Dorian Gray trailer added

The trailer for the upcoming movie Dorian Gray, starring Max Irons, has just been released.

The movie is set for release on 09.09.09

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The Power of the Powerless screening at Sacramento Film Festival

The 2009 Sacramento Film & Music Festival marks 10 years of the Capitol City’s celebration of cinema and music with its eponymous summer festival. The films are screened at the Crest Theatre from July 24 to August 2, 2009.

“The Power of the Powerless”, winner of the Golden Palm award at the Mexico International Film Festival, is a feature documentary directed and produced by Cory Taylor. “The Power of the Powerless” chronicles the rise and fall of communism in eastern Europe, as witnessed through the experience of what was then Czechoslovakia. The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.

The movie will be shown August 2, 2009 at 12:00 noon.

More information about The Power of the Powerless

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Jeremy Irons backs Oxfam Ireland

Jeremy Irons Backs Oxfam Ireland

July 22nd, 2009
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The mystery voice on our climate change video is none other than Jeremy Irons.  Showing his support, Mr. Irons stated:

“It’s time to recognise the devastating impact that climate change is already having on people living in poverty. We must make it clear to our leaders that they have to act now and deliver a global deal that supports developing countries in their efforts to cope and adapt. I encourage you to join Oxfam Ireland’s campaign today and together, we can send a strong and clear message that now is the time for action on climate change.”

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Jeremy Irons to portray Archibald McIndoe in new film

A possible upcoming film project for Jeremy Irons that of Reconstruction of Warriors, based on the book of the same name by E.R. Mayhew, about pioneering New Zealand plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe, who worked for the Royal Air Force during World War II. He greatly improved the treatment and rehabilitation of badly burned Spitfire pilots.

All of the details are not confirmed about the project but, according to various sites on the Internet, a screenplay has been written by Ireland-based writer Steven Goldsmith. Goldsmith was hired by Kevin Byron Murphy of Titian Red Pictures. The movie would be shot in Budapest, Hungary and in Ireland.

Likely director for the project is Lajos Koltai, a cinematographer and director who frequently works with Istvan Szabo. Lajos Koltai was the cinematographer for Jeremy’s movie Being Julia. Koltai’s American film directorial debut was for Evening, starring Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep.

Click here to read more about Sir Archibald McIndoe

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Sir Archibald McIndoe

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McIndoe and his patients

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Sir Archibald McIndoe and his patients - the Guinea Pigs

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Jeremy Irons to be Master of Ceremonies at Sunflower Jam

Ian Paice, Bruce Dickinson To Jam At The Sunflower Jam

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Thursday, 16 July 2009

The Sunflower Jam – the annual musical charity event created by Jacky Paice – takes place september 24 2009 at the Porchester Halls, London W2. This years all star line-up will feature Ian Paice & Don Airey (Deep Purple), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Micky Moody (Whitesnake), Jerry Brown (Tina Turner), Margo Buchanan (Pink Floyd), Nick Fyffe (Jamiroquai), Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) and Murray Gould (Elton John) – the master of ceremonies will be Jeremy Irons.

The concept of The Sunflower Jam was originally developed in 2006 by Jacky Paice. Jacky’s vision was always to hold a small, intimate event that brought together people with a passion for music, both in the audience and on stage, making the evening a fun way to raise money while avoiding the usual stuffiness of charity events. Promptly, the dining room of the Paice family home was overtaken as the office and all conversations related to the event. Over the past three years every member of Jacky’s family and extended family have been involved with the events in some way. Add to this a network of friends and the result is a truly family organized event!

All proceeds raised from the previous Sunflower Jam events held in 2006, 2007 and 2008 have gone to The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust. We have managed to raise just over £250,000.00! A figure we are extremely proud of. Due to the generosity of all our friends who have attended previous Sunflower Jam’s, we have been able to provide The Sas who work within both the Acute Cancer Care Unit and Outpatient’s Department at the UCLH and other hospitals for many years to come.

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The Colour of Magic on DVD in US

The Colour of Magic, in which Jeremy Irons has a small part as Lord Vetinari (The Patrician), is now available on DVD in the United States. Read more about it HERE

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Jeremy Irons in South Africa

Jeremy Irons is in South Africa

Jeremy Irons arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on the same British Airways flight as rugby star Chris Jack.

Jeremy’s time in South Africa was spent in conjunction with events sponsored by the Academy of Achievement and their 2009 International Achievement Summit.

More details can be found at the following blog:

http://bengsons.blogspot.com/2009/07/quick-rundown-of-our-days.html

Here’s the relevant excerpt:

“…The event, which was at a orphanage for AIDS orphans in Khayalicha, was a summit of the Academy of Achievement (or something) which as far as I can tell is an organization for rich graduate and doctoral students interested in social change. What was nuts is the incredible number of celebrities there. Among those we met or at least stood close to: Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Nadine Gordimer (Nobel Laureate, author of July’s Children), Chris Matthews, Sam Donaldson, Jeremy Irons, Barbara Holden (Minister in the government and extremely important figure from the Anti-Apartheid, released from jail at the same time as Mandela)….”

Jeremy Irons’s Biography on the Academy of Achievement website

Jeremy Irons’s Profile on the Academy of Achievement website

Jeremy’s Academy of Achievement Interview

Jeremy’s Academy of Achievement Photo Gallery

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Jeremy reads the poetry of TS Eliot at London University event

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TS Eliot widow exults in his poetry reading

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01.07.09
by Geordie Greg

London Evening Standard

In a rare public appearance, TS Eliot‘s widow Valerie attended a reading of her husband’s poems last night at London University.

“It was marvellous to hear Tom’s poems and to have them read so well,” she said. It is 86 years since TS Eliot published The Waste Land, revolutionising English poetry and placing him as its greatest 20th century exponent.

The readers were Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, actor Jeremy Irons, The Wire’s star Dominic West and actress Anna Cartaret as part of the TS Eliot International Summer School. It is more than 44 years since Valerie Eliot was widowed and she has been the sole executor of his literary estate ever since, cleverly allowing Andrew Lloyd Webber to use her husband’s feline verse for the musical Cats which effectively bankrolled Faber & Faber as the music became a global hit.

The reading in the Brunei Gallery was organised by Josephine Hart, who has pioneered public poetry readings at the British Library and recorded CDs of verse read by Harold Pinter, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Moore, Edward Fox and many other great British actors, with a CD and book given to every secondary school, introducing pupils to the auditory power of poetry.

Mrs Eliot, 82, married the American-born poet in January 1957; he was 37 years older than her. She was the great love of his life, rejuvenating him after his disastrous first marriage to Vivien who was mentally ill.

Mrs Eliot edited the first volume of her husband’s letters and also the facsimile volume of The Waste Land with the manuscript showing how Ezra Pound cut it brilliantly by a third, ensuring its position as the most important poem in modern history.

She said she was moved and exhilarated by the readings which were fast, lively and produced a standing ovation from the audience.

“History before our eyes, an incredible connection,” said Heaney.

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