It is summer! One might think that things would slow down a bit in the world of Byrne, but no. Things are hopping!
Mr. Byrne himself appears to be in Ireland taking a bit of a very well-deserved vacation. Here you see him arriving at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the opening night of the play Noises Off in Dublin on Monday, July 8, 2013. It is good to see him out and about and looking relaxed after so many months of work, work, work!
But while he is relaxing, all kinds of Byrne-ing stuff is happening, especially in the arena of DVD news. So here we go!
Independent.ie reports: “Begorrah! This just might work…We’re past the halfway mark and the Gathering is on course for success says Kim Bielenberg”
Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of visitors from abroad has increased by 6.4pc in the period from January to May this year.
In the crucial North American market, the numbers are rosier still with an increase of 13pc.
The Gathering was perhaps given the celebrity kick it needed when actor Gabriel Byrne attacked the concept last November.
Proof that even negative vibrations can yield positive results. Go, Gabriel!
The Vikings Season One DVD is one step closer to being released. No release date is available yet, but it will probably be here soon!
We should stay tuned for Emmy news…It may be that both Gabriel Byrne and Travis Fimmel will be nominated for the series!
Bold and Unexpected Reviews: Review of I, Anna by SillyMummy
I prefer to think of I, ANNA as a character study. I love this kind of film that explores the character instead of the issue at hand – a murder. It’s about what they do, how they take it, how they react, the things they say, and so on. I feel such relief when I watch a ‘thriller’ but don’t have to suffer through overly-done special effects, car chasing and trigger-happy characters.
I quite enjoyed watching Gabriel Byrne. He’s a favorite of mine. Whichever story (good or poor) you throw at him, he puts his best into it and does a fantastic, powerful work with his portrayal of the character. As for Charlotte Rampling, I haven’t seen her in many films but she was very good in I, ANNA. She’s elegant and a pleasure to watch.
I, Anna will be released in theaters in Belgium on July 24. Thanks to DeMonk for this picture! And remember: the DVD is available at Amazon UK.
hbo: in treatment
Sydney Morning Herald: “How the fabulous creatures of the HBO universe made cinema (almost) unnecessary,” by David Dale [this article is no longer available]
HBO stands for Home Box Office. It’s a pay television network in America, but because of the quality of the programs it commissions and onsells to downloaders and networks around the world, the HBO brand has come to signify the best in black comedy, savage violence, frequent nudity, complex storytelling, shocking twists, weird lifestyles and challenging ideas.
Above all — and this is why it inspired the law students’ costume party — HBO means memorable characters. These are some you may recognize (and if you don’t, you’ll want to chase them down)…
#10: Paul Weston: An Irish-born, Brooklyn-based psychotherapist who is an empathic listener but is more damaged than many of his patients. “I cannot shrink her. She’s too complicated. And then I say to myself, do I really know any of these people? Or are they all just one big fiction that I’ve constructed in my head?” (In Treatment).
Almost singlehandedly, HBO is the reason critics now say television is more interesting than movies and why thousands of Australians buy and steal so many stories from the net.
The other characters in this list include Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones), Tony Soprano (The Sopranos), and Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City). Dr. Weston is in good company!
I’ve scoured Twitter and Facebook and blogs and websites and there has been not one word about Gabriel Byrne and this film. I think he’s already completed filming his scenes, though shooting in London continues.
If you would like to join me in this detective work, here are some resources:
Follow the hashtag #VAMovie on Twitter to catch most of the fansites and fans tweeting, but be prepared for lots of “trending” activities and other stuff.
Be like me, though, and try to follow this advice:
SarahR’s latest rendition of Gabriel Byrne as Victor Dashkov
in “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters“
Le Capital opens in theaters in Montreal on July 26. It will open in October in the USA as well. Yay!
You can get the DVD at Amazon.fr. I’ve ordered mine and it should be here shortly. There is a 13-minute interview with Mr. Byrne included in the extras.
Screencap from the “Le Capital” DVD interview
all things to all men
All Things To All Men is getting a name change for the DVD version: The Deadly Game. You can sign up to be notified when the DVD is released at Amazon UK.
The Alt Entertainer: “The BBC Breathes Life into Benjamin Black’s Books”
This first series will contain three episodes covering the book titles ‘Christine Falls’, ‘The Silver Swan’ and ‘Elegy for April’. The episode I was treated to was ‘Christine Falls’. I won’t say too much as I do not want to spoil it for you but what I will say is that Quirke does exactly what every good crime drama should – it hooks you with a plot littered with twists and keeps you guessing right up to its very end.
After the screening author John Banville said: “We as humans have an amazing capacity to know and not know what is happening. Ambiguity is the essence of life and the soul of crime fiction, which is why I have admired it all my life. I am very excited to see my character Quirke incarnated by Gabriel Byrne.”
And don’t forget to check out the transcription of the BBC preview Panel. The audio from the panel was often quite poor, so I did the best I could in transcribing it for you. It is a great read, so give it a go!
You can pre-order the Quirke DVD, set for release on August 26, at Amazon UK.
Quirke, incarnated by Gabriel Byrne
just a sigh/le temps de l’aventure
The film was a hit at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, in the Czech Republic. A report from a friend who attended the festival included some great pictures and this news:
Please find attached a picture showing director of “Le Temps de l’Aventure” in front of his audience at the first screening in the famous Grand Hotel Pupp (also used for the James Bond movie Casino Royale with Daniel Craig).
Tweet from July 6:
yes I went there this morning, large crowd of 750 people (sold out) and five minutes applause, they loved #JustASigh
Bravo, Mr. Bonnell!
Lucky Karlovy Vary inhabitants were treated to this!
Just A Sigh indeed…
all that jazz
Miss Ella Said: “The First Ladies,” Posted on July 9, 2013 [The link to this posting is no longer available]
My love affair with everything Jazz happened when I watched Point of No Return starring Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. This rendition of La Femme Nikita was mixed with the soulful, haunting sounds of Nina Simone. Soon after watching that movie I dived into the sounds of Jazz and the women that gave it voice and life. Some of my favourites include: Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gliberto, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday. The list is endless really.
This summer, Verve Remix released First Ladies. If you are hesitant about Jazz, then I recommend getting your feet wet with this mix.
Enjoy your summer with some cool Jazz on those hot nights!
The always inspiring Gabriel Byrne with the inimitable Nina Simone
Many thanks to DeMonk, Claudia, Angelle, SarahR, my Anonymous festival-going friend, and other Byrneholics who contributed to this edition of The Byrne-ing News!
Happy Summer to all!
Added July 15
The study begins:
If you watch Gabriel Byrne’s work closely, there is almost always a moment when his characters doubt themselves. Through his strong, Irish accent, Byrne will often deliver a loud, imposing monologue in which he cements his point. And then he’ll look away. For a half a second, his eyes dart to the side. He’s wondering if he’s actually right, or trying to convince himself that he’s right. It’s a little moment, the slightest of gestures, but it’s almost always there.In those brief moments of panic, I want nothing more than to follow whatever Byrne character I’m watching. I want that man to expose his insecurities and make me believe what he believes. Which, more often than not, Byrne does quite easily.
Alex then examines 5 essential Gabriel Byrne roles and throws in a sixth–Paul Weston in In Treatment–at the end, calling it “The Best of the Best.” He compares Mr. Byrne’s work in the HBO series to James Gandolfini’s role in The Sopranos, suggesting the comparison is fair:
A few weeks ago in this column, I asked if James Gandolfini’s performance on HBO’s The Sopranos was the best television performance of all time. And while I won’t declare that Byrne’s work as Paul Weston is better, I certainly would like to throw his name into the conversation.
Yes, Alex is a Gabriel Byrne fan, but he still has tons of Gabriel movies to watch. Check out the comments section of his posting and see what other Gabriel Byrne fans had to say to him!
You can follow Alex on Twitter, where he is @shiftingPersona. He is a fine blogger on film!