Maureen O’Hara has heard a banshee, played camogie, and more from a 1957 episode of “This Is Your Life.” ℘℘℘ At the 1957 Academy Awards TV host Ralph Edwards surprised Maureen O’Hara mid-way through an interview about her upcoming film The Wings of Eagles. But it turns out that the interview itself was staged andRead more..
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In John Ford’s 1952 The Quiet Man, the introduction of Irish American lead character Sean Thorton, portrayed by cinematic legend John Wayne, is integral to the plot that will soon unfold. The narration that accompanies his first moments on screen is simple: “A fine, soft day in spring it was when the train pulled intoRead more..
Irish American John Cusack recently went on a secret movie mission to Belfast. Chicago native Cusack (Say Anything, Being John Malkovich, Hot Tub Time Machine) was ostensibly in the North to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Belfast Film Festival. But as the Belfast Telegraph put it: “The A-lister, who is also a producerRead more..
One of the more highly-anticipated dramas for this summer is Colin Farrell’s The Beguiled, hitting theaters in late June. The film was in competition for the top prize at late May’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. The Beguiled, a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film of the same name, tells the story ofRead more..
Writer Kevin Fortuna’s collection of stories The Dunning Man was heaped with praise when it was released a few years back. “The mostly Irish American characters… should know better by now,” Parade magazine said. “That they don’t… is what makes them so compelling and all too real.” The title story of the collection has nowRead more..
Later this year, an Irish American actress will play a starring role in a TV drama series about an Irish American crime fighter nabbing a notorious killer. Jane Lynch is slated to play U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the forthcoming Discovery Channel series Manifesto. The program explores Ted Kaczynski’s deadly killing spree, which spannedRead more..
Hollywood runs on many things, from money to egos. Another essential show biz ingredient? Rumors. It often takes months – even years – to sort out the difference between what a movie is rumored to look like, and what actually appears on the big screen. With that in mind, here’s what we know now aboutRead more..
Legendary Irish American newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin (right) is gone but will not be forgotten. Breslin, who died in March at the age of 88, left behind a series of classic columns as well as a handful of brilliant books, including gritty novels like Table Money, and insightful non-fiction like The Short Sweet Dream ofRead more..
Lots of Irish talent looks to be coming together for an upcoming movie about an iconic American detective. Liam Neeson (right) will reportedly portray novelist Raymond Chandler’s famous private investigator Philip Marlowe, in a film based on a script by Irish American William Monahan. Monahan wrote the Martin Scorsese Boston Irish mob flick The Departed,Read more..
In case you missed these when they first came out… Two famous Hollywood directors with strong Irish ties – John Huston and John Ford – are among those profiled in the three-part Netflix documentary Five Came Back. The series is about acclaimed directors who shot dangerous footage of World War II in order to shoreRead more..