Jeremy Irons to Receive Award at San Francisco International Film Festival

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Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8.

The award will be presented on May 1. The SF Film Society and its year-round programming will be the beneficiary of the star-studded fundraiser honoring Oscar winner Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), who will be filling the shoes of Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler Alfred in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” mashup from Zack Snyder.

Meanwhile, Richard Linkater is the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award; Stephen Gaghan the recipient of the Kanbar Screenwriting Award; and John Lasseter the recipient of the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award.

Previous recipients over the past decade of the Owens Award are Harrison Ford (2013), Judy Davis (2012), Terence Stamp (2011), Robert Duvall (2010), Robert Redford (2009), Maria Bello (2008), Robin Williams (2007), Ed Harris (2006), Joan Allen (2005) and Chris Cooper (2004).

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An Evening with Jeremy Irons
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
7:30 pm Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore)
$20 members, $25 general

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Join the Festival for a very special award night celebrating the career of one of cinema’s great acting talents, Jeremy Irons. Named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations, Peter J. Owens (1936-1991), this award honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The evening will include a clip reel of career highlights and an onstage interview with the artist, followed by a film screening.

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The evening includes a special screening of a representative film from the career of the honoree. Film to be announced.

Jeremy Irons at the Producers Guild of America Awards

Jeremy Irons attended the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jeremy spoke on stage to introduce PGA Award nominees 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto

Jeremy Irons and Jared Leto inside at the 25th annual Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)

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Jeremy Irons in ‘Cigar Aficionado’ Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the March/April 2013 issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine.

This magazine is a must own for any Jeremy Irons fan. Be sure to buy a copy at your local news stand, book seller or cigar store.

Here are scans and photographs of the magazine. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images and read the text.

All images © Cigar Aficionado Magazine [Text by Marshall Fine - Portraits by Jim Wright] No copyright infringement intended.

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Jeremy Irons Attends Sean Penn and Friends Help Haiti Gala

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 12: Actor Jeremy Irons attends the 2nd Annual Sean Penn and Friends Help Haiti Home Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Hotel on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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Jeremy Irons visits Chateau Montelena Winery

Dave Hosts Jeremy Irons

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APRIL 28, 2011
Via Montelena Winery News

Recently, the famous actor Jeremy Irons visited us as part of a British documentary project. Who was the lucky guy that hosted him? Our own Dave Vella, because the whole subject of the upcoming feature is about sustainability, and Dave is our resident guru on that subject. Catch Jeremy Irons on the current Showtime series “The Borgias” – catch Dave and Jeremy Irons on camera in a future Blenheim Films documentary about sustainable farming – we’ll let you know when the film is released.

Dave Vella and Jeremy Irons

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Jeremy Irons at The Borgias Press Conference

Jeremy Irons at The Borgias Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel, on April 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jeremy Irons in San Francisco, CA

Thank you to Bill Lundy, of San Francisco, CA for these great photos!

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TCA Press Event Photos and News

The Borgias will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 9:00 to 11:00 pm EST.  It will move to its regular time slot of 10:00 pm, the following week.

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From Elise Crane Derby via Twitter

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Jeremy is not in this video, but Colm Feore, who plays Cardinal Della Rovere in “The Borgias”, speaks about working with Jeremy and he gives a lot of interesting details about the filming of the series.

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From Brittany’s TCA 2011 Blog:

The Borgias

Please stop calling Showtime’s The Borgias a sequel to its wildly successful The Tudors. According to Borgias star Jeremy Irons, the shows are alike “as much as Hamlet is the same as MacBeth.”

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Billed by Showtime as “the original crime family,” the series depicts the titular family as Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) “builds an empire through the corruption of the Catholic Church and orchestrates a relentless reign of power and flamboyant cruelty” once he begins Pope Alexander the Sixth. The same qualities are seen in his children as Juan (David Oakes) becomes head of the papal armies and Cesare (Francois Arnaud) is made a Cardinal, while Rodrigo plots to marry off daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) as a means of further improving the family’s political position. Sex, violence, and chaos abounds.

“The series is about power and God and how they interact,” creator, writer, director (of the first two episodes) and executive producer Neil Jordan said. Co-star Colm Feore added that it’s a “very difficult problem. Maybe they don’t work together.”

Yet with all the sin, debauchery and cruelty perpetuated by the Borgias, are they going to repel some viewers who find them too objectionable? It’s possible, but no one seemed particularly bothered. Asked that question, Irons replied, “It’s for us to judge them, and wonder how much has changed [since then].” He added that the fact that people are afraid of skeletons in closets may have something to do with ‘why we have such boring people as leaders” – because they don’t want their misdeeds inevitably exposed by their candidacy.

On top of that, The Borgias faces another hurdle. With religion involved, controversy sometimes follows. Jordan doesn’t expect a backlash, however, saying that “these events are so well-documented and [Rodrigo] did try and protect the institution [of the Catholic Church]. I don’t think the Church will be unhappy.” Yet there’s only so far history can take the fictional Borgias. Asked how much research the actors did, Fiore said that it doesn’t matter as much as we might think, since “you’re only going to be doing the bit selected for the story.” Arnaud concurred: “It’s not about history so much anymore as it is about what we’re telling you.” In other words (mine, not theirs), die-hard history buffs should expect some dramatic license.

If there’s one thing in common between The Borgias and The Tudors, it’s that once again there’s no shortage of salacious content, with plenty of nudity and implied sex acts in the clip reel alone. However, unlike how it became a marketing point for The Tudors, it “just happened to be part of the story” of The Borgias, Jordan said. Yet that’s where the similarities end.

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Memorable quotes from The Borgias TCA panel discussion:

1. I read something about Pope John the Pope John Paul, is it, the Polish Pope. And it was from a Catholic theologian who said he wrote, actually, ‘Habet duos testiculos et bene pendentes.’ He said, ‘This man is well hung. That’s why he deserved to be Pope.’ Now, certain things the Vatican will not reveal to all of us, but there is a chair, apparently, a Porphyry Chair, with a large circular hole in it to so these examinations can be made. Now, many people will deny that, but I’ve read I read reputable historians who says it happens, okay? Perhaps no longer, but then it did.” – Neil Jordan, “The Borgias” (Showtime)

2. “I think (Rodrigo Borgia) is a pretty good guy just doing the best he can. I mean, power corrupts, you know. It was a time quite unlike the time we live in today. There were murders in Rome every night, poisonings most weekends. There was incest here and sodomy there. You know, it was a good old rolling, rollicking society. And if you’ve got to try and run that, which the Pope attempts to do, then, of course, you’ve got to play by some of the games, by some of the rules that society follows. I didn’t judge him at all. I just tried to hang on by the…hang onto the position and do what he wanted too. I think it’s up to the audience to say what is good, what is wrong, what is right, and then think how much… wonder how much has changed as you look at present day Italy or present day almost anywhere of power. I think there are huge parallels about what people get up to in order to hang on to power and in order to get their way. I don’t think anything has changed, and perhaps those thoughts will go through our minds when we judge these people. I played him. I thought I was quite a good guy. But George W. Bush probably thought he was quite a good guy, too. Stalin probably liked himself.” – Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias” (Showtime)

3. “As a director, (’The Borgias’) is a nightmare because (the actors) all come with the books about their character. ‘Hang on, I didn’t do that. Look, it says here he did this. It says here he did that.’ Stop, please.” – Neil Jordan, “The Borgias” (Showtime)
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From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:

There’s no mystery where Showtime is taking its marketing orders from in promoting its forthcoming historical costume drama series The Borgias that premieres April 3. The tagline hypes it as “the original crime family,” documenting life in the Italian Renaissance of the late 1400s and the corrupt rule of Rodrigo Borgia, who would become Pope in 1492. As he described during a TCA session this afternoon, the man playing the Borgia patriarch, Jeremy Irons, saw the notorious Rodrigo as “a pretty good guy doing the best he can.”

Irons continued, “It was an interesting time. There were murders every night. Poisonings most weekends. Incest here, sodomy there. It was a good old rolling, rollicking society. If you’re going to run that as a Pope tends to do, you’re going to have to play by some set of rules. I don’t judge him at all. I think it’s up to the audience to say what is good, what is wrong, what’s right. There are huge parallels today to how things were back then as far as what people get up to and what they do to get their way. I don’t think anything has changed really. I played him as someone who thought he was a pretty good guy. I’m sure George W. Bush thought he was a good guy, too. Stalin probably liked himself.”

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Jeremy Irons nominated for Golden Globe award!

Golden Globe nominations announced – Georgia O’Keeffe receives 3 nominations!

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The 57th annual Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The category’s five nominees announced Tuesday morning included: Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance,” HBO; Kenneth Branagh, “Wallender,” PBS; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Endgame,” PBS; Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm,” HBO; Jeremy Irons, “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Lifetime.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood’s second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

Other Georgia O’Keeffe nominations:

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JOAN ALLEN GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
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The Globes are today? – Joan Allen reacts to being nominated for a Golden Globe Award – from the Chicago Sun Times:

For veteran Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Joan Allen, the Globe announcements came as a complete surprise. Nominated for best actress in a TV miniseries or made-for-TV movie for playing the title role in ‘‘Georgia O’Keefe’’ on Lifetime, Allen said, ‘‘I didn’t even know it was going on. I was totally oblivious, until I got an email from my publicist in L.A. saying, ‘Congratulations on your nomination!’

‘‘I had to ask, ‘Nomination for what?’ I wasn’t even sure which award ceremony it was for!’’

When Allen realized it was for the Golden Globes and for ‘‘Georgia O’Keefe,’’ she had several reactions.

‘‘First I was so very pleased Jeremy [Irons, her co-star] was also nominated and was so pleased for my producing partners on this project that we were recognized for something we all believed in so much.

‘‘Now, of course, I have to start worrying about what I’ll wear to the ceremony,’’ added Allen with a big laugh. ‘‘And finally, I must say this is a very nice early Christmas gift to get!’’
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