Seduction,” which finds Gleeson starring alongside Taylor Kitsch. And a new trailer has arrived.

Helen Mirren To Star In Stolen Art Drama 'The Golden Lady,' Johnny Flynn To Play Queen Drummer & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 5:04 PM
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Helen Mirren The Golden Lady
If the box office results for "The Monuments Men" prove anything, it's that there's a mature audience eager for stories about art being recovered from the Nazis. It certainly doesn't hurt if there's some recognizable faces in there, and another project is brewing with a veteran star bringing a major piece of art back to its rightful owner.

Sundance Review: John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’ Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd & Kelly Reilly

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2014 1:20 PM
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Something black and acidic runs through the veins of those McDonagh brothers; there’s just something not quite right with these lads...and thank goodness for that. Playwright and younger sibling Martin McDonagh made a splash in Ireland’s theater scene with his hilarious, tart, pitch-black plays and then impressed film audiences with two wicked black comedies (“In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”). Older bro John Michael McDonagh possesses a similar talent, and an ear for devilish dialogue, and having penned “Ned Kelly,” he made his feature-length debut with the cheeky, underrated black comedy “The Guard” (underrated internationally, that is; the film is the most successful Irish film of all time in Ireland). If you don’t know these guys, you need to remedy that immediately.

Watch: Chris O'Dowd Can't Carry The Weight Of The World In First Clip From Sundance Film 'Calvary' With Brendan Gleeson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 4:02 PM
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Calvary
As the various Playlist team members assemble like Voltron in Park City, we're looking at our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival, eager to start making a dent into it. And one movie that we'll surely be getting to is "Calvary."

Review: 'The Smurfs 2' Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin & Brendan Gleeson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 7:06 PM
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Smurfs 2
For those without small children and only a passing interest in registering what plasters New York City bus stops: yes, there is a movie called "The Smurfs 2." It's a sequel to an unreasonably successful movie called "The Smurfs" from way back in the year of our lord 2011. The original film starred Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a pair of modern day New Yorkers who are visited by The Smurfs, a clan of tiny blue humanoids who battled an evil wizard (Hank Azaria under rubbery prosthetics), who caused all sorts of mischief and kind of made the movie into an unofficial remake of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch." The sequel finds the same humans and a couple of the same Smurfs, only the location has been changed to Paris, France, and for some reason noted Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is along for the ride. We suspect that a house payment was due. Or he wanted to buy a new boat.

Ben Whishaw Eyed To Play 'Moby Dick' Author Herman Melville In Ron Howard's 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 2:10 PM
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For a moment there, it looked like Ben Whishaw was going to do some tentpole hopping. After appearing last fall as the new Q in "Skyfall," the actor was being eyed for Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse" -- until the filmmaker put it on hold indefinitely. Well, it was a minor blip for Whishaw who filmed Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" which is coming to the Venice Film Festival, and is now being eyed for a part in Ron Howard's next movie.

The Next 'Jane Got A Gun'? Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing' Stalls With 3 Weeks Left To Shoot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 10:51 AM
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So, are we looking at the next production woes saga? We've already been through the various dramas of "World War Z" and "Jane Got A Gun," and now a situation is arising around the Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing."

'Law & Order' Star Jesse L. Martin Back To Star In Marvin Gaye Biopic 'Sexual Healing,' Replaces Lenny Kravitz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 3:48 PM
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What goes around comes around, or something like that. The forever developing Marvin Gaye biopic "Sexual Healing" has once again switched out its lead, but this time has gone back the man who was originally tapped for the gig.

First Look At Henry Selick's Newly Revived 'The Shadow King'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 9:02 AM
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One of the more interesting stories in the world of animation last year was the very public collapse of the Henry Selick's newest movie he was working on for Disney, something that was supposed to be the beginning of a very long and fruitful relationship for the "Nightmare Before Christmas" director and the studio. But, alas, the film that was at one point designed to be Pixar's first stop motion feature, completely fell apart after Selick continued to lock horns with the Pixar Brain Trust (whose story-comes-first mandate ruffled Selick) and Disney execs over the tone of the movie and its lack of narrative clarity. After building the animators a new studio and paying for a large chunk of the production budget, the project formerly known as "Shademaker" was indefinitely canceled Now comes word that the movie, now entitled "The Shadow King," is up and running again, this time produced by "Beasts of the Southern Wild" principle Josh Penn, with funding by K5 International.

Dylan Moran, Marie Josée Croze & Isaach De Bankolé Join John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'; First Look At Brendan Gleeson In The Film

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • October 3, 2012 11:25 AM
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This may blow some people's minds, but did you know that it's possible to have two talented filmmakers born into the same family? It's not only possible, it happened to the McDonaghs, whose Martin and John Michael are two of the more interesting filmmakers working today. Martin started as a playwright but debuted his filmmaking skills with the Academy Award-winning short "Six Shooter" before moving on to the 2008 dark comedy "In Bruges" and the upcoming "Seven Psychopaths." John Michael, meanwhile, is starting production on "Calvary," the follow-up to his 2011 black comedy "The Guard."

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