"money, money, money"

money, money, money

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - No matter how many blockbusters there are, Universal's screen version of the global hit stage musical "Mamma Mia!" is the most fun to be had at the movies this or any other recent summer.

Teenage boys may be glued to the latest action adventure, but the rest of the family will have a rollicking good time dancing in the aisles to Swedish pop group ABBA's irresistible songs. It's a delightful piece of filmmaking with a marvellous cast topped by Meryl Streep in one of her smartest and most entertaining performances.

After its world premiere in London on Monday, the film opens in the U.K. on July 4 and in North America on July 18. It will surely follow the stage show around the world in pleasing audiences and raking in what one of the infectious songs celebrates: "Money, Money, Money."

Credit goes to the original show's creators -- producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Catherine Johnson -- for seeing their vision through to such a polished and enjoyable picture. Hanging a tale of a woman whose daughter night have been fathered by one of three attractive men on a bunch of ABBA songs sounds simple, but its simplicity is as deceptive as the masterfully crafted songs themselves.

Streep plays Donna, a former singer who has raised daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) alone at a fading resort on a remote Greek island. Sophie finds her mother's diary from 20 years earlier and discovers that there are three men who might be her father. About to be married to boyfriend Sky (Dominic Cooper), she sends invitations to the celebration to all three on behalf of her mother but without telling her.

Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard, as the possible dads, show up on the island where Donna is readying the wedding, helped by her two best pals (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski). The scene is set for songs, dancing and romance, all staged brilliantly, with many energetic and colourful performers beautifully shot.

The songs from Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have memorably sturdy lyrics that the filmmakers weave with great skill into their story. All of the players perform with gusto, including Skarsgard, Brosnan and Firth who, far from embarrassing themselves, sing well and deserve high praise for being such good sports.

Seyfried and Cooper make appealing juvenile leads, while Walters and Baranski contribute greatly to the film's good-natured comedy. Each has a big solo number, with Baranski belting out "Does Your Mother Know?" to a randy beach bum and Walters entreating a reluctant groom with "Take a Chance on Me."

Streep is sensationally good in rendering the whole yarn credible and in performing dramatically moving songs such as "Slipping Through My Fingers," sung to her departing daughter, and "The Winner Takes It All," to a lost love. It's no stretch to think of her performance in Oscar terms, ranking with such previous musical winners as Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

And when Streep teams with Walters and Baranski for dynamic and crowd-pleasing numbers such as "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia!" and "Super Trouper," there's not an audience anywhere that won't be smiling.

source ;Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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Brosnan about making of "Mamma Mia"


 Brosnan talks about making of

"Mamma Mia"

source: www.newkerala.com

London, July 7 : Irish/American actor Pierce Brosnan revealed that going back to Pinewood studio where he filmed the James Bond movies was a lot of fun, especially since the role he was playing at that time was the total opposite.

Brosnan had returned to the studio for the filming of the musical Mamma Mia, in which he had a singing part.

"It was great fun going back to the scene of the crime doing this movie, kicking over the ghosts left right and centre," Daily Mirror quoted him as saying laughingly.

"Daniel Craig and the company weren't there so we had it all to ourselves. But I did have this image of me strutting down the corridors in my spandex suit and high heels bumping into Dan looking all butch and Bond like.

That would have been interesting," he said.

In the new movie Mamma Mia, Brosnan plays one of three men who may or may not be the father of Meryl Streep's teenage daughter.

According to the script, he travels to her Greek island home for her wedding where passions are rekindled with her mum.

The whole storyline is played out against a medley of catchy Abba hits belted out by Brosnan and co, who said he took the role without realising how much singing he'd have to do.

"I have sung before in a film of mine called Evelyn," he said.

"I sang Irish pub songs and ballads but they are a lot simpler than the complexities of Abba.

"I have had a singing teacher in LA for many, many years just to work on my voice as an actor.

"This was the last thing I expected in this career of mine. But when the offer came in with a phone call from the States and they said Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!, Greece... I said 'Great, I'm in.'

"I didn't even ask how much, I just said I would do it. The next night I went to see the stage show and I saw the set and then they started singing and I thought 'oh dear, oh dear'. But by the end of the evening I was enchanted by the whole thing," he added.

Rehearsing in the studio and then spending weeks in the sun with Streep and co-stars Colin Firth and Julie Walters turned out to be more like fun than work.

"It was the best summer of my life," he said.

"I had the greatest experience and most pleasurable time working with them all.

"Working with Julie and Meryl was immense. I am a huge fan of both ladies and we had the best of times together.

"We had five weeks of rehearsals at Pinewood Studios and I didn't know why it was so long. But I became aware that we were becoming a theatrical company.

"We would go in and work on different songs and we would be sweating and tripping over each other and making fools of ourselves and making friendships and having the time of our lives," he added.

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Andersson Sticks Up For Pierce Brosnan

Benny Andersson Sticks Up For Pierce Brosnan

Abba's Benny Andersson has come to the defense of Pierce Brosnan after critics slammed his singing voice in the 'Mamma Mia' movie.


Pierce gets to sing a few Abba songs in the movie, including 'SOS' and 'When All Is Said And Done', albeit duets with Meryl Streep.

However, if you've heard the album or seen the movie, the common feeling is that Pierce is about as talented a singer as Russell Crowe.

"Everybody complains that Pierce can't sing and it pisses me off," Benny told The Sun newspaper. "I think he has a great voice. He couldn't sing Nessun Dorma but neither could I and I was in Abba".

Pierce has the lead role of Sam Carmichael, opposite Meryl Streep in the movie. Meryl gets to sing solo on a few songs, including 'Mamma Mia' and 'The Winner Takes It All' and she's not too bad either.

As a singer, Pierce makes an excellent James Bond.

"It's like saying Bob Dylan can't sing. It's just not fair. He has a good voice," Benny says.

In Pierce's defense, he knows he can't sing too. He took the role just for fun.

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Berlin première pics "mamma mia"

2nd of July première Berlin!!

 watch the pics now!

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Tv & Satellite week interview (scan)



Extra première pics London "Mamma Mia"


Première pics Mamma Mia London

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première Mamma mia London

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Mamma Mia track "Pierce Brosnan"

"When All I said is done"

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Soundtrack "Mamma Mia"

Soundtrack "Mamma Mia "

out 2nd week of July 2008

(depends what country)

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01. Honey, Honey
(Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
02. Money, Money, Money
(Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
03. Mamma Mia
(Meryl Streep)
04. Dancing Queen
(Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
05. Our Last Summer
(Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried & Meryl Streep)
06. Lay All Your Love on Me
(Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried)
07. Super Trouper
(Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
08. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
(A Man After Midnight) (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
09. The Name of the Game
(Amanda Seyfried)
10. Voulez-Vous
(Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters & Stellan Skarsgard)
11. SOS
(Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
12. Does Your Mother Know
(Christine Baranski & Philip Michael)
13. Slipping Through My Fingers
(Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried)
14. The Winner Takes It All
(Meryl Streep)
15. When All is Said and Done
(Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
16. Take a Chance on Me
(Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Philip Michael & Christine Baranski)
17. I Have a Dream
(Amanda Seyfried)

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Pierce & Meryl GMTV interview "from Greece"



Abba the Mamma Mia story

behind the scenes with the actors

on ITV1 @ 9pm Thursday 3th of July


P.B inteview in TV & Satellite magazine edition 28june-4th July

(will scan it later)

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redcarpet interview with cast of Mamma mia

redcarpet interview with cast of Mamma mia



LONDON- Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan walked a red carpet through a fake lemon grove for the London premiere of Mamma Mia on Monday.

Hundreds of fans watched as the actors arrived for the premier in Leicester Square, which had been decorated with fake trees to look like the Greek island where the movie is set.

The film is based on a stage musical featuring songs by Swedish pop group Abba in telling the story of 18-year-old Sophie Sheridan, who tries to discover who her father is in time for her wedding day. The musical is still showing in central London.

In the film, Streep plays Sheridan's mother and Brosnan is one of the three possible fathers.

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Pierce & Keeley interview"première Mamma Mia"

Pierce & Keely on the redcarpet

of the Movie Première

"Mamma Mia"

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Die another Day @ VT4

Die Another Day


Pierce Brosnan


Halle Berry

8.40 pm

@ VT4 (Belgian tv)

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Exclusive Brosnan interview


Interview with Pierce backstage @ young Hollywood awards

an anual event organised by young Hollywood magazine

(it's an older interview ,but not less interesting ;-) )

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Brosnan ; Best Bikini Body celebtv.com

Check it out

Brosnan chosen as Best bikini Body @ celebtv.com


watch the video HERE

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Brosnan @ Mandela's Birthday Party

Birtday party @ Hyde Park

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Nelson Mandela birthday Party June 2008

For those of us unable to attend the celebration for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in  London, it is impossible to know what specifically was the small talk at Oprah’s table with Sir Elton John, or between Pierce Brosnan, President Bill Clinton and Uma Thurman, but it is not a stretch to guess that at some point at some place during that celebration, the topic turned to Broadway. As we reported in May, Nelson Mandela’s daughter has announced plans to collaborate on a new Broadway musical about her famous father and his remarkable achievements.The Broadway production has a tentative date of 2010. Also on hand were Oprah Winfrey (producer of Broadway’s hit and current touring production The Color Purple) sitting next to her sat the most famous creator of the team responsible for bringing Billy Elliot to Broadway this fall…Sir Elton John.  That show is already a long-runner in London and expectations are high for Broadway success.  Perhaps this photo captures the moment when the two celebrity Broadway producers enjoyed their mutual Broadway successes.

Also on hand was Pierce Brosnan, who stars in the upcoming film version of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia!slated for a July opening. Of course, President Clinton, Joan Baez, Will Smith, and Denzel Washington were among the long list of artists and dignitaries on hand to celebrate Nelson Mandela. While we don’t know if Oprah and Elton talked Broadway with Nelson Mandela about his upcoming musical, anything is possible. No Bill Clinton Broadway musical plans in the works, as far as we know at this time.


"The Ghost" Pierce & Nicolas

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 The last I remember, I thought Roman Polanski was making his disaster epic titled Pompeii. But Polanski eventually left that project and now he's already started casting his next film, The Ghost. Adapted from Robert Harris' novel of the same name, the story is about a ghostwriter hired to write the memoirs of an ex-Prime Minister. MTV has learned that both Pierce Brosnan and Nicolas Cage have joined the film. Brosnan will play the British Prime Minister Adam Lang and Cage will play the currently unnamed ghostwriter. The film is actually a thriller that takes a turn when the ghostwriter learns details about a scandal which threatens to engulf the ex-Prime Minister. Can Brosnan and Cage pull it off?

Polanski is writing The Ghost himself, with the assistance of Robert Harris. Polanski explain that he has "been looking for a political thriller to direct for some time, and The Ghost could not be more perfect. Robert has constructed a novel with such suspense, it is hard to put it down." Harris also wrote the book that Polanski's Pompeii was going to be based off of, but this is another one of his British thrillers. The story was partially inspired by Tony Blair, with whom Harris was once friends with. The book has been referred to as "one of the most politically informed novels of the year" and will hit shelves in August. You can pre-order a copy on Amazon.com.

Brosnan I like, in the right roles, but Cage I don't. He hasn't yet got himself back on the right track yet. And I'm not sure a Roman Polanski political thriller is going to be the venue for his return. I think I'm interested in this project more for its politics than its story and relationship between the ghostwriter and Prime Minister. Polanski still won't step foot inside of the US, so I'm wondering if he has a bit of disdain for the States and if it will show up in this film. At the very least we can expect a solid suspense film that will hopefully captivate us to the end. And it will truly be a question of whether Brosnan and Cage can pull it off.


exclusive S.O.S track "Mamma Mia"

Pierce Brosnan's Mamma Mia track


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"Mamma Mia the movie" videoclip

Video clip "Gimme Gimme "


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P.B interview;Exit Bond, Enter ... ABBA?

Exit Bond, Enter ... ABBA?

source; http://www.rd.com/

He is cold and jet-lagged as we sit down in a cabana by the pool of a Los Angeles hotel. It's 70 degrees out, but Pierce Brosnan is desperate for a bowl of soup. This chill makes sense only when you consider that the place he calls home is a balmy Hawaiian oasis he shares with his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, and their two youngest sons, Dylan, 11, and Paris, 7.

Brosnan's denim shirt is unbuttoned just enough to reveal a strand of Tibetan beads, given to him years ago by a Buddhist monk during a turbulent flight. He wears the necklace for good luck whenever he flies. Raised Catholic on the Emerald Isle, he believes in the luck of the Irish. When you ask him if he's spiritual, he says, "I pray. And I pray there's a heaven!"

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The suave guy Brosnan played for seven years still shows in the actor's fine features and the grace with which he, well, eats a bowl of soup. While it used to be his martini that was shaken, not stirred, now, at 55, Brosnan has got something else shaking. In his new movie, Mamma Mia!, he sings, dances, and woos Meryl Streep. "There's a sequence when we're all wet," he says of the film inspired by the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA. "Meryl grabbed for my shirt and ripped off the buttons, at which point I grabbed her with the wildest embrace and relished every moment of it." Thank goodness, the ladies' man lives on.

Q. What drew you to this movie? A. My agent called and said, "Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!," and I said, "I'm in!" I didn't even know who I was playing. I kept thinking, I want to work with this wonderful actress.

Q. How did you fare with all the singing you had to do for the role?
A. I've never done anything as orchestrated or musically complex in my life. At first, I just made noises. Then I went to London and trained in the studio with Benny [Andersson] and Bjõrn [Ulvaeus] from ABBA. My family let me know that they were very worried for Dad when they first heard Dad sing. But sing I did.

Q. I heard that for the dance routines, you wore tights.
A. No, we had the Mamma Mia! spandex fishtail flares and high-heel boots. I thought it was a hoot.

Q. Mamma Mia! is set in Greece, ABBA hails from Sweden, and you recently became a U.S. citizen. What drove that decision?
A. It was the pain that we've been living with since 9/11. I've been here 25 years. I've paid taxes. I wanted to have a voice.

Q. Have you held on to many of your Irish roots?
A. I'm very Americanized now. But the love of the country, the love of the land, and, I suppose, the religion live with me.

Q. Do you still practice the Catholicism you were reared with?
A. I was an altar boy. That never leaves you. So when there are churches around, I go to church. I just went yesterday. I also love the teachings of Buddhist philosophy. It's my own private faith. I don't preach it, but it's a faith that is a comfort to me when the night is long.

Q. Your father left when you were a toddler, and you were raised by relatives after your mother moved to London to go to nursing school. How did your childhood influence the father you've become?
A. My early childhood was very solitary. I was aware there wasn't a father figure, yet there was love there within a rather nomadic life, living with grandparents, an aunt, and an uncle before finally connecting with my mother. That said, I don't want my children to have that kind of life. I want them to feel like they belong and to know the love of family. It's what makes me tick. Having been a father for many years now, I'm very aware of how precious the time with my children is.

Q. Why did you and your family move from Los Angeles to Hawaii?
A. We went there thinking of the future, of a place to grow children. And it's a bit like Ireland with the heat turned up. It's got a mythology that fascinates me. Our home is a sanctuary, and Keely's a fantastic gardener. From weed and sand, she has cultivated Samoans, magnificent palm trees. We have fruit -- Meyer lemons, papayas, and mangoes. And bountiful gardenias where they said gardenias wouldn't grow.

Q. You and Keely were environmentalists long before it became fashionable. What's one green thing you do at home?
A. We have a compost bin. The boys know how to compost all the food, and it goes into the garden.

Q. Do you have other family rituals?
A. I make the kids pancakes in the morning. We have picnics. I'm learning how to surf with my boys. At their ages, they really want to rock.

Q. I've heard that you like to paint in your free time.
A. Yes. I find I do it best when I'm feeling out of sorts. And the boys and I paint together.

Q. Didn't you plan to be a painter before you became an actor?
A. I left school in England at 15 to draw and paint. My dream was to make album covers. I also did odd jobs like washing dishes, cleaning houses, and driving a cab. I didn't really dig that. I had a very bad sense of direction. I'd think, Oh dear, this is a challenge. Now we've got to drive. But once I found the world of theater, I was off to the races! And I have no plans of retiring. I will carry on making movies, being an actor, producing, or writing-or I'll make paintings.

Q. Are you an optimist?
A. Absolutely. You have to have hope. It's the only way to go on



Brosnan "My spandex costume is a hoot'"

'My spandex costume is a hoot'

Pierce Brosnan has revealed that dressing up in a sequined spandex costume for his role in Mamma Mia! was "a hoot".

Brosnan, who stars opposite Meryl Streep in next month's musical adaptation, said he fantasised about meeting Daniel Craig in the outfit.

He told the Daily Record: "I thought it was a hoot. One of my daydreams was that I'd be strutting across the parking lot in sequined tights and a cape, and I would bump into Daniel Craig, looking very Bond-like."

Brosnan also admitted that he still resents the manner in which he was replaced by Craig in the James Bond franchise.

"Losing Bond hurt me like mad. It was painful and unexpected," he said. "No one contacted me to tell me anything. No reason."

However, he was quick to praise his successor, saying Craig deserves credit after being met with initial apprehension.

"I'm happy for him. He came in for a lot of flak, a lot of unnecessary flak. He's a superb actor, so all glory to him," he commented.


Edinburgh Filmfestival

Edinburgh filmfestival

starts today!!

more info;


from 18th of june till 29th of June

"Married life "presented on

Saturday 21st of June @ 17.00 Cineworld

Tuesday 24th of June @ 19.45 Cameo 1



P.B. Paddeling in Hawaii

P.B enjoy's the water

MAUI, HAWAII, Thursday, June 12, 2008, Pierce Brosnan enjoys stand-up paddle boarding in Hawaii. Brosnan is in Maui ahead of the film festival which is taking place there this week. Brosnan seemed to enjoy boarding in the warm waters, even falling face first into the ocean didn't deter him.



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P.B. Maui interview

Maui interview

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WAILEA — Just as Pierce Brosnan was being introduced at a Maui Film Festival tribute at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Thursday night, the rain began to really come down.

“I’m deeply proud to be here,” began the actor.

“We’re having a little blessing,” he added without missing a beat.

With a home on Kauai, he is obviously no stranger to an island way of looking at things.

“I’m from Ireland,” he explained, describing his Hawaii life with his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, and kids as “a bit like Ireland, with the heat turned up.”

Brosnan, 55, was accepting the festival’s Maverick Award “in honor of his commitment to make movies that matter as well as his long-standing efforts to work for environmental justice and the triumph of the spirit of all life on earth.”

Sprinkled among his acting prizes are the 2007 Goldene Kamera Award for his environmental efforts, honorary doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology and the University College Cork and an Order of the British Empire bestowed by the queen.

By his own account, his acting career is a “work in progress.”

With his place in screen legend and on the box-office charts firmly established for playing guys like James Bond, Thomas Crown and Remington Steele, there’s been a twinkle in Brosnan’s eye during his festival appearances, as though bemused at his success, his looks, the effect he has on audiences and fans.

His tribute Thursday followed others earlier that evening for actress Virginia Madsen and actor Dennis Quaid.

“Someone like Mr. Dennis Quaid and myself are people in our 50s. You have a career, you’ve built up a reputation, you want to stay at the table as long as you can and you want to be able to grow,” he mused.

“You want to be able to create interesting roles. That comes about by being courageous and adventuresome and leaping off into the wild blue yonder and trying to do something different.

“I’ve made a very good career on the back of Remington Steele and James Bond. I suppose that’s what I’ll be known for. But now, what else? What else do you have up your sleeve.”

He pulled an ace out of his sleeve in 2005 in his Golden Globe-nominated performance in the comedy “The Matador.” In it he plays Julian Noble, international assassin on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Actually, in the midst of one, with hilarious consequences.

The comedy wasn’t a reaction or commentary on all that James Bond smoothness, said Brosnan, “but just a bloody great script and a subversive piece of material that found me at the right time, on the cusp of change.”

An actor from the age of 18, “my work in the theater before I came to America was very diverse, be it that I was very young, at age 22, 23, 24, 25. I worked with really amazing people, Franco Zeffirelli, Tennessee Williams, and some people you would never know of. I came to America and found my niche being dashing and suave, and I ran like hell with it. So I could be commercial, so I could make money, so I could have a great life and hopefully within it, do things that were rough and edgy.”

Not to mention, singing and dancing. He co-stars with Meryl Streep in the upcoming movie version of the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia,” set for release in July. Working with the iconic actress, he said, “you see all these faces float before you,” referring to the many unforgettable roles in her resume.

“And she’s a team player,” he added, referring to the challenge, and a certain pride, at their musical and dance accomplishments.

Brosnan’s dapper image is also fair game for comedy. In “Married Life,” for example, an ironic fable recently screened by the Maui Film Festival, he plays a debonair bachelor in the 1940s. When his friend, played by Chris Cooper, confides his guilt about having an affair with a younger woman and plans to murder his wife in order to spare her the pain of his infidelity, Pierce sagely offers advice, and then makes his own plans to steal his friend’s mistress.

That rakish rascal “was me, within that piece,” he said. “You get typecast. The man I played had been around the block many times, has never married, never settled down. That look in his eye was me, within the part.”

There’s a new affair planned for Thomas Crown as well as an upcoming project with Susan Sarandon. His recent roles and his performance in smaller, edgier comedies and dramas have reminded audiences that under the leading man lurks an actor of considerable range.

“It’s all a responsibility to the writer, to how good the material is,” he said. “You always have a responsibility to the writer, first and foremost. If you get caught up in the rest of it, you’ll fall apart.”

For his part, Brosnan says, “I’m having the time of my life. It’s kind of beginning all over again.”

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More Maui filmfestival


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P.B. interview "Parade.com"

Brosnan interview for "Parade"

 13th of June 2008

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Welcome to paradise!’ Pierce Brosnan lifts his glass to toast me and his wife of six years, Keely. We’re at their oceanfront Hawaiian home, dining on salade niçoise and pasta with locally grown mushrooms. The setting is stunning, and the views of nature are spectacular. Brosnan is not kidding about lifestyle on the north coast of Kauai being bliss. In this glamorous atmosphere, he is looking movie-star handsome in seersucker shorts and flip-flops, and Keely’s hair is still wet from a swim in the sea.

“Living here has been very insular and rewarding,” Brosnan says with a smile. “It has allowed me to be a father who can sit quietly with my two young sons, Dylan and Paris [ages 11 and 7]. I paint, and they paint. And we play guitar. We play ukulele. My wife is an ace gardener, and the kids get in the mud with her. You can have a very simple life here.”

His onscreen life has been very different, given that he seems to have spent much of it in a tuxedo. The ’80s TV series Remington Steele helped create his reputation as a suave rogue, and playing James Bond in four hit movies established Brosnan as a jet-setting ladies’ man. The Thomas Crown Affair also helped seal his image as a first-class man of style.

“It’s a hard game, the movie game,” he says, relaxed now, with his dog sleeping at his feet. “You’re judged constantly. You have to be as tough as old boots. You have to keep up as an actor—physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally—just to be there, because, when the opportunity comes around, the door can close so quickly. ‘Do you sing?’ Of course I sing. ‘Do you sky-dive?’ Of course I do. ‘Do you fight?’ Yeah. ‘Are you a lover?’ Are you kidding? ‘What are you?’ So that’s ingrained in me, as an actor, to be prepared, I suppose.”

But Brosnan wasn’t prepared when he got a phone call out of the blue about four years ago saying his tenure as 007 was done. Daniel Craig would take over the part of James Bond. “I didn’t see that coming,” he says. “I thought we were going to do a fifth film. And I was going to take a gracious bow off the stage. Instead of that, you are just told, ‘Goodbye.’ That’s the way it goes down in life. It’s as hard and as fast as that. I had done my contract. They had invited me back, and they changed their mind. It’s business.”

The implication was that Brosnan, now 55, was too old for the part. Women in the movie business are used to hearing that, but not a guy who’s still a leading man. “That was a shock, yes,” he says with a laugh. “I never thought of myself as being too old. It was startling to hear such things said about oneself, especially when you thought you were going down that particular avenue, and then the door gets slammed in your face.”

Shaken and stirred but not bitter, Brosnan now thinks passing the Bond baton was a blessing. “Oh, it turned out very lucky,” he says. “Within the space of the punch and the pain of being passed over or rejected or the bottom of your world falling out, within that same breath came this liberation of, ‘I’m free. I can do anything I want.’ It’s up to me to have the guts to make the next stage of my career as interesting and as exciting and unexpected as possible.”

 Brosnan has Always kept his career varied, taking on roles from suave to seedy. He’s shown his range in movies like Evelyn, The Matador, and Seraphim Falls. Soon we’ll see the biggest stretch of his career (think sparkly blue spandex bell bottoms), when he serenades Meryl Streep in the screen version of the popular musical Mamma Mia! It opens July 18.

Romance we expected, but declaring his love in song? You have to wonder if the prospect of belting out “S.O.S.” and those other very familiar ABBA songs was daunting. “Well, everybody has danced to this music,” says Brosnan, “so I just went for it. They said ‘Meryl Streep, filming in Greece all summer,’ and I said ‘yes.’ ” He shakes his head. “Not to say I wasn’t terrified to my core.”

Just picture Brosnan on the beach, singing to the waves along with his iPod. “I walked up and down the coast and sang karaoke to my own voice for about six weeks. Went to New York for the first rehearsals, and I sounded dreadful. I quietly freaked out, and with my new-found bravado, I made a pig’s ear of it. So I went back home and listened and sang some more.” He grins triumphantly. “In the end, they liked it so much they added a verse to my big song.”

The vocals were one kind of challenge. The costumes were even scarier. “It was a hoot,” he recalls. “To look at this outfit and say to yourself, ‘I’m going to put this on and walk out there in platform shoes and camp around singing.’ I
just told myself we were in too deep to go back.”

He chuckles. “You have to be able to make fun of your own dignity. You’ve got to let the movie make fun of your dignity. To let it rip is brilliantly exhilarating.”

Though he loves his laid-back life in Hawaii, Brosnan admits he’s ready to go back to the mainland. “I’m a worker,” he says. “Every job I got I had to fight for. I’ve been lucky, but I’ve worked hard at it. I love making movies. I love the adventure of being an actor. I have to stay sharp.”

Brosnan has lived the giant ups and downs of the Hollywood fantasy. Twenty-one years ago, his first wife, Cassandra Harris, became ill with ovarian cancer. Brosnan chose to put aside work and stay by her side through the ordeal. “That’s what we’re supposed to do,” he says. “We’re human beings. In sickness and in health, you know?” Her death was a giant loss to their son, Sean, who is now on his way to being an actor. (Brosnan also adopted Cassie’s two children by a previous husband.)

Brosnan defines himself as a “working actor” who’s never lost touch with the real side of life. “Having endured, I suppose, playing James Bond and not playing James Bond, that makes you thick-skinned,” he says. “But I had that skin beforehand anyway, because I had the philosophy that I was going to be successful and hopefully successful without being detrimental to myself as a person.

“You struggle with money. You struggle without money. You struggle with love. You struggle without love. But it’s how you manage. You have to keep laughing, you have to be fun to be with, and you have to live with style—not fancy-schmancy, but in a way which is present and meaningful and has some beauty to it.”

He leans forward with enthusiasm. “You’ve got to be a fighting rooster, man,” says Brosnan. “You’ve got to get out there and preen those feathers and look like you know what you’re doing and hope you know what you’re doing and have a good time.”

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Exclusive!! Maui Filmfestival pics


The first pics of the Maui filmfestival

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WAILEA — Noting that all of the outdoor screening venues are solar powered this year, Maui Film Festival Director Barry Rivers injected his own jolt of energy as he kicked off the ninth annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea on Wednesday night at a gala twilight reception at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui.

“It’s time for all of us to stop thinking like dead dinosaurs, whose energy we’re riding around on,” he said in opening remarks accompanied by his wife, festival co-director Stella Rivers.

“We needed them then, but not now.”

There’s growing green consciousness running through this year’s festival, which continues today through Sunday with almost 100 film screenings in outdoor Wailea venues and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater and McCoy Studio Theater.

Filmmaker Daniel Opitz was premiering his documentary, “The Humpback Code,” in a new Wailea venue right on the beach Wednesday evening. The filmmaker, who divides his time between Paia and his native Germany, said the film explores the complexity and the function of the humpbacks’ distinctive songs.

Noting that the movie had been three years in the making, much of it filmed off Maui beaches, he observed that the screen was 299 yards up from the breaking surf.

“The whales could come by and see it, if they were still here,” he said.

A similar theme of global connectedness was voiced by French filmmaker John Charles Cuillandre about his film, “Hawaiian Starlight: Exploring the Universe from Mauna Kea,” also showing Wednesday.

Combining footage of the sky from the mountain with stunning images from outer space, the astronomer-filmmaker said, “I didn’t want to put narration on it.” So he just used music — “45 minutes of contemplative music.”

Besides introducing viewers to the wonders of astronomy, he said, “I wanted to show that astronomers have a heart.”

“Bottle Shock,” the opening theatrical film that played Wednesday at the festival’s signature outdoor Celestial Cinema screen, also had a green dimension to it. It is set in California’s wine-growing Napa Valley, where a father-son team of growers pulled an upset victory in a “blind” wine tasting in Paris in 1976.

Starring Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman and directed by Maui Film Festival honoree Randy Miller, the film was fresh from a screening at the Sundance Film Festival and is set for a showing in the Seattle Film Festival on Sunday.

Producer J. Todd Harris described it as “an underdog story of a father and son. It’s a drama, with comedy.”

“This is obviously a beautiful place to have a festival,” Harris said of the Maui event.

“I think Barry (Rivers) goes to other festivals and picks the films he wants to show. It’s a good sampling. There are high-end stars, but not the pace of Sundance.”

Three of those high-end stars were also savoring the tropical breeze and relaxed pace of the festival.

“That’s why we’re here. It was an easy yes,” said Dennis Quaid, a leading man for decades and Oscar nominee, who’s here with his wife and young twins.

Virginia Madsen, Oscar nominee for “Sideways,” described the sensual experience of flying into Maui as “feeling like I’m home.”

Fresh from filming “Amelia,” with a trailer for a documentary movie she is making with her mother in hand, she said she was ready for the break.

She was honored to be receiving the festival’s Navigator Award, “but a little nervous, too. They’re going to show clips . . . and I’ve been in some stinkers,” she said with a laugh.

Pierce Brosnan, recipient of the Maverick Awards, has had a home on Kauai for years. Maui was in “spittin’ distance,” he said, describing the trip to Maui as “a busman’s holiday.”

Genial behind those matinee idol looks, Brosnan brushed aside the humorous suggestion that the James Bond franchise, in which he starred in three films as Agent 007, had been under a curse since he left, with accidents befalling stuntmen and its new star.

“Daniel Craig is a great star,” he said, suggesting that the series would go on forever.

“But wait until you see ‘Mamma Mia’ (the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical in which he stars with Meryl Streep).”

He sings and dances in the film, he acknowledged.

“And when I show up in the last scene in the cape, Daniel Craig, eat your heart out,” he said.

Having reached a point in their careers where they’ve proved themselves, things aren’t quite so insecure now.

“It beats working for a living,” joked Quaid, who will receive the Galaxy Award in a tribute with the other two tonight at the Wailea Marriott Resort & Spa. “It’s really fun now. It feels the same as when I was doing high school drama.”

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Happy Father's Day

Happy Fathers day to P.Brosnan


 and to all the other fathers around the globe

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Pierce Brosnan interview "exclusive"

Pierce Brosnan interview

in the "July edition"

of "Housekeeping magazine"



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