Colin Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in a string of Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, Alexander and S.W.A.T.
Early life: Colin Farrell was born in Castleknock, Dublin. He attended The Gaiety School of Acting, but dropped out and was cast in the part of Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama.
Career: After Ballykissangel, Farrell had a number of small parts in various TV shows and films and then in 2000, he was cast in the lead role of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland.
He then went on to feature in a few commercially unsuccessful films, but 2003 proved more fruitful. Roles in Phone Booth, S.W.A.T. and The Recruit were all well received box office successes.
Farrell has also proved a successful supporting actor, giving well received performances with Tom Cruise in Minority Report (2002), and as Bullseye in Daredevil (2003).
After Daredevil, Farrell went on to appear in the title role of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's 2004 biopic Alexander, which received mixed reviews the world over.
Move forward to 2006 and success would enter when Colin appeared opposite Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann's action-crime film Miami Vice. The film was a box office success grossing a total of $163,557,986 worldwide.
Building on the success of Miami Vice, Farrell featured in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream in 2007 and Martin McDonagh's In Bruges in 2008, both garnered positive reviews.
Personal life: Farrell married English actress Amelia Warner in July 2001 and divorced her four months later.
Farrell has a son, James (born September 12, 2003), with American model Kim Bordenave, from whom he has since separated.
In December 2005, Farrell voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation treatment centre for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers.
Celebrity status: Farrell was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003. He was also voted 6th in the World's "Sexiest Man" contest by Company Magazine in that same year.
Trivia: His dad was a footballer who played for Shamrock Rovers FC.
Colin was a promising young football player for Dublin team, Castleknock Celtic, as a goalkeeper.
Farrell auditioned for the Irish group Boyzone when he was still unknown, but was unsuccessful.
He made a guest appearance on the US sit-com Scrubs as Billy, a charming Irishman who accompanies a man who he knocked out in a fight.
U2 took to Twitter to share a picture of 80,000 fans at their Dublin gig, but their photograph has hit headlines for the wrong reasons after a guy in the front row was spotted aiming a two-fingered hand gesture at the camera.
U2 posted a picture of their lively Dublin crowd on Saturday night (22.07.17) - but the photo stood out due to one fan.
The Irish rockers - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. - took to their Twitter to upload the image of their 80,000 capacity crowd at Croke Park, but didn't spot one guy in the front row flicking them an inoffensive two-fingered gesture.
U2 captioned their picture: ''Full house tonight. #U2 #croker #dublin #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 (sic)''
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In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a distinctly feminine perspective. Like her other films, this feels loose and sometimes aimless, demanding that the audience find their own way through the story. It's also a remarkably effective gothic thriller, darkly playing on the vulnerability and innate power of women.
It's set in 1864 Virginia, where the residents of an isolated girls school can hear the Civil War raging in the distance. Teachers Martha and Edwina (Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst) and students Alicia, Jane, Amy, Marie and Emily (Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke and Emma Howard) have just been getting on with their education in their cocoon-like plantation. Then Amy discovers wounded Union soldier John (Colin Farrell) in the woods. With their own male relatives dead or missing in the war, all of these women are fascinated by this man, an enemy who needs their help. So each begins flirting with him in her own way. But as John considers staying on as a handyman, he's unaware of the jealousies he is igniting around him.
The actors give provocative, layered performances, subtly revealing their internal desires as they interact in unexpected ways. Kidman is the focal point as the stern Martha, trying to remain stoic and in control even as she feels lust for this interloper. Dunst's Edwina is more openly romantic in her approach, while Fanning's Alicia is old enough to desire him in unfamiliar ways. The younger four girls stay mainly on the sideline, even as they add their own layers of intrigue. And Farrell is terrific as the brooding, swarthy man who's unaware of the passions he's stirring up. Where this goes is creepy and intense, as John seems to think that he can pick whichever woman he likes. But he's badly underestimating them.
Continue reading: The Beguiled Review
John McBurney is a Union soldier who is found injured in the grounds of a Mississippi Confederate all-girls boarding school in 1863. The girls and their headmistress Miss Farnsworth take him inside to care for him, locking him in a room to keep him separated from the girls, but during his stay he manages to charm the likes of teacher Edwina Dabney and one of the elder students, Alicia, not to mention Martha herself. John's presence in the house disrupts the once quaint atmosphere, and it soon becomes thick with deceit and jealousy. As each of the girls turn on one another one by one, they begin to realise who the real enemy is. And John finds himself in far more danger than he ever was in the ongoing Civil War.
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Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst at the 70th Cannes Film Festival photocall for 'The Beguiled' held at Palais des Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th May 2017
The best in competition for Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Cannes Film Festival 2017 kicks off this week and those officially selected for Competition are particularly exciting this year. The Palme d'Or nominees offer thrills, colour, mystery, poignant propositions as well as some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Here are nine of our most anticipated features.
Nicole Kidman stars in 'The Beguiled'
1. The Beguiled - For Academy Award winning Sofia Coppola's latest film, she adapts the Thomas P. Cullinan novel of the same name (originally called 'A Painted Devil') in a Western starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. They play the residents of a small Virginia girls' school who take in a wounded Union soldier played by Colin Farrell. Sexual tensions arise, which only results in pure vengeance.
From Bono to Michael Fassbender, here are some of Ireland's best loved celebrities on St. Patrick's Day.
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we pay tribute to some of the most significant Irish men and women in Hollywood and beyond, because for such a small country, so many legends have been created there. Here's a look at some of the singers, actors and presenters that make Ireland proud.
10 of Ireland's greatest superstars:
Michael Fassbender is half-Irish, half-German
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It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been busy. Not only has she shepherded her two-part sequel play to the West End, but she has also written the screenplay for this spin-off prequel, which is set some 70 years before Harry was born. The American setting puts a fresh slant on her elaborately imagined wizarding world, and the film has enough lively humour to keep things entertaining, but the movie itself is thin and derivative, never quite engaging the audience with its magic.
In this alternate reality, 1926 America has forbidden all magical creatures out of fear of terrorist attacks taking place around the world. Then an expert in these beasts, the cheeky nerd Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York with a suitcase full of them. He's on some sort of mission, which is immediately interrupted by three escaped critters, drawing in hapless wannabe baker Jacob (Dan Fogler) and witch detective Tina (Katherine Waterston). Joined by Tina's breathy sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), this rag-tag team is trying to recapture Newt's escaped creatures when they run afoul of aggressive wizard enforcer Graves (Colin Farrell), who's working for American's magical President (Carmen Ejogo). But there's something more seriously nefarious going on in the city.
Continue reading: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Review
Newt Scamander is a wizard who's always had an interest in monsters and wild, unworldly creatures. Newt inspects as many different species of Beast that he can and keeps some of the rarest ones in order to preserve them and keep them from harm's way whilst also ensuring they themselves don't cause any of the chaos they could so easily cause.
It's 1926 and the wizarding community is under threat. Whilst most muggles (No Maj's) don't have any idea that wizards and witches actually exist, a small yet powerful few are all too aware of them and their powers.
The New Salem Philanthropic Society is headed by a tough woman named Mary Lou Barebone who wants to make sure that all wizarding kind is exterminated.
Get a taste of Irish talent this St. Patrick's Day.
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we recognise some of the world's top Irish actors and the impact they've had on the Hollywood film industry. The list could go on forever of course, but these are just a few whose performances on the big screen have stuck with us.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today (March 17th) is the day that the Irish celebrate the life of the Patron Saint of Ireland, usually by drinking Guinness and wearing silly hats with shamrocks on. It's not a holiday very well understood to people outside of Ireland and, indeed, even less so outside the UK. However, we've decided to weigh in on the festivities by honouring some of the world's favourite Irish people - namely, actors that have risen to Hollywood stardom.
Chris O'Dowd found fame on 'The IT Crowd'
Throwing a solid Hollywood cast into a surreal arthouse satire, acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) makes his English-language debut with a bang. This is a blackly comical parable about how it feels to be single in a society that only values couples. With its two-part structure it almost seems like two movies mashed together, exploring the topic in ways that are smart and revelatory, and utterly deranged. And the strikingly gifted actors bring it to life beautifully.
It's set in a remote hotel on the Irish coastline, where the recently divorced David (Colin Farrell) has gone to find a mate. Single people here have 45 days to find their perfect partner, or else they're transformed surgically into an animal of their choosing. David has opted to become a lobster, but is determined to find a wife. He watches as one guy (Ben Whishaw) fakes nosebleeds to appear more like a young woman (Jessica Barden). So David pretends to be something he isn't, but is caught by the hotel's imperious manager (Olivia Colman). He escapes into the woods, where he joins a desperate band of loners led by a fierce warrior (Lea Seydoux). There he falls for a woman (Rachel Weisz) who is short-sighted like he is, but romance is forbidden among the loners.
The filmmakers are inventively exploring some very real issues in society, which makes the story ring eerily true, no matter how relentlessly odd it gets. The script's action sequences sometimes feel a bit contrived, but they add to the characters' nagging sense of desperation as they're stuck in a world that simply won't accept them as they are. And it helps that the actors dive in without hesitation. Farrell has gained weight to play the middle-aged David, who had a happy life before being plunged into this nightmare. He's very easy to identify with, both in his awkward interaction and as he boils over in rage. Weisz adds a lusty, razor-sharp intelligence to her role. And Colman quietly steals the movie with her deadpan performance as the godlike hotel manager.
Sometimes this extreme satire feels rather on-the-nose, but it's also a powerfully provocative exploration of the way society forces people to comply, marginalising anyone who refuses to join the status quo. And Lanthimos is gifted at using comedy and emotion to deepen the characters and themes, digging beneath the surface while telling a story that's simply impossible to predict. So in the end, we're almost taken aback at the way all of this has wormed its way under our skin, revealing things about ourselves we thought we had suppressed. Especially the way we value or dismiss people around us based on factors that are utterly irrelevant.
Continue reading: The Lobster Review
David is a single man having just left a 12 year relationship. As per the rules of living in The City, set in a dystopian future, he is forced to check into The Hotel. The sprawling facility is a place where all singletons must find love within 45 days, or else be turned into a creature of their choice and banished into The Woods, as being alone is highly frowned upon. David's only companion is his loyal dog, who happens to be his unlucky-in-love brother who ran out of time when he was a resident at The Hotel. David's chosen animal is a lobster, but he has no intention of living life as a crustacean and makes his escape into The Woods to join up with The Loners. Soon he meets a short-sighted woman who happens to be extremely adept at catching rabbits. As chance would have it, David finds himself falling for her, but this kind of romance is against the law in The City.
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Date of birth
31st May, 1976
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