“I can finally join in Ian McKellan & Michael Gambon’s Wizarding Conversations” – Patrick Stewart on “The Kid Who Would Be King”

Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie both play one of the most famous wizard, “Merlin” in the latest re-telling of the King Arthur tale, “The King Who Would Be King”.

Patrick shares how he can now be a part of Ian McKellan and Michael Gambon’s wizarding conversations, and how he came close to being Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings”.

Patrick also shared the latest on the “Star Trek: Picard” series and what we can expect and what might be missing!

“The Kid Who Would Be King” is in Irish cinemas now.

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Joel Egerton Shares Why He Couldn’t Walk Away From “Boy Erased”

Joel Egerton writes, directs and co-stars in “Boy Erased.” Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name, “Boy Erased” tells the story of how Jared Eamon’s (Lucas Hedges) life is thrown into turmoil when, at 19, he is outed by a college classmate and his parents send him to conversion therapy.

I got to catch up with Joel to chat about the film. He shared with me why he was, initially, hesitant to bring this movie to the big screen, representation in film in front of and behind the camera, the importance of allies and how the idea of doing what we think is best for our loved ones can actually hurt them most.

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Review: “Boy Erased”

Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name, “Boy Erased” tells the story of how Jared Eamon’s (Lucas Hedges) life is thrown into turmoil when, at 19, he is outed by a college classmate.

When Jared’s parents find out he is gay, his Baptist Preacher father (Russell Crowe) and  religious mother (Nicole Kidman), as advised by their religious community, decide the best thing for their son is to put him in, a church supported, conversion therapy course. Jared attends out of fear of, not only be shunned by his community, but by those he loves the most too – his parents.

This film is a very difficult watch, however it is a very important story to be told as in today’s world there are still 36 US states, and numerous countries around the world where conversion therapy is legal.

Instead of contributing to the hate, this film comes from a place of love. It doesn’t set out to vilify the parents, instead, it asks the question, how can a family who love each other so much cause their son so much pain?

Jared’s parents truly believed that they weren’t doing bad things to him, they were actually doing this for him. That is one of the most heart breaking parts of the whole film. Dictated to by religion, they (initially) failed to see that what they were doing for their son was causing him so much pain and suffering.

There are outstanding performances from all of the cast. However, Kidman’s portrayal of Jared’s mother who is torn by the love for her child,  the right thing for him, and what her religion tells her is the right thing to do for him, is gut wrenching.

Writer/Director, Joel Edgerton, lets the story unfold and doesn’t opt for sensationalism or over dramatics to evoke emotion from the audience. Sometimes this makes for very slow film making but in this case it works as you really take in what is happening.

I left the cinema feeling anger (that in today’s society this can still be happening), sadness (how can love be something that is not celebrated?), and hope. “Boy Erased” is not an easy watch but it is a must see.

“Boy Erased” is in Irish cinemas now.


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Review: “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Set in 1970s Harlem, “If Beale Street Could Talk” tells the heart breaking love story of Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) and Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt (Stephan James). At a time they should be celebrating their love and the beginning of a new life, they are instead forced to focus on proving Fonny’s innocence in order to get him out of jail for a crime he did not commit.

Even though it is set in the 70s, the racism, injustice and anguish experienced by Tish and Fonny, sadly, still rings true today.

Writer/Director Barry Jenkins delivers a painfully beautiful film which not only explores the abhorrent racism the protagonists face, but he also chooses to focus on how their love gets them through and is the most important thing in life.

He allows the film to take it’s time, without being self indulgent and allows beauty to reign supreme in amongst all of the ugliness.

The performances in this film are so real they hurt – from Layne to James, and Regina King’s, Oscar nominated, and gut wrenching performance as Layne’s mum, who is so desperate to prove her future grandchild’s dad’s innocence that she won’t let anything get in her way. The strength, poise, dignity and beauty in all their performances are inspiring.

How can a film be both beautiful and yet so devastating? How can it be so powerful, yet so upsetting? How can it leave you feeling a sense of hopelessness yet be so full of hope? Well Barry Jenkins’ follow up to the Oscar winning, “Moonlight” is is all of that and so much more. I will never understand how it was not nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, but that doesn’t mean that it is not one of the stand out films of 2019!

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is in Irish cinemas now.

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Lewis Capaldi Talks Selling Out Gigs, Being BFFs with Niall Horan & Vacuum Cleaners!

His gig may have been cancelled due to no equipment, but that didn’t stop Lewis Capaldi putting on a surprise gig in Dublin last week. I got to speak to him about that, being “best mates” with Niall Horan and his most extravagant family gift since his success. Listen below …

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“We’re going to face challenges, whether we choose them or they choose us – it’s what we decide to do about them that counts” – Mark Pollock

Mark Pollock is one of the most inspirational people I have ever come across. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (www.markpollock.com).

In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyzing collaborations that have never been done before. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is unlocking $1 billion to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

In our chat Mark shared how his sporting mindset of being a competitor and not a spectator has helped him deal with unexpected challenges; the importance of being a realist; and how collaborations, rather than working alone, achieves great things.

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Getting The Chop Has Never Felt So Good!

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Just over two years ago, my daughter got her hair cut.





About a year later, my alopecia came back and it was at it’s worst ever.



In researching what I could do for my alopecia, I came across the Rapunzel Foundation. It “is a charitable organisation that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss, through fundraising as well as through hair-raising (for wigs). Anna Furlong’s Hair Salon is the founder salon of the Rapunzel Foundation which now has over 450 registered salons all over Ireland.”

I didn’t need a wig but my, then six year old, daughter and I started talking about my hair loss and ways in which we could help others. We loved the idea of her growing her hair to donate it to the foundation. This is what her hair focus has been for the last 18 months. Getting her hair long enough so that she could chop it off and donate it to the Rapunzel foundation  so that it could become part of a wig that’s donated to a child or adult who needs it.

Last night there was great excitement when after her hair had been washed, nit checked and measured (the donation has to be at least 14inches long and not coloured or chemically treated), we realised that tomorrow she could finally go in for the chop

The excitement hit fever pitch this morning, when we called The Jim Hatton Salon, in Rathgar, (one of the participating salons) and found out that there was an available appointment in an hour.


So off we went to the salon and met with Rebecca – who was amazing! She made my G feel so appreciated and answered all of her questions (mainly about how her hair goes from the salon to a person’s head).





The first step, after getting in the chair, was a lice check (understandably so). The hair was then sectioned into 4 parts …






measured …





… and then chopped.




The salon cut G’s hair free of charge, gave her a gorgeous new hair style and will now send on G’s donation to the Rapunzle foundation where it will become part of a much needed wig.


I found today very moving. It shows that small steps by many people can make a big change in someone’s life. Thanks to my seven year old for donating her hair, Rebecca and the salon for donating their time and taking care of the hair, and to the amazing Rapunzel Foundation for their invaluable work!


If you want more information about the Rapunzel Foundation visit the following:
Website:     www.rapunzelfoundation.com
Facebook:  facebook.com/rapunzelfoundation
Instagram: @rapunzelfoundation


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