*DVD 'I don't know how she does it' coming out soon March(BELGIUM) *Brosnan in Steven King's "Bag of Bones" *16th of May ; Pierce Brosnan's Birthday *The Bald Hairdresser ;Aug 2012 *Salvation Boulevard ; june 2011
Irish DreamTime projects Pierce Brosnan and Beau St. Clair formed their Los Angeles-based production company, Irish DreamTime, in 1996 with the goal of fostering new talent and producing independent and studio films.
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Film-maker Mohit Ramchandani has been recently in the news for having cast Pierce Brosnan and his son, Sean, in his film titled Bonded. The film follows a Mexican teenager named Jesus who, after the death of his mother, is sold by his father and smuggled into America, where he’s forced to work as a bonded slave labourer in a Los Angeles sweatshop. While imprisoned there, he befriends a young woman named Elena. But when she is claimed by a sex trafficker, Jesus makes a daring escape in order to rescue her. Excerpts from an interview with Ramchandani on his film, Indian connection and more:
Could you talk about your Indian connection? I was born in Mumbai and grew up in Hong Kong and London. I would visit India almost every summer and winter since I have a lot of family there. My parents were quite traditional and that meant my experience at home was as if I grew up in India. I’d say that my real connection to India is to the vast knowledge and wisdom about the inner arts that has come from our country. Today people are impressed by India’s economy and explosion of wealth. But I am more impressed by the Bhagavad Gita, yoga and meditation.
What prompted you to join the film industry? I had few friends while growing up and movies were a way for me to escape what I perceived to be a difficult childhood. I still remember my first experience at the movies when my parents took me to see E.T.. I was so overwhelmed by the story, the visuals and the score, I knew right then I would be part of this tradition although it wasn’t until I was 14 and saw Rocky that I was sure I’d give my life to it. Rocky taught me never to give up, Braveheart taught me never to compromise on my values and The Matrix taught me that I can do anything. Film is a powerful medium that can affect global consciousness and it became obvious what I had to do. Due to the pressures of family and society, I still got my degree from The London School of Economics and worked for a year as an investment banker. The misery of that job forced me to follow through with film-making.
As an Indian, have you ever faced any sort of racial profiling in Hollywood? No. I think that the idea of racial profiling is no longer a factor in the industry, it may have been in the past but not anymore. We live in a country where the best rapper is White (Eminem), the best golfer is an African American (Tiger Woods) and our President Barack Hussein Obama is also part-African American. The days of racial profiling are long gone (except maybe in the deep south). There is just too much money to be made these days, it’s all about talent and product.
Is it true that Sean Brosnan was your friend when you grew up in London? Yes, I’ve known Sean for 10 years. He’s like a younger brother to me. We actually met when his brother, Christopher, invited me to Sean’s 16th birthday party in London. It was me, Sean, Chris, their father and about 100 girls. I knew then that we would get along.
Though you are not willing to talk about Bonded as yet, is the film’s screenplay based on true incidents? I’d say that it was partially inspired by certain events I read about including a case, where 72 Thai immigrants were held in an apartment complex in El Monte, California. They were never allowed to leave and were forced to work 18 hours a day seven days a week for almost no money (which they could only spend inside the complex and buy items like toothpaste from their captors at exorbitant prices). This event prompted me to do some research and I found that even though California was the seventh largest economy in the world, 10 per cent of its revenue (about $25 billion) essentially comes from slave labour in the garment industry. Most of these 160,000 workers are illegal immigrants from Latin America.
What’s it about Pierce Brosnan that appeals to the director in you? Pierce is an extremely versatile and charismatic actor. He is mainly associated with the character of James Bond (I still think he is the best Bond on par with Connery) though I actually think that his best work has been in his recent dramatic performances such as The Ghost Writer and The Matador. He’s also someone that everyone loves. I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about Pierce. He’s also one of the nicest and most professional people I have ever met. He’s been supportive of my career and I am very grateful for that.
Why is it that Hollywood studios haven’t yet warmed up to the idea of hiring Bollywood film-makers to direct movies for them? I think it boils down to different sensibilities and methods of storytelling. Bollywood film-makers are exceptionally talented at what they do and the execution of their craft is flawless, however, I truly believe that the craft is very different in the US. Western cinema appeals to the whole world because it follows the principles of storytelling that are universal and uses archetypes and themes that are embedded in the collective consciousness, it is why movies like Star Wars, Titanic and Jaws transcend language barriers. Indian cinema is much more specific to the society and to the culture.
Most Indian-origin directors based abroad are keen on making films about the trials and tribulations of NRIs. Have you been fascinated with such themes or do you find them too boring? I don’t find them boring at all as being an NRI, I can relate to some degree. I just don’t find the need to tell those stories, they are not the type of movies I enjoy most or am motivated to make. I’d much rather see War of the Worlds or Schindler’s List than the Namesake or Bride & Prejudice. I find life and death scenarios much more appealing than melodrama. If we had a small town attacked by aliens and an NRI saved the day or if an NRI helped bridge the peace in the Middle East, I’d be fascinated by that.
Any interest in directing Hindi films? I don’t watch a lot of Hindi movies. I am still a fan of Amitabh Bachchan. I think he is currently under-utilized as an actor and the depth of his presence and talent far exceeds the type of material he is offered. I find Indian movies a little too safe and am personally not a fan of the musical unless it is imperative in telling the story. I don’t think they are bad, they are just not my cup of tea as I find that even the recent wave of edgier cinema, films like Dev.D are still a little soft in the story department. Although I do love Dil Chahta Hai, Don and Rock On!! because they were produced by my cousin, Ritesh Sidhwani! I’d love to direct a Hindi film like Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen or Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior. But I can’t see myself doing a film where in the middle of an epic battle the army breaks into song and dance, not in this lifetime.
What’s the perception of Indian movies like in the West? Is it still solely about films that have routine song-and-dance sequences or is there any awareness of the middle-of-the-line cinema? Hindi movies are still seen as musical fantasy and the Western audience definitely has a hard time relating to it. Films like Black Friday are not at all on the radar. Hindi cinema will have a hard time crossing over the way Hong Kong cinema did because martial arts was always a genre in its own right. I really don’t see the campy song and dance numbers breaking through, even a film like Lagaan, which was nominated for an Oscar, did very little crossover business in the States. I think the challenge for Indian film-makers will be to find a fresh and new way to tell their stories if they really want to attract a global audience.
For the first time, former 007 star Pierce Brosnan will team up with his actor son Sean for the big screen.
Pierce, 57, will star in big-budget movie ‘Bonded’ alongside the 26-year-old.
The duo will play police officers in pursuit of a Mexican teenager smuggled into the US as a sweatshop worker.
Mo Ramchandani, a childhood friend of Brosnan junior, will direct the actors, who are also the executive producers of the flick.
“Pierce and Sean always said that they would find a project to work on together and this movie was seen as ideal. They have lots of screen time together, so it’s going to be a very special film for both of them,” the Daily Express quoted a source as telling. (ANI)
Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith attend last night’s Global Green USA’s 14th Annual Millennium Awards held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The awards:
recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody Global Green USA’s mission of fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world.
Pierce has long been into environmental causes and recently ripped President Obama a new one with regards to the Whale slaughtering that still exists in Japan, Iceland and Norway despite his campaign promise to end it.
Actor-turned-environmentalist PIERCE BROSNAN is urging U.S. government officials to take a stronger stand against whale hunting in international waters.
The Irish actor has become passionate about preserving marine life since narrating new Disneynature documentary Oceans, which explores the seas and what lies beneath them.
And he’s outraged after learning whale hunting has continued in Japan, Norway and Iceland despite a global whaling moratorium, which took effect in 1986.
The U.S. and other anti-whaling countries recently sought to strike a deal to create an international monitoring system to ensure a steadily-declining whale hunt.
But Brosnan wants officials to take a no-tolerance policy: “They (U.S. government) seem to be in favour of allowing Japan and Norway to go out and hunt whales again. It means they can go out there and start killing whales. It’s in moratorium so it’s not determined how many they can kill. Normally, there’s no justification for killing these creatures. Scientifically, there’s no justification. So if you want to do something about stopping the possible slaughter of whales, then you have to pick up the phone and call The White House.”
And the movie star hopes his new nature film will encourage youngsters to fight to save the world’s whales.
He adds, “That is why this film is so important to be seen. I think it will inspire many young people to do good things for the ocean… That is why I’m so passionate about this movie, so people can go see it and hopefully oppose this deal agreement.
Please join me tonight in raising a glass of good cheer to all our Irish brothers and sisters! I will be spending an enchanting evening filled with music, song, dance and poetry readings at Royce Hall with my fellow countrymen and conductor /composer Eimear Noon. Yours truly will be reading W.B. Yeat’s, Easter 1916.
I have just returned home after completing principal photography on "I Don’t Know How She Does It" in New York City with the lovely and incomparable Sara Jessica Parker. Based on Allison Pearson’s bestselling book and directed by Douglas McGrath, the talented cast of this romantic comedy also includes Greg Kinnear, Olivia Munn and Kelsey Grammer.
I was also in Ireland recently to introduce Her Excellency Mary McAleese at the Irish Film and Television Awards (where I happily collected an award for Best Supporting Actor for "The Ghostwriter"). I then had the privilege of speaking to a group of Irish film students associated with Cinemagic (a Belfast-based organization) at Pepperdine University. It is inspiring to watch the next generation of artists come up through the ranks.
Next up, I will be working in Italy on a film tentatively titled "All You Need Is Love," with Susan Bier who won an Oscar this year for the Best Foreign Language Film, "In a Better World." This delightful love story mixes the lighthearted with serious and humorous and begins production on the Almalfi coast this spring. I encourage you check out Susan’s movies, including "After the Wedding" and "Open Hearts" to name a few.
This summer look for "Salvation Boulevard" in theatres near you. Based on a novel of the same name, Salvation Boulevard written by Larry Beinhart and directed by George Radliff, 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 contributed to this hilarious all-star cast.
I am deeply saddened and distressed by the tragedy, loss of life, suffering and hardship that has befallen Japan. There are no words to adequately express my feelings of sorrow. Life turns in a moment and always reminds us what a gift each day truly is. My thoughts and prayers are with our Japanese friends at this difficult time.
The 56-year-old actor has three biological and two adopted children with his late wife Cassandra Harris and current wife Keely Shaye Smith. Despite all the success he has had in his acting career, which has included a stint as legendary British spy James Bond, Pierce insists he is a “family man” at heart.
“There are many things I'm thankful for," he said. “I'm a family man within this crazy, egotistical profession and it's my sanctuary. It makes what I do all the more meaningful.”
Pierce’s first wife Cassandra died of ovarian cancer in 1991. They raised three children, Charlotte, 38, Christopher, 37, and Sean, 26, together.
The actor married Keely in 2001, and the pair have two sons, Dylan, 13, and seven-year-old Paris.
Pierce says he is in a very “happy” place in his personal and professional lives at the moment, and hopes his luck continues into the future.
“I've been blessed to be able to afford the good things of life," he told British newspaper The Daily Mirror. "I don't know if it would have happened if I hadn't had Bond in my career. I'm in a good place creatively. It's a fertile time... finding parts, acting, testing myself in roles and shaking up what went before.”
Every year, The Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues. The 24th annual Genesis Awards was Saturday, March 20, 2010 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.