Irish actor Colin Farrell has a new stepfather in his life after his mother found love again in her 70s. The Phone Booth star reveals his mum Rita is a newlywed after deciding to tie the knot with a man called Joe following a whirlwind romance.
He tells U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, "She found herself a really good man... They got married six months ago.
"We threw her a wedding. A wedding was thrown in the back garden, so it wasn't very far...
"(They took) the fast track to love. They met... a little over a year ago, and they lived in sin for six months (before marrying)."
Farrell insists he has nothing but love for the new addition to his family, but he couldn't help but have a little fun with the 74 year old before giving Rita and Joe his seal of approval.
The 37 year old says, "I met him and vetted him and asked him what his intentions were... what his future was looking like... we've all got a future! He's a wonderful, wonderful man."
Rita was previously married to the actor's father, Irish soccer player Eamon Farrell.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we're checking out Chicago Fire, which will involve audiences in the lives of firefighters (twist!) who live and work in Chicago (double-twist!).
Series Name: Chicago Fire
Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 10 at 10 PM on NBC
Number of seasons on air: This'll be the first
Cast: Lie to Me costar Monica Raymund, House alum Jesse Spencer, Oz vet Eamon Walker, and the horror genre's own Lauren German — not to mention a handful of other "Hey, it's that guy!" players. And David Eigenberg.
Synopsis: The day-to-day professional and personal lives of a team of Chicago firefighters, faced with the innate stresses of their high-stakes jobs, as well as in-house rivalries, romances, and other tensions. The show picks a month after the death of a universally beloved Chicago firefighter in the line of duty. We devoted paramedic Gabriela Dawson (Raymund), firehouse newbie Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett), feuding colleagues Matt (Spencer) and Kelly (Taylor Kinney), hard nosed paramedic Leslie (German), and no-nonsense seasoned officer Boden's (Walker), in the dawn of an unwanted reassignment to the quiet, fire-free county of Deerfield. And David Eigenberg.
You'll like it if: You like high-stakes scenarios, living vicariously through onscreen excitement, and ensemble affairs manufactured with every single line of dialogue and interpersonal interaction steeped in a thick gravy of dramatic tension.
You won't like it if: You're put off by scenes of people facing mortal danger, children especially, and melodramaticism.
Who to watch with: Your fellow emotionally-driven TV watchers. The gaspers, the weepers, the sort of people who can hop on board a shipping bandwagon with little more than a few meaningful glances.
Who not to watch with: Your retired, stonefaced fire chief uncle who'll lament all the horsing around that goes on between these hormonal goofballs.
What to yell at the TV: "Don't go into that building! For goodness sakes, it's on fire! Everything is on fire! Why does a city as cold as Chicago have so much fire?!"
What to eat while watching: Marshmallows, bananas foster, anything flambé, or a deep dish pizza.
What to drink while watching: A Flaming Moe, of course.
Best fashion tip: Sometimes, a Hazmat Suit can be pretty stylish.
Worth checking out: We've seen countless police and medical dramas, but Rescue Me has really had the market on firefighter series. Hopefully, Chicago Fire can add something new to the mix and keep the admirable occupation of keeping our citizens safe afloat on network television. After all, it does have David Eigenberg.
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The leather accessory was a gift from his dad Eamon Farrell, a former soccer star who played for Ireland's Shamrock Rovers Football Club.
It is said to have been stolen a few weeks ago and the Minority Report star is desperate to get it back, according to Britain's The Sun.
A source tells the newspaper, "Colin has had this lucky leather belt for so long he just can't bear to get rid of it. The thing is literally coming apart at the seams.
"The belt has undergone numerous alterations, like having extra holes punched in it and extra leather added since he has gone through so many weight changes."
The Phone Booth star - who acted as best man at his gay brother Eamon's same-sex wedding last year (09) - has released a statement, backing the anti-bullying drive by gay charity Belong To, and revealing the problems his sibling faced in his youth.
And Farrell admits he still can't understand why Eamon was targeted by bullies because of his sexuality.
He says, "I can't remember much about the years of physical and emotional abuse my brother Eamon suffered. I was very small. The thing I do remember though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came home in the afternoon. The beatings and taunting were very frequent for him and a constant part of his school years.
"People are often afraid of difference. They feel that anything that causes fear, should be turned away from. My brother represented fear for so many people, but caused joy in my life. From a very young age he made me laugh with his intelligence and wit, made me aspire to his strength and goodness. He was to be embraced.
"To many of the students of his school however he was to be feared. He was to be turned away from. I didn't understand it then, and I still don't now."
The majesty of the Emerald Isle is on full display in Leap Year an opposites attract romantic comedy starring Amy Adams (Julie & Julia Enchanted) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man Watchmen). Director Anand Tucker (Shopgirl Hilary and Jackie) shooting entirely on location in Ireland takes us on a whirlwind tour of the country’s breathtaking landscape reveling in its fabled fairy-tale charm.
Pity then that such a magnificent setting is so mercilessly defaced by Leap Year’s unrelenting mediocrity. The film’s dubious premise testing the already loose limits of rom-com believability casts Adams as Anna a type-A career girl who flies to Ireland intending to pop the question to her feet-dragging boyfriend on February 29th aka Leap Day. Why Leap Day? Because according to some idiotic old Irish tradition that’s when women are allowed to do such things. (Click here to watch Adams herself try to explain the plot.)
Unfortunately for Anna weather problems force her plane to land far away from Dublin and her would-be fiance. Trapped in a tiny coastal town with no reliable transportation at her disposal she enlists the help of a scruffy abrasive barkeep named Declan (Goode) to drive her cross-country so she can reach her destination by the 29th. And thus begins the traditional rom-com mating ritual of sexually-charged bickering followed by moments of abrupt awkward intimacy.
While watching Leap Year I swear I could hear the Irish countryside quietly weeping as it witnessed Goode and Adams slog through the film's succession of trite misadventures the talented actors straining in vain to manufacture some semblance of romantic chemistry as an assortment of jolly Waking Ned Devine types futilely spurred them on. Oh if only Greenpeace could have intervened and put a halt to such wanton environmental desecration. It's the worst thing to come out of Ireland since The Cranberries.
The Irish star and Polish actress Alicja Bachleda became parents to little Henry in October (09).
After jetting back to Farrell's native Ireland for the holidays, the couple was on hand to attend the star's brother Eamon's marriage celebrations in Dublin on Sunday (27Dec09). Eamon wed his longtime boyfriend in a same-sex ceremony in Canada over the summer (09), but organised a party in his hometown to celebrate the nuptials with his family and friends.
The couple then flew to Poland to visit Bachleda's family and organise a baptism for their son.
Farrell and Bachleda were photographed attending an hour-long service at a church in Krakow, Poland on Tuesday (29Dec09), according to Polish website Efakt.pl.
Farrell has another son, six-year-old James, with his ex-girlfriend Kim Bordenave.
Eamon Farrell and his partner Steve Mannion tied the knot in a same-sex ceremony in Canada over the summer (09), with the Phone Booth star acting as best man.
But the happy couple has planned a second ceremony in Ireland to celebrate the union with friends and family.
The festive wedding blessing will take place in Dublin, Ireland next weekend (26-27Dec09) and Farrell is expected to fly back from his home in Los Angeles to attend, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.
After the ceremony the group will reportedly celebrate at popular Dublin nightspot Krystle.
Eamon Farrell has previously lamented the fact he is unable to legally wed in his native country, telling celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, "We have to get married abroad. It's absolutely terrible. We have to go somewhere legal, which narrows it down to about five countries."
Irish actress Celine Cawley, who had a small role in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, was found murdered at her Dublin home last week. The 46-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death, according to the IrishTimes.com
Now, it looks like her husband, Eamon Lillis, may be the prime suspect. He originally testified he had been walking the dogs and returned to see a masked assailant fleeing the home. Celine died an hour later at Beaumont Hospital. Lillis has now been arrested as part of the investigation.
After her brief stint onscreen, former model Cawley became a big name in media and advertising in Ireland. She started Toytown Films company in 1990 and transformed it into one of the most respected productions houses in the country.
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Brace yourself Dr. Laura. This clueless teen queen (Natasha Lyonne) has it all: good looks a football captain boyfriend and a popular pair of pom-poms. But her candy-colored world crumbles when her panicked parents stage an intervention after finding a Melissa Etheridge poster that leads them to conclude she's a friend of Ellen. After being carted off to an anti-gay rehab camp for teens the perky princess must choose between the straight and narrow-minded or the love that dare not speak its name.
The quirky ensemble casting is half this film's fun. Lyonne is charming as the pepster tempted by T&A and she sparks onscreen with swanky and sexy co-star Clea DuVall who plays the butch femme fatale suitor (alarmingly reminiscent of Nancy McKeon's Jo from "The Facts of Life.") Drag queen supreme RuPaul is unrecognizable out of his high heels and even higher blond wig wearing a "Straight is Great" T-shirt as a macho militant ex-gay counselor. Cathy Moriaty is sweetly sinister as the homophobic headmistress and Mink Stole steals scenes as the uptight upright meddling mom.
Kudos to Jamie Babbit for tackling this hot-potato topic but this well-intentioned film too often misses its mark turning potentially comical scenes into unbearably awkward moments. Babbit fouls when tugging at the heartstrings but hits home runs when the humor is at its broadest.