eOne Acquires Brendan Gleeson-Taylor Kitsch Comedy ‘The Grand Seduction’

Taylor Kitsch Grand SeductionEntertainment One has picked up U.S. rights to TIFF comedy The Grand Seduction, starring Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor) in the tale of a small town that … Read More »

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Sundance Update: Fox Searchlight Lands Brendan Gleeson Pic ‘Calvary’

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 12:50pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 12:50 PM: Fox Searchlight has confirmed a deal for rights in the U.S. and select overseas territories for the black comedy/drama and plans a 2014 release. Check out the release after the main break.

PREVIOUS BREAKING, 10:29 AM: I’m hearing from the airport Calvaryhere that Calvary has sold to Fox Searchlight for $2.5 million. The Irish-UK pic starring Brendan Gleeson and directed by John Michael McDonagh co-stars Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, and Aidan Gillen. It screened Sunday in Park City in the fest’s Premieres section. Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608The pic centers on a priest (Gleeson) who one day is told by an unseen man that he’s going to kill him precisely because he’s done nothing wrong. Given a week to make his peace with God, the priest ministers to sundry lost souls — visits that double as a guided tour of suspects. His preparation for death is further complicated by the arrival of his daughter, who has recently attempted suicide. It recently was added to the Panorama sidebar at Berlin and will screen there next month. Read More »

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David Milch’s ‘The Money’ Gets HBO Pilot Greenlight With Brendan Gleeson As Star

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 1:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brendan Gleeson is set as the lead in The Money, David Milch‘s latest drama project for HBO. With Gleeson on board, it has received a formal pilot order. Written by Milch, The Money is … Read More »

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Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch Find ‘The Grand Seduction’

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch will star in The Grand Seduction, which Don McKellar is directing from a screenplay by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott. Scott scripted the 2003 French original Le Grande Seduction. Cast will also include Gorden Pinsent, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Liane Balaban. Casting is by Heidi Leivitt and Lucie Robitaille.

Roger Frappier produced the original and is back for the remake, producing with Barbara Doran. Shooting is just getting underway in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and in various outport communities around Trinity Bay, Red Cliff, New Bonaventure and Port Rexton.

The film centers on the small harbor of Tickle Cove, which is in dire need of a doctor so the town can land a contract to secure a factory that will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs — along with the whole town — tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently. Read More »

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Brendan Gleeson, Abbie Cornish To Star In Brad Silberling’s ‘An Ordinary Man’

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Abbie Cornish Ordinary ManBrendan Gleeson Ordinary ManBrendan Gleeson and Abbie Cornish will star in An Ordinary Man, with Brad Silberling directing his script. The drama revolves around the relationship between … Read More »

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Protagonist To Proffer John Michael McDonagh’s ‘Calvary’: Berlin

Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales for Reprisal Films’ Calvary from The Guard director John Michael McDonagh. McDonagh also wrote the screenplay for the blackly comic drama about a good priest tormented by his community. The director reteams here … Read More »

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Brendan Gleeson In Robert Redford’s ‘The Company You Keep’

Mike Fleming

The Guard star Brendan Gleeson has joined Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Brit Marling and Anna Kendrick in the Redford-directed The Company You Keep. Gleeson will next be seen opposite Glenn Close in … Read More »

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Hugh Grant Takes On Animated Role In Aardman’s ‘The Pirates! Band Of Misfits’

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations announced they’ve set Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey and Ashley Jenson to provide the voices in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, … Read More »

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Vera Farmiga Joins Thriller ‘Safe House’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Vera Farmiga to star with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, the Daniel Espinosa-directed drama. Production is already under way, with Reynolds playing a young agent assigned to escort a dangerous criminal to … Read More »

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘The Guard’ With Brendan Gleeson

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics has closed a 7-figure deal for U.S. and Latin American distribution rights to The Guard, the Irish action comedy written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. The film premiered last Thursday and multiple distributors have been … Read More »

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