09-04-10

Interview on "The Greatest"

 

 Interview on "The Greatest"

 with Carey Mulligan & Pierce Brosnan

 

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31-03-10

Being an actor is my life

 

 

 "Being an actor is my life"

28-03-10

Brosnan @ premiere "The Greatest" video

 

 Brosnan @ premiere "The Greatest" video

 

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26-03-10

Newsletter Piercebrosnan.com

Official newsletter

source ; www.piercebrosnan.com

 

March 26th, 2010

Dear Friends,

Spring greetings.

Hope this letter finds you well.

I recently returned from a 45-day press tour to promote several new films I am proud to have been a part of. I am pleased that "Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightening Thief" opened in February at #2 at the box office and that it has delighted young fans across America. "The Ghost Writer," based upon the book "The Ghost," written by Robert Harris and directed by Roman Polanski has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, and Rolling Stone. "The Ghost Writer" is rolling out to wider audiences this week. On March 12th, "Remember Me" starring Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and myself opened nationwide. Kirk Honeycutt for The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Remember Me" is a smart, engaging drama about young love flourishing amid sadness and loss. Claudia Puig for USA Today said
"Remember Me" is a touching love story, but its broader tale of familial relations packs a greater emotional punch.

Next up, "The Greatest," starring one of the most beautiful and candid women in the cinema, Susan Sarandon and the luminous Carey Mulligan, which I produced with Beau Marie St. Claire, my partner at Irish DreamTime, and Lynette Howell. "The Greatest" which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, was written and directed by Shana Feste, who made her debut as a first time director with this inspired independent feature film.

This April 22nd celebrate Earth Day 2010 by taking your family to see "Oceans," a documentary I narrate, produced by DisneyNature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film "Earth." Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud feature spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, offering an unprecedented look at the mysteries that lie beneath the seas while exploring the harsh realities and amazing creatures that live within. In honor of every guest who sees "Oceans" during opening week (April 22-28, 2010), DisneyNature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to help save coral reefs.

This spring I begin production on a new film titled "Salvation Boulevard" based on a novel of the same name, written by Larry Beinhart, (who also wrote "Wag the Dog"). "Salvation Boulevard" follows a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian who finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega church who will do anything to protect their larger-than life pastor (yours truly). Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei, Sam Elliot, Jim Gaffigan, and Jennifer Connolly round out this all-star cast. The film will be directed by George Radliff.

Wishing you a great year ahead. See you at the movies.

Love and only love

Brosnan & Keely @ L.A. premiere "The Greatest"

 

Pierce Brosnan, Keely

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Brosnan & Keely @ L.A premiere of " THE GREATEST" last Thursday 25th of March

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20-03-10

"The Greatest" Trailer

 

 "The Greatest" Trailer

 

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13-03-10

"The Greatest" @ Methodfest

 

"The Greatest" @ Methodfest

25th till 30th of March

http://www.methodfest.com/

The Greatest screening -> 27th of March

The Method Fest, the only major film festival in the U.S. that focuses on the acting side of the independent film industry, has announced their 12th annual lineup. Actors to showcase their new films include Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg in James Ivory’s latest “City of Final Destination,” Carey Mulligan in Shana Feste’s “The Greatest” and Richard Dreyfuss in Daniel Adams’ “The Lightkeepers.”

A total of 30 feature films and 59 shorts will screen at the festival, which runs from March 25 to April 31 in Calabasas. Ivory’s film will open the festival, while a number of film will have their world premieres at the fest including James Mann’s “Desert Son,” Nicholas Gyenes’ “The Penitent Man,” Hilbert Hakim’s “Krews” and the Kazakhstani film “Strayed” from director Akan Satayev
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05-12-09

Official PB newsletter "December 2009"

Official PB newsletter

source ;

www.piercebrosnan.com

December 2nd, 2009

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays.

On February 12th, 2010, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan will be released. This film, directed by my friend Chris Columbus, with whom I worked on Mrs. Doubtfire, centers on a teenage boy who discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god. Percy Jackson then sets out on the adventure of a lifetime to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Cast members include Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Melina Kanakerides, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario and yours truly.

On March 12th, 2010, Remember Me with the young and talented Robert Pattinson (Twilight, New Moon) is scheduled for release. Directed by Allen Coulter and written by Will Fetters and Jenny Lumet, Remember Me is a tale of two lovers whose relationship is threatened as they try to cope with their respective family tragedies. I will be playing Robert’s father, while Lena Olin has been cast as his mother. Other cast members include Chris Cooper and Emilie de Ravin.

The Ghost directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski will make its debut at the Berlin Film Festival on February 13th, 2010. This is the first contemporary thriller he has directed and produced in more than twenty years. Based on the book of the same name by best-selling author Robert Harris, The Ghost details the story of a former British Prime Minister and his anonymous ghostwriter who is drawn into a political and sexual conspiracy. The talented cast includes Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson, Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh, and Olivia Williams.

In March 2010, the Irish DreamTime produced film The Greatest, starring Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Aaron Johnson, Johnny Simmons, Zoe Kravitz, and myself, which was well received at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Hampton’s Film Festival will be released. First time writer/director Shana Feste's richly evocative script results in a compelling drama that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The Hollywood Reporter asserts The Greatest "pulls off a stunning fete" and "...performances are daring and brilliantly shaded."

See you at the movies.

Love and only love,

09-10-09

Brosnan @ Hamptons filmfestival

 Brosnan @ Hamptons filmfestival

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East Hampton was the place to be Thursday night for the screening of Pierce Brosnan's new film, "The Greatest." 007 himself had ticket holders swooning when he arrived with producer Beau St. Clair and officially kicked-off opening day at the historic Guild Hall. Longtime festival supporter and Hamptons local Alec Baldwin was also on hand and all smiles, as was our favorite piano man Billy Joel, Bob Balaban, Amanda Pennington and the film's director, Shana Feste.

Earlier in the day Cheryl Hines was the guest of honor at the Women In Film Reception at The Hedges Inn. Cheryl and guests were welcomed by Hamptons Film Festival Executive Director Karen Arikian, Director of Programming David Nugent, and H.I.F.F. Chairman Stuart Suna. Cheryl was honored with the 2nd annual RoC Gold Standard in Filmmaking Award for a Feature Female Director. Her new film, Serious Moonlight, staring Meg Ryan & Timothy Hutton, was screened prior to the reception at the UA East Hampton and met with rave reviews.

The day's festivities ran well into the night as the celebration continued at Gurney's Inn in Montauk. Following the screening of "The Greatest" at Guild Hall, Jitney's full of movie goers and V.I.P.'s descended upon Gurney's for their annual Opening Night Party. And, as always, the party did not disappoint.

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26-09-09

"The Greatest" Hamptons Film Fest


New Pierce Brosnan flick to open Hamptons Film Fest
Irishman's family drama 'The Greatest' to screen at Long Island festival


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


Pierce Brosnan’s new film “The Greatest” is slated to open the 17th annual Hamptons International Film Festival on October 8.

The family drama, which co-stars Susan Sarandon, will kick off a lineup of 107 features and short films, which will screen at six venues across the Hamptons in Long Island.

“The Greatest,” which screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year, features Irishman Brosnan and Sarandon as parents coping with the death of their son.

Another Irish actor will close out the Hamptons Film Festival.

The U.S. premiere of Heath Ledger’s final film, “The Imanginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” featuring Colin Farrell, will be the last film to screen on October 12.

Visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org for the full schedule.

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20-06-09

Official Newsletter June 16th

 

Official Newsletter June 2009

source ;

www.piercebrosnan.com

June 16, 2009

Dear Friends,

Schools out for summer and I am en route to Hawaii for a brief visit. I will be starting a new film “Remember Me” with the young and talented Robert Pattinson (Twilight) on location in New York this summer. Directed by Allen Coulter and written by Will Fetters and Jenny Lumet, Remember Me is a tale of two lovers whose relationship is threatened as they try to cope with their respective family tragedies. I will be playing Robert’s father, while Lena Olin has been cast as his mother. Other cast members include Chris Cooper and Emilie de Ravin.

I recently wrapped production on Percy Jackson, based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan. The film, directed by my friend Chris Columbus, with whom I worked on Mrs. Doubtfire, centers on a teenage boy who discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god. Percy Jackson then sets out on the adventure of a lifetime to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Cast members include Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Melina Kanakerides, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario and yours truly.

In April I completed shooting The Ghost with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski. This is the first contemporary thriller he has directed and produced in more than twenty years. Based on the book of the same name by best-selling author Robert Harris, The Ghost details the story of a former British Prime Minister and his anonymous ghostwriter who is drawn into a political and sexual conspiracy. The talented cast includes Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson, Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh, and Olivia Williams.

Last summer my company Irish DreamTime produced The Greatest, starring Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Aaron Johnson, Johnny Simmons, Zoe Kravitz, and myself, which was well received at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. First time writer/director Shana Feste's richly evocative script results in a compelling drama that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The Hollywood Reporter asserts The Greatest "pulls off a stunning fete" and "...performances are daring and brilliantly shaded." The Greatest was purchased by Senator Entertainment and will be released this fall.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.

See you at the movies.

Love and only love,

17-03-09

"The Greatest" picked up

 

The Greatest picked up

 source ; reuters

The Greatest was one of two movies at Sundance that had the entire festival talking about Carey Mulligan, a young British actress who seems poised to break out in a major way (the other was An Education, out later this year). Now the rest of us will get a chance to see what the buzz is all about; The Greatest has been picked up by Senator Entertainment for a North American release.

The movie stars Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon as a pair of grieving parents, with Mulligan as the girlfriend of the son the parents lost. Per the press release, "as the Brewers adjust to their new “relative,” and the impending birth of a child who can never replace the one they lost, a drama of great warmth, depth, and surprising humor emerges."

Our Kelly West saw the movie at Sundance, and wrote that it "really does successfully capture the heartbreaking grief involved in the loss of a child as a family tries figure out how to move past it." If you have time to have a good cry when the credits roll, The Greatest sounds like an excellent all-around weepie. I'll be looking forward to it.

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07-02-09

"The Greatest" sells

 

The Greatest sells strongly for Kimmel
source ;screendaily

 
 
Kimmel International has closed key territories on Shane Feste's drama The Greatest starring Sundance breakout star Carey Mulligan alongside Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon.

Deals have closed with SND in France, Dea Planeta in Spain, Gussi in Mexico, PlayArte in Brazil, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Nu Metro in South Africa and Forum in Israel. A North American deal is imminent on the story of a grieving family that rallies together when their dead son's pregnant girlfriend turns up.

Company president Mark Lindsay is showing early footage in Berlin of Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut drama Sympathy For Delicious, which is shooting in Los Angeles.

The picture stars Christopher Thornton, who also wrote the screenplay, as a paralysed DJ who discovers he can heal people. Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and Ruffalo also star.

Meanwhile Lindsay has finalised a Spanish deal with Dea Planeta for the Uma Thurman comedy Motherhood, which receives its first market screening here following the world premiere at Sundance
 

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30-01-09

"The Greatest" @ European filmmarket

Screening "the Greatest" @ Berlin

more info ; http://www.efm-berlinale.de/

european filmmarket : 5th of Febr -15th of Febr


screening dates " The Greatest"

Sat
Feb 07 13:00 CinemaxX 9

Mon
Feb 09 11:00 CinemaxX 9

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24-01-09

Sundance award ceremony (today)

Today @ Sundance09 ;

The Award ceremony

more info ; http://festival.sundance.org/

"The Greatest selected" as one of the 16films for the Dramatic competition @ Sundance Festival 2009

 

AWARDS CEREMONY
The culmination of the Sundance Film Festival is the Awards Ceremony. The competition juries, comprised of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view, select films from both the documentary and dramatic categories to receive a range of awards. Decided by Festivalgoers’ ballots, Audience Awards are bestowed upon films in each of the Festival’s four competition categories.

Saturday, January 24, 2009
Time TBD
Park City Racquet Club
1200 Little Kate Road
On shuttle route. No parking available. Ceremony ticket required.

AWARDS NIGHT PARTY
The Sundance Film Festival celebrates the diverse achievements of storytelling in independent film with participating filmmakers, guests, and patrons.

Saturday, January 24, 2009
9:30 p.m. to midnight
Park City Racquet Club
1200 Little Kate Road
On shuttle route. No parking available. Party ticket required.

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22-01-09

"The art of the script"

Brosnan & some other celebs talking for Variety

 

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The art of the script

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Sarandon answers Brosnan's call

  Sarandon answers Brosnan's call

source ; NYdailynews.com

If you want Susan Sarandon to star in your movie, shoot it near her house, make sure the schedule isn't grueling and have Pierce Brosnan call her himself to ask.

The Oscar winner took a role in writer-director Shana Feste's "The Greatest" for the aforementioned reasons, she said at a Bon Appetit/Supper Club dinner following the flick's premiere at Sundance.

"I was debating doing the movie, but it was near my house, it wasn't that long a shoot, and [Feste] was so passionate about it," Sarandon told us. "I said we'd have to get a great male lead, and I thought Pierce was a good suggestion. So one day I get a voice-mail, and it was Pierce. He said 'This is Pierce Brosnan. "The Greatest." Why not?' And I was in."

The film focuses on a family (Sarandon and Brosnan are the parents) trying to cope with the loss of a child after a car accident.

"It was serious subject matter," Sarandon acknowledged. "Luckily, there are a lot of moments where people are allowed to laugh, so I think that stops it from being unbearable and melodramatic. It's hard for me, because tonight was the first time I saw it." And?

"Well, when you see any film for the first time, you first notice a lot of your scenes are missing and things are different in places, and it's very disorienting. The performances are all very strong, but I'm not in a position to objectively critique," Sarandon said.

"But I think I look horrible. I don't even like watching myself when I'm supposed to be glamorous, but watching yourself when you're blubbering all the time and bitching at people is worse. But my son told me I did a good job, so I trust him."

Even with all that weeping, Sarandon found a way to keep the mood on the set light. "We had a fun group of people there, and I have to stay loose when I work, so I tend to aggressively try to have a good time. On 'Lorenzo's Oil' and 'Dead Man Walking,' I never laughed so hard. You have to laugh more on a movie that's so serious."

Speaking of serious, Sarandon told us about her own worst car accident: "A long time ago in New Jersey, I was driving and I was hit on the driver's side, and the car went up on its side. I wasn't wearing a seat belt and I was in some huge car. I had a concussion, but I wasn't badly injured. My mother said, 'Thank God you were wearing new underwear.'"

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21-01-09

Exclusive Brosnan interview "The Greatest"

Brosnan interview " The Greatest"

Pierce Brosnan may tell you that singing with Meryl Streep in Mama Mia was intimidating, but in his latest movie, The Greatest, that just premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, the Irish actor goes places, emotionally, he has never gone before, playing a grief-stricken father opposite Susan Sarandon.

In this exclusive interview, Brosnan talks about the challenges he had preparing for this role and the conscious decision he made not to have in family around during filming. He talked one-on-one to Paul Fischer in Park City.

Question: Did this film come to you as an actor first and then as a producer? Or were they both kind of – synchronized?

Brosnan: They came to Irish DreamTime as producing, acting. And Bo said, “Read this.” And I read it, and I thought it was wonderful, then I threw it under the bed, and I said, “I just – let it lie there.” Literally put it under the bed. I have a little house, out and away. I didn’t really want to go there, just because it was so well-founded by Shana, and the emotions of it. And then Bo kept on at me, saying, “Read it again. Read it again.” And I read it again. I said, “All right, let’s meet with Shana and Lynette, the producer.” And I said, “Okay. Let’s go ahead, let’s do it.”

Question: Was this, in some ways, the most intimidating character you’ve had to play for a while? I mean, I know that Mamma Mia had a different sense of intimidation about it, but in terms of getting into a character, the acting side of it. Where you had to go to places where you haven’t really been for a while.

Brosnan: Well, I haven’t played this emotional register since I was really a young actor. I mean, I’ve steered away from it, in some respects, and taken an easier road. And also, I haven’t been really offered them. So that’s the great thing about having your own company. You get offered these pieces like The Matador, or Evelyn. There was enough of my own life history in there as a father, to explore this character. I know a little bit about grief.

Question: I was going to ask you. I mean, you’ve had it rough.

Brosnan: We all have it rough one way or the other, at some point.

Question: Did you reflect on that time in your life, in order to play the grief?

Brosnan: You certainly use your life’s history of pain. There’s enough pain in there to draw upon. And it was also in the writing, too. When writing like this comes along, it taps in there pretty easily. And then your casting. You begin to cast, and you look – I call Susan up. And I say, “Look. I hear that you like this.” I left a message on her machine, and I said, “I love it. I’m gonna do it, come hell or high water. And I don’t know what you’re doing over the summer, but why not?” And she called me back the next day, and she said, “You got me with ‘why not?’” So once Susan was on board, she is such a – such a talent. And fearless. Then y begin to put the cast together. Carey Mulligan’s screen test was beautiful. So when you’re with great actors, then you get a lot. You get a lot back. Then you just have to prepare yourself emotionally. And it’s – ironically, the first scene we shot, the very first day of shooting, and my very first day, was my breakdown sequence at the bed. That was it. And there was no way around it. I said, “Hey, guys. Come on, give me a break here. You know, I haven’t swam in these waters in a long time.” So – there was no way around it. You know, when you’re on a small budget, and small time restraint. We had to shoot that day, there and then. It was the only day we could get the hospital.

Question: How do you leave something like this behind at the end of the work day? Do you just look forward to going back and spending time with your own family, and reminding yourself that –

Brosnan: Well, work like this is best done alone and I was away from the family. It’s sometimes better to be by yourself. It’s much more productive, when you’re doing something like this.

Question: Was that very reflective for you?

Brosnan: Yeah. You reflect. You become very solitary about it. And, you know, you have your journal, and you have your art, and paint, and you have your music, guitar, or whatever. And you have all those tools at hand, and your music, and your hotel room. And just – it was in New York City, I adore. So it gave me time to be by myself and walk in the park, and think about this bad [INAUD], and grace. And just – live the part.

Question: Do you see this film as being a film about healing, as well as about grief?

Brosnan: I think it’s a study on grief, but it’s definitely about rebirth, and definitely about healing. It’s about that. It’s unabashedly about grief. I mean, the sequence in the limo. The accident, and the scene in the limo, the hammer drops there for the audience. And you are with this family. You’re with this mother and father and son, and their grief.

Question: Now when the camera is close up on you, there is a distinct feeling that everything you’re saying, you’re saying in your face. How difficult is it for you to do silence, as an actor?

Brosnan: Hopefully you’ve got an inner life going. Hopefully, you have something there. You’re present, in the piece. And I don’t know how to talk about it, really.

Question: Is it a difficult process? Do you intellectualize it? Or is it very instinctive for you?

Brosnan: It’s really instinctive. I’m not very good at discussing it. And, you know, we had a week of rehearsals. And Susan is a very articulate lady, and she could talk on any subject. I’m much quieter. And Carey was very articulate. The director, Shana, is very bright and articulate. I find it very hard to express myself. I can do it, I hope. But I’ve never been good at talking about it, really. I can talk about it up to a point. But thenif it’s good, if it’s on the page, let me do it. Let me move it. Let me get up and act it.

Question: Does this encourage you to want to go now, for things that really get you to act in ways that you’ve never had a chance to do?

Brosnan: Yes. Yes. You know, I wish I’d done it sooner. But I hadn’t. I came to America, and I did Remington and I should have probably explored the avenues of drama. But I kind of coasted on a nice plateau.

Question: Well, Bond is something that obviously gave you opportunities that you would never have, perhaps, had.

Brosnan: Yeah. The Bond franchise was brilliant timing. And was – I’m forever grateful to play that role, and to be part of that coterie of men, that small club. And, you know, from that, it allowed me to create Irish DreamTime, and make my own movies, which wouldn’t necessarily come my way. Like The Matador, or like this film, The Greatest.

Question: What’s your next project? Do you know?

Brosnan: With Marleen Gorris, it’s called Heaven and Earth and I’m going off to South Africa, to do this film, set in 1826, about the first Governor of Capetown. It’s a true story about Lord Charles Somerset, who falls in love with his doctor. And then I’m going to work with Mr. Roman Polanski on The Ghost.

Question: And what’s happening with Topkapi?

Brosnan: We are full steam ahead. Full steam ahead. If we do not have it by this year, then we shall just say we gave a best effort. But Mary Parent is a magnificent supporter of the piece. Mr. Paul Verhoeven is still with us as a director and we have great executives over there at MGM now, who are passionate to make this film. So, we have a fabulous writer.

Question: Were you surprised that the biggest film you’ve starred in since James Bond was a musical?

Brosnan: Yes. Yes. I would never have guessed that, in a million years. But it was a great film to be a part of. but for me, I just love the world of independent filmmaking, going off and making these pictures. And if 12 people see it, then so be it. But just to make movies – it’s great if something like this comes along, and possibly can have a high profile.

Question: I know I’m not the only one who cried so much during The Greatest..

Brosnan: It’s good to cry. It’s good to cry. I mean, it’s great to laugh, but it is great to cry, because there’s so much pain in us all, that to connect to something like this, it’s good.

Question: Is this the best time for you in your life, personally and professionally? Are you having the best time in your life?

Brosnan: I’ve had a great time. I’ve had a great time all the way through this life of acting. I’ve loved every moment of it. Everything I’ve done, I’ve enjoyed. Whether they’ve hated it, criticized it, never saw it. I – just that I got to work and make a living, and create a life for my wife and children.

Question: How do you remain so nice?

Brosnan: I don’t know. I don’t know. I have no idea. I just like people, and I love what I do and, you know, you just keep showing up.

Question: Do you still live in Hawaii?

Brosnan: We’ve been living out there, yeah. We live in Kauai. We’re up there, but we’re back in Malibu now. We have to. The boys have got to go to school, and stuff like that. I’ve got to pay attention to some of these pictures going on I’m trying to do. And it’s very hard to do it from over there.

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

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20-01-09

Interview Shana Feste "director & writer the Greatest"

Interview Shana Feste

director & writer "the Greatest"

 

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Video " première the Greatest"

"première the Greatest @ sundance

"The greatest destined for Greatness

Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan's The Greatest screened twice over the weekend at Sundance, and however overcooked the dead-son weepie feels, we can't argue with multiple standing ovations.

Brosnan in particular, who plays the patriarch of a family devastated by the death of their teenage son in an automobile accident, was singled out for demonstration of audience affection, prompting those at Saturday morning's screening from their seats for an ovation that lasted maybe 15 seconds but felt like forever in the usually subdued early-morning setting. Sarandon and director Shana Feste felt the love as well, along with young co-stars Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons and Zoe Kravitz. We've been to a lot of public screenings over the years and seen and heard a lot of pushover audiences go nuts for film. This was one of those once- or twice-a-fest scenes where you could almost smell 600 people at the Racquet Club losing their shit. People love this movie.

But why? Brosnan (who also produced) is out of his depths as Allen Brewer, a mathematics professor maintaining his stiff upper lip while wife Grace (Sarandon) melts down completely following their son Bennett's fatal car wreck. Allen's determination to hold the family together is meant to reinforce his stone wall blocking grief, but in the presence of the more genuinely whacked Grace — who wakes up crying and spends months, in hopes of some closure, reading to the comatose driver who struck her son's car — it never feels like more than a high-stakes mourn-off punctuated by convenient expository fights, loving plunges into the ocean, etc.

It was a mindfuck for Sarandon, and the emotional imbalance shows in the parts of her performance not drugged within an inch of their life by Feste's potent script bromides.

"I have to admit that when I read it, it was so eccentric and there were a lot of things I didn't realize — until we actually started doing it —how difficult it was," she told the audience after the screening. "That was my bad. There are some actors who say they can never remember their real names when they're filming. I can never remember my character's name. When I go home to my kids, I completely leave it behind. I found on the days when we did some of the very, very emotional scenes that you have to hold on to for eight or 10 hours, my body chemistry actually changed. I was really shocked about how I smelled and the person I became. It was really horrible. That was the first time I realized that kind of impact when you imagine those things; your body can't tell the difference between what's imaginary and what's real."

So how did Sarandon and the others get through the 25-day shoot? "The cast was really, really fun and loving," she said. "It was a very happy set; sometimes I think we overcompensated. I think the two funniest sets I've ever been on were Dead Man Walking and Lorenzo's Oil. Explain that."

Yet there are two reasons to see The Greatest: Mulligan and Simmons, playing Bennett's pregnant girlfriend and messed-up little brother respectively, both extraordinary and nothing short of sincere in navigating the dynamics of their own grief. We'll get to this later today (and later this week in a little more depth), but Mulligan, whose Greatest and An Education performances had hype-within-the-hype momentum accompanying them before the festival even started, is an insanely vivid talent whose relationship with Allen Brewer is the only thing that salvages Brosnan's own performance; her retelling to him of meeting Bennett on their last day of school is devastating. At 23, and with little on her resume besides 2005's Pride and Prejudice and some British TV, she already improves everyone around her. Simmons, meanwhile, was also one of the only redeeming things about The Spirit, portraying the hero as a lovesick young man. His responsibility to parse his love/hate relationship with his mythologized brother refines that heartbreak here

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17-01-09

"The Greatest" starring Pierce Brosnan

"The Greatest"

first screening today

@ Sundance filmfestival

more info ; http://festival.sundance.org/

nominated for "the grand jury price" @ sundance

The Greatest ; story

Crying your eyes out at the movies used to be commonplace. But the difficulty of affecting a contemporary audience emotionally demonstrates how much respect a work like The Greatest engenders: it is an enormously moving, intelligent exploration of pain and grieving, a film that will touch you and stay with you.
The death of their teenage son, Bennett, in a car crash is almost too much for the Brewer family to bear, not just because his was a life of such promise but also because the impact of his death unleashes the turmoil that was just beneath the surface of their lives. His mother becomes obsessed and can’t let go; his father, in turn, can’t face it at all; and his brother’s secondary status is magnified and entrenched. And when Bennett’s girlfriend appears, the family must come to grips with circumstances that complicate their loss even further. An ensemble film that is the debut of Shana Feste, a particularly talented young filmmaker, this sensitive and heartbreaking feature showcases Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan at their best and launches a career for young actress Carey Mulligan that is certain to be impressive. This is one of the standout works of this Festival and is as fine a debut as we can present.
CAST
Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons, Aaron Johnson, Michael Shannon
Screenings @ sundance filmfestival

Sat. Jan 17 3:15 p.m. - GREAT17CA Eccles Theatre, Park City
Sun. Jan 18 8:30 a.m. - GREAT18RM Racquet Club, Park City
Mon. Jan 19 6:30 p.m. - GREAT19OA Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
Wed. Jan 21 11:30 a.m. - GREAT21LD Library Center Theatre, Park City
Wed. Jan 21 9:00 p.m. - GREAT21WN Tower Theatre, SLC
Fri. Jan 23 8:00 p.m. - GREAT23RN Racquet Club, Park City

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20-07-08

Brosnan exclusive spotted "New York

 

Exclusive ,Brosnan spotted in New York

source ; the web

Pierce already started filming " The Greatest" with Susan Sarondon  this week .

 

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11-07-08

Brosnan @ New York

Brosnan in New York

 spotted on the 9th of July

Handsome lad Pierce Brosnan was spotted with a smile on his face after lunching at Da Silvano restaurant .
You can catch Pierce in the upcoming Mamma Mia! movie which opens on July 18th in the States.  It also stars Amanda Seyfried--which makes us so happy.  Girl is finally getting the attention she deserves!

He was probably in New York for his next movie "The Greates" with

Susan Sarandon.

 

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19-05-08

Pierce signed for new movie "The Greatest"

 Pierce starring in new movie from debuting "Shana Feste"

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

Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon have signed to star in The Greatest. The drama will be the directorial debut of screenwriter Shana Feste.

 

Variety reports Feste’s drama follows a young girl who becomes involved with a family grieving the loss of a teenage son. Brosnan and Sarandon will handle the roles of the grieving parents with shooting scheduled to start this summer on the East Coast.

Barbarian Films is lined up to finance the film and serve as the executive producer. The film will be a co-production between Silverwood Films and Brosnan's Irish DreamTime. Silverwood's Lynette Howell and Irish DreamTime's Beau St. Clair are scheduled to produce the movie.

In addition to his role on screen, Brosnan will serve as an executive producer with Doug Dey, Aaron Kaufman, Douglas Kuber and Ron Hartenbaum.

In Variety, St. Clair stated: "What drew us to this piece is Shana's rare ability to uniquely dramatize the complicated dynamics of a family's struggle to stay together as they deal with unforeseen tragedy."

Brosnan will return to the screen with Meryl Streep in Universal's upcoming musical Mamma Mia!, and will return to the title role in MGM’s The Thomas Crown Affair 2. The sequel is being directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Sarandon is on the screen now in the family-friendly Speed Racer, and just finished work on the Peter Jackson-directed film The Lovely Bones.