“It was like Christmas everyday” – Michael Dougherty (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS)

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Director/Co-writer Michael Dougherty shares the excitement, nerves and preparation that come with working on your dream project.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is in Irish cinemas now.

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“It’s Completely Insane But I Love It” – Patrick Gibson on “The OA” Season 2, “Tolkien” and Living The Dream.

In 2017 Patrick Gibson won the IFTA Rising Star Award and deservedly so. He took the world by storm with his performance as Steve in the popular Netflix series, “The OA”. Since then he has starred alongside Idris Elba the mini-series, “Guerilla”, featured in the popular Young Adult film, “The Darkest Minds”, is about to be seen on the big screen again, in Tolkien,  and is now back as Steve in Season 2 of Netflix’s “The OA”.

We chat about the lengths he went to to get the part of Steve, why he turns to reddit for answers to “The OA” ending; how he feels about the possibility of a “Stranger Things”  & “The OA” crossover;  his new feature film, “Tolkien”; and living the dream.



The OA: Part II is available on Netflix now.

“Tolkien” is coming to cinemas soon.

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“I’m aware of the power of movies” – Kevin Costner (THE HIGHWAYMEN)

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson team up in the Netflix film, The Highwaymen. It tells the story of two former Texas Rangers who came together to bring down Bonnie and Clyde.

Kevin was offered the role of Frank Hamer ten years ago, he initially said no to the part. “I guess it didn’t seem like it fit.”, he explains.  “I could get over that wall pretty easy. I still could get over it but I had to play a character who couldn’t. And ten years ago it seemed like I wouldn’t be able to pull that off.”

Kevin has been vocal in the past that he finds opening weekends at the box office tough, so how does he feel about this film opening on Netflix? “I think these kind of movies, because we know what our younger audiences are flocking to see, and probably a movie about two aging guys, Texas Rangers, hunting down Bonnie and Clyde – I think that the general consensus was that this was not that kind of movie that could have one of those big weekends. So, that’s the beauty of Netflix, of what’s happened, because now this movie’s made. (In the past) people would have been weighing it (the pros and cons) … and that doesn’t happen so now a lot of movies are finding their way.

The Every Day Super Hero
Kevin has spent much of his career playing characters who save the day, that has had an impact on his personal life, with many people expecting him to step in when danger is present in every day life. “People assign a lot to you. Unnaturally but they do it. I’ve been aware of the power of movies and I’ve been able to be a part of movies that hopefully people will be able to continue to watch and share.”

One thing that Kevin is pleased about when it comes to his career is “that my career hasn’t spiralled down to one movie. You know, that’s when someone comes up to you and it’s always one movie. That would have disappointed me. When someone comes up to me, it’s one of 10 or 12 movies that someone might mention and I like that because it means they’re speaking to different people.”

What’s his own favourite one? “I don’t have that. The minute I have one I disown the other children.”

Kevin is one of few Hollywood actors who has never made a sequel. Has this been a conscious decisions? “No, no, I want to make a bunch of money”, he jokes.

He goes on to add, “What happens is that I really respect the movies I did and if the sequel is not as good I won’t do it … I need to see the script, because if someone like The Bodyguard and I make The Bodyguard 2, or Tin Cup 2or Bull Durham 2 or Dances With Wolves 2 and 3, and they’re not as good, then it’s going to bother me. That’s probably not great business advice – someone would say, ‘Do it. Do the second one, do the third one – are you nuts?!’ I guess probably I am.”

He does have a sequel in mind though, but in typical Costner style, there’s nothing small about this. He says, “There’s a Western I want to do – it’s four parts. All the same story and people are going, ‘Oh Kevin, why?’. And I go, ‘it’s a sequel’. And they go, ‘But what if the first one doesn’t work?’ and I go, ‘The first one is going to be great’. And so now when I talk about doing sequels they say, ‘Oh no, you can’t do it that way’.”

Even after all these years in the movie business, Kevin is still in love with it.”I am a romantic about it (the movies) I understand what’s problematic about our business, I get that perfectly, but I still love the idea of a story you’ve never heard – let me tell you one, and when you get to the end you go that was the best story!”

The Highwaymen lands on Netflix on Friday 29th March 2019.

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Colin Farrell Shares Why He Loves That He Gets To Live in A World Of Make Believe

Colin Farrell stars as Holt Farrier in Disney’s reimagining of one of it’s classic films, Dumbo.

Colin is in Dublin for the Irish premiere of the film. I got to chat to him about how he feels when he sees himself on the big screen. While he may not appreciate watching himself, he does love that he gets to live a world of make believe.

World of Make Believe

“For me that’s one of the most beautiful things about what I get to do for a living. I think for many of us as adults and I’ve certainly fallen a foul of this many times over the years – the imagination shuts down. The wonder of life departs, and it departs by the virtue of being shown the door by the responsibilities we acquire, and the burdens of certain things and the pressures, and one of the most beautiful things I have been able to do over the past twenty five years or so, is that it has kept my impagination alive, it’s kept a certain playfulness alive. It’s allowed my spirit to have that kind of degree of flight that not many adults experience on a day to day and I get paid for it. And never was that more front and centre than it was on this film.” Colin said

Living in the Spotlight

Colin loves what he gets to call a job but doesn’t enjoy the frenzy that sometimes comes with it. He gets why it’s there but chooses not to court it.


In the movie, Eva Green’s character, Collette, says, “Your children don’t need you to be perfect. They just need you to believe in them.” Parenthood can be tough and Colin said he is learning as her goes and just tries to let his kids be the best version of themselves, with a little guidance from him.

Secret to his success.

Colin has been in the business for over 25 years – what is the secret to his success? “I don’t know. Chance, luck, I mean it’s so out of my control. You know, you work as hard as you can when you go to work but there’s so many factors at play. There’s so many different energies that have to come together to make a film, not even work, but to just make it exist. I mean I am still working 25 years later … I am not going to say that I haven’t been found out yet, I think I have been found out a few of times but I have been let back to the scene of the crime.” Colin joked.

Dumbo hits Irish cinemas on Friday 29th March, 2019.


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Living With Alopecia – Amber Jean Rowan Shares Her Story

When she was just 15 years old, one of Amber Jean’s friends noticed a bald patch on her head. After a doctor’s visit, she discovered she had alopecia. Twelve months later, Amber Jean was completely bald. Over a decade later, she is now a working actress and on this month’s cover of Irish Tatler magazine.

How did Amber Jean go from the shock of the diagnoses to loving the skin that she is in? We talk about this, the struggles, the highs and the important conversations that we all need to be having, hair or no hair, in this latest episode of “The Bellissimo Files” Podcast. Listen below.



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“The Only Success That Matters Is Happiness” Ricky Gervais and Kerry Godliman (“After Life”)

Ricky Gervais is back with his latest 6 part series, for Netflix, After Life.

Just having his name attached to a project has people assume controversy. There have been one liners that have come out of this series that have caused outrage amongst some groups. The thing is, the line taken on it’s own does sound controversial, but, if you give the series a chance, and actually watch the whole thing, you will see why that line works in the context of the whole piece.

“It’s always happened to me, but it’s not just me. If you deal with sort of taboo subjects, which I do, then someone, somewhere, is going to find something you say offensive. I’ve embraced it and I’ve pushed back, and as long as I can justify everything I do, you try and make it bullet proof. I assume as many people are going to hate this as love it – for whatever reasons.” Ricky commented.

I fall into the second category. After Life is one of my favourite things Ricky has done to date. It’s funny, dark, uplifting and starts many internal conversations that we need to have with ourselves.

There’s lots of social commentary throughout. Including our clickbait culture. “Everyone’s furious” says Ricky about the clickbait titles. “No we’re not! We don’t care and wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t written about it.”

The conversation comes back to people being offended. “When people say that joke is offensive, I want to go, ‘no, no, you found that joke offensive’. There’s nothing offensive about the joke, it’s subjective. You’ve got to own that emotion. That’s what being offended is. It’s having an emotion. If someone says, ‘I’m offended’, they may as well say, I’ve got a pain in my leg. I go, ‘what do you want me to do about it? Thanks for telling me but there’s nothing I can do about it’. Ricky continues, “What you mean is that you never want to hear something you don’t like ever again.” Kerry adds, “If you are offended, there are ways to avoid not hearing stuff.”

Our conversation moved from controversy back to what After Life does so well. It has the viewer constantly questioning what is important in life. For Ricky, that answer is simple, “The only success that matters is happiness”!

Before our time is up, I have one final question for him, will there be a season 2 of After Life? “I always do definitive, finite, and end, just in case I die the next day. But, I fell in love with the characters and I have started thinking about it. I’d love to do a second series.”

While Ricky starts working on season 2, we can all watch season one of After Life, when it drops on Netlix tomorrow.




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Tony Way and Mandeep Dhillon On Why They Jumped At The Chance To Work With Ricky Gervais Again

Ricky Gervais is back with a new series, premiering on Netflix on Friday, After Life. Many of the actors in this series are people Ricky has worked with before. Two such actors are Mandeep Dhillon and Tony Way.

For Mandeep, the chance to work with Ricky again, the important topics raised in this series, and the fact that it’s just a beautiful series is the reason why she jumped at the chance to be a part of  After Life.

For Tony, it’s simply because Ricky asked. “It could have been anything and I would have said yes”, said Tony.

Actors like working with Ricky because he puts his trust in them. “A lot of the parts were written with people in mind … He involved us and that was nice. We were able to help shape the character but we can’t take credit for the funny lines.” commented Tony.

Both actors took a lot of lessons away from this series, including being responsible for your own life and not living with regrets.

During our chat, Mandeep and Tony also spoke about how they feel about the world of celebrity and fame.

Tony also shared what it was like working on Game of Thrones. “I saw it become huge. I was in season 2, had a season off and then went back and it was insane! It was suddenly the biggest thing in the world. I haven’t really cashed in on that yet, but that will be a part of my retirement plan.” he joked.

As much as he enjoyed working on Game of Thrones, both himself and Mandeep, loved working on After Life and are hoping that a second season is in the works. If it is, they will definitely be back for that!

Season one of After Life lands on Netflix on Friday 8th March 2019.







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