Worked With:

Domhnall Gleeson

Christina Hendricks

Seth Green

Ralph Fiennes

Alexis Bledel

Gemma Arterton

George MacKay

Jimmy Kimmel

Max Irons

Eric Bana

Ed Harris

Rachel Weisz

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Films To Check Out At The Vancouver International Film Festival

9/24/2015 12:10pm EDT
VIFF 2015
Film Fest time via Vancouver! That’s right, my film father and Canadian correspondent Michael Coleman located in the great city will be checking out movies via the Vancouver International Film Fest 2015 for all those looking for international insight! That’s my proud pop – take it away Daddyo!

What do 375 films, from 70 countries, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, in just over two weeks equal? The 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival 2015 taking place Sept. 24 through Oct. 9 (go to for more details!) is on and it is my pleasure to give you a sn...

15 Surprising Celebrity Birthplaces

3/27/2014 4:03pm EDT
Nicole Kidman
Unless you are a celebrity trivia champion, it may surprise you to learn some of your favorite actors and actresses were born far away from the countries we associate them with. While Nicole Kidman's parents are Australian, the actress was actually born in Hawaii and lived the first four years of her life there before moving Down Under. (Continue reading bio)

Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York and lived the first twelve years of his life there. It wasn't until after his father settled an injury lawsuit that Mel moved to Australia, where he became a star for his work in the Mad ...

Blu-ray Review: 'How I Live Now'

2/13/2014 11:00am EST
Blu-ray Review: 'How I Live Now'
Love, romance and the apocalypse? We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "How I Live Now" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The spoils of war and love get reviewed below!

Title: "How I Live Now"

Grade: 2

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 minutes

Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment


The Flick: "How I Live Now" is "The Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald’s stab at "Slumdog Millionaire" style material that’s filled with whimsy, hear...

The Hottest Female Celebrities Under 21

11/19/2013 3:03pm EST
The Hottest Female Celebrities Under 21
Who says youth is wasted on the young? We took a look at the hottest women (in terms of beauty and career) and found 14 who were too young to even drink in the United States.

Miley Cyrus, 20

(She turns 21 this weekend, cut us some slack)

Already Under Her Belt: Hannah Montana, Bolt, The Last Song, four top 10 Billboard albums (including three #1 rankings), two platinum records.

Coming Up: She's already working on a follow-up to Bangerz and will be touring in 2014. She'll probably make a few headlines along the way, too.

Taylor Momsen, 20

Already Under Her Belt: 9 films (such a...

Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' To Premiere At The Berlin Film Festival

11/5/2013 4:15pm EST
Wes Anderson is set to kick off the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2014 with the world premiere of his new film, Grand Budapest Hotel.

The film, Anderson's eighth as director, stars Ralph Fiennes as the titular hotel's concierge befriends a young lobby boy (newcomer Tony Revolori) and takes him under his wing as his unofficial apprentice.

The film was shot on location in Germany, making it the perfect place for it to premiere, as many had assumed it would bow at next year's Cannes Film Festival.

Two of Anderson's previous films, "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou...

'Fantastic Four' Begins Search For Heroes, Kit Harington And Saoirse Ronan Rumored

10/10/2013 5:07pm EDT
Kit Harington
The minds behind the Fantastic Four reboot have a list of several up-and-comers they hope to test for the roles of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Girl).

Variety reports the men in the running for Richards includes Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, Jack O'Connell and Miles Teller. Actresses vying for Sue Storm will include Saoirse Ronan and Kate Mara. Margot Robbie and Allison Williams were previously rumored for the role, but appear to have fallen out of the running.

Another hot rumor is that Michael B. Jordan is the favorite to get the role of Johnny Storm, The ...

Saoirse Ronan Auditioned For Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

10/2/2013 5:00pm EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has confirmed that she auditioned for the seventh "Star Wars" film, but she's keeping tight lipped about the highly anticipated sequel.

The Irish star revealed to Sky News that she met with casting directors for "Star Wars: Episode VII" but is unable to talk about J.J. Abrams' upcoming movie. She explained that producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she unveils anything about the project.

Ronan has starred in films such as "The Host," "Hanna" and "The Lovely Bones."

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to reprise their roles as Luke Sky...

Review: Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Is Desperate To Prove It's Smart

6/28/2013 1:25pm EDT
Back in 1994, Director Neil Jordan took on his most prolific work to date – Anne Rice’s novel turned flick "Interview with a Vampire."  It continued the cool character work shown so aptly in the brilliant "The Crying Game," but added back some of the genre lush previously seen in "The Company of Wolves."  With his return to the fanged film scene with the new film "Byzantium," Jordan does once again display signature style, but is also working from a script that has a severe lack of focus.  As a result the film is not a sharp as it should be – classic bark overpowering bite.

Eleanor and Cla...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Host'

6/28/2013 11:00am EDT
The Host
Stephanie Meyer and loves triangles – need we say more?  We’re checking out the Twilight gal’s latest creation "The Host" out now on Blu-ray from Universal Home Entertainment.  The love and all it’s facets get reviewed below!



   Title: "The Host"

   Grade: 3 1/2

   Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt

   Director: Andrew Niccol

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 126 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment



The Flick: "The Host" is certainly more relationship fluff from "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer, but ...

Review: 'Violet & Daisy's' Top-Notch Cast Seriously Saves The Show

6/6/2013 3:20pm EDT
V and D
Over my years as a critic (yeah, I’m getting old!) I’ve always maintained that too much talk can bog a film down.  Meaning endless still chatter instead of forward moving action can make a cinema experience feel like watching a stage play.  The new film "Violet & Daisy" starts off killer, with a style and speed reserved for novices like David Fincher and John Woo, but then tragically turns to talk.  It would have ground the flick to a halt and been destined for the bargain bin if not for one small thing – the performances. 

Young gum-chewing teens for hire, Violet and Daisy are a killer co...

Saoirse Ronan Gets Queen Of Scots Role

8/11/2012 10:07am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has signed on to play Mary Queen of Scots in a new film about the tragic royal.

The movie is screenwriter Michael Hirst's latest historical epic after he penned the screenplays for Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and TV dramas The Tudors and Camelot.

Mary Queen of Scots, about the 16th century queen who was shunned by her people following the murder of her husband Henry Stuart and eventually executed by Elizabeth I, has yet to land a director.

Best Actresses Under 25

7/20/2012 3:00pm EDT
Emma Stone
It seems like the actresses in Hollywood are getting younger and younger - and so many of them are very talented.

Emma Stone, above, is 23 and currently stars in "The Amazing Spider-Man." She already has an impressive resume. She's appeared in films such as "Superbad," "Zombieland," "Easy A," "Friends With Benefits" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in "Easy A," and along with the rest of the cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in "The Help."

Our list of best actresses under age 25 includes a few teenagers - one who ...

'The Host' Teaser Trailer Is Intriguing (Watch It!)

3/23/2012 11:30am EDT
The Host
"The earth is at peace. There are no wars. There is no hunger. Honesty, courtesy and kindness practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer your world." That's how the trailer begins for "The Host."

The film, set to hit theaters in 2013, is based on the book by Stephenie Meyer (you know, the author of the massively popular "Twilight" saga?)

"The Host" centers on a body-snatching alien who infiltrates a group of human rebels and takes over the soul of Melanie (Saoirse Ronan). The alien then begins to feel bits of her personality coming through. Max Irons will pla...

Jeremy Irons' Son Max Lands Coveted Role In 'The Host'

3/22/2012 8:50am EDT
Max Irons
Max Irons has landed the leading role in "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's upcoming film adaptation of "The Host."

The 26-year-old son of veteran Jeremy Irons has beat out Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington for the part.

Irons will play Saoirse Ronan's boyfriend, Jared, who falls in love with both her free spirit character Melanie and the alien who takes control of her soul, Wanderer in the new movie.

Director Andrew Niccol tells People magazine, "Stephenie was very involved (in the casting)... It's a love story on a grand scale."

The movie,...

Saoirse Ronan Turns Down 'Hobbit' Role

5/10/2011 11:49am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has been forced to turn down a role in Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit because of her busy schedule.

The Irish actress was in talks to reunite with her The Lovely Bones director Peter Jackson for the two-part project, which is currently filming in New Zealand, but Ronan has decided to pass on the offer.

She tells Digital Spy, "I won't be able to do The Hobbit unfortunately. I would have been tied up for quite a long period of time and there's a lot of projects in the meantime that are also really interesting and I'd like to be a part of."

However, Ronan can't wait t...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Way Back'

4/20/2011 11:00am EDT
No Way Back photo
Weir is the word for Blu-ray! (Think "Master and Commander" – in high def!) We’re taking a look at the new "The Way Back" (hitting home video on April 19) by acclaimed drama director Peter Weir.

Title: "The Way Back"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell

Director: Peter Weir

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 133 minutes

Release Company: Image Entertainment


The Flick: More often then not, I’m a big Peter Weir fan. The filmmaker behind "The Truman Show," "Dead Poets Society" and "Master and Commander" unquest...

Check Out 'The Way Back' On Blu-ray & DVD

4/20/2011 7:43am EDT
The Way Back
A small band of multicultural convicts stages a daring escape from a World War II-era Siberian gulag, and embarks on a treacherous journey across five countries in a desperate race for freedom and survival in "The Way Back."

Inspired by an incredible true story, the film begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world's most merciless landscapes. They have little food and few supplies. They don't know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its mos...

Eric Bana Endured Minus 29 Degrees Filming 'Hanna,' Feared Hypothermia

4/12/2011 9:14am EDT
Eric Bana
Eric Bana feared hypothermia while filming new movie Hanna in freezing Finland.

The Aussie star admits he wasn't used to the big freeze he experienced when he arrived on set for the action thriller - and he only hoped medics would recognise the symptoms of hypothermia before they took hold on him and the rest of the cast.

He tells WENN, "The cold in Finland was something else, but we were well looked after. The funniest thing was we got a memo about how to diagnose hypothermia in your co-worker, because apparently it's easier to diagnose it in someone else rather than yourself.

"One of t...

'Hanna' Usurps 'Arthur' At Weekend Box Office

4/12/2011 8:40am EDT
Russell Brand has been robbed of a one-two at the top of the box office thanks to a recount of the weekend estimates.

The British funnyman was expected to start the week with family film "Hop" and new comedy "Arthur" at number one and number two, respectively, but he has been upset by a teenage assassin.

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan's "Hanna" has leapfrogged Arthur for the number two spot on the countdown, behind Hop.

The official figures show "Hanna" has a revised $12.4 million opening take - $200,000 more than Brand's remake.

'Anna Karenina' Cast Takes Shape

4/9/2011 8:00am EDT
Keira Knightley
Moviemaker Joe Wright appears to be re-assembling his "Atonement" cast for his ambitious movie adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece "Anna Karenina" - Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to join Kiera Knightley in the project, while James Mcavoy and Saoirse Ronan are still negotiating roles.

Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law were previously confirmed for roles, while "Sherlock Holmes" star Cumberpatch and "Trainspotting" actress Kelly MacDonald have just been added to the all-star cast.

Wright tells, "Kelly Macdonald's confirmed, Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed. I'm ...

Review: 'Hanna' A Five Star Sight To Be Seen

4/5/2011 7:00am EDT
hanna picture
I remember seeing the trailer for "Hanna" and definitely being intrigued – action and intensity with a pinch innocence. Though upon expressing my reaction to others, a strange and very resounding 'looks bad' vibe seemed to come down the pike. After seeing the film such an opinion would be a crying shame, as "Hanna" is hands down one of the most touching, funny and downright kinetic films of 2011 – a five star sight to be seen.

The film follows young teenage girl Hanna (Lovely Bones alum Saoirse Ronan), who lives with her rough and tumble widowed father Erik (Original movie Hulk Eric Bana...

Review: 'Hanna' 'Two Jews On Film' One Is Left Breathless By This Action Thriller (Video)

4/4/2011 7:03pm EDT
'Hanna' directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) is the story of a teenage girl who goes out into the world for the first time and has to battle for her life.

Hanna, played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronana of 'Atonement' is a 16 year old girl...bright, inquisitive and a devoted daughter. But she is far from your typical teenager...Hanna has the strength, the stamina and the smarts of a super solder.

Her widowed father. Erik (Eric Bana) is ex-CIA. The two of them live nestled away in the snow covered forests of Northern Finland. The only other living creature Hanna has ever seen are the ...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Company Men,' 'No Strings Attached,' & 'The Way Back'

1/17/2011 9:35am EST
Company Men
Keeping with my plan from last week, I had the chance to see another film this week from 2010 receiving Oscar buzz: “The Kids Are All Right.” Honestly I was surprised that the movie has received such high acclaim, because it failed to hook me.

“The Kids Are All Right,” tells the story of an alternative family with lesbian parents named Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore). Their children Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) become curious about their biological father, so they contact the fertility company their mothers used to find their sperm donor. They find...

April DVD Releases: 'Avatar,' 'Crazy Heart' & More

3/30/2010 9:04am EDT
Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron's "Avatar" in the comfort of their own homes. But there are plenty of other new DVD releases this month:

April 6

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Buy it.

Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Apparently this is one of those "Good" Nicolas Cage movies. Worth a watch to see why everyone is so excited about his appearance in the upcoming Kick-Ass.

The Collector - Skip it.

Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Juan Fernandez, Andrea Roth

Lord of the Rings Tril...

'The Hurt Locker' Wins Big At BAFTAs; Kristen Stewart Wins Popularity Prize

2/22/2010 8:42am EST
Kristen Stewart Looking hot At BAFTAs
The Hurt Locker stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night - scooping six trophies including Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The war thriller also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Accepting her award for Best Director, Bigelow said, "What an honor, especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I've admired and been inspired by for decades."

Colin Firth saw off Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ge...

'The Lovely Bones' Is Visually Beautiful, But Could Have Been So Much Better

1/14/2010 11:00am EST
The Lovely Bones
Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" is one of the prettiest films I've ever seen. Aside from lovely aesthetics though, the movie is a disjointed mess, which leaves you wandering in the hereafter with unanswered questions.

Set in the early 1970s, Jackson makes it appear visually as if it brushed up against the era, absorbing its bright colors and remnants of energy from the 1960s. The shots have such beautiful intense color throughout the film, especially during the lighthearted periods.

It's established early on in the narrative that Suzie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), the main character, ...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'Book Of Eli,' 'Lovely Bones' & More

1/11/2010 10:08am EST
I'm really glad that I finally got the chance to see James Cameron's "Avatar" in 3-D. Visually Cameron creates an incredibly convincing alien world, paying attention to even the smallest details in the environment.

The vibrant jungle scenes bring out the advantages of 3-D and convinced me that as a medium it isn't just a lame gimmick, but rather an opportunity for filmmaking to mature in the coming years.

"Avatar" kept me glued to the screen, captivating me from the moment it began until the moment it finished. While the story and dialogue were predictable, I didn't necessarily c...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Princess And The Frog,' 'Invictus' & More

12/7/2009 9:47am EST
Last Tuesday I had the privilege of seeing Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" and I have to say, it's a brilliant film. Much like he does in "Thank You for Smoking," Reitman takes a character that has the potential to be very unlikable and makes him sympathetic to the audience.

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a man whose career involves laying people off around the country, which is a sensitive subject in America given the current economic state. Reitman exercises great care with Bingham, showing us that the man isn't coldhearted. Bingham inspires those he lays off to find new careers ...

Novel Roots: Best & Worst Films Based Off Of Books

5/20/2008 11:17am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Many filmmakers are taking on the challenge of turning classic novels into feature films. It's a challenge because many people have fallen in love with the books and don't want directors messing with them. There are many books that were translated poorly on the big screen, but there are films that are just as good as the book, if not better.

In no particular order, here is a look at some of the best and worst films that are based off books:



Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...

A Salute To Irish Actors On St. Patrick's Day

3/17/2008 10:00am EDT
Colin Farrell
There’s something undeniably sexy about an Irish accent. Add celebrity into the mix, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Here are some of the Irish actors whose charisma, talent and lilting speech have made them favorites among moviegoers and TV fans:

When you think "Irish actor," Colin Farrell immediately comes to mind. A reformed bad boy who reportedly dated Britney Spears and made an infamous sex tape with former girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain, Farrell has altered his priorities in the past few years.

Farrell recently showed his tender side when he opened...