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Sky Road TV & Film Festival Calls for Pitches for Documentary
29 Aug 2014 | In a unique and exciting opportunity, TG4 are offering aspiring filmmakers a chance to pitch their ideas to make a 25 minute documentary worth €25,000 at the inaugural Sky Road TV & Film Festival in Clidfen, Co. Galway. Participants will pitch to commissioning editors on stage at the Festival in either the Irish or English language. 
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Irish Casting Round-Up
29 Aug 2014 | Roles for Jamie Dornan, Ruth Bradley & Martin McCann 
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Eve Hewson Among Variety's '10 Actors to Watch' Picks
29 Aug 2014 | Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998. Dubliner Eve Hewson is among the young stars on Variety's ‘10 Actors to Watch for 2014’ list. 
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‘Domestic Divas’ to Air Next Tuesday
29 Aug 2014 | A new six-part series called ‘Domestic Divas’ sees Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor on a mission to help the helpless, to demonstrate basic life skills that came naturally to our parent’s generation and not so easily to those in their 20s and 30s. The first episode of the series airs on RTÉ One next Tuesday. 
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‘Blind Date’ Headed for TV3
28 Aug 2014 | Sony-owned indie Stellify Media is to remake ‘Blind Date’ for TV3. Radio and television presenter Lucy Kennedy will host the new show. The commission is the first order for the Northern Irish indie, which was set up earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy (read more here). 
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TG4 unveils its Autumn Schedule
28 Aug 2014 | An entertaining and distinctive autumn offering from TG4 has been announced. It includes two new crime drama series set on Ireland’s west coast, top-class drama from Scandinavia and the US, a veritable treasure trove of original, informative and provocative documentaries across a wide span of historical, social and whimsical topics, and a major European-wide perspective on World War 1 based on the diaries of participants from all the combatant countries. There is also a fresh approach for TV traditional music, surprises for some prominent people about what made news on the day they were born, a series that reveals how we are surrounded by folk superstitions and ancient magic, young peoples’ programmes with a difference and a mouth-watering line up of exclusive Gaelic games and rugby coverage. 
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Pierce Brosnan teams up with Irish director John Moore
28 Aug 2014 | Pierce Brosnan is to team up with fellow Irishman, director John Moore (‘A Good Day to Die Hard’), for his new film, ‘I.T.’. Voltage Films set John Moore to direct and William Wisher Jr. to rewrite the new thriller. 
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TV3 Launches New Home-Produced Shows as part of Autumn schedule
28 Aug 2014 | TV3 has confirmed its 2014 Autumn Schedule and 2015 programming plans in a special presentation from Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday. TV3 and 3e will deliver a wide variety of new content across a number of key genres from Entertainment and Lifestyle to Sport & Events, News & Factual, International Acquisitions and Soap and Drama. TV3 Group will invest over 50% of its programming budget on home-produced content next year. Over 2500 hours of home-produced content will be aired in 2015, and TV3 will broadcast 30 new original programmes and 8 new entertainment shows. 
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Irish Animation Projects To Be Pitched at this year’s Cartoon Forum
26 Aug 2014 | Nine Irish animation projects will be among the 86 projects pitched to buyers and investors at the Cartoon Forum next month. 
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‘Home from Home’ – Series on Role of GAA in Irish Emigration – Airs Tonight
26 Aug 2014 | ‘Home from Home’, a new two-part documentary series airs tonight (Tuesday, August 26th) and tomorrow (Wednesday, August 27th) on Setanta Sports at 9.45pm. 
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5th Underground Cinema Film Festival Programme
26 Aug 2014 | The Underground Cinema has announced its line-up for the 5th Underground Cinema Film Festival, to be held in Dun Laoghaire from September 11th to 14th. The festival will feature a host of home-grown talent, Irish feature films and a large selection of shorts (with six short programmes in all) from around the world. 
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‘Patrick’s Day’ Wins Finders Series Award
26 Aug 2014 | Terry McMahon’s film ‘Patrick’s Day’ has won the coveted Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award. The award – presented to only one Irish film a year – will see the Director’s Guild of America host a screening of ‘Patrick’s Day’ for an audience of industry insiders at the legendary Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles on October 10th. It will be screened to key distributors and film industry representatives in an effort to gain a US distribution deal. 
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‘An Irish Exorcism’ Picked Up By Virgil Films
26 Aug 2014 | New York-based Virgil Films and Entertainment has recently picked up Irish film "An Irish Exorcism" for distribution. The expected release date for availability on VOD and more is early 2015. 
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Richard Attenborough Dies Aged 90
25 Aug 2014 | Actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died aged 90. In a statement, his son announced that he died at lunchtime on Sunday 24th August. Lord Attenborough, who was knighted in 1976, enjoyed success as one of Britain's leading actors, acting on 45 films before becoming a successful director. 
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‘From The Dark’ wraps in Ireland
25 Aug 2014 | MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story set in Laois. 
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Official Trailer for ‘Young Ones’ Released
25 Aug 2014 | The official trailer for Irish co-production, ‘Young Ones’, is now available to view. The film was co-financed by Subotica Entertainment alongside Spier Films and Saint Shadow in association with BiFrost Pictures, Quickfire Films, Six Sales and The Exchange. 
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TV3 to collaborate with Communicorp
25 Aug 2014 | There is to be increased cooperation between TV3 and Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp as part of the broadcaster’s plans to combat increased competition that will come with the arrival of UTV Ireland into the broadcasting market in the Republic. 
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Documentary ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ Airs on Channel 4 this Wednesday
25 Aug 2014 | The highly respectable world of classical musicians is rarely linked to addictive behaviour. In this uplifting one-off documentary, the composer and musician James McConnel examines music’s extraordinary transformative power, as he unites ten classical musicians whose lives have all been blighted by addiction, in an orchestra for a spectacular one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra. 
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Jack Reynor Cast in ‘Jungle Book: Origins’
22 Aug 2014 | Warner Bros. Pictures has assembled an impressive roster of stars for ‘Jungle Book: Origins’, its new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘The Jungle Book’, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. The action adventure, which will blend motion capture and live action, will be released worldwide beginning October 21, 2016. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. 
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‘Frank’ & ‘Starred Up’ Shortlisted for Two Screen Awards each
22 Aug 2014 | The Screen Awards 2014 shortlist has been announced and while Fox/Fox Searchlight lead the nominations with a combined 13 nods, and Lionsgate UK following closely with 12, Irish film productions were also acknowledged as ‘Starred Up’ and ‘Frank’ each received double nominations. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, ‘Filth’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ are the most nominated films. 
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