Jeremy Irons mentioned in poem “Greetings, Friends” by Roger Angell

from The New Yorker

Greetings, Friends!
by Roger Angell
December 22, 2008

Fair readers, hail! Now here’s a teaser:
Who’s this pale, familiar geezer
Appearing through the mists of time
Atop a tow’r of creaky rhyme?
Why, yes, it’s us—we’re back, hooray,
To hug you each this holiday
And post sweet thoughts of you from here
To neighbors round the blogosphere.
Felicitations, dears and dudes,
Let’s see some Yuley attitudes—
Come bump the chest and dap a fist
With élite types upon our list
(Each of them in private thinking,
This could be my Christmas inking)
And wish them and their couplets well
On this retrieval of Noël.
Susan Choi! Jeremy Irons!
May joy accrue in your environs!
Let pleasant days descend, for cause,
Upon the Robert Morgenthaus,
And Christmas bliss, we should assume,
Enfold us each and Heidi Klum.
We wish a busy year-end hols
To Stephen Frears, the Pussycat Dolls,
Andrew Sarris, Sarah Vowell,
Paris Hilton, and Colin Powell.
C’mon, ’09, bring on the drama:
Welcome, Pres.-elect Obama!
Hail, Michelle! Historic faces!
Brains let loose in higher places!
Notwithstanding gloom and crisis,
Cool and thinking once or twice is
What we’ll need till things grow brighter—
Or so says your low-rent writer.
If no one minds, here’s where we hail
Our friends Chris Beels and Christian Bale,
And folks whose names you knew we’d know,
Like Suri Cruise and Wayne Thiebaud,
Bristol Palin, Dakota Fanning,
Lizzie Peyton, and Peyton Manning.
Carla Bruni, comment ça va?
Et Georges Cluny—connais pas?
So ha’r you doin’, George F. Will,
Drew Gilpin Faust, and Dr. Phil?
Yo, to speed this selfsame notion,
Usain Bolt and Andrew Motion.
Fetch lattes, Muse, to elevate
Ric Burns and Rocco Mediate;
And baby quiches, cheese or spinach,
For me and Dennis J. Kucinich.
We’ve mistletoe, in hope it helps
To waft good will to Michael Phelps,
And myrrh (spell-checked) to make the Day
For Charlie Crist and Tina Fey.
Come Christmas, gang, we’ll ask St. Nick
To not forget Nathaniel Fick;
Then drop requested toys and games
On Lolo Jones and LeBron James,
Plus lumps of coal from deepest pack
For Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,
And candy canes enough to rain
Around the homes of John McCain.
Jump in here, waits, in makeshift choir
And lift some chords for Danny Meyer,
With gladsome tunes for Teri Garr,
Zaha Hadid, and David Carr;
And make the lofty welkin ring
O’er Miley Cyrus, Vijay Singh,
And lissome late selections then
For Esa-Pekka Salonen;
And, lads, ere you cease this yowling,
Alleluia, J. K. Rowling!
Foregathered round the verdant pine
With kith and kids of yours and mine,
We’ll sort out gifts with Maya Lin,
And call Al Gore and Christo in
To clink a glass with neighbors there,
Like Neal Medlyn and Sheila Bair.
We’ll plan a flowing New Year’s with
Alison Cool and Kiki Smith:
In gala gear, in party rags,
We’ll greet Snoop Dogg and Billy Wags,
And similars of known renown,
Like Mardy Fish and Foxy Brown.
By wintry lawn we’ll dance till dawn
With Sheryl Crow and Wally Shawn,
J. Lo, Mo (the doughty Yankee),
Beyoncé, and Ben Bernanke,
Bobby Jindal, Tilda Swinton,
Sergey Brin, and Chelsea Clinton!
We’ve reached home port, this year is done;
Let’s trade it for a milder one.
As prescription, in a kernel,
Put your trust in the diurnal:
The Dow ascends, albeit slightly;
Lou Dobbs sounds offended nightly;
Spring arrives, the Mets are better;
Feed the kitten, mail that letter.
Christmas again, for what it’s worth:
Godspeed, good friends, and peace on earth.

Impressionism Ticket Information

from http://www.telecharge.com

Impressionism – Play, Drama

Tickets are tentatively scheduled to go on sale for Impressionism on January 28, 2009.

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Detailed Pricing Information
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On sale thru July 5

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Time Change: Thursday – March 12 @ 6:30pm (opening night)

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Jeremy Irons: Why our TV isn’t what it used to be

from http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Jeremy Irons: Why our TV isn’t what it used to be

Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons tells Roya Nikkhah why he fears Britain’s ‘smutty, shower-room’ broadcasting is contributing to the breakdown of society

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High roller: Jeremy Irons Photo: GETTY

Jeremy Irons has an almighty bee in his bonnet. “Why are we doing this to ourselves as a society? In the name of what?” he demands in that gravelly voice, banging his fist down on a wooden table.

The spiralling standards of our nation’s broadcasters, in particular the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand “Sachsgate” scandal, is making his blood boil. “I just thought, this is smutty, shower-room nonsense. Why is it on the radio? Surely it can’t be in the name of actually building and nurturing a society that we value and that will be admired by people. I think there is a way of showing manners and behaviour that we would hope people would have in life in our broadcasting.

“It doesn’t mean it all has to be middle-class, shire-orientated behaviour. But good manners and kindness are what hold our society together. And I would think that broadcasting would try and convey that. If we don’t have respect for each other then everything breaks down.”

He is equally riled by the kind of films and television that are deemed suitable for children. “I was talking to a friend the other day whose kids wanted to watch a film. It was rated 15, they were 14, so he looked in when they were watching it and couldn’t believe it. It was all violence, terrible language, several sex scenes. I know children know everything from the age of 12, but still… Now it’s ‘forget about the watershed, forget about what we show our kids’. It’s not good.”

Rant over, Irons sits back in his chair and lights the first of many roll-up cigarettes, hugging his long thin legs to his chest against the cold, which he says he will gladly endure so that he can freely pursue his “favourite vice” while we talk.

Irons had been due to work with Russell Brand next year on a new Hollywood film adaptation of The Tempest (Brand has been aptly cast as the potty-mouthed Trinculo) but tells me he has wriggled out of the production by tactfully finding another project, a film about the love affair between the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and the photographer Alfred Steiglitz that clashes with The Tempest’s schedule.

“I’ve decided not to do it because they offered me Alfonso, the most extraordinarily boring part in Shakespeare,” he says, laughing.

Today, he’s just finished recording Mr Luby’s Fear of Heaven, a John Mortimer play for Radio 4. He plays Lewis Luby, a writer and critic who doesn’t believe in the afterlife but, after falling into a coma following an accident, wakes in what he thinks might be heaven.

Irons has arrived at the west London recording studio on one of his beloved motorbikes — acting aside, motorbikes and hunting are his two great passions — and says that his bikes have resulted in some near misses. At 60, when he skids around a corner or comes tumbling off his mount, does he, like Mr Luby, ever ponder what may or may not await us when our time is up?

“Not at all,” he replies matter-of-factly. “For me, heaven or hell is what we leave of ourselves behind for other people. That is the afterlife for me. That’s probably what it’s meant to be.”

It is the first time that Irons and Mortimer have been reunited since the latter wrote the screenplay for the 1981 television adaptation of Brideshead Revisisted, in which Irons played Charles Ryder opposite Anthony Andrews’ Sebastian Flyte, a role that catapulted him to stardom.

Despite much prompting, he has remained notably silent on the subject of this year’s film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic, starring Emma Thompson, Matt Goode and Michael Gambon. So what did he think when he heard there was to be a re-make?

“Well, about three years ago they actually sent me the script because they wanted me to play Lord Marchmain but I couldn’t get [Laurence] Olivier out of my head, [Olivier played Lord Marchmain in the 1981 adaptation] so I passed on it.

“At first I thought, how come we took 13 hours to tell this story? But later, thinking about it, I thought they’d set themselves a big task. The television series worked because it was allowed the luxury of telling the story at its own pace, which we rarely allow now and I don’t think they could give it the full weight that television gave it.

“Then I thought it might be quite witty to play Charles’s father, so I said why don’t I play him, but they said no, you’re too upper class for that,” he continues, raising an eyebrow. “Actually, in the novel, Charles’ father is bookish but still fairly upper class, but I think it [the film] got slightly vulgarised because perhaps the makers felt that would help the drama — that the audience were not as perceptive now, which is not true.”

So has he seen the new film?

“Seen it?” he repeats with undisguised disdain. “No. It would be a bit like going to a party hoping I could be introduced to my ex-wife. It’s not something I would do. There are a lot of films I would like to see, and Brideshead is fairly low down on the list.”

Since making his mark as Charles Ryder and starring opposite Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981, Irons has never been out of work. He is one of those rare British actors who have had their pick of the best roles going in Hollywood, including the leads in Dead Ringers, Damage, The House of Spirits and the 1997 remake of Lolita.

Although he picked up an Oscar in 1991 for his sinister portrayal of Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune, a dramatisation of the story behind how his socialite wife, Sunny, who died only recently, slipped into a 28-year coma, it was Irons’ role in the animated film The Lion King that won him a legion of young fans. His dark brown tones sent shivers down the spine of millions of children when he provided the voiceover for the villainous Scar.

In 2005, Irons won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Robert Dudley in the Channel 4 series Elizabeth I, starring alongside Helen Mirren’s virgin queen. Yet these days, he avoids television as most of it is “just not very good”.

“Television has changed — it has lost its excellence. We used to have really great TV and the Americans used to admire our output, but theirs is better than ours now. They are making amazing dramas for television.”

The current crop of “dumbed-down” period dramas especially displease him, “with Victorians speaking in modern dialogue”.

The son of an accountant and a housewife, Irons was raised in the Isle of Wight and Hertfordshire, and now divides his time between homes in Oxfordshire and Kilmainham, Dublin, with his second wife, the actress Sinéad Cusack. The couple have two sons, Sam, 30, a photographer, and Max, 23, an actor.

After attending Sherborne School in Dorset, he trained at the Bristol Old Vic before joining its repertory company, the traditional route for actors “back then”. Now, however, he is all too aware — and saddened by —what he sees as young actors’ ever-increasing drive to chase fame instead of good, solid roles.

“I think that there is this idea that what you should go after is fame. That is a hugely mistaken idea because fame means absolutely nothing. This whole culture of wanting to become famous is on a hiding to nothing, a sign of a society that’s lost its way and will only judge people as being valid if they’re famous, which of course is all bull—-.

“As Tom Stoppard said, the only thing that fame means is that more people know you than you know.”

I ask him for an example of a young actor whose career he thinks the fame game has played a more important role in than raw talent. “I suppose, what’s her name, um, you know… who was in Bend it Like Beckham?”

Keira Knightley?

“Yes, but it has nothing to do with talent. She is very beautiful, guys like her, and I think probably if she was directed right she might be OK …”

After playing Alfred Steiglitz, his next project will take him behind the camera as director on a film that’s currently under wraps.

“I’m getting on a bit,” he jokes, feigning doddering hands as he rolls yet another cigarette. It will be only the second time that Irons has directed — his first, in 1985, was for the video of a Carly Simon song, Tired of Being Blonde — and is relishing the prospect of bossing around some actors.

“I’m looking forward to it, I need a new challenge before I completely run out of steam.” He quickly adds: “Not that I ever intend to.”

• ‘Mr Luby’s Fear of Heaven’ will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 2:15pm on December 31

Jeremy urges Screen Actors Guild to call off strike

Independent.ie
A-listers in last-ditch plea to stop actors’ strike

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles
Wednesday December 17 2008

Dozens of the film industry’s biggest stars, including George Clooney and Cameron Diaz, have joined a last-ditch effort to prevent an actors’ strike from crippling the Hollywood awards season for the second consecutive year.

They are among 130 A-list celebrities who signed a letter urging the Screen Actors Guild, a trade union involved in a long-running dispute with major film studios, to call off a strike ballot scheduled for next month.

“We support our union and we support the issues we’re fighting for, but we do not believe now is the time to be putting people out of work,” said the letter, adding that a strike would create “economic hardship” for workers at every level of the movie business.

The letter bore the names of a staggering array of leading actors, including Glenn Close, Eva Longoria Parker, Tobey Maguire, Tom Hanks, Heather Graham, Kevin Spacey, Charlize Theron, Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren.

It was written by Rhea Perlman, wife of Danny DeVito, and sent on Monday to board members of the guild, which has spent most of the year deadlocked in negotiations with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new employment contract for its 120,000 members.

The guild’s failure to agree a deal has caused it to fall out with rival unions, and seen Hollywood spend recent months on “virtual strike”.

Mounting hostility towards the leadership of the Screen Actors Guild spilled over on Monday, when its president, Alan Rosenberg, spoke to members in New York who have been critical of the decision to ballot over strike action.

Actor Alec Baldwin called for Mr Rosenberg and other negotiators to resign. “I’m curious why three other major unions came to terms with the [studios] and we haven’t. They have failed as negotiators.”

The Screen Actors Guild, meanwhile, has managed to get 31 high-profile members, including Mel Gibson and Martin Sheen, to put their names to a rival letter endorsing the strike bid. (© Independent News Service)

- Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Photos of Jeremy at the Santa Fe Film Festival

Thanks to Gabriella Marks of www.triggerfinger.com for these photos of Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen at the Santa Fe Film Festival at the Annual Milagro Awards Ceremony on Saturday December 6th at 4:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Temple.

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used with permission

Jeremy spotted at Santa Fe Film Festival

Sunday, December 07, 2008

SFFF Daily News Sights Celebrity Green Room

Awards Ceremony @ Santa Fe Film Festival

Giancarlos Esposito, Joan Allen, James Cromwell, Howard Shore, Ken Seng, Vilmos Zisgmond, Alan Arkin, Jeremy Irons, Bob Balaban, Robert Knott and Ali McGraw relaxing in Santa Fe Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony green room @ Scottish Rite Temple.

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A number of movies made in New Mexico — including a darkly humorous homage to spaghetti westerns and a drama about an investment broker who decided to start over again in Taos — picked up awards at the 9th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival’s Milagro Awards Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Center on Saturday night. Actors Alan Arkin and Ali MacGraw (both Santa Feans) hosted the roughly two-hour event, which played to a capacity crowd.

That said, an unexpected highlight was the appearance of actors Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, who are in town shooting the made-for-television movie Georgia O’Keeffe. The two jointly presented James Cromwell with his award.

Impressionism cast additions announced

Mason, De Shields, Weiss, Lazar and More Join Cast of Broadway’s Impressionism

By Andrew Gans
December 3, 2008
from Playbill.com

Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of Michael Jacobs’ Impressionism, which is scheduled to begin previews Feb. 28, 2009 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

Joining the previously announced Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen will be Marsha Mason (Steel Magnolias, Night of the Iguana), André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Michael T. Weiss (TV’s “The Pretender”), Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables, Tale of Two Cities) and Margarita Levieva, according to The New York Times.

Tony winner Jack O’Brien will direct the production, which will officially open March 12.

The Schoenfeld, located at 236 West 45th Street, is currently the home of the revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which will end its limited engagement Jan. 11, 2009.

Ostar Productions will produce Impressionism, which, press notes state, “is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives.”

Playwright Jacobs is also the author of Cheaters, which was produced on Broadway in 1978 at the Biltmore Theatre; and Getting Along Famously, which was produced Off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theatre. His 15 television series have won the Emmy, People’s Choice, Parent’s Choice and Environmental Media Awards, among others.

Joan Allen won a Tony Award for her performance in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, and she was also Tony-nominated for her work in The Heidi Chronicles. Allen has been nominated for three Academy Awards: for “The Contender,” “The Crucible” and “Nixon.”

Jeremy Irons won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of The Real Thing. The English actor also won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his work in the 1990 film “Reversal of Fortune.” Irons was also Golden-Globe nominated for “The Mission” and “Brideshead Revisited.” Among his London stage credits are Embers and The Rover.

Appaloosa on DVD 13th January 2009

Warner Lassoes Appaloosa for Blu-ray: Full Details and Cover Art
December 02, 2008

New Line and Warner Home Video will open the corral and let the new Western Appaloosa, starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renee Zellweger and Jeremy Irons, run loose on Blu-ray Disc January 13.

The day-and-date with DVD release will be presented in widescreen 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD lossless audio.

A respectable number of bonus features will be included on the BD-25 disc, one of which will be presented in high definition. The complete list is as follows.

* Commentary by Director Ed Harris and Screenwriter/Producer Robert Knott
* Additional Scenes with Selectable Ed Harris/Robert Knott Commentary (HD)
* Bringing the Characters of Appaloosa to Life featurette
* Historic Accuracy of Appaloosa featurette
* The Town of Appaloosa featurette
* Dean Semlers Return to the Western featurette

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Appaloosa on Blu-ray Disc has a retail price of $35.99.

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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Appaloosa on 13th January 2009 priced at $28.98 SRP. Ed Harris (who also directs, produces and co-scripts) and Viggo Mortensen star as friends and for-hire peacekeepers Cole and Hitch in this character-driven Western based on Robert B. Parkers novel. As the woman who arrives in town with only a dollar and a keen sense of survival, Renée Zellweger adds feelings – those things that can get you killed – to a quest to bring murderer Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) to justice. Blood will spill in the town called Appaloosa.

Features include:

* Anamorphic Widescreen
* English DD5.1 Surround
* English and Spanish subtitles
* Commentary by Director Ed Harris and Screenwriter/Producer Robert Knott
* Additional Scenes with Selectable Ed Harris/Robert Knott Commentary
* Corral of 4 Insightful Featurettes:
o Bringing the Characters of Appaloosa to Life
o Historic Accuracy of Appaloosa
o The Town of Appaloosa
o Dean Semlers Return to the Western

Faoi Lan Cheoil screencaps

Watch Jeremy’s Faoi Lan Cheoil episode!

Also, watch Jeremy in the Student and Teacher reunion episode:

Find more information HERE.
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