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What you may need to know.

1. “love at first sight may sound trite but it’s true, you know, I could list the details of everything you ever wore or said, or how you stood that day…”

That, dear reader, sums up my relationship with Anna Friel since that fateful day in 1992 when she walked into Brookside and Stole away my heart (insert thieving scousers joke here) and so as a consequence I’ve sat through so much dross over the past 24 years simply because she was in it (Marian Keyes‘ Watermelon anyone?).

Twenty four years I’ve waited for Anna  while she’s been involved in long, tempestuous relationships with first David Thewlis and then Rhys Ifans. At this stage I’m beginning to wonder is she really just playing hard to get or have I misjudged the whole nature of our relationship….

In her latest movie I.T. she stars as the wife of Navan’s own Pierce Brosnan.

5. Brosnan plays the part of Mike Regan. CUE MOVIE VOICEOVER MAN:

“a self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife (Friel), a beautiful teenage daughter (Scott) and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. His company is on the verge of changing the aircraft leasing business forever, when his relationship with Ed Porter (James Frecheville), his I.T. consultant, goes bad. Mike soon finds himself in a deadly high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when Ed starts stalking Mike’s daughter and using technology to threaten his family, his business, … and his life.”

6. Personally, I don’t mind Brosnan. I know he acts like somebody is shining a really bright torch in his eyes and bizarrely for an Irish actor he had one of the worst Oirish accents in movie history in Evelyn (2002): “der’s no laws in dis cuntree dat’s gonna keep my dawterr away fromee”, but he also has moments of utter fabulousness like The Matador (2006) that make me think he could be brilliant with the right script.

Bertie’s Verdict: When two people you like collaborate if can be great like Sparks & Franz Ferdinand  or it can be poisonous like Bob Dylan & Keith Richards at Live Aid. This one looks more like the badly tuned guitars in Philadelphia

Release date: September 26 (UK)



What you may need to know

1. Billy Bob Thornton – Actor, filmmaker, singer-songwriter, epic haircut in Fargo, six times married*. ..This man works harder than Miriam O’Callaghan’s child minder and here he is back as Willie in Bad Santa 2, The sequel to 2003’s dark and cynical yet utterly hilarious Ba…. Well you’ve probably already guessed what it’s a sequel to.

2 Alongside Elf (2003) and the same year’s Love Actually (yeah Love Actually, I said it, I love Hugh Grant, I’m a fool to myself) Bad Santa is one of the great Christmas movies imho And the storyline this time sees him reunite with his sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

5. The movie seems to have had a troubled production as it’s been in development since 2009 however as an eternal optimist I’d like to think they’ve just been working hard to perfect their craft rather than the more likely awful alternative.

6. It’s directed by Mark Waters, the director of Mean Girls (think Broadsheet comments section with American accents) who surprisingly didn’t have to hand back his director’s badge after 2014’s Vampire Academy.

7. Sadly there’ll be no Bernie Mac this time round as he’s deader than the plants in Pat Hickey’s holiday home, but on a brighter note they have drafted in Christina Hendricks,
and Oscar winner Kathy Bates also stars as Thornton’s mother, despite being only
Seven years older than him in real life.

Bertie’s verdict: If it’s half as good as the first one it will pass a couple of hours pleasantly enough.

Bertie Blenkinsop

* SIX times married. Law of averages we’ll all eventually date either Billy Bob or Taylor Swift. Knowing my luck I’ll get Billy Bob.


NOTICE: After two lovely years with the ‘sheet Mark Ryall has handed over the bunch of keys of the Broadsheet Trailer Park to Bertie Blenkinsop, a name familiar to regular readers. This is Bertie’s first trailer.

What You may need to know

1. The Watchman is a one-off drama starring the ever-brilliant Stephen Graham as a CCTV operator who intervenes when the police fail to tackle a gang of drug dealers.

2. Graham was superb as the racist skinhead Combo in 2006’s This is England  (the movie with the greatest soundtrack ever imho ), and stole every scene he appeared in with a fantastic mix of raw menace and disturbed vulnerability. If you remember the scene where Shaun is buying his first pair of Docs, the shoe shop assistant is Stephen Graham’s wife, trivia fans.

3. Graham also chewed up the scenery as Al Capone in the excellent and sorely missed (by me at least) Boardwalk Empire. (Alec Baldwin was originally considered for the role of Nucky Thompson. What a time to be alive!).

5. Incidentally, it is OBLIGATORY to mention the fact that Al Capone was imprisoned for failing to pay his taxes in EVERY article about the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Bertie’s Verdict: Looks like a great vehicle for Graham to do what he does best ie. anger, violence and longing.

Release date: Wednesday, August 24, Channel 4 at 9pm


What you may need to know:

1. Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of a self-imposed exile to help recover an unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.

2. Guns, girls, gits… and Groot..

3. Yes, he was killed off in the sequel.

4.  Ice Cube stepped in back in 2005 when Diesel couldn’t be bothered.

5. But now he’s back. Because The Last Witch Hunter (2015) wasn’t the sequel-spewing franchise bonanza that Diesel had hoped for.

6. Broadsheet prognosis: Jason Bourne for the Top Gear crowd.

Release Date:
January 20, 2017.

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)



What you may need to know:

1. A Cuban drag queen (Héctor Medina) clashes with his estranged father (Jorge Perugorría) over his lifestyle.

2. Paddy Breathnach’s film was shortlisted for this years’ Best Foreign Language Oscar, but missed out on a nomination.

3. Viva was the closing gala film at the Dublin Film Festival back in February, and went on to win the audience award.

4. Trailer Park favourite I Went Down (1997) remains stubbornly difficult to track down.

5. But Shrooms (2007) is available on Blu Ray. It’s a world gone mad.

6. Broadsheet prognosis: Cuban miss crisis.

Release Date:  August 19.

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)


What you may need to know:

1. In 1960s Virginia, Mildred and Richard Loving (Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton) are sentenced to a year in prison for interracial cohabitation. True story, yo.

2. The Lovings won their case in the Supreme Court, and the result led to the abolition of US anti-miscegenation laws. Everything’s cool now.

3. It wouldn’t be a Jeff Nichols picture without Michael Shannon..

4. Loving went down well at Cannes, and it’s getting a stateside release in November – right at the start of Oscar season.

5. This is the one that should send Negga into the big league.

6. Broadsheet prognosis: I’m lovin’ it.

Release Date:
February 17, 2017.

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)

Vice Principals

What you may need to know:

1. Two vice principals, (Danny McBride) and Lee Russell (Walton Goggins), compete for the top job at a US high school.

You had me at Walton Goggins.

3. Co-written by McBride and directed by Eastbound and Down’s Jody Hill.

There’s not much chance of this HBO comedy outstaying its welcome. Vice Principals is 18 episodes in total (split over two seasons). McBride said, “We just wanted to make a really long movie.”

5. Set photos from Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant have started to appear online, including one of McBride in costume as a (presumably) redshirt pilot.

6. Broadsheet prognosis: Of Vice and Men.

Release Dates: July 17 (HBO) and July 26 (Sky Atlantic).

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)

Why Him

What you may need to know:

1. An overprotective father (Bryan Cranston) visits his daughter (Zoey Deutch) and meets her new Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend (James Franco).

Meet the Little Fockers meets Cuckoo..

Great… James Franco. Said no one ever.

4. Yeah. I’m not digging this.

5. It could be the way the trailer’s been cut, but this looks like a comedy without jokes.

6. Cranston is playing a giant floating bald head in next year’s Power Rangers movie. Good grief.

7. Broadsheet prognosis: Why indeed.

Release Date: January 8, 2017.

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)


What you may need to know:

1. An FBI agent (Daniel Radcliffe) infiltrates a neo-Nazi terrorist group.

“I’m not racist, but…” One for Daily Mail readers.

3. Speaking of which, this Farage business is like letting one go in a crowded sauna and then locking the door behind you.

With Now You See Me 2 in cinemas now and Swiss Army Man out in the ether, Radcliffe’s been a busy boy.

He can shave his head and cover himself in swastikas, but he’ll always be the Boy Scout with the unravelled prophylactic (“Ready for action”) to me.

Broadsheet prognosis: You’re a grand wizard, Harry.

Release Date:
September 23.

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)


What you may need to know:

1. A fake medium (Elizabeth Reaser) adds a new prop to her act with unsettling results

Prequel to Stiles White’s critically panned box office hit from 2014.

Quiet bit… LOUD NOISE. Repeat.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is the third horror from writer/director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Before I Wake) this year. Quantity doesn’t equal quality. Just ask Woody Allen.

Yes, that’s Elliott from ET the Extra Terrestrial.

Broadsheet prognosis: Ouija ever give it a rest.

Release Date: October 21.

(Mark writes about film and TV at ScreenTime.ie)