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Gabriel Byrnes with rage at DUMBO plan

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Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne has gone to war on “dumbos” who want to block the view from his luxury New York apartment. Byrne, 58, lives with his two kids Jack and Romy in a gigantic brownstone apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and is just a stone’s throw from the Broadway theatres where he performs and the set of his US television show, In Treatment.

But developers have announced plans to erect a giant skyscraper in the area where he lives which is affectionately known as “DUMBO” – short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dubliner Byrne believe the 18-storey building will block beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and just doesn’t fit the community of converted four- and five-storey warehouses.

Raged Byrne: “This huge building will dwarf the bridge on the Brooklyn side, causing irreparable damage to the bridge’s singular and majestic presence.” He submitted his bitter objections to a city planning meeting last week.

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Written by Jim McMillan

March 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Gotham, History, Irish, News

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Telly shrink Byrne puts Frasier’s dad on the couch – to teach him Irish

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Telly shrink Gabriel Byrne recently found himself an unpaid job – teaching Frasier’s crusty old dad to sound more Irish. Byrne, who plays a psychiatrist in edgy series In Treatment, stepped in to help when his veteran co-star John Mahoney was cast in Colin McPherson‘s play “The Seafarer,”  on Broadway.

Mahoney (pictured above) – best known for playing the grumpy dad in another TV shrink show, Frasier – is a proud Irish American himself but he had no idea how to do a Dublin accent. In between takes for In Treatment, Mahoney would chat with Dublin-born Byrne paying close attention to the lilt of his voice. Byrne even taped himself reading lines from Mahoney’s script of “The Seafarer.”

“I have a lot of Irish in me but this really helps,” says Mahoney, who was born in England and had an Irish grandfather but lost his accent when he emigrated to the US. Referring to his role in the play, at New York’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Mahoney says: “I play a filthy old drunk, recently blind, chronically hung over.

Written by Jim McMillan

January 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Posted in Gotham, Hollywood, Irish, showbiz, TV

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No butts about it: Rea happy he never gets nookie

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He’s been on our screens for five decades – but Irish actor Stephen Rea says the characters he plays never gets any nookie! The closest he came to getting lucky was in his Oscar-nominated movie The Crying Game and the female ‘love interest’ in that film turned out to be a cross-dressing MAN!

However, Rea – one of the busiest stars in Hollywood – claims he is happy never getting the girl. “Can you imagine having to do all that sex in a film?” says 62-year-old Rea. “Sex in movies is not fun. There’s a lot of people watching, your butt is in the air, it’s not the most fun. You will be much happier if you don’t see my butt in the air, believe me.”

Written by Jim McMillan

January 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Posted in Hollywood, Irish, News, Sex, Weird World

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Supercop sends crack team on mission to find wife’s handbag

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THE IRISHMAN once dubbed “America’s Top Cop” is in trouble yet again after he deployed an elite anti-terrorist unit on a mission …to retrieve his wife’s stolen handbag. John Timoney, Miami’s Chief of Police, outraged fellow cops this year when he failed to disclose his year-long use of a free luxury rental car. Now he’s under fire again for “abusing” the services of the crack Special Investigations Section just to get his wife Noreen’s bag back.

The SIS is not unlike Britain’s famed SAS and usually works closely with the DEA, the Secret Service, and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The department’s website highlights many of the unit’s accomplishments, including the arrest of a fugitive wanted in Italy for a bombing that killed 80 people; the dismantling of a criminal network responsible for the human trafficking of children; and a year-long investigation leading to the largest cocaine bust in the history of the Miami Police Department with $400 million worth of cocaine being seized and 11 people arrested.

It’s unlikely the website will trumpet its latest achievement – arresting an 18-year-old kid for stealing Noreen Timoney’s handbag. Noreen left the bag unattended when she was paying for petrol at a service station and a thief snatched it from the front seat of her car.

Her “911” phone call created an astonishing response. Minutes later, six patrol cars arrived on the scene, along with a detective from the burglary unit and a crime scene technician to dust the car for fingerprints.  However, that apparently wasn’t enough for such a VIP victim. A call went out to assign SIS detectives to the  case. SIS men were granted unlimited overtime to solve the crime. Nonetheless, it still took them two days to arrest the youngster.

Written by Jim McMillan

October 20, 2008 at 7:29 pm

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Denis Leary sticks Spears into Britney

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Foul-mouthed funny man Denis Leary shocked fellow celebrities this week by poking fun at Ricky Martin, Britney Spears and David Duchovny. And Leary – whose parents John and Nora both emigrated to America from Killarney – might now consider going back there for good, given the hostile reception he got for his cheeky wisecracks.

Leary, who was hosting the Fashion Rocks awards in New York, drew embarrassed titters as he repeatedly sniped at Spears and Duchovny. In one barb, Leary quipped: “Britney Spears will not be here tonight but we’re gonna do a little Britney tribute later on. I’m gonna chug a bottle of NyQuil (cold medicine), do seven shots of vodka, shave my head and make out with members of the paparazzi.”

But he saved his crudest joke for pop star Martin, who has been plagued with rumours about his sexuality, even though he recently had two kids to a surrogate mum. “Ricky Martin will not be here tonight,” Leary said. “He just had twins today. Surrogate mum. Yeah, they had to do it that way because babies don’t come out of other men’s arses!”

It seems to be a year for Leary to bite the hand that feeds him – he has also written a book called Why We Suck in which he brands Americans “fat, lazy and stupid.” In one extract, Leary rages: “I’m sick of low esteem and fake fat-suit-wearing female talk-show hosts and extreme makeovers and steroid-laden home run hitters and Reese Witherspoon movies and Paris Hilton‘s himbo boyfriends and celebrity rehab and Dr. Phil.”

Written by Jim McMillan

September 13, 2008 at 10:47 am

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Fiona sinks her teeth into Broadway

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Irish stand-up comic Fiona Walsh was so self-conscious about not having gleaming white American teeth – that she turned her torment into a Broadway play. Tipperary-born Walsh grew up watching telly shows like Marcus Welby MD and the Incredible Hulk in which all the stars had impossibly bleached teeth.

And funny woman Fiona, whose one woman show Great White American Teeth debuts at New York’s First Irish Theatre Festival this month, has successfully used her own angst about being born with typical European gnashers into a critically-acclaimed play. “I had my own teeth straightened after years of agents pointing out that I had an unmarketable gap,” explains Fiona, whose play will be showcased in Belfast next year. “I wore a brace for over a year and still have a retainer – how ‘Yankee’ is that?

The move seems to have helped because, as well as her stage show, Fiona will soon be filming a movie about Irish immigrants called Paddyville in New York with Irish American hunk Aidan Quinn.

Written by Jim McMillan

September 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

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Bruised Liam has some explaining to do to his wife

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You’d have to be tough or insane to try to beat up acting giant Liam Neeson – but that doesn’t stop his wife Natasha Richardson from thinking it happens all the time. Strapping Schindler’s List star Neeson, who measures 6ft 4in, keeps coming home with bruises and has a hard job persuading Natasha he’s just injured himself on the movie set.

New York-based Liam, 56, worried Richardson more than ever during the shooting of his new movie Taken, in which his character pursues a group of kidnappers who have snatched his daughter. The Oscar-nominated actor was required to undergo intense fighting training which left him covered from head to foot in bruises.

“I keep pretty fit, but I had to crank up the level and intensity of my training,” explains Liam, who lives in the Big Apple with Natasha and his kids. “I had to get together with a couple of guys in Paris and learn these different fight techniques known as ‘parkour’ which we had to keep doing it for weeks because there was so many complex fighting sequences. Every time I saw my wife she thought I’d been beaten up literally, and of course I had.”

Written by Jim McMillan

August 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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