The Borgias Win at Canada’s Gemini Awards

The Borgias takes top honours at Canada’s Gemini Awards

At a star-studded gala Wednesday night, 7 September 2011, The Borgias won the Gemini Award for best dramatic series.

When it premiered in April, The Borgias, a period drama full of sex and scheming, grabbed the attention of 1.3 million viewers in Canada.

Jeremy Irons accepted the award via pre-recorded video message.

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presented 61 Gemini Awards Wednesday night, 31st August 2011, at the second of three galas. Programs in the categories of drama, comedy, variety and children’s or youth programming were honoured in Toronto.

The Borgias received three awards in Wednesday night’s ceremony.

Winners from Wednesday night’s ceremony:

- Best direction in a dramatic series: Jeremy Podeswa for The Borgias

- Francois Seguin wins Best Production Design/Art Direction in a Non-Fiction                         Program/Series for The Borgias.

  – The Borgias – The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin ….. Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series

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Before the awards were handed out, best director nominee Jeremy Podeswa — who won for “The Borgias” — described the Gemini bash as a favourite get-together for members of Canada’s tight TV industry.
He compared it to the Emmys, where he was nominated last year for his work on “The Pacific.”
“It feels like much more of a family kind of thing,” said Podeswa, who added he would be unable to attend this year because he would be in Ireland directing “Game of Thrones.”
“The Geminis have always been a place where I immediately felt comfortable and at home.”

The Gemini Awards culminate with the Sept. 7 gala on CBC-TV. Comedy superstar Russell Peters will host, with presenters set to include Catherine O’Hara, Alan Thicke, Hugh Dillon and Priestley.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/entertainment/Geminis+honour+Degrassi+Borgias+Battle+Blades/5336863/story.html#ixzz1WfjMrLQF

Jeremy Irons to do Henry IV for BBC

Jeremy Irons takes lead in BBC2’s new Henry IV adaptation – from Guardian.co.uk

Jeremy Irons is set to film Shakespeare’s Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, as part of the BBC’s 2012 Shakespeare Season, directed by Richard Eyre.

Irons will feature alongside Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal and Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff in Henry IV. Hiddleston will then take the lead role in Henry V, which along with Richard II forms part of the BBC cycle of Shakespeare’s history plays to be broadcast in 2012.

Henry IV will be directed by Sir Richard Eyre, the former director of the National Theatre, with Thea Sharrock taking directing duties on Henry V, which goes into production later this year. Henry IV is due to begin filming in January.

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes has also signed up to helm four new versions of Shakespeare’s history plays for the BBC, it has been announced.

Mendes will be executive producer of Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V as part of a special season devoted to the Bard planned for 2012. They will be shown on BBC2.

The BBC’s 2012 Shakespeare season will be produced by Neal Street Productions with American partners NBC Universal and WNET.

Involving some of the most pre-eminent Shakespearian actors and directors of our time, the films will consist of bold adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, set in the Medieval period and filmed on locations around the UK and Europe. These four films will be linked to the Cultural Olympiad of 2012.

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More details from the Daily Mail:

Producers will be Rupert Ryle Hodges and executive producers Gareth Neame, Pippa Harris and Sam Mendes.

Julie Walters is in discussions to pull a pint or two as landlady of the infamous Boar’s Head Tavern.

Richard Eyre and Thea Sharrock would like the actress to play Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V, all of which are being filmed for BBC2 to be screened as part of next year’s cultural Olympiad.

The award-winning Ms Walters has agreed to do the project, but it’s a question of making the filming dates work.

Michelle Dockery, who has found much-deserved fame as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, is being  approached about playing Lady Percy, Hotspur’s wife, in the Henry IV films.

Joe Armstrong is in negotiations to play Hotspur, and there’s a plan afoot to try to get his father Alun Armstrong to play the Duke of Northumberland — Hotspur’s father. As I told you a while back, Tom Hiddleston is playing Prince Hal, in the two Henry IV dramas, and Henry V.

Richard Eyre will direct the Henry IV films (more than four hours of drama in total).

Jeremy Irons to be part of New Yorker Festival 2011

Tickets will go on sale at 12 noon E.T. on Friday, September 9th.

 

SATURDAY / OCTOBER 1, 2011

PANELS

Bravura Television

Big roles on the small screen.
With Laura Dern, Edie Falco, William H. Macy, and Jeremy Irons.
Moderated by Tad Friend.
4 P.M. Acura at SIR Stage37 • 508 West 37th Street ($30)

 

 

‘The Borgias’ UK Premiere – Press Articles

The Borgias premiered in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Saturday 13 August 2011. Here are a few articles from the UK press regarding the series:

The Guardian  “Irons is fabulous….It’s a mesmerising performance”

The Telegraph – [Borgias review]

The Telegraph – Jeremy Irons: Why I said yes to a fornicating pope.

The Daily Mail

Digital Spy UK – ‘The Borgias’ David Oakes interview: ‘Playing a hedonist is fantastic’

BBC – Newsbeat

 

‘The Borgias’ go to the Sziget Festival

Jeremy Irons and fellow castmates from The Borgias – David Oakes (Juan Borgia) and Ronan Vibert (Giovanni Sforza) – attended the Prince concert at the Sziget Festival in Hungary on 9 August 2011.

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photo via @jelenakrajsic on Twitter

Tuscan Sun Festival – A Fan’s First-hand Account

Thank you to [you know who you are] for this account of Jeremy at the 2011 Tuscan Sun Festival:

(Photos at the bottom of the post…)

“The evening was a mix of theater, music and ballet and told the story of the 9 year long relationship between Chopin and female writer George Sand. Though I really like Chopin’s music and they played the pieces pretty well, I just wished there were less music and more Jeremy.

As for his acting: he was breathtaking… I was very curious whether he could do a convincing Chopin. Not only because he had to play a young man (half of his age), but because of Chopin’s character, who was a fragile, angelic man, ill all the time, sophisticated and sensitive in a sort of feminine way (while Sand was the more dominant, stronger party in the relationship). And yes, he did it… He transformed completely, especially in the second half of the play, when he becomes more and more ill and lonely and finally brakes up with Sand. You just wanted to take him to your arms carefully and protect him – just like George Sand must have felt about Chopin.

I’m not sure if I have ever seen him being so painfully beautiful like this evening. His hair was something like in Appaloosa, curly at the back, and his skinny, fragile figure was emphasized with long, narrow-fitted clothes. And his face… it was truly expressive, lost, and dreamy (do you remember the last scene of M Butterfly? I could compare his between-genders presence to that). Every bit of him was alive, his playing was so subtle, sensitive and expressive!

As for the set, they had two armchairs and a table at each side of the stage, Sinead on the right, Jeremy on the left. At the back, in the middle the piano. Simon Trpceski played the pieces, while Jeremy sort of pretended to play them either sitting on a chair with his back to the audience or standing at the side of the piano.

There was an ovation at the end of course, they got flowers, and Jeremy threw his to the audience with a cheeky smile before he disappeared behind the curtains. Outside of the theater the crowd waited for them. The musicians came, then the dancers came, God knows who else came, but not them. I waited at least an hour but they must have left through a stage door or something, which was a bit disappointing. Both Max and Sam were there with girlfriends. I saw them briefly, they walked away on foot. Now they are at the charity dinner.”

Jeremy Irons – Tuscan Sun Festival – HUGE High-res Photos!

Click on the thumbnails for HUGE high-resolution photos of Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack at the 2011 Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.

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