Posts Tagged ‘Tom Deignan’

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Post-Twitter Chaos:
The Kids Are in Play

Lots of headlines, rumors, and rage were generated when ABC cancelled the reboot of Roseanne Barr’s classic sitcom, which had generated high ratings for the network.  The controversial star – a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, which was evident in the politically-charged show – had sent racist material out on social media.  ABC ultimatelyRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
A Bet on the Right Horse

Another gritty New York story which has begun filming puts a modern twist on the Irish immigrant experience. Entitled Misty Button, this dark comedy was written and directed by Kerry-born Seanie Sugrue, with fellow Kerry native Bertie Brosnan producing. The film follows two Bronx Irish immigrants who make a big mistake: when asked to placeRead more..

Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Burns Pitches Tom Seaver

It looks like baseball is making yet another cinematic comeback. Irish American writer / director / actor Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One) is slated to direct a documentary about baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. Burns, the son of Irish immigrants, was born in the New York Mets’ home borough of Queens,Read more..

Hall of Fame:
Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown – who has spent more time than anyone else in the California governor’s office – has been well served by his Irish Catholic roots. Brown’s great-grandfather, Joseph, came to    the U.S. from County Tipperary during Ireland’s Great Hunger, in 1849. In Massachusetts, he met his future wife, Bridget Burke, herself an Irish immigrantRead more..

Weekly Comment:
Michael Maguire – The Moral Compass

Dr. Michael Maguire is the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland who finally came through for the families of the victims of the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre. ℘℘℘ The victims’ families of the Loughinisland Massacre may be the emotional center of Alex Gibney’s stunning new documentary No Stone Unturned. But by the time the film builds toRead more..

No Stone Unturned

Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has made a new documentary investigating the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in County Down that killed six, and for which there were no arrests. ℘℘℘ Many Irish on both sides of the Atlantic have vivid memories of June 18, 1994. It was on that sunny afternoon, at what was then called GiantsRead more..

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

Tom Deignan examines the WWI marching tune. ℘℘℘ Fans of legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore – who died in January at the age of 80 – may recall the final episode of the groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired 40 years ago, in 1977. The TV news team at the center of the showRead more..

Taunting Death with Malachy McCourt

There is something fitting about where Malachy McCourt is calling from as I speak to him about his dark and hilarious new book Death Need Not Be Fatal. McCourt is at a Manhattan rehabilitation facility, where he will spend the next few weeks recovering from a “severe attack” of gout. “I’m doing pretty good now,”Read more..

Reinventing Anne of Green Gables

The Donegal actress at the heart of a new series ­­­about Canada’s most famous orphan talks to Irish America. ℘℘℘ Fifteen-year-old Irish actress Amybeth McNulty has spent her entire life in Donegal and even proudly refers to herself as “a proper country bumpkin.” This would not seem to be the ideal background for someone lookingRead more..

What Are You Like?
Sebastian Barry

Novelist Sebastian Barry takes our questionnaire.  ℘℘℘ Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, writing plays as well as novels that chart the course of Irish and Irish American history through a single, extended family. Barry’s latest novel, Days Without End, has already earned worldwideRead more..