Neil Jordan
Irish film director
Neil Jordan
Neil Patrick Jordan is an Irish filmmaker and novelist. He won an Academy Award for The Crying Game. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for The Butcher Boy.
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COMMUNITY
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
Thursday, May 14 • Age IoM - free computer training sessions, Douglas iMuseum, Kingswood Grove, 10am–12.30pm. • Art and creative writing, The Hub, (Thie Rosien, the Old Southlands) Port Erin, 10am-12.30pm (art and writing alternating weekly), £3.50 per session. No experience necessary. Also board games 2pm-3.30pm, £3.50 per session, including refreshments. Chair based exercise at the Hub 3pm-4pm, £3.50 per session. Saturday, Social Fitness (walking/running/indoor exercises) 9.30am-noon, £2 per session. Mats etc provided. Meditation, 5.30pm-6.30pm. Led by IOM Brahma Kumaris. Free sessions, donations welcome. Tuesdays Bridge, 10am-noon. £3 per session, including refreshments. Crafts, 2pm-3.30pm, £3.50 per session. Materials provided. Wednesdays 11am-12.15pm, Yoga, £3 per session. Mats etc provided. Men in Sheds – Tues/Weds/Fri, 10am-5pm, Thie Rosien, Castletown Road, Port Erin. Hobbies and company for men. All welcome. • Isle of Man Farmers’ Market, Tynwald Mills, St John’s, 11am-3p ...
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4 Controversial Movie Castings That Ultimately Resulted in Triumph
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Next year, Ben Affleck will become the sixth man to play Batman in a movie. For the first time ever, The Dark Knight will be on the big screen with the Man Of Steel in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. According to the Internet Movie Database, it will be out in late March 2016. Two years ago when the casting of Affleck was first announced, there was so much widespread anger and disappointment that a petition was launched to get the Academy Award-winning producer & screenwriter kicked off the project. Why were people so upset about the idea of Affleck playing Batman? One word: Daredevil. While I'm of the belief that you shouldn't judge a casting until you see the performance, I can understand why fans would rather see someone else play The Dark Knight. Daredevil did suck, after all. And Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan's superb trilogy, is a tough act to follow. Somewhat smothered by all the excitement generated by the recent release of the second ...
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Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Byzantium, Dead Man Down, Black Rock, Fire With Fire
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
Unique horror thriller BYZANTIUM (15: Studio Canal) sees Interview With The Vampire director Neil Jordan return to the bloodsucking genre. His tale of two female vampires spending centuries on the run from a secret society, who object to women becoming undead, is light years away from the juvenile Twilight and its ilk. Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan are terrific as the damaged mother and daughter hiding in a seaside town and running a bordello in a seedy guesthouse. One uses the brothel as a means to find men to feed on, while the other forms a bond with a terminally ill boy. But their past soon catches up with them. This film offers a whole new perspective on traditional vampire imagery. No fangs here, just sharp thumbnails extending for feeding time. A finely tuned balance of arthouse gothic and Hammer Horror, the time-shifting flashbacks and upfront depiction of sexuality add to a haunting and touching reinvention of undead mythology. > Two-pronged revenge thriller DEAD MA ...
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'The Borgias' Lives On
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Borgias" will live on ... as an e-book titled "The Borgia Apocalypse." "The Borgias" creator Neil Jordan penned the e-book based on his original script for a special two-hour series finale that Showtime ultimately passed on. "We're thrilled that the series' loyal fans will have the opportunity to read Neil's final farewell to one of history's most infamous families," Showtime said in a release. Look for "The Borgia Apocalypse" on e-retailers the week of August 12. Since Showtime announced "The Borgias" would come to an end, fans have been rallying to save the period drama starring Jeremy Irons. Fan groups attempted to reverse Showtime's cancellation decision a variety of ways, from flying a plane over the Beverly Hilton Hotel while Showtime held its 2013 Television Critics Association panel to delivering sardines to the network's office. "We looked hard at doing a two-hour finale," Showtime's David Nevins said at TCA. "The economics of it just didn't make sens ...
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Review: Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' conjures vampires with human touch
LATimes - over 3 years
What the creatures played by Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton lack in bite, they make up for in humanity in the director's haunting new film. "Byzantium" is a very different sort of vampire drama for director Neil Jordan, whose undead were so fabulously rich and fashion-forward in "Interview With the Vampire" so many years ago.
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Review: 'Byzantium' a vampire flick with female twist but it draws precious little blood
Brandon Sun - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "I am Eleanor Webb. I throw my story to the wind." So says the ancient child-woman played by Saoirse Ronan in "Byzantium." In a sense that's what director Neil Jordan and screenwriter Moira Buffini do too, allowing this moody but convoluted century-hopping reinvention of the
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Gemma Arterton Explains The Pluses And Minuses Of Making A Vampire Movie
MTV News - over 3 years
Any movie that features vampires and wants to be taken seriously, as a rule, will face comparisons to the throngs of blooding sucking fiction and films that came in the wake of "Twilight." For Gemma Arterton, whose new movie "Byzantium" is about a vampire mother-daughter duo from acclaimed director Neil Jordan, there are perks and drawbacks to belonging to that trendy club, as she explained to MTV News' Josh Horowitz during a recent visit to the newsroom. "Actually, it's kind of a double-edged sword because they're marketing it as a vampire movie because there is a market for that," Arterton said. "It's much more human in a way. It's actually about mother and daughter and what it's like to be 200 years-old with your mother or daughter. It's much more of a traditional vampire story in many senses." Arterton went on to say that there have been some movies about vampires that have broken through to the more serious side of filmmaking, and she cited on specific example that ...
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Showtime's 'Borgias' To End Run After Three Seasons; Creator Neil Jordan On How He Planned To Wrap Story (Nellie Andreeva/Deadline.com)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com: Showtime's ‘Borgias’ To End Run After Three Seasons; Creator Neil Jordan On How He Planned To Wrap Story  —  EXCLUSIVE: The saga of The Borgias is coming to an end.  The current third season of Showtime's medieval drama will be its last, with the June 16 season finale serving as series finale.
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Cinema reviews: The Purge, Byzantium, Populaire, The Comedian
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - over 3 years
Gripping future-suspense drama; Neil Jordan’s vampire movie; a speed-typing rom-com; and an odd tale of love and stand-up comedy
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WATCH: Ex-Bond Girl Turns Blood-Sucking Vampire Prostitute
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Should you need a blood-sucking, boob-squeezing, prostitute vampire in the next couple of weeks, Gemma Arterton's your girl. The former Bond girl dips into her dark side for the film 'Byzantium', Neil Jordan's latest odyssey to vampire land, with what they're calling a 'neo-feminist' twist. Arterton stars with Saoirse Ronan as a pair of sisters who come to a new seaside resort and set up home/shop, but can't escape their strange history. They may have good intentions, but that's not how some of the people who come into contact with them will come to see it... And for extra points, see if you think the woman voicing over the video above has actually seen the film, or in fact read the script to this video before... 'Byzantium' is in UK cinemas from 31 May. Watch the trailer below...
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Morgan Glennon: The Borgias Composer Trevor Morris Talks Scoring Season Three and the Enduring Legacy of The Tudors
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The Tudors. The Borgias. Vikings. If you've watched a television period drama in the last few years, there's a good chance it was scored by composer Trevor Morris. Morris has become a veritable time-traveler, musically taking us back to the distant past with a modern twist. His score for The Tudors, mixing period instrumentation with a modern sensibility, nabbed him Emmy gold. In fact, Morris has been the most Emmy-nominated composer for the last two years. Ahead of the April 14th season three premiere of Showtime's scandalous papal drama The Borgias I chatted with Morris about finding the right tone for the score, the difficulties of creating the sound for The Tudors, and what's to come in The Borgias' third season. I'm a big fan of many of the things you've scored, particularly The Borgias. I'm really looking forward to the new season. What do you find interesting in scoring for that show? Oh there's so much! Just the chance to work with Neil Jordan, who is an O ...
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Michael Giltz: DVDs: "Ripper Street," "Borgen," "Foyle's War" And More Great TV
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Great TV keeps flooding the DVD shelves because great TV is all over the airwaves. Here's a rundown of some recent releases. Now if only someone could deliver some great sitcoms.... (Archer excepted, of course.) RIPPER STREET ($29.99 DVD; BBC) -- One of the more entertaining and frustrating shows of the past year. Ripper Street has a strong cast and is just good enough to make you expect it to be a lot better. Our hero is Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), a man who must deal with crime in the East End after Jack The Ripper has taunted police and shamed them to the public. Jerome Flynn does yeoman's work as his no-nonsense sidekick but Adam Rothenberg steals the show as the impossibly knowledgable Captain Homer Jackson. So what's the problem? The cases become a little silly, Reid is constantly steamrolling over everyone by thinking that yelling is a response to questions and Jackson really is absurdly multi-talented in a way that would shame Da Vinci. Logic also went ou ...
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Linklater, Green films join Tribeca lineup
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Linklater, Green films join Tribeca lineup Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:54 am, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Other entries at Tribeca include films from Neil LaBute (the domestic drama "Some Velvet Morning," starring Stanley Tucci), Mira Nair (the best-seller adaptation "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," with Kate Hudson) and Neil Jordan (the vampire tale "Byzantium," with Saoirse Ronan). Documentary subjects range from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking (Gasland Part II, a sequel to Josh Fox's Oscar-nominated film), Richard Pryor Richard Pryor: Tribeca will also attract a number of stars, with films featuring Zac Efron (the father-son drama "At Any Price"); Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti (the holiday comedy "Almost Christmas"); John Cusack and Emma Roberts (the sex shop comedy "Adult World"); Melissa Leo (the addi ...
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After 30 Years, Neil Jordan Returns To 'The Past'
NPR - about 4 years
The Ireland native is best known as a filmmaker — he directed The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire and the Showtime series The Borgias — but he began his career as a writer. His 1980 novel, The Past, has been reissued in the United States. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Benjamin Solomon: Want To Know How To Really Scare A Straight Guy This Halloween? Try Gay Sex
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Do you want to run away -- or stay and play?" A man I can't see is pinning me down inside a large cardboard tube. He's been whispering words like "little piggy" in my ear as he holds down my shoulders, doing his best to channel the kind of creepy, toothless hick made famous in Deliverance. No, I am not being raped -- not quite. I'm being pretend raped. And I paid $50 for this. This is not some strange underground gay sex club; this is a mainstream Halloween attraction in New York City called Blackout Haunted House. Since its debut in 2009, it has developed an ardent following by changing two well-known rules of most Halloween haunts: 1) In Blackout the actors will touch you, and 2) guests must go through the attraction alone. And it is truly horrifying. By stripping down the classic haunted-house attraction to its basic, most primal elements, they can induce maximum fear. Think less time dodging robotic vampires and more time sitting in complete darkness, screaming your h ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Jordan
    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    Neil Gaiman announced during his The Today Show appearance on 27 January 2009, that Neil Jordan would be directing the film of his Newbery Medal-winning book The Graveyard Book.
    More Details Hide Details Jordan also wrote and directed the Irish made film Ondine (2009), starring Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda-Curuś. He also directed Byzantium, an adaptation of the vampire play of the same name starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller. Neil Jordan's next feature is entitled Broken Dream and will feature Ben Kingsley and John Hurt. Jordan has five children: Anna and Sarah from his marriage to solicitor Vivienne Shields; Dashiel Jordan and Daniel Jordan from his current marriage to Brenda Rawn and Ben, from a relationship with architect Mary Donohoe. Jordan lives in a house in Dalkey, which is a part of the larger town of Dún Laoghaire.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    Jordan was born in County Sligo, the son of Angela (née O'Brien), a painter, and Michael Jordan, a professor. He was educated at St. Paul's College, Raheny. Of his religious background, Jordan said in a 1999 Salon interview: "I was brought up a Catholic and was quite religious at one stage in my life, when I was young.
    More Details Hide Details But it left me with no scars whatever; it just sort of vanished." He said about his current beliefs that "God is the greatest imaginary being of all time. Along with Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, the invention of God is probably the greatest creation of human thought." Later, Jordan attended University College Dublin, where he studied Irish history and English literature. When John Boorman was filming Excalibur in Ireland, he recruited Jordan as a "creative associate". A year later Boorman was executive producer on Jordan's first feature Angel, a tale of a musician caught up in the Troubles, starred Stephen Rea who has subsequently appeared in almost all of Jordan's films to date. During the 1980s, he directed films that won him acclaim, including The Company of Wolves and Mona Lisa, both made in England. The Company of Wolves became a cult favorite.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born on February 25, 1950.
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