A brilliant surprise, Irish playwright’s debut feature film In Bruges was one of the highlights of 2008. The film managed to breathe life into the exhausted British gangster sub-genre (which Guy Ritchie ran into the ground). Since then, McDonagh’s film career was a little quiet as he continued his theatre life. But now details are emerging of his next project.
Currently in pre-production (according to Twitch Film), McDonagh’s next film is called Seven Psychopaths. It involves a struggling writer looking for inspiration, which he finds in his friends dog-kidnapping scheme which somehow gets entwined with a dangerous gangster. And although that sounds a little bizarre, what’s most heartening is the cast attached: Colin Farrell as the writer, Micky Rourke as the gangster, and Christopher Walken and the wonderful Sam Rockwell play the writer’s friends. With the film in prep, don’t expect to hear or see much of this until next year at the earliest.
And for those who can’t wait for that McDonagh brand of dark humour, Martin’s brother John Michael McDonagh wrote and directed The Guard, which is out now in cinemas
You are looking at the trailer of Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp comedy-horror classic. Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself.
Colin Farrell looks ripped in this trailer. I can hardly recognize Toni Collette. All in all, it should be a fun movie to watch with your friends.
The movie opens in theaters August 19, 2011 and it’s not rated yet.
Attention movie buffs! On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Peter Weir’s The Way Back starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess will be available at your neighborhood redbox kiosk for only $1 a night.
Weir is a phenomenal director of such films as Master and Commander, Witness, The Year of Living Dangerously and The Truman Show.
Inspired by real events, join seven prisoners in their attempt to escape from a brutal Siberian gulag and make a 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world’s most merciless terrain. See what happens when supplies are scarce and they have to work as a team to gain their freedom. To celebrate this film, Screenhead is hosting a giveaway of The Way Back DVD.
To enter the giveaway, post your name and we will pick the winner May 2, 2011.
Peter Weir films like The Year of Living Dangerously or Gallipoli are phenomenal. He knows how to make a movie that’s worth seeing - he is a true filmmaker. The Way Back looks like another great film from Weir. The ensemble cast is stellar, including Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan.
The Way Back is a true story about a very long trek that will be in the theaters very soon and I look forward to seeing it.
The movie arrives in theaters December 29, 2010, just in time for Oscar consideration.
The story is really hard to believe: A reclusive movie star, who hides out from the world in a Holland Park mansion, hires a London criminal recently released from prison to be her bodyguard and handyman.
Why would a movie star hire a felon? Sure, Colin Farrell is handsome and he takes his shirt off in movies. Still, the movie has a lot of explaining to do in order for me to believe the story. That’s Hollywood for you.
However, this is a British movie and opens this month in the U.K. I think, it will be in the States by February 2011.
I was just talking to a friend about Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast, starring Harrison Ford. I adore Peter Weir films like The Year of Living Dangerously or Gallipoli - he is a true filmmaker. The Way Back looks like another great film from Weir. The ensemble cast is stellar, including Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan.
The Way Back is a true story about a very long trek that I am looking forward to seeing.
Not happy enough with boring us to death with the drunken mumblings and fatuous antics of his obnoxious children, it looks like Ozzy Ozbourne is set to hit the big screen. Fortunately it won’t be the parody that is present-day real Ozzy, but rather a biopic of his rise to fame. Ozzy’s wife Sharon (whose talk show and talent-show participation makes her probably more famous than her mere musician husband) has said that production on the film is ready to go: all they need now is cast the actor to play Ozzy. Well, according to gossip-scoffer Perez Hilton, that man is Colin Farrell.
There’s not much in terms of details, either on the truth of the story or the actual plot itself (no prizes it’s a typical rags to riches story with a finger-wagging at fame’s excesses). Ozzy had claimed he wanted an unknown actor from his home city of Birmingham to play him, but producers need star power to get anything sold these days. Now Colin Farrell made a sort of disappearance from the lime light int he last few years. If I had made clunkers like Miami Vice and Alexander, I’d hide too. But he has explored indie cinema, flexing his limited acting muscles to their max by making some well-placed appearances in films like In Bruges and Crazy Heart. He was also the best part of Neil Jordan’s disappointing Ondine. In the last few weeks he has signed up to horror flick Fright Night and comedy Horrible Bosses, suggesting he’s back in mainstream business.
So where does Ozzy’s story come into it? Is this a cynical attempt to get an Oscar Nomination by, like many award contenders, convincingly portraying someone already famous? Or does Colin recognise that there’s something worth unearthing from the man who once was a seriously important part of music, leading heavy metal into the mainstream in the early 1970′s, when everyone else were strumming pot-stinking acoustic guitars or balancing on ridiculous platform shoes? Let’s see where this goes, and let’s hope Ozzy’s story has more to offer than the typical TV movie.
Neil Jordan is an odd fish. He’s the director behind some impressive films, and is indeed known as Ireland’s most important director. After making some UK hits like Mona Lisa, his breakthrough was the brilliant and progressive The Crying Game, followed by the impressive Interview with the Vampire. But as a director he seems to be unstable. At times an auteur, at other times a hack (The Brave One), his movies range from brilliantly distinct (The Butcher Boy) to bland and confused (In Dreams). He has failed to make the same impact in the last decade as he had in the 90’s, and his new film, the Irish-based Ondine, was an opportunity to make a fully-controlled (he wrote and directed it) independent movie that with the right reviews could propel him back into the limelight. Unfortunately, the film feels like a tired and frankly unacceptable mess.
Colin Farrell stars as Syracuse, an independent fisherman living in the village of Castletownbere, providing for himself and his daughter Annie, who lives with his ex. One day Syracuse nets in an unconscious woman called Ondine with no memory, who Syracuse eventually believes is a selkie (a type of mermaid). And as Syracuse and Ondine become romantically involved, the whole village starts talking about her, until a stranger from abroad comes to look into the situation.
If this sounds like a slightly more serious version of Splash, the actual film is even worse. For what we get is something that feels disappointingly amateurish. The story of a town enchanted by a stranger is full of poor stereotypes and familiar scenes. The worst culprit is Annie, the girl in the wheelchair, a blatant and cynical attempt to elicit sympathy in the audience. But there’s also the local priest as the Greek chorus, the Eastern European drug-dealer, etc. The dialogue feels unnatural, and many of its quirks (Annie’s use of “curioser and curioser”, the jokes about pronouncing Syracuse’s name) grow tiresome. READ ON »
David Cronenberg nabbed Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard to star in his film Cosmopolis, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel.
The $20.5 million film is written by Cronenberg. The thriller focuses on a multimillionaire who takes a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. Farrell will play the asset manager who loses all his wealth over the course of one day. Cotillard will play his wife.
Shooting is set to run next year from March to May in Toronto and New York.
Cosmopolis will be Cronenberg’s follow-up to A Dangerous Method, which starts shooting this month in Germany with Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen.
Ondine‘s second trailer is much better because it tells more about the story, not so choppy like the first one.
A modern day fairy tale about a fisherman (Colin Farrell) named Syracuse, who catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his trawler’s nets. The woman seems to be dead, but then she comes alive before Syracuse’s eyes and he thinks he may be seeing things.