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Gabriel Byrne

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Gabriel James Byrne (Irish: Gabriel Séamas Ó Broin ; born May 12, 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, and writer, as well as an audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's screen début came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. The actor has now starred in over thirty-five feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing and Stigmata, in addition to writing two. Byrne's producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father. Currently, he is receiving much critical acclaim for his role as the troubled Dr. Paul Weston in HBO's drama about psychotherapy, In Treatment.

Byrne, the first of six children, was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a cooper and soldier, Dan, and a hospital nurse from Galway, Eileen (née Gannon). His siblings are Donal, Thomas, Breda, Margaret, and Marian, who had passed away at a young age. Byrne was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. Despite spending five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a priest, he said in an interview, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation. I have realised subsequently that I didn't have one at all. I don't believe in God. But I did believe at the time in this notion that you were being called." He attended University College Dublin, where he studied archaeology and linguistics, becoming proficient in Irish. He played football in Dublin with the famous Stella Maris Football Club in Drumcondra and has fond memories of his time spent there.

Byrne worked in archaeology when he left UCD but maintained his love of his language, writing the first drama in Irish, Draíocht, on Ireland's national Irish language television station, TG4, when it began broadcasting in 1996.

He discovered his passion for acting later in his life. Before becoming an actor, Byrne had many jobs, including: archaeologist, cook, bullfighter, and Spanish schoolteacher. He finally found acting at age 29 and began his career on stage with the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He later joined the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre in London.

The actor came to prominence on the final season of the Irish television show The Riordans, subsequently starring in his own spin-off series, Bracken. He made his film début in 1981 as Lord Uther in John Boorman's classic King Arthur epic, Excalibur.

Byrne currently stars as therapist Dr. Paul Weston in the new, critically acclaimed HBO primetime weeknight series In Treatment. He was named as TV's "latest Dr. McDreamy" by the New York Times for this role, and won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series- Drama in 2008. He also received his first Emmy Award nomination (Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series) for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad won.) that same year.

Upon his return to theatre in 2008, he appeared as King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot with the New York Philharmonic from May 7 to May 10, following the footsteps of veteran actors Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

The actor did not set foot in America until he was 37. He now holds both Irish and US citizenship.

In 1988, Byrne married actress Ellen Barkin with whom he has two children, John "Jack" Daniel (born 1989) and Romy Marion (born 1992). The couple separated amicably in 1993 and divorced in 1999.

Byrne currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and is a fan of Chelsea FC.

The actor is also actively involved in various charities, in addition to being a human rights activist. In 2004, Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador. He became a patron of Croi (The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) in 1997 in response to the superb care given to his mother while she was a patient in a Galway hospital, and has worked tirelessly for the Foundation since.

At the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2007, Byrne was presented with the first of the newly created Volta awards, for lifetime achievement in acting. He also received the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, of Trinity College, Dublin on February 20, 2007. In November of that same year, he was awarded an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland, Galway; the president of the University, Dr Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, said that this award is in recognition of the actor's "outstanding contribution to Irish and international film".

As of 2008, he is dating actress Anna George. In the past, Byrne has been romantically linked with actress Julia Ormond (his co-star in Smilla's Sense of Snow) and model Naomi Campbell.

Although the actor is noted as a fiercely private person, he released a documentary for the 20th Galway Film Fleadh in the summer of 2008 called Stories from Home; an intimate portrait about his life.

Byrne mentioned in interviews and his 1995 autobiography, Pictures In My Head that he hates being called brooding. He has been listed by People as one of the "Sexiest Men Alive". Entertainment Weekly has also recently dubbed Byrne as one of the hottest celebrities over the age of 50.

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The Usual Suspects

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The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. The film tells the story of Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), a small-time con man who is the subject of a police interrogation. He tells his interrogator, U.S. Customs Agent David Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), a convoluted story about events leading to a massacre and massive fire that have just taken place on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay. Using flashback and narration, Verbal's story becomes increasingly complex as he tries to explain why he and his partners-in-crime were on the boat.

The film, shot on a $6 million budget, originally began as a title taken from a column in Spy magazine called "The Usual Suspects", after Claude Rains' line in Casablanca. Singer thought that it would be a good title for a film, the poster for which he and McQuarrie had developed as the first visual idea.

The Usual Suspects was shown out of competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, and then initially released in few theaters. It received favorable reviews, and was eventually given a wider release. McQuarrie won an Academy Award for the screenplay and Spacey won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance.

Five criminals are brought together in a police lineup—Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) is a corrupt former police officer who has apparently given up his life of crime; Michael McManus (Stephen Baldwin) is a crack shot with a temper and a wild streak; Fred Fenster (Benicio Del Toro) is McManus' partner who speaks in mangled English; Todd Hockney (Kevin Pollack) is a hijacker who forms an instant rivalry with McManus; and Verbal himself is a con artist with cerebral palsy.

While in holding, McManus convinces the others to join forces to commit a robbery targeting corrupt NYPD police officers who escort smugglers to their destinations around the city. After the successful robbery, the quintet travel to California to sell their loot to McManus' fence, "Redfoot" (Peter Greene). Redfoot talks them into another job: robbing a purported jewel dealer. Instead of jewels or money, as they were told he was carrying, the dealer had heroin. An angry confrontation between the thieves and Redfoot reveals that the job came from a lawyer named Kobayashi (Pete Postlethwaite). The thieves later meet with Kobayashi, who claims to work for Keyser Söze and blackmails them into attacking a ship at San Pedro harbor. Kobayashi describes the boat as smuggling $91 million worth of cocaine, to be purchased by rivals of Söze. The thieves are to destroy the drugs and, if they choose to wait until the buyers arrive, can split the cash as they choose.

In the present, Verbal tells Kujan the story of Keyser Söze as he apparently heard it from Keaton and the others. Verbal's flashback described Söze, a "small-time" but respected Turkish criminal, being harassed by a rival Hungarian gang in Turkey and, rather than have his wife and children used as hostages, Söze killed them himself, then went on a murderous vendetta against all those involved, even indirectly. Afterward, he apparently disappeared (Verbal: "And like that... he's gone"). With time, Söze's story took on mythic stature, with most people either doubting his existence or disbelieving it entirely. Kujan, previously unfamiliar with Söze, asks Baer about him. Baer admits no direct knowledge but has heard rumors for years about Söze insulating himself behind layers of minions who don't know who they're working for.

Verbal also describes Fenster's attempt to run away, ending with him being killed by Kobayashi. The remaining thieves kidnap Kobayashi, believing Söze to be a cover for his own activities, intending to kill him if he does not agree to leave them alone. Kobayashi is uncowed and McManus is on the verge of executing him when Kobayashi reveals that lawyer Edie Finneran (Suzy Amis), Keaton's girlfriend, is in his office. Kobayashi also says that she and other loved ones of the thieves will be maimed or killed by various henchmen of Söze (who "is very real, and very determined") if they do not carry out the job.

On the night of the cocaine deal, the sellers—a group of Argentine mobsters—are on the dock, as are the buyers—a group of Hungarian mobsters. Keaton tells Verbal to stay back, and to take the money to Edie if the plan goes awry so she can pursue Kobayashi "her way" and to convey Keaton's regret that he couldn't go straight, as she wanted him to ("Tell her... I tried"). Verbal reluctantly agrees. He watches the boat from a distance, in hiding, as Keaton, McManus and Hockney attack the men at the pier. Hockney is killed as Keaton and McManus discover separately that there is no cocaine on the boat. Meanwhile, Hungarians, yet untouched by the thieves, are being killed, and a closely-guarded Argentine passenger is killed by an unseen assailant. McManus is killed with a knife to the back of his neck, and Keaton, turning away to leave, is shot in the back. A figure in a dark coat appears, presumably Keyser Söze, and lights a cigarette with a gold lighter. He appears to speak briefly with Keaton before apparently shooting him (the scene which began the film in medias res).

In the present, with Verbal's story finished, Kujan reveals what he has deduced, with the aide of Baer: The boat hijacking was not about cocaine, but rather to ensure that one man aboard the ship—the Argentine passenger, one of the few individuals alive who could positively identify Söze—is killed. After Söze presumably killed the man, he eliminated everyone else on the ship and set it ablaze; Kujan also reveals that Edie has been killed. He has concluded that Keaton was Keyser Söze. Kujan's ongoing investigation of Keaton is what initially involved him in the case, and Kujan is convinced that Keaton has faked his death (as he had briefly done some years earlier during another investigation) and deliberately left Verbal as a witness.

Under Kujan's aggressive questioning, Verbal tearfully admits that the whole affair, from the beginning, was Keaton's idea. His bail having been posted, Verbal retrieves his personal effects from the property officer as Kujan, relaxing in Rabin's office, notices that details and names from Verbal's story are culled from various objects around the room, including Rabin's crowded bulletin board and the "Kobayashi" logo on the bottom of Kujan's coffee cup. Kujan realizes that Verbal made up the entire story. He chases after Verbal, running past a fax machine as it receives the police artist's impression of Keyser Söze's face, which resembles Verbal Kint.

Bryan Singer met Kevin Spacey at a party after a screening of the young filmmaker's first film, Public Access at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Spacey had been encouraged by a number of people he knew who had seen it and was so impressed that he told Singer and McQuarrie that he wanted to be in whatever film they did next. Singer read a column in Spy magazine called "The Usual Suspects" after Claude Rains' line in Casablanca. Singer thought that it would be a good title for a film. When asked what their next film was about by a reporter at Sundance, McQuarrie replied, "I guess it's about a bunch of criminals who meet in a police line-up," which, incidentally, was the first visual idea that he and Singer came up for the poster: "five guys who meet in a line-up," Singer remembers. The director also envisioned a tagline for the poster, "All of you can go to Hell". Singer then asked the question, "What would possibly bring these five felons together in one line-up?" McQuarrie revamped an idea from one of his own unpublished screenplays—the story of a man who murders his own family and walks away, disappearing from view. The writer mixed this with the idea of a team of crooks.

The character of Söze is based on a real-life account of New Jersey's John List, an accountant who murdered his entire family in 1971 and then disappeared for almost two decades, assuming a new identity before he was ultimately apprehended. McQuarrie based the name of Keyser Söze on a boss named Keyser Sume that he had at a Los Angeles law practice he worked for but decided to change the last name because he thought that his former boss would object to how it was used. He found the word söze in his roommate's English-to-Turkish dictionary which meant "talk too much". All of the characters' names are taken from staff members of the law firm at the time of his employment. McQuarrie had also worked for a detective agency, and this influenced the depiction of criminals and law enforcement officials in the script.

Singer described the film as Double Indemnity meets Rashomon, and said that it was made "so you can go back and see all sorts of things you didn't realize were there the first time. You can get it a second time in a way you never could have the first time around." He also compared the film's structure to Citizen Kane (which also contained an interrogator and a subject who is telling a story) and the criminal caper The Anderson Tapes.

McQuarrie wrote nine drafts of his screenplay over the course of five months, sometimes at 14-hour stretches, until Singer felt that it was ready to shop around to the studios. None were interested, except for a European financing company. McQuarrie and Singer had a difficult time getting the film made because of the non-linear story, the large amount of dialogue, and the lack of cast attached to the project. Financiers wanted established stars, and offers for the small role of Redfoot (the L.A. fence who hooks up the five protagonists with Söze) went out to Christopher Walken, Tommy Lee Jones, Jeff Bridges, Charlie Sheen, James Spader, Al Pacino, and Johnny Cash. However, the European money allowed the film's producers to make offers to actors and assemble a cast. They were only able to offer the actors well below their usual pay, but they agreed because of the quality of McQuarrie's script and the chance to work with each other. However, the money fell through, and Singer used the script and the cast to attract Polygram to pick up the film negative.

In casting, Singer took the television pilot approach: "You pick people not for what they are, but what you imagine they can turn into." To research his role, Spacey met with doctors and experts on cerebral palsy and talked with Singer about how it would fit dramatically in the film. They decided that it would only affect one side of his body. According to Byrne, the cast bonded quickly during rehearsals. Del Toro worked with his friend Alan Shaterian to develop Fenster's distinctive, almost unintelligible speech patterns. According to the actor, the source of his character's unusual speech patterns came from the realization that "the purpose of my character was to die". Del Toro talked to Singer and told him, "it really doesn't matter what I say so I can go really far out with this and really make it uncomprehensible".

The budget was set at $5.5 million and the film was shot in 35 days in Los Angeles, San Pedro, and New York City. Spacey said that they shot the interrogation scenes with Palminteri over a span of five to six days. These scenes were also shot before the rest of the film. The police line-up scene ran into scheduling conflicts because the actors kept blowing their lines. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie would feed the actors questions off-camera and they improvised their lines. When Stephen Baldwin gave his answer, he made the other actors break character. Byrne remembers that they were often laughing between takes and "when they said, 'Action' we'd barely be able to keep it together". Spacey also said that the hardest part was not laughing through takes, with Baldwin and Pollack being the worst culprits. Their goal was to get the usually serious Byrne to crack up. They spent all morning trying to film the scene unsuccessfully. At lunch, a frustrated Singer chewed out the five actors and when they resumed, the cast continued to laugh through each take. Byrne remembers, "Finally, Bryan just used one of the takes where we couldn't stay serious". Singer and editor John Ottman used a combination of takes and kept the humor in to show the characters bonding with one another.

The stolen emeralds were real gemstones on loan for the movie.

Singer spent an 18-hour day shooting the underground parking garage robbery. According to Byrne, by the next day Singer still did not have all of the footage that he wanted, and refused to stop filming in spite of the bonding company's threat to shut down the production.

In the scene in which the crew meets Redfoot after the botched drug deal, Redfoot flicks his cigarette at McManus' face. The scene was originally to have the Redfoot character flick the cigarette at Baldwin's chest, but the actor missed and hit Baldwin's face by accident. Baldwin's reaction in the film is real.

Despite enclosed practical locations and a short shooting schedule, the film's cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, "developed a way of shooting dialogue scenes with a combination of slow, creeping zooms and dolly moves that ended in tight close-ups", to add subtle energy to scenes. This style combined dolly movement with "imperceptible zooms" so that you’d always have a sense of motion in a limited space".

During the editing phase, Singer thought that they had completed the film two weeks early but woke up one morning and realized that they needed that time to put together a sequence that convinced the audience that Dean Keaton was Söze and then do the same for Verbal Kint because the film did not have "the punch that Chris had written so beautifully". According to Ottman, he assembled the footage as a montage but it still did not work until he added an overlapping voiceover montage featuring key dialogue from several characters and have it relate to the images. Early on, executives at Gramercy had problems pronouncing the name Keyser Söze and were worried that audiences would have the same problem. The studio decided to promote the character's name and two weeks before the film debuted in theaters, "Who is Keyser Söze?" posters appeared at bus stops and TV spots told people how to say the character's name.

Singer wanted the music to the boat heist to resemble Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. The ending's music was based on a K.D. Lang song.

The film was shown out of competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and was well-received by audiences and critics. The film was then given an exclusive run in Los Angeles, where it took a combined USD $83,513, and New York City, where it made $132,294 on three screens in its opening weekend. The film was then released in 42 theaters where it proceeded to earn $645,363 on its opening weekend. It averaged a strong $4,181 per screen at 517 theaters and the following week added 300 play dates. It eventually made $23.3 million in North America.

The Usual Suspects was well-received by most critics and it has an 89% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a 77 metascore on Metacritic. While embraced by most viewers and critics, The Usual Suspects was the subject of harsh derision by some. Roger Ebert, in a review for the Chicago Sun-Times, gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four. USA Today gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it, "one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory - though paradoxically, four-fifths of it is way too easy to predict". However, Rolling Stone magazine praised Spacey, saying his "balls-out brilliant performance is Oscar bait all the way". Hal Hinson, in his review for the Washington Post wrote, "Ultimately, The Usual Suspects may be too clever for its own good. The twist at the end is a corker, but crucial questions remain unanswered. What's interesting, though, is how little this intrudes on our enjoyment. After the movie you're still trying to connect the dots and make it all fit - and these days, how often can we say that?" In her review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin praised the performances of the cast: "Mr. Singer has assembled a fine ensemble cast of actors who can parry such lines, and whose performances mesh effortlessly despite their exaggerated differences in demeanor . . . Without the violence or obvious bravado of Reservoir Dogs, these performers still create strong and fascinatingly ambiguous characters". The Independent praised the film's ending: "The film's coup de grace is as elegant as it is unexpected. The whole movie plays back in your mind in perfect clarity - and turns out to be a completely different movie to the one you've been watching (rather better, in fact)".

Christopher McQuarrie and Kevin Spacey were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. They both won and in his acceptance speech, Spacey memorably said, "Well, whoever Keyser Söze is, I can tell you he's going to get gloriously drunk tonight". McQuarrie also won the Best Original Screenplay award at the 1996 British Academy Film Awards. The film was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards—Best Supporting Actor for Benicio Del Toro, Best Screenplay for Christopher McQuarrie, and Newton Thomas Sigel for Best Cinematography. Both Del Toro and McQuarrie won in their categories.

The Usual Suspects was screened at the 1995 Seattle International Film Festival where Bryan Singer was awarded Best Director and Kevin Spacey won for Actor. The Boston Society of Film Critics gave Spacey the Best Supporting Actor award for his work on the film. Spacey went on to win this award with the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review which also gave the film an ensemble acting award to the cast.

On June 17, 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its "Ten Top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. The Usual Suspects was acknowledged as the tenth best mystery film. Verbal Kint was voted the #48 villain in the AFI's "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains" in June 2003. Entertainment Weekly cited the film as one of the "13 must-see heist movies". Empire magazine ranked Keyzer Soze #69 in their "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters" poll.

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Cool World

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Cool World is a 1992 live-action/animated hybrid film directed by Ralph Bakshi, and starring Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne, and Brad Pitt. It tells the story of a cartoonist who finds himself in the animated world he created, and is seduced by one of his characters, a comic strip vamp who wants to be real. Cool World marked Bakshi's return to feature films after nine years. The film was originally pitched as an animated horror film about an underground cartoonist, who fathers an illegitimate half-human/half-cartoon daughter, who hates herself for what she is and tries to kill him.

During production, Bakshi's original screenplay was scrapped by producer Frank Mancuso Jr. and heavily rewritten by screenwriting duo Michael Grais and Mark Victor, best known for writing Poltergeist and Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and an uncredited Larry Gross. The film received mostly negative reviews from film critics.

In 1945 Las Vegas, World War II veteran Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) is transported to a traditionally-animated realm named the "Cool World" following a traffic collision with a drunk driver. 47 years later, incarcerated cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) creates a comic strip named "Cool World" along with femme fatale Holli Would (voiced by Kim Basinger). Holli voices her desire to enter the real world, but is denied help from Frank, who is now a detective in the Cool World. Jack Deebs is released from prison and is at this point well-known in the real world for his "Cool World" series of comic books. One night, he is transported to the Cool World and is smuggled into a club by Holli. Frank becomes aware of Jack's prescence in the Cool World and agressively confronts him, informing him that Cool World has existed long before Jack created the comic series and warns him that "noids" (humans from the real world) are not allowed to have sex with "doodles" (inhabitants of the Cool World). Without Frank's knowledge, Holli brings Jack back into the Cool World and proceeds to have sexual intercourse with him. This results in Holli transforming into a noid (now played physically by Basinger).

While Frank attempts to mend his relationship with doodle Lonette (voiced by Candi Milo), he temporarily leaves detective duties to his assistant Nails (voiced by Charles Adler), who is soon informed that Jack and Holli have had sex and are now preparing to leave for the real world. He weakly attempts to stop them, but is quickly defeated by Holli, who goes on to enter the real world with Jack. Due to these actions, the interdimensional matrix between the real world and the Cool World is damaged, causing Jack and Holli to sporadically transform into clown-like doodles. Frank discovers that Nails has been done away with and decides to venture into the real world to pursue Jack and Holli. While contemplating their situation, Holli tells Jack about the "Spike of Power", an artifact placed on the top of a Las Vegas casino by a doodle who crossed into the real world. When Jack displays skepticism about the idea, Holli abandons Jack to search for the spike on her own. When Frank pursues Holli on the casino, Holli kills him by kicking him off the building. Holli finds and takes the Spike of Power, transforming her and Jack into doodles and releasing numerous monstrous doodles into the real world. Fighting off an increasing number of doodles as a superhero doodle, Jack returns the Spike of Power to its place, trapping him, Holli and the rest of the doodles in Cool World. Frank is reborn in Cool World as a doodle, allowing him to pursue his relationship with Lonette.

Ralph Bakshi originally conceived Cool World as an animated horror film, and pitched his original concept to executives at Paramount Pictures. "Basically the original script I handed in was a cartoonist, live action, who goes to bed with a cartoon girl and they create a girl, a bastardized child, half live and half real." The half human, half cartoon child would then travel to the real world and try to murder its irresponsible father. Bakshi states that Paramount Pictures "bought the idea in ten seconds".

The artwork by the character Jack Deebs was drawn by underground comix artist Spain Rodriguez.

A soundtrack album, Songs from the Cool World, featuring recordings by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Moby, Ministry, The Future Sound of London, and others, was released in 1992 by Warner Bros. Records. It included the track "Real Cool World", a David Bowie song written for the film. The soundtrack received stronger reviews from critics than the film itself, including a four-star rating from Allmusic. Mark Isham's original score for Cool World, featuring a mixture of jazz, orchestral pieces, and electronic remixes, was released on compact disc by Varèse Sarabande. It also received positive reviews.

As part of the film's promotion, the Hollywood Sign was altered to include a 75-foot-tall cutout of Holli Would. The alteration angered local residents. In a letter to the city's Recreation and Park Board on Monday, commission officials wrote that they were "appaled" by the board's approval of the alterations and that "the action your board has taken is offensive to Los Angeles women and is not within your role as custodian and guardian of the Hollywood sign. The fact that Paramount Pictures donated a mere $27,000 to Rebuild L.A. should not be a passport to exploit women in Los Angeles." Protestors picketed the unveiling of the altered sign.

Several different licensed video games based on the film were created by Ocean Software and released for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo. A four-issue comic book prequel to the film was published as a miniseries by DC Comics. The cover of the first issue featured an original painting by Ralph Bakshi.

Critical response towards the film was generally negative. Additionally, the film drew unfavorable comparisons with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Roger Ebert wrote in his review of the film: "The DJ who was hosting the radio station's free preview of Cool World leaped onto the stage and promised the audience: 'If you liked Roger Rabbit, you'll love Cool World!' He was wrong, but you can't blame him — he hadn't seen the movie. I have, and I will now promise you that if you liked Roger Rabbit, quit while you're ahead." Frank Mancuso Jr. is quoted as saying "If people come expecting Roger Rabbit, it's their mistake." Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 4%.

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Trial by Jury (film)

Trial by Jury is a 1994 American thriller film directed by Heywood Gould and starring Joanne Whalley, Gabriel Byrne and Armand Assante.

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End of Days (film)

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End of Days is a 1999 action/horror film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Peter Hyams. It also featured Robin Tunney, Rod Steiger, Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder, Udo Kier, and Gabriel Byrne as Satan. Schwarzenegger received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.

In 1979, a newborn girl named Christine York is identified by Satanists, including Christine's doctor Dr. Abel (Udo Kier), and her guardian, Mabel (Miriam Margoyles), as the one chosen to bear Satan's son during the last hour on New Year's Eve, 1999, thanks to a symbol on her arm. As she is being born, a priest in the Vatican witnesses a comet, described as the "Eye of God", heralding the birth of the one chosen to be the mother of Satan's child. The priest is then sent on a mission by the Pope to protect the girl. However, a group of other priests insist that she must be sacrificed to prevent Satan's plans.

Twenty years later, near the end of 1999, retired police officer Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger), in a constant state of depression since his wife and daughter were murdered by a hitman, is assigned to protect a Wall Street banker (Gabriel Byrne). They are attacked by a priest named Thomas Aquinas (Derrick O'Connor; Thomas Aquinas is also the name of a 13th century Roman Catholic theologian), who is eventually captured and taken to a hospital. Unknown to Jericho, Aquinas somehow knew the real identity of the banker – he has been possessed by Satan and now wields great powers. Satan locates Aquinas and, after taunting the helpless priest, brutally murders him, crucifying him on the ceiling. Jericho and his friend Bobby Chicago see a name amongst many other things scratched into Aquinas's skin, and after some guesswork, begin searching for Christine York.

Jericho and Chicago find the now-adult Christine (Robin Tunney) in her apartment, and save her from a group of Vatican Knights who want her dead. That evening, Chicago waits in a van while Jericho discusses the recent happenings with Christine. Satan arrives and blows up the van, killing Chicago. As Jericho and Christine try to flee, they are apprehended by Mabel, but Jericho manages to overpower her. Outside, Marge (CCH Pounder), Jericho's superior from his days in the police force, and another police officer – both Satanists – confront Jericho, demanding Christine. Jericho shoots both of them dead. He and Christine escape to a nearby church, seeking answers from a priest, Father Kovak (Rod Steiger).

Kovak soon realizes Christine and the banker's roles, and describes how at the end of every millennium, Satan will possess a man's body to consummate with the flesh of a preordained woman. If he succeeds in taking Christine, then he will have free rein over the world. After hearing that the only way to defeat Satan is to "have faith", Jericho tries to persuade Christine to go into hiding with him, but she prefers to stay. Frustrated, Jericho returns to his apartment. There, Satan meets with Jericho and tries to tempt him with his lost family in order to make him reveal Christine's location. Fortunately, Jericho resists and manages to throw Satan out the window. Then Chicago shows up, alive and well. Despite Jericho's initial suspicion, they make a plan to retrieve Christine.

At the church, Jericho fends off another attempt on Christine's life by the Vatican Knights. Satan then appears and Jericho flees with Christine. However, Chicago then betrays the two; he leaves with Christine while Jericho is beaten by a mob of Satanists and left for dead. The next morning, Jericho is found and rescued by Kovak, and immediately arms himself heavily to resume his search for Christine. He notices a resurrected Marge and tails her to Satan's hideout. There, he manages to rescue Christine and kill Marge for the second time. Chicago steps in to stop Jericho, revealing that Satan resurrected him in exchange for his help in capturing Christine. He manages to fight off Satan's influence after some persuasion by Jericho; in retaliation, Satan burns him alive. Enraged, Jericho opens fire on Satan and escapes with Christine in the ensuing chaos.

The two make their way through Satan's hideout and into a subway tunnel. They board a train (modeled as an R33) and attempt to escape. Satan catches up with them and kills the conductor. In the ensuing fight, Jericho launches an M203 grenade at Satan's body, buying time for him and Christine to escape. The banker's body is now irreparably damaged, and so Satan leaves it to find a new host.

Jericho and Christine escape to the streets and into another church, where as a last resort, he prays to God. Satan smashes through the floor and confronts Jericho in his true form, a massive, demonic dragon. He enters Jericho's body and possesses him. Now controlled by the Beast, Jericho attempts to rape Christine, but with the help of her begging words, he is able to fight Satan's control for a few seconds. Using what may be his only opportunity, Jericho impales himself on the sword protruding from a fallen statue of Michael the Archangel, thus disabling his body for the few remaining seconds before midnight. At midnight, Satan is pulled out of Jericho's body and sent back to Hell. After being granted a vision of his wife and daughter smiling at him, Jericho dies shortly thereafter.

Christine thanks the deceased Jericho for saving her life as New York celebrates the start of the year 2000.

End of Days received largely negative reviews, with many critics especially criticizing its numerous plot holes, so-so acting, and its mixed success at humanizing Schwarzenegger's character.

It grossed $66,889,043 in the U.S. and around $212,000,000 worldwide, against a budget estimated to be between $80 million and $100 million. The film was slightly profitable because of its strong international numbers and DVD sales, but its final numbers were not what Universal Studios had hoped for.

The movie received Razzie nominations for Worst Actor (Schwarzenegger), Worst Director (Hyams) and Worst Supporting Actor (Byrne, also for Stigmata). It was a pre-nominee finalist for Worst Picture.

The soundtrack to the film contained, for the most part, tracks by alternative metal and industrial rock bands. It also contains, the first single to be released by the "new line-up" of Guns N' Roses, the industrial rock track "Oh My God".

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Gothic (film)

Gothic is a 1986 film directed by Ken Russell. It starred Gabriel Byrne as Lord Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Natasha Richardson as Mary Shelley and Timothy Spall as Dr John William Polidori. It features a soundtrack composed by Thomas Dolby, and marks Richardson's film debut.

The film is a lurid and highly fictionalized tale based on the Shelleys' visit with Lord Byron in Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva, and the famous challenge to write a horror story, which ultimately led to Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein and John Polidori writing The Vampyre. The same event has also been portrayed in the films Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Haunted Summer (1988), among others.

The film's poster motif is based on Henry Fuseli's painting The Nightmare, which is also referenced in the film.

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In Treatment

In Treatment is an award-winning HBO drama, produced and developed by Rodrigo Garcia, about a psychotherapist, 53 year old Dr. Paul Weston, and his weekly sessions with his patients. It stars Golden Globe winner, Gabriel Byrne in his first Emmy-nominated role as Paul. It premiered on January 28, 2008 as a five-night-a-week serial drama. Each night focused on one patient. The show debuted in Eastern Canada on January 28, 2008 on The Movie Network. The format, script and opening theme are based on the critically acclaimed Israeli show Betipul, created by Hagai Levi.

Forty-three episodes were ordered as a block for Season 1.

In a somewhat unusual move, the first fifteen episodes had been made available for download through Apple's iTunes and Amazon Unbox. The first several weeks of episodes had also been available on HBO's website, in streaming video, yet as of May 2008, the videos from the abovementioned sources had been removed.

The first season covered nine weeks for most of the characters, although Monday and Tuesday only have episodes for the first eight weeks.

The series was renewed for a second season on June 20, 2008, with Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest and Glynn Turman returning. Michelle Forbes may return in a guest starring role. Production on Season 2 began in fall ,in New York and wrapped up in early 2009. Season Two debuted April 5&6, 2009. In Canada, HBO Canada aired Season 2 day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.

Gabriel Byrne is Paul Weston 53, a charming, relentless, but detached and neurotic psychotherapist, who is seeking his own peaceful existence, free of self-doubt and ambivialence. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a BA and a MS, as well as a PhD. from the New School of Social Research. In the summer of 1988, he moved to Maryland to work at the Baltimore Psychotherapy Institute. He has a private practice. He habitually does not take notes about patients' therapy sessions, but is beginning to reconsider due to a legal matter concerning a former patient's untimely death.

Set in suburban Maryland, Paul has a private entry office in his home. During this season, the episodes aired on their eponymous day of the week.

Paul, now divorced and very lonesome, has relocated to Brooklyn, and uses the living room of his small refurbished walk-up brownstone for his office visits. He has brought his books and his patient files with him to his new digs. He has been served with a malpractice lawsuit, and is completely preoccupied with the consequences all that might entail.

This season, the "Monday" and "Tuesday" sessions air back-to-back on Sundays, while the remaining sessions air back-to-back on Mondays. HBO repeats them in sequence, several times during the week.

HBO originally had the first season's DVD release scheduled for September 9, 2008, but subsequently delayed the set until March 24, 2009.

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Miller's Crossing

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Miller's Crossing is a 1990 film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, and John Turturro. The plot concerns a power struggle between two rival gangs and how the protagonist (Byrne) plays both sides off each other. In 2005, Time magazine chose Miller's Crossing as one of the 100 greatest movies ever made since the inception of the periodical. Time movie critic Richard Corliss called the movie a "noir with a touch so light, the film seems to float on the breeze like the Frisbee of a fedora sailing through the forest".

Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne) is the long-time advisor and confidant of Leo O'Bannon (Albert Finney), a gangster political boss who runs his Prohibition-era city. When Leo's Italian rival Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito) announces his intentions to kill the crooked bookie Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro), Leo goes against Tom's advice and extends his protection to Bernie. Bernie is the brother of Verna Bernbaum (Marcia Gay Harden), an opportunistic gun moll who shares a longtime relationship with Leo as well as a secret affair with Tom. Leo goes to war with Johnny as a consequence.

Tom tries everything he can to convince Verna and Leo to give Bernie up to Johnny to end the war, but neither will budge. After an assassination attempt on Leo, Tom reveals his affair with Verna, causing Leo to turn his back on both of them. With no other alternative, Tom goes to work for Johnny, and is immediately commanded to kill Bernie at Miller's Crossing to prove his loyalty. Bernie pleads with Tom to spare him, and Tom allows him to escape. The gang war goes well for Johnny and he quickly assumes Leo's position as boss of the city. However, Tom begins sowing discord between Johnny and Eddie Dane, his most trusted enforcer. At the same time, Bernie returns and tries to blackmail Tom into killing Johnny.

Tom's machinations convince Johnny to kill Eddie Dane. Tom then arranges a meeting with Bernie, but sends Johnny instead. Expecting Tom, Bernie gets the jump on Johnny and kills him. Tom arrives and tricks Bernie into giving up his gun, then reveals his intention to murder him despite gaining no advantage from the deed. Bernie once again attempts to beg Tom for mercy, but this time Tom shoots him in cold blood.

Tom and Leo reconcile now that Tom has ended the gang war for him. Verna has also won herself back into Leo's good graces, but she reacts coldly to Tom. Leo announces his intention to marry Verna, and offers Tom his old job back, but Tom refuses. Tom remains behind in Miller's Crossing and watches Leo leave, then puts his hat on.

Miller's Crossing contains references to many other gangster films and film noir. Many of its situations, characters and dialogue are derived from the work of Dashiell Hammett, especially his novel The Glass Key and the 1942 movie that was adapted from it. Though several important plot points are different, there are significant parallels between the two stories, and many scenes and lines are culled directly from Hammett's novel.

Another important source was Hammett's novel Red Harvest, which details the story of a violent internecine gang war in a corrupt American city, a gang war initiated by the secret machinations of the main character. In addition to a similarity in plot, the Coen Brothers lifted entire sections of dialogue from the Hammett novel.

While writing the screenplay, the Coen brothers tentatively titled the film The Bighead - their nickname for Tom Reagan. The first image they conceived was that of a black hat coming to rest in a forest clearing; then, a gust of wind lifts it into the air, sending it flying down an avenue of trees. This image begins the film's opening credit sequence. Because of the intricate, dense plot, the Coens suffered from writer's block while working on the script. They went to stay with a close friend of theirs at the time, William Preston Robertson in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the hopes that a change of scenery might help. After watching Baby Boom one night, they returned to New York City and wrote Barton Fink (in three weeks) before resuming the Miller's Crossing screenplay. They alluded to Barton Fink in the film in two ways, by naming Tom's apartment building the "Barton Arms" and with an article that appears prominently in a newspaper with the headline, "Seven Dead in Hotel Fire" which refers to the fire at the end of their next film, Barton Fink.

The budget of the film was reported by film industry magazines as $14 million, but the Coens claimed in interviews that it was only $10 million. During the casting process, they had envisioned Trey Wilson (who played Nathan Arizona in the Coens' previous film Raising Arizona) as gangster boss Leo O'Bannon, but two days before the first day of principal photography he died from a brain hemorrhage. Albert Finney was subsequently cast in the role. The Coens also cast some of their family and friends in minor roles. Finney also appears in a very brief cameo as an elderly female ladies' room attendant. Sam Raimi, film director and friend of the Coens, appears as the snickering gunman at the siege of the Sons of Erin social club, and Frances McDormand, Joel Coen's wife, appears as the Mayor's secretary. The role of The Swede was written for Peter Stormare, but he could not be cast since he was playing Hamlet at the time. J.E. Freeman was cast and the name of the character was changed to The Dane, while Stormare went on to be featured in two other Coen movies, Fargo and The Big Lebowski.

Miller's Crossing made slightly more than $5 million at the box office.

The score to Miller's Crossing is written by Carter Burwell, the third of his collaborations with the Coen Brothers.

The main theme bears a striking resemblance to "Limerick's Lamentation", an Irish slow air dating back to the 16th century commemorating the fall of Limerick in 1691 to the English.

Selections of the soundtrack are reflective of the American 1920s era in which the film is set, with jazz band tunes such as the "King Porter Stomp" and "Running Wild". The soundtrack also includes "Danny Boy", sung by Frank Patterson, an Irish tenor, which is played during the scene in which Albert Finney's character Leo evades and then kills his assassins with a Thompson submachine gun. Patterson can also be heard singing the Jimmy Campbell song, Goodnight Sweetheart, in the scene where Leo punches Tom down the stairs of his Shenandoah Club.

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