Cillian goes In the Heart of the Sea
30 September 2013 at 09:31 AM | by Suzan, with Nairin78
According to the Irish Film and Television Network website, filming has begun on In the Heart of the Sea, Cillian's next movie. Ron Howard will direct the film version of Nathaniel Philbrick's book on the true incident that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. After the whaling ship Essex was sunk by a whale, its crew had to try to survive on nearly no supplies in open ocean, hundreds of miles from land. Incredibly, a handful lived to tell the astounding and wrenching tale. In a recent interview, Ciliian said he read the "cracking" book in his twenties; its heartbreaking, high drama is right up his acting alley.
Filming takes place in Hertfordshire, UK, which means Cillian can stick to his work resolution to stay close to home (reasonably), not too far from his family. In the Heart of the Sea also stars famed Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, Cillian's co-star in Perrier's Bounty, and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). For more details, click here.
Cillian cuts loose (a little) in Peaky interview
20 September 2013 at 12:23 AM | by Suzan, with Nairin78
Usually reserved in the press, Cillian felt comfortable enough in this chat with BigIssue.com to reveal a few personal details about himself, even joking around about his online fame.
The interview is part of Cillian's press tour for Peaky Blinders, which is being grouped with a new wave of high-quality TV shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. However, in addition to Cillian's now oft-heard hopes that he got the Birmingham accent right, he divulges some endearingly unusual info. For example, the father of two can't make it to as many music gigs as he used to because he thinks, "God, I'm awful tired." He says he's a lapsed vegetarian — "I had some venison... My body was like, 'Yes!'" And he admits to having Googlestalked himself ("You're a liar if you say you haven't").
For more on Peaky Blinders, life at Casa Murphy, and even Cillian's favorite brand of tea (wow, he was in a chatty mood), check out the interview here.
Peaky Blinders interviews + more
8 September 2013 at 11:59 PM | by Angelica, with Nairin78
Here are a couple of interviews with Cillian about his upcoming mini-series Peaky Blinders. Also be sure to check out our Gallery and Press sections for more on this six-part drama. The first episode airs this Thursday, Sept 12 on BBC Two.
Peaky Blinders gets screened
25 August 2013 at 11:34 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Cillian and castmates were recently onhand for a gala screening of Peaky Blinders at the BFI in London. Looking quite handsome dressed all in black, Cillian posed with his leading ladies, then sat down to a panel discussion about his new TV mini-series. See photos here and here.
You can also read early reviews here. For those of us who won't be seeing Peaky Blinders first hand, you can view clips of Cillian as Tommy Shelby here.
23 July 2013 at 12:34 AM | by Angelica
Check out this short Broken clip in which Cillian's character, Mr. Kiernan, gets attacked in his classroom. Broken opened in select U.S. theaters last Friday. Any lucky fans out there who have been able to see it on the big screen? I'm not one of the lucky ones to live in one of the few cities, so I'll be watching it on either iTunes, Amazon, or Cable Video On Demand. :)
You can also watch the clip and read more about Broken at Film.com. Examiner.com has a great interview with Cillian, including pictures, about Broken and other upcoming movies. Read it here.
Cillian's directing debut + Broken in theatres
15 July 2013 at 12:54 AM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Contacted by Bella Union label head, Simon Raymonde (of Cocteau Twins fame and one of this reporter's all time favorite bands), Cillian was invited to direct a music video for the British band, Money. Marking his debut as a director, Cillian stepped to the other side of the camera for the song, entitled "Hold me Forever". Inspired by the band's ethereal sound, Cillian used the British National Ballet to create a "non-narrative piece" invoking the strength and fragility of the dancers striving to "go beyond the corporeal". To read the entire interview with Cillian, go here. For more information on the Cocteau Twins created indie label, Bella Union, click here.
Is it true?
Can it really be true that American fans will be treated to Broken in theatres this month? If you live in or near one of many US cities, you can catch Broken at the movies starting this July 19. To see the full list of cities, and to purchase advanced tickets, click here. For those Cilly fans not as lucky, you can also download Broken online and On Demand this week. To see trailers and get the latest news on the film, go to Broken-Film.com.
New photos + new role?
15 June 2013 at 02:50 AM | by Nancy and Suzan, with Nairin78
From the set
Photos have begun surfacing of Cillian on the set of his new movie Cry/Fly. Co-star Oona Chaplin recently twittered a photo of her and Cillian gushing that she "can now say the lovely Cillian Murphy has been my husband." Cillian can also be seen with another, more majestic, co-star here.
Cillian was recently spotted at a birthday bash for pal, Dermot Whelan. Professional photographer Laura Massey shared the photos she took for the occasion on her website. Cillian looked to be having a great time with friends and family, and even took to the drums for a bit. You can see all of her photos here.
Cillian to star in 50 Shades of Grey movie?
Gah! Or is it "Oh my"? Website Mstars News reports that Cillian is the latest name being bandied about for the coveted role of Christian Grey in the film version of the mega-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The report also claims that Allison Williams of HBO's Girls is in the running for Anastasia Steele.
Of course, many actors have been buzzed about for the lead in this hotly anticipated film. But would Cillian really do this story of love and bondage? Would Mrs. Murphy want him in that kinky Red Room of Pain? The role would require not only rather a lot of nudity and sex scenes, but Cillian's not known as a shy actor. Then again, this film would require something Cillian has recently said he's definitely not into — time away from the fam for a big Hollywood production. Oh, jeez . . . ;) We'll see, and we'll keep you posted!
Harriet and the Matches
11 June 2013 at 11:56 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Cillian has lent his vocal talents to a dark and cautionary tale about a lonely little girl. Harriet and the Matches, adapted from a German fairy tale, mixes live action with puppetry. The 4 min 10 sec short premiered in London on April 25. Read more here.
Happy 37th, Cillian!
25 May 2013 at 11:59 PM | by Angelica
We want to wish our favorite Irish actor a most joyful day on his 37th birthday. Happy Birthday, Cillian! We hope you had a fabulous day celebrating YOU!
Art work by the extraordinary ZombieKitten!
Amazing art work as always, ZombieKitten!!
21 April 2013 at 12:24 AM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
For those of us who were unable to see Cillian's dazzling performance in Misterman in person, here is a small, yet interesting, clip from the play. In this excerpt, we see Cillian going mad for music. Its a must-see clip.
7 April 2013 at 11:05 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
This past February, Dublin kicked off its 11th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) with a showing of Broken. Lucky fans were able to take pictures with and get autographs from Cillian as he walked the red carpet. JDIFF, which runs for 11 days, gave Cillian a chance to honor his Broken co-star Tim Roth and present him with a Volta, which is the Festival's crowning achievement award. While the presentation allowed Cillian to speak eloquently about Roth's acting talent, Roth returned the compliment declaring Cillian "one of THE great actors working today." You can view more photos from the premiere here.
While in town, Cillian could be found walking about the streets, and stopping in at places, such as The Factory to talk to others involved in Irish arts, such as Irish film director, Jim Sheridan.
You can see more photos of Cillian out and about on the streets of Dublin here.
Sophie's Top 5
4 April 2013 at 11:41 PM | by Angelica
Sophie in Belgium has just recently discovered Cillian and his immense talent. As she is working her way through his vast filmography, she has come up with a list of her so-far top five favorite scenes and has asked if she can share with the rest of us fans. I'm happy to share her favorites and I encourage you to share yours either via email or in the comments! You can also read more of The CillianSite's past Top 5 lists here.
Click on the link below to view Sophie's list. Beware of possible spoilers!
Thanks for sharing, Sophie!
Cillian in Canada
2 April 2013 at 10:19 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Two very lucky fans had the opportunity to meet Cillian this April Fool's Day on location in Winnipeg! Not only were they lucky, but so are the rest of us. The photo tweeted revealed Cillian's look while filming his latest movie Cry/Fly. You can get a sneak peak of his latest beard here.
Cillian faves: Movies, books, and ping pong ?
30 March 2013 at 05:39 PM | by Suzan, with Nairin78
See the full drawing here
Fractured Air.com had an original take on a Cillian feature last year, with an illustration instead of a photo and a list of a few of his favorite things instead of an interview about his work, his eyes, and his skillfully evasive answers to personal questions. The feature is all Cillian's words about the music he's listening to this month, including Van Morrison—"I am a big Van fan," he says—as well as what he's reading and watching on TV. The subject matter was an excellent choice as Cillian seems to have fun talking about books and especially music, and his answers tend to reveal that a lot more than typical interviews. Plus, they're really articulate; he may have a side career as a culture critic. Check out the feature here.
Ray D'Arcy Interview
29 March 2013 at 10:40 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Ray D'Arcy and Cillian
A feast for the ears, Today FM has produced an interview of Cillian Murphy on the Ray D'Arcy Show for your listening pleasure. In town for the Dublin premiere of Broken, Cillian gives us insights into the characters and story behind the film. For those of you who love to hear that lovely Irish accent, there are 17:40 glorious minutes of Cillian.
Cry/Fly stills + casting call
28 March 2013 at 10:11 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Joseph Diaz, a Barcelona based concept artist, recently posted on his blog, Joseph Diaz Artworks, some haunting pictures he has taken for the upcoming film Cry/Fly. Also boasting Diaz' photos on their website are Dreamcatchers who began launching sales of the film at AFM. You can also catch another beautiful snow shot at cargocollective's Paradise Falls site.
For those of you who are still snowbound and living in Winnipeg, OnLocationVacations.com has announced a casting call for Cry/Fly that extends until the end of April. They are still looking for thin framed people of all ages (including children) and character faces for background and extra work.
Peaky Blinders wraps up
27 March 2013 at 04:31 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
While no release date has been set for Cillian's exciting TV drama, Peaky Blinders, The CillianSite has assembled a variety of sneak peaks into the story background, Cillian's involvement in the series, and photos from the set. This interesting video delves into the history of the original Birmingham razor gang known as the Peaky Blinders. Cillian plays the boss of the gang, Tommy Shelby, its most ruthless member. Liverpool Film Office offers a complete synopsis of the show here. If you'd like to read more about the cast and filming in Liverpool, these two great articles are full of juicy details. Here and here. We here in America can only hope that our BBC cable channels will be bringing Peaky Blinders across the pond!
On the radio
26 March 2013 at 01:57 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Cillian DJs again
Cillian and Cathal Murray 1996
Lucky listeners of Cathal Murray's RTÉ Radio 1 were treated to a special guest DJ appearance by none other than our favorite leading man, Cillian. Cillian continued to show his eclectic taste in music with song choices that ranged from Prince's "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" to "Fead An Iolar" by Caomhín Ó'Raghallaigh. If you'd like to see the complete playlist, you can view it here.
Chat with Liz
Cillian and Liz Kershaw
Cillian also stopped by BBC Radio 6 to visit with Liz Kershaw back in February. You can hear the entire interview and see a list of the songs played here. For over 12 minutes you can hear Cillian discuss his past films, his newest release Broken, and why he turned down a record deal.
Trinity News + Hot Press
25 March 2013 at 02:55 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Students for Cillian
For those of us who can never get enough of Cillian interviews, Trinity News, the independent student magazine for Trinity College, Dublin, has featured Cillian on the cover of their March edition. In town to promote Broken, Cillian offers up background information on the film, plus Misterman and his thoughts on the future of his career. Top all that with some gorgeous photos, and it's a must see!
Future of Film
While continuing with his promotion of Broken, Cillian met with reporter Roe McDermott of Hot Press to discuss how he avoids "getting caught up in the madness of the Hollywood machine." Discussing his past, and the path he took to stardom, Cillian also gives his thoughts on the future of film. Read it here.
Cry/Fly begins + Cillian reads Dahl
23 March 2013 at 05:02 PM | by Nancy, with Nairin78
Cry/Fly begins filming
Canadians have been treated this winter to the warm glow of our favorite main man. The city of Beaconia, Manitoba has been all abuzz with excitement over the arrival of Mr. Murphy and his Academy Award winning co-star Jennifer Connelly. The two stars, and their film crew, are in Beaconia to begin filming Cillian's newest Hollywood production, Cry/Fly. The movie follows a mother and son in two different time periods and is set in Minnesota and Northern Canada. We can expect to see Cry/Fly in theatres in 2014. You can read more here.
Cillian reads Roald Dahl
Love to hear that deep, exotic voice? Enjoy the pennings of Roald Dahl? Then you'll want to check out Cillian reading Roald Dahl's stories, An African Story, Beware of the Dog, Katina and They Shall not Grow Old. Fans can listen to an excerpt and purchase these lovely Audiobooks here.