JJ Abrams Praises Domhnall

Star Wars director JJ Abrams talked to Herald.ie earlier this week and he praised Domhnall and talked working with him.

Star Wars director JJ Abrams has said that Domhnall Gleeson is “a joy” to work with as he hosted Irish America’s annual Hollywood bash last night.

He had nothing but praise for Gleeson (31) whose role in the upcoming Star Wars – The Force Awakens is top secret.

“He is such a brilliant actor. I cannot tell you how lucky we are to have him. He is so good and so smart. He’s an utter joy to work with,” Abrams told the Herald last night.

Several news outlets have been reported rumors and speculations about Domhnall’s role in Star Wars, but we have decided no to report them until official sources confirm them.

“Ex Machina” Gallery Update

The gallery have been updated with additional poster & key-art, production stills, behind the scenes images, and social media promotional banners of “Ex Machina“. The movie is currently playing in cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland and will be released on April 10, 2015 in the U.S.

From acclaimed writer/director ALEX GARLAND (28 Days Later, Sunshine) comes EX MACHINA, a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence.

In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

DOMHNALL GLEESON, OSCAR ISAAC and ALICIA VIKANDER lead the cast of Ex Machina, an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle. The film explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.

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2015 | Ex-Machina > Posters & Key-Art
2015 | Ex-Machina > Production Stills
2015 | Ex-Machina > Behind The Scenes
2015 | Ex-Machina > Social Media Promotional Banners

“Brooklyn” Sundance Reviews Round-Up

Brooklyn” premiered earlier this week at the Sundance Film Festival. Domhnall was unable to attend because he is currently starring in The Walworth Farce stage production. The movie was very well received – it currently holds a 100% rating score at Rotten Tomatoes with 8 reviews – during the festivals and we will round-up the reviews in this post. As we reported before Fox Searchlight acquired the U.S. right for the movie and are aiming to release the film in 2015.

“From the leads to the smallest roles, the casting and acting are perfection. Veteran adolescent phenom Ronan works wonders with this exceptional transitional role, registering the maturing process from fresh-off-the-boat naivete to first-love blossoming and, ultimately, to calculating grown woman forced to decide what’s in her best interests. As Tony, Cohen is not only a total delight but absolutely captures a particular blend of shyness, enthusiasm and politeness women that disappeared in the 1960s and never came back. As a proper society Irishman, Gleeson grows on you, as he does on Eilis, acting the role of the civilized gent while evincing a certain insecurity that whatever he has to offer can’t compare to what the have in the States.”
-Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

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“The Walworth Farce” Gallery Update

We have updated the gallery with additional “The Walworth Farce” images. The stage production in which Domhnall stars alongside his father Brendan Gleeson and his brother Brian Gleeson is currently running at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin until February 8. Additional images of the first day of rehearsal, of the opening night after party, production stills and poster & key-art have been added in our gallery. For more information about the production be sure to head over to the official website.

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Events from 2014 > Dec 04 | “The Walworth Farce” Rehearsals Photocall
Events from 2015 > Jan 14 | “The Walworth Farce” Opening Night
Stage Productions > 2015 | The Walworth Farce > Production Stills
Stage Productions > 2015 | The Walworth Farce > Posters & Key-Art


We Have A New Look (Version 3.0)

We have a brand new layout as you can see. The theme base is made by MonicaNDesign and the header is made by me. We also have matching themes for our gallery. We are also very excited to announce the official launch of our video archive. We have only added film projects related videos, but we are planning on expanding the archive in the coming months.

We would love to hear your thoughts about our new look in the comments and if you spot any erros. Don’t forget to follow our twitter feed @domhnallnetwork and be the first to know the latest news & updates.

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Fox Searchlight Confirms “Brooklyn” Deal

Fox Searchlight officially confirmed yesterday’s report about them acquiring the U.S. right for “Brooklyn“. The official press release can be found below (Via Deadline).

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as multiple international territories to the romantic drama BROOKLYN, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film is directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Toibin’s acclaimed novel. The film is produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey and is scheduled to be released in 2015.

“We were overwhelmed by this epic film – the impeccable direction, the flawless attention to detail and Saoirse’s heartbreaking performance of Eilis’ emotional journey. This film is the kind of classic love story that audiences yearn for and is so often missing from today’s world,” said Utley and Gilula.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Searchlight as the home for Brooklyn. They are as passionate about the film as we, John and Nick are and their pedigree is a perfect fit,” said producers Dwyer and Posey.

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, and Thorsten Schumacher and Chiara Gelardin from HanWay Films and CAA, who represented the film.

“The Revenant” Production Details

Entertainment Weekly gave the exclusive first look of “The Revenant“. Domhnall will co-star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy and the movie is currently in production.

If you think Birdman was extreme filmmaking, wait until you see what Alejandro González Iñárritu has in store for his follow-up. Shooting this month in Calgary (average nighttime low: 9 degrees) the writer-director has partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy to tell the true story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), an American fur trapper and frontiersman in the early 1800s. After being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, Glass made a heroic 200-mile trek back to civilization to find the men who abandoned him in his time of need, played by Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domnhall Gleeson.

“He’s a brave, incredible actor. I’m so surprised about how good he is,” Iñárritu says of DiCaprio. “I think there’s a profound understanding of humanity that I can see through his eyes.”

Shooting with only natural light in remote locations left untouched by mankind, the arduous production extends until April since Iñárritu and his cinematographer, Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) can only shoot a few hours each day. “It’s a fun ride,” says the director, who has also reunited with his Birdman studio New Regency to make the film. (Twentieth Century Fox will release it on Christmas Day.) The Revenant continues Iñárritu’s interest in pushing the boundaries of filmmaking — an interest he developed initially on the technically-complicated Birdman–and one he furthers here as he delves into showcasing nature in as pure a state as possible. “It’s a very experimental thing that we’re doing here…I’m now addicted to doing things that can fail horribly or maybe that can give us a surprise. We are all into it.”

Fox Searchlight Lands “Brooklyn”

Deadline is reporting that Fox Searchlight bought the distribution rights for “Brooklyn” which premiered during the Sundance Film Festival.

Two nights ago, Fox Searchlight was in the middle of an auction for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl that had reached a record $12 million — until FSL instead made a different deal with lower upfront and more upside in success. Now, Searchlight is closing up another deal that is one of the biggest for Sundance, paying $9 million for rights to Brooklyn, the John Crowley-directed period drama that stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent. Deal is for world rights, minus the UK, Canada and Oz.

Scripted by Nick Hornby, the film takes place in 1950s Ireland where a young woman uproots and heads to Brooklyn, trying to forge a new life and finding work and first love. Family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, where she is forced to confront a terrible dilemma. She must make a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries. CAA brokered the deal with foreign sales agent Hanway. The film bowed in the Premieres section on Monday at the Eccles Theatre. This was one of the titles that buyers were most sparked about. Crowley is a fine director of UK-themed films, whose past efforts include Boy A and Intermission.
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