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CAA Signs Chris O’Dowd

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CAA Signs Chris O’Dowd
Exclusive: CAA has inked Emmy Award-winner and BAFTA and Tony Award-nominated Chris O’Dowd.

O’Dowd will star in the upcoming Theodore Melfi-directed feature drama The Starling starring Melissa McCarthy. The Irish born actor is known for such movies as the hit Universal Paul Feig-Judd Apatow comedy Bridesmaids, Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, Melfi’s St. Vincent, Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Christopher Guest’s Mascots.

On TV he has starred in the Epix series Get Shorty opposite Ray Romano, The It Crowd, Lena Dunham’s Girls, HBO’s Family Tree and Moone Boy, which O’Dowd wrote, directed, and starred in. Moone Boy won an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy, two IFTAs for Best Entertainment Programme, and the British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom. O’Dowd also won a Primetime Emmy last year for SundanceTV’s State of the Union
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‘Babylon Berlin’ Firm Beta Film Invests In Fledgling British Drama Producer RubyRock Pictures

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Babylon Berlin firm Beta Film has invested in fledgling British drama producer RubyRock Pictures.

The German producer and distributor has taken a minority stake in the UK company, recently set up by Zoë Rocha, former TV boss at The Fyzz Facility. The two companies will look to create, develop, finance and produce English-language series for the international market.

The move is Beta Film’s first investment in British drama production company.

RubyRock Pictures has yet to win a commission but it is developing series including The Heartless, a music drama written by Spotless writer Lucie Barât, the sister of The Libertines frontman Carl Barât and feminist horror anthology Her Horror. Rocha previously produced Channel 5 comedy Borderline and Sky’s Chris O’Dowd-fronted Moone Boy.

Moritz von Kruedener, Managing Director Beta Film, said, “Ruby Rock is an essential addition to our portfolio and a great partner to create exceptional series for the international market.
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Amusing Official UK Trailer for Supernatural Comedy 'Extra Ordinary'

"This bloody moon better make me bloody rich." Wild Card Distribution has debuted a full-length, official UK trailer for the indie comedy Extra Ordinary, from directors Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year, but most importantly just won Best Film at the Galway Film Festival in Ireland this weekend. The film is about a sweet, lonely woman in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities, but hates using her "talents" and mostly just stays home. But when a washed up one-hit-wonder rock star makes a pact with the devil, and puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome her fears and save the day with her own supernatural talents. Maeve Higgins (seen on "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Moone Boy") stars as Rose, joined by Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty, Terri Chandler, Jamie Beamish, Emma Coleman, and Risteard Cooper. The reviews are great, it's winning awards,
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Maeve Higgins in First Trailer for Supernatural Comedy 'Extra Ordinary'

"The truth is - ghosts are around us all the time." Epic Pictures Group has debuted the first teaser trailer for an Irish indie comedy titled Extra Ordinary, which just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month. The story is about a sweet, lonely woman in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities, but hates using her "talents" and mostly just stays home. But when a washed up one-hit-wonder rock star makes a pact with the devil, and puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome her fears and save the day with her own supernatural talents. Maeve Higgins (seen on "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Moone Boy") stars as Rose, with Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty, Terri Chandler, Jamie Beamish, Emma Coleman, and Risteard Cooper. This looks like an amusing new horror comedy in the same vein as What We Do in the Shadows, with ghosts who don't do much scaring,
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Extra Ordinary Trailer Delivers All Kinds of Supernatural Strangeness

Extra Ordinary Trailer Delivers All Kinds of Supernatural Strangeness
Something Extra Ordinary is coming to SXSW this weekend. Meet Rose, she has supernatural abilities. And she's about to use them to help her neighborhood in what could be one of the strangest films playing the Austin fest this year. We have the first trailer and poster for you to check out.

Rose is a sweet, lovely driving instructor gifted with supernatural abilities. Set within the rural Ireland landscape, Rose has tried to come to terms with her powers, but must constantly refuse various requests to exorcise spirits from garbage cans or a pile of haunted gravel.

Things take a turn for the weird when one-hit wonder and washed up rock star Christian Winter shows up. He's made a deal with the devil, hoping to propel himself back to stardom. And in turn, he puts a hex on a local teenager. The girl's frieghtened father reaches out to Rose for help.
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Oscar Wilde Awards Continues Tradition of Honoring Creative Visionaries

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Oscar Wilde Awards Continues Tradition of Honoring Creative Visionaries
The 2019 recipients of the Oscar Wilde Award, now in its 14th year, amply embody the values of sponsoring organization the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, created by Trina Vargo “with a vision,” as she puts it, “of making an old relationship contemporary, and inclusive.”

Slated to be feted on Feb. 21 at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot HQ in Santa Monica are part-Irish Glenn Close, as well as Ireland-born Aidan Gillen and Chris O’Dowd. Each one’s resume would surely inspire an appreciative nod from any Hibernian. In addition, each has contributed to an important — and remarkably timely — Irish-set film of this decade: Close starred in and co-wrote 2011’s gender-shifting Victorian fable “Albert Nobbs,” while the men played in 2014’s examination of clergy abuse’s legacy, “Calvary.”

Close earned a 1982 Obie for playing the biological female posing as a male hotel butler. “I never forgot her,” the star says. “It basically took
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Irish Comedy ‘Lost & Found’

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Irish Comedy ‘Lost & Found’
Irish writer/director Liam O Mochain’s third feature film, “Lost & Found,” has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for all rights worldwide, excluding Ireland, U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

The film was recently acquired by Rialto Film Distribution for Australia and New Zealand, Film 4 and High Fliers for the U.K., and Rte TV in Ireland.

The film had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, and won best foreign film at the Arizona Intl. Film Festival; it also played at the Austin Film Festival last month. Gravitas Ventures will release it in theaters in North America early next year, and internationally later in 2019.

Tony Piantedosi, director of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said: “Liam crafts a hilarious ensemble comedy full of both small town charm and universal appeal. ‘Lost & Found’ was a highlight of this year’s Austin Film Festival, and we look forward to
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U.K.’s George & George, Baby Cow Partner, Set First-Look Deal With BBC Studios

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U.K. production company George & George is partnering with Steve Coogan and Christine Langan’s Baby Cow, the companies announced Friday. The new three-year joint venture will have a first-look deal with BBC Studios.

The deal aims to capitalize on George & George founders Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan’s writing and performing experience alongside Baby Cow’s track record of developing writing talent to develop new television projects. The two companies will develop new comedy and drama series.

“These days we’ve so many platforms to watch [television] and we want to equal that with the volume of women’s stories for viewers to feast on,” said Pepperdine and Scanlan. “With the support of the best of the best at Baby Cow and BBC Studios we’re good to go.”

Pepperdine and Scanlan, who were BAFTA-nominated in 2013 for their writing on BBC medical sitcom “Getting On” alongside Jo Brand, will write,
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Emmy spotlight: Mackenzie Crook is triple threat with ‘Detectorists’ as writer, director and star of BAFTA-winning Britcom

Emmy spotlight: Mackenzie Crook is triple threat with ‘Detectorists’ as writer, director and star of BAFTA-winning Britcom
Mackenzie Crook is a triple threat at the Emmys as the writer, director and star of the critically acclaimed comedy “Detectorists.” He’s already won a BAFTA as the creator of this character study, in which he plays Andy, a would-be archaeologist, who spends his free time with his pal Lance (Toby Jones) in search of buried treasure.

This gentle half hour explores the friendship of two men who are misfits as well as the women in their life played by Rachael Stirling and Rebecca Callard respectively. Stirling’s mother, Diana Rigg, plays her on-screen mother in season three of this Britcom. The Emmy favorite could well reap her first bid on the comedy side for her scene-stealing supporting role.

See 2018 Emmys calendar: Two-week voting starts June 11, nominations on July 12, ceremony on September 17

The first season of “Detectorists” won Best Scripted Comedy at the BAFTAs in 2015 against three strong competitors:
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Mackenzie Crook on bringing his BAFTA-winning show ‘Detectorists’ to the Emmys [Exclusive Video Interview]

Mackenzie Crook on bringing his BAFTA-winning show ‘Detectorists’ to the Emmys [Exclusive Video Interview]
Mackenzie Crook pulls triple duty on the comedy series “Detecorists.” Besides writing and directing each of the 19 episodes, he stars as Andy, a would-be archaeologist, who spends his free time with his pal Lance (Toby Jones) in search of buried treasure. As he explained in our recent interview (watch above), he didn’t intend to wear so many hats. Rather it was his pal Ricky Gervais, with whom he’d co-starred in “The Office,” who told him that he just had to direct his scripts. “He was right. The idea of handing this over to someone else to direct after I had poured so much into it became unthinkable.”

Despite the overwhelming critical acclaim for the show (it merits a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes), Crook was content to make just two seasons of the show, as Gervais had done with “The Office.” But he thought there was more story
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Hidden Gems: 'Moone Boy,' an Irish Coming-of-Age Charmer

Hidden Gems: 'Moone Boy,' an Irish Coming-of-Age Charmer
In 2013 the comedy landscape on TV was as robust as ever, with 30 Rock, Veep, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Girls, Bob's Burgers, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Key & Peele, Portlandia, Archer, etc. So many great choices.

It was the summer of that year and a little thing known as Netflix was barely starting to flex its muscles on original content — and a little older entity, but still a new player to originals, Hulu, was up and running. Outside of network shows (don't call them reruns), not many people knew what was ...
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Sarah Dillon hired as Development Manager for Ireland's €2m Wrap Fund (exclusive)

Dillon has been a Production and Development Exec. at the Irish Film Board for ten years.

Sarah Dillon has been appointed development manager at the Wrap Fund, a major new initiative to support production industry in and attract projects to the West of Ireland.

Ms Dillon will take up the new role following ten years working as Production and Development Executive at the Irish Film Board, where she worked across various documentary, feature and animation projects.

The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund - or Wrap Fund - was launched in November 2017 at the FÍS TV Summit in Galway City.
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13 modern TV comedies set in the 80s and 90s

Louisa Mellor Feb 16, 2018

To mark the release of Netflix’s 90s-set Everything Sucks!, here are a dozen more recommended nostalgic comedies…

The 90s felt so good that some of us never left. We’re still there, wearing Converse All-Stars, drinking blackcurrant Hooch and listening to Natalie Imbruglia. When we zone out in the monthly budgetary planning meeting, we’re doodling band logos and daydreaming about Alicia Silverstone in that Aerosmith video.

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This Friday welcomes new nineties-set high school comedy Everything Sucks! to Netflix. A sweet comedy set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, it’s the story of two outsider kids Luke and Kate, a would-be filmmaker and the principal’s daughter. It’s piled with retro references that will wrap around nineties kids like a warm blanket (and,
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'Get Shorty': How Elmore Leonard's Showbiz Satire Became a Small-Screen Gem

'Get Shorty': How Elmore Leonard's Showbiz Satire Became a Small-Screen Gem
When the legendary screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz got to Hollywood, he sent a telegram to his friend Ben Hecht back home in New York: "Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots." That's been a fantasy for hustlers ever since – the idea of Hollywood as a motherlode of suckers waiting to be fleeced by the right guy with the right scheme.

On Get Shorty, Miles Daly wants to be that right guy – a Nevada gangster with an Irish accent, bluffing his way into the movie business.
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Ireland's Ardmore Studios hits the market

Ireland's Ardmore Studios hits the market
Ireland’s largest and leading studio, which housed Oscar winner Braveheart, is now up for sale.

Ardmore Studios, Ireland’s best-known film and TV studio, is being placed on the market, the facility’s board of directors announced today.

The Studios has housed Irish and international features including Braveheart, My Left Foot and Excalibur. In more recent years, it has housed TV shows such as Penny Dreadful,The Tudors, and Moone Boy.

Productions currently on site include Mel Gibson feauture The Professor and the Madman and TV drama Into the Badlands.

In 2016, Ardmore Studios expanded its studio footprint and opened The Film Factory, a 47,000 sq. ft. studios in Bray.

Ossie Kilkenny and Paul McGuinness, both former U2 managers, are the majority shareholders in Ardmore and have owned the Studios for almost 30 years. Ibi Corporate Finance is acting on behalf of Ardmore in the sale process.

Established in 1958 and located on 18 acres in Bray, County Wicklow
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Acorn Falls For Irish Drama ‘Striking Out’ In Co-Production Deal

Acorn Media Enterprises is continuing its move into originals, teaming with Blinder Films, Dcd Rights and RTÉ as the North American co-producing partner on Irish legal drama Striking Out. The series will premiere on Ireland’s RTÉ in early 2017 and make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV next year. The four-part drama is eyed as a returnable and centers on the tumultuous professional and personal life of Dublin-based solicitor Tara (Moone Boy‘s Amy Huberman) and her fledgling law…
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Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway

Netflix's Jamie Dornan war-drama 'Jadotville' to screen at Galway
Festival guests will include director Jim Sheridan and actress Ruth Negga.

Netflix-acquired war-drama The Siege of Jadotville - which tells the true story of a battalion under attack in the Congo in the 1960s - leads a strong line-up of Irish cinema at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh (July 5 - 10).

The film stars Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led an Irish battalion of United Nations soldiers during a tense stand-off against local troops and foreign mercenaries in the Congo in 1961.

The Parallel Film-produced title, a directorial debut by Richie Smyth based on the novel by Irish journalist Declan Power, will have a special screening at the Fleadh.

It is one of several Irish films that will bow at the Fleadh, which runs from July 5th-10th. The festival will also focus on world cinema and Finnish cinema. Guests include director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga and screenwriter Kirsten Smith.

Property Of The State, a drama
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Mum: ace BBC Two comedy renewed for series 2

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Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan will return in series 2 of Stefan Golaszewski's very funny, very tender sitcom Mum...

Great news for fans of BBC Two's warm-hearted sitcom Mum: Cathy, Michael, Kelly and co. will all be back for a second series.

BBC Two has confirmed that a further six episodes of the beautifully balanced comedy will be filmed in 2017.  

The first series, which concluded tonight on BBC Two, spanned a year in the life of the recently widowed Cathy (Lesley Manville). It was a deft combination of subtle human insight, outrageous characters and an involving understated romantic story with terrific performances from Manville and Peter Mullan.

Mum was created by Stefan Golaszewski and shares the single location trick of his previous sitcom Him & Her. Instead of Steve and Becky's messy flat, its episodes take place entirely in Cathy's suburban semi, where she's attempting to
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Paris Co-production Village unveils 2016 line-up

New projects from Evgeny Ruman [pictured], Lav Diav, Ian Fitzgibbon and Frances Bodomo to attend.Scroll down for full list of projects

Evgeny Ruman, Lav Diav, Ian Fitzgibbon and Joko Anwar will be among the directors presenting new projects at the third edition of the Paris Co-production Village in June.

A joint venture between Les Arcs European Film Festival and Champs Elysées Film Festival, the event will unfold June 8-10 in Paris as part of the latter event’s Industry Days. Its aim is to connect international film-makers and producers with French production and sales partners.

The line-up for Us in Progress has also been unveiled featuring seven projects including Easy Living by Adam Keleman who was assistant director on Brooklyn.

The central Co-production Village selection features 12 projects, hailing from Europe, Asia and Latin America, the Us and Israel.

Israeli film-maker Evgeny Ruman will present Golden Voices, his third film after The Man In The Wall which played
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CEO/Co-Founder Henry Normal Exiting Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions; BBC Worldwide Increases Stake In Indie

Henry Normal, co-founder and CEO of Baby Cow Productions, the indie he set up with Steve Coogan in 1999, is exiting. Coogan will assume a broader role as part of the transition, and BBC Worldwide, which already is part-owner, will increase its stake to 73%. The prolific company’s credits include TV series Gavin And Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy, and Alan Partridge. Normal has executive produced all of the Baby Cow’s output and was also executive producer on Philomena
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