Colin Farrell’s good turn

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Colin Farrell made the front pages of the Toronto pa­pers last week­end, not for any new al­le­ga­tions of lifestyle ex­cesses, but as a Good Sa­mar­i­tan. A home­less man known only as Stress told the me­dia how Farrell helped him out four years ago when the Ir­ish ac­tor was film­ing in the city.

In Toronto last week to pro­mote Woody Allen’s Cas­san­dra’s Dream, Farrell was leav­ing his ho­tel when he spot­ted and re­mem­bered Stress. He in­vited him into his chauf­feur-driven car and took him to a down­town store, where the man­ager says Farrell spent more than ¤1,400 on clothes for Stress. Farrell then went to an ATM and gave Stress a wad of dol­lars be­fore ar­rang­ing to pay a year’s rent for him.

Child ab­duc­tion drama post­poned

The de­ci­sion to de­fer the re­lease of Gone Baby Gone in the UK will also ap­ply in Ire­land. It was taken be­cause the dis­trib­u­tors are “sen­si­tive to the depth of feel­ing sur­round­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of Madeleine McCann”.

Based on a novel by Mys­tic River au­thor De­nis Le­hane, the film marks Ben Af­fleck’s di­rect­ing de­but and fea­tures his brother Casey Af­fleck and Michelle Mon­aghan as Bos­ton private in­ves­ti­ga­tors in search of a kid­napped four-year-old girl.

Ne­go­ti­at­ing to be brothers in arms

Jake Gyl­len­haal and Tobey Maguire are in ne­go­ti­a­tions to star in Jim Sheri­dan’s next movie, Brothers, which starts shoot­ing in Novem­ber. The film is a US re­make of Su­sanne Bier’s pow­er­ful 2004 Dan­ish drama of the same name, in which in a sol­dier goes to fight in Afghanistan while his younger brother takes care of the sol­dier’s wife and child. The new screen­play is by David Be­nioff, whose cred­its in­clude 25th Hour, Tory and the im­mi­nent Kite Run­ner.

It’s a free Ken Loach film – thanks to TV

Crit­i­cally ac­claimed at the re­cent Toronto and Venice fes­ti­vals, the new Ken Loach film, It’s a Free World, will be re­leased in cine­mas in most parts of the world, but goes di­rectly to television in th­ese is­lands and will be broad­cast on Chan­nel 4 at 9pm on Mon­day. It fea­tures Kier­ston Ware­ing (re­cently seen in Rise of the Foot­sol­dier) and Juliet El­lis as am­bi­tious young women set­ting up a Lon­don re­cruit­ment agency to ex­ploit im­mi­grant work­ers.

Wooden Jon gets Os­car re­call

Jon Ste­wart has been in­vited back to host the Os­cars cer­e­mony next spring, even though he was sur­pris­ingly wooden when he pre­sented last year’s show.

“Jon was a ter­rific host for the 78th awards,” the show’s pro­ducer, Gil Cates, said. “He is smart, quick, funny, loves movies and is a great guy. What else could one ask for?” Well, how about Robin Wil­liams, or bring­ing back Billy Crys­tal or even Ellen DeGeneres?

Short and short of it

The IFI and Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val jointly present a se­lec­tion of clas­sic short films this week­end, ac­com­pa­nied by orig­i­nal scores com­posed and per­formed by the re­mark­able mu­si­cal septet, 3ep­kano. The first pro­gramme (at noon to­mor­row) in­cludes Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’Amour and three Maya Deren films, and the sec­ond (noon, Sun­day) fea­tures Luis Buñuel and Sal­vador Dali’s Un Chien An­dalou (which view­ers may find dis­turb­ing) and Man Ray’s L’étoile de Mer. www.irish­film.ie

Wick­low the star

As part of its fifth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray, Co Wick­low will present a pro­gramme of films shot in the county. On Sun­day at 1pm, long­time Wick­low res­i­dent John Boor­man will in­tro­duce his 1981 epic Ex­cal­ibur, pre­ceded at noon by his in­tro­spec­tive doc­u­men­tary, I Dreamt IWoke Up. The pro­gramme for Sun­day, Septem­ber 30th in­cludes three fea­ture films – Neil Jor­dan’s The Mir­a­cle, Go­ran Paskalje­vic’s How Harry Be­came a Tree and Paddy Breath­nach’s I Went Down – and a se­lec­tion of shorts. Ad­mis­sion is free, but ad­vance book­ing is es­sen­tial. www.mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie

Cro­nen­berg ex­plodes the myths

Words from the wise: Asked in Toronto what ad­vice he had for young direc­tors, David Cro­nen­berg replied: “My goal is to crush them. They want to sup­plant me, and I want to de­stroy them. Se­ri­ously, though, there’s so much mythol­ogy around be­ing a di­rec­tor. I just want to de­mys­tify it for them. There are an in­fi­nite num­ber of ways you can be­come a di­rec­tor.”

French min­is­ter notes Clooney’s toma­toes

At the re­cent Deauville fes­ti­val, Ge­orge Clooney had the hon­our of be­ing knighted as a Che­va­lier des Arts et des Let­tres by the French gov­ern­ment. Be­fore his in­vesti­ture, Clooney’s many film cred­its, in­clud­ing some of his ear­li­est, were noted in a speech be­lieved to be the first ever from a French min­is­ter to men­tion Re­turn of the Killer Toma­toes.

md­wyer@ir­ish-times.ie

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