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Premieres Boost Film Festival Success

cbnews1International cinema as well as UK and local premiers are all featuring in this year’s Jameson Belfast Film Festival, which is now well underway.

There are more than 130 screenings and special events from 30 countries, on offer during a 10-day cinematic extravaganza, ending on 4th April.

Premieres of first features Ditching, Pumpgirl, and Cherrybomb, are included with a ‘Spotlight on India’ section included, welcoming Adoor Gopalakrishnan – one of India’s finest contemporary filmmakers – to the Irish city.

Sir Ben Kingsley has already introduced his new film Fifty Dead Men Walking and Rupert Grint (who plays the character of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films), will attend the gala screening of Cherrybomb tonight.

A Co Down student, Bangor’s Kat Kirk, (pictured here with Rupert), stars alongside the big screen star in Cherrybomb.It has proved very popular, with the first showing tonight sold out, so that a second screening has had to be be arranged for Wednesday.Cherrybomb is described as a hard-hitting look at a group of teenagers as they embark on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.Kat, a Performing Arts student at the Bangor campus of the South Eastern Regional College, who plays the part of 15-year-old Sharon in the film, said: “Working in Cherrybomb has made me realise that it is film acting that I am mainly interested in. I really got a great buzz from immersing myself in the whole film thing.”The buzz has really given me the drive to seek out more film work and we’ll see what happens from there.”(BMcC/JM)


Original article found NorthenIrelandNews March 30th, 2009

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Projecting Success At Belfast Film Festival

Stars of the big screen, Sir Ben Kingsley and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint as well as Ulster actor James Nesbitt are among those set to attend the Belfast Film Festival at the end of March.

The event, from March 26 – April 4 is also to reflect the growing importance of the film industry to Northern Ireland, with several locally produced movies getting an airing at the event.

Festival Director Michele Devlin said: “As the festival grows each year, we are so proud of the fact that as well as a strong selection of international and European films, we are able to showcase a burgeoning wealth of Northern Ireland film-making and acting talent.

“We have the premieres of the locally-made ‘Cherrybomb’ and ‘Ditching’ and we are also proud to be screening ‘Pumpgirl’ starring, Samantha Healey and Geraldine Hughes.

We are also celebrating Ulster legends such as Davy Hammond, Brian Desmond Hurst and John T Davis as part of the 2009 festival,” she said.

Among the stand-out attractions in a programme of 130 films are the premieres of ’50 Dead Men Walking’, the big-screen adaptation of the true-life tale of an IRA informer and ‘Little Ashes’, which tells the story of a young Salvador Dali.

In terms of an atmospheric setting, it will be hard to beat one special screening of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ – in the city’s St Anne’s Cathedral – also featuring a live score.

A showing of two aquatic-themed movies on a river tourist boat will also add a touch of innovation as well as a strand of the festival which looks at post-conflict resolution through film.

Appropriately too, as the TV cartoon hit show ‘The Simpsons’, is ‘coming to Ireland’ with a specially written new episode being broadcast on St Patrick’s Day, the notable comic festival event is an evening of adult films dubbed badly into Ulster Scots – or ‘Shockin’ly Spaiked O’er Smot’, as the event is called.

There will also be a short series of Ealing comedies, giving a rare cinematic outing for some gems of British movies including ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’, the ‘Man in the White Suit’ and ‘The Ladykillers’.

Speaking at the launch this week, NI Arts Minister Gregory Campbell said: “The creative industries are becoming increasingly significant for Northern Ireland’s economic, social and cultural wealth and the Belfast Film Festival plays a key role in celebrating the successes, diversity and talent within the local film industry.”

It was a point echoed by Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley: “Culture and arts is at the very centre of what Belfast has to offer and this film festival is very much a part of that,” he said.

“The wealth of talent in this city is something which we should all be so proud of.

“It is wonderful to see up-and-coming film-makers having their work recognised and promoted – this Festival is a cornerstone in the city’s annual arts calendar and I wish it continued success.”


Original article found at Northern Ireland News I February 25, 2009

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Harry Potter pal turns to sex, drugs, and crime

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BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) – Rupert Grint, who plays red-headed sidekick Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies, has moved on to more grown-up pastimes.

In “Cherrybomb,” which had its world premiere Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival, Grint plays a youth dabbling in drugs, joy-riding and the thrills of teenage sex. It’s a far cry from the innocent excitement of Hogwarts, but an inevitable transition for the 20-year-old actor.

“It was always going to be quite tricky. ‘Harry Potter’s’ a big thing really, so I’ve always known it’s going to be pretty hard,” Grint said. “But doing this film wasn’t really a conscious decision to try something different — it just worked out like that. I got the script, really liked it, and it all happened in a couple of weeks.”

Grint will start shooting this month at Leavesden Studios in England on the final book of the seven in the “Harry Potter” series, which is being made as two films.

“Fourteen months for Part 1 and Part 2, more or less back-to-back,” he said. “It’s going to be long, but it’s going to be good I think. I really liked the book and the script.

“It’s going to be quite a thing when it’s over because it’ll be half my life exactly. I think I will miss it, because I’ve had some good times on it.

“Cherrybomb,” directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, is set in contemporary Northern Ireland and co-stars Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan in a tale of youthful high jinks and misdeeds that, inevitably, ends badly.

Grint joined Nixon, 23, on Monday in Berlin to meet the media and talk up the film, which required them to act in a fairly frank sex scene.”The hardest bit for both of us was the love scene,” Grint said.

Said Nixon: “It was toward the end of the shoot, so we knew this day was coming. But the crew were so supportive; they made us feel so comfortable, we just got on with our jobs.”


Original article can be viewed at MSNBC I February 9

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Rupert Grint takes gritty turn in ‘Cherrybomb’

Written by Charles Masters

‘Harry Potter’ actor in Berlin with more mature role

BERLIN — Forget quidditch. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, has moved on to more grown-up pastimes. In “Cherrybomb,” which had its world premiere here Sunday in the Generation sidebar, Grint plays a youth dabbling in drugs, joy-riding and the thrills of teenage sex. A far cry from the innocent excitement of Hogwarts, but an inevitable transition for the 20-year-old actor.

“It was always going to be quite tricky. ‘Harry Potter’s’ a big thing really, so I’ve always known it’s going to be pretty hard,” Grint said. “But doing this film wasn’t really a conscious decision to try something different — it just worked out like that. I got the script, really liked and it all happened in a couple of weeks.”

Grint will start shooting this month on the final book of the seven in the “Harry Potter” series, which is being made as two films at Leavesden Studios in Watford. “Fourteen months for Part 1 and Part 2, more or less back-to-back. It’s going to be long, but it’s going to be good I think, I really liked the book and the script,” he said. “It’s going to be quite a thing when it’s over because it’ll be half my life exactly. I think I will miss it, because I’ve had some good times on it.

Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, “Cherrybomb” is set in contemporary Northern Ireland and co-stars Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan in a tale of youthful high jinks and misdeeds that, inevitably, ends badly. James Nesbit also co-stars.

Grint joined Nixon to meet the media Monday and talk up the film, which required them to act a fairly frank sex scene. (Grint gets his shirt off but does not go full frontal as “Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe did in the stage play “Equus.”)

“The hardest bit for both of us was the love scene,” Grint admitted. “It was toward the end of the shoot so we knew this day was coming, but the crew were so supportive, they made us feel so comfortable, we just got on with our jobs,” Nixon said.

Grint’s presence at the premiere certainly pulled the spotlight onto the film, with a large crowd outside the Babylon theater to greet him.

“It was lovely, because I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s good that everyone’s excited about the film. I do get recognized pretty much everywhere now, but everyone’s really nice and it’s not a problem,” Grint said.


Original article can be found at The Hollywood Reporter I February 9, 2009

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Rupert Grint Goes Naked In Cherrybomb

London (ANI): Actors who starred in the famous ‘Harry Potter’ franchise seem to have come all out after their stint with magic, with Rupert Grint now shedding off his clothes for new film Cherrybomb. English actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the role of Harry Potter in the film series, was the first to shed off his clothes on stage in Equus.

Now, Grint, 20, who shot to fame with his role as Ron Weasley, has shed off his clothes in the new movie. The film is about three teenagers who embark on a debauched weekend of drink, drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.

According to the Sun, Grint no longer sports the floppy hair, and he showed a lot of confidence doing the naked scene with his co-star Kimberley Nixon.


Original article found here at One India I January 16, 2009

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Grint and bare it: Steamy scenes as Harry Potter star Rupert peels off with real-life lover

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has thrown off his boyish image to get into a steamy clinch for a new role.

Following in the footsteps of co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who bared all in the West end production of Equus, Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the hit films has stripped for a scene in his new film, Cherrybomb.

The 20-year-old British actor goes shirtless in the grown-up film which makes its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival.

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My how you’ve grown: Rupert Grint with co-star Kimberley Nixon in Cherrybomb


And if he looks like he is taking to the role naturally, it may be because he is said to be having a relationship with co-star Kimberley Nixon.

Grint, 20, is reported to have been spending romantic nights with the 23-year-old Cranford actress in her north London home.

But the young actor has played down the rumours.

Ambitious Grint hopes to break into more adult roles through the film in which he plays a young man pitted against his best friend by the arrival of a beautiful stranger. 

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Real life romance: The pair are rumoured to be dating off-screen


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Summer of love: Best friends soon become worst enemies when newcomer Michelle seductively encourages a dirty competition for her heart


In the film best friends Malachy (Grint) and Luke (Robert Sheehan) and are finally ready to enjoy their summer.

Yet, when the stunning Michelle (Kimberley Nixon) moves to town unexpectedly, these two best friends soon become worst enemies.

With a resistance to boredom, Michelle seductively encourages a dirty competition for her heart.

What was supposed to have been a chilled-out holiday is transformed into a wild descent into drinking, drugs, sex and a deadly end to the competition.


Original article found here: Daily Mail | January 14th, 2009

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Rupert Grint is Cherrybomb Shirtless

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is trying to shed his boyish image but appearing in a drama thriller called Cherrybomb.

The 20-year-old British actor goes shirtless in the edgy flick, which makes its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival.

Synopsis: Best friends Luke (Robert Sheehan) and Malachy (Grint) are finally ready to enjoy their summer. Yet, when the stunning Michelle (Kimberley Nixon) moves to town unexpectedly, these two best friends soon become worst enemies. With a resistance to boredom, Michelle seductively encourages a dirty competition for her heart. What was supposed to have been a relaxing vacation transforms into a wild ride of drinking, drugs, sex and a deadly end to the competition.


Original article found here at justjared I January 14, 2009

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Harry Potter star strips to show his Cherrybomb

First it was Daniel Radcliffe and now Rupert Grint.

Yes, Harry Potter stars can’t seem to keep their clothes on.

As you can see, Grint, 20, strips off in new movie Cherrybomb with Kimberley Nixon.


Original article found here: Metro I January 14, 2009

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Rupert Grint in some photos from his movie Cherrybomb

By John

So in the time in between the wizard world Rupert Grint seems to be at work with some interesting projects. The three of the actors are trying to avoid being typecasted by taking up roles that are so far away from their Wizard personas. For instances Dan Radcliffe, for instance, is starring in the controversial play “Equus” on Broadway. But Rupert Grint seems to take his image to newer heights with his two violent dramas in the pipeline. Both of them are independent films “Wild Target” which he has just started and the other is Cherrybomb which is just finished and getting ready for release.

“My character Malacy [in ‘Cherrybomb’] works at a leisure center in Belfast,” Grint explained. “It’s not really a proper job, but this girl Michelle is my boss’ daughter. She’s really exotic and fashionable and she gets his attention, along with his friend Luke, and she starts this crazy competition thing between them.”

In order to impress Michelle (who is played by Kimberley Nixon), the two guys start trying to one-up each other, first by going to a club and trying to dance with her, then by pulling stunts like stealing a car, and then things escalate from there.

“Usually, Malachy doesn’t get the girl,” Grint said. “Luke is more of the ladies’ man, but he’s a bit more dodgy. Malachy isn’t a geek, he’s a bit of a thug, but he starts off as basically a good kid. He goes to work, he has a good relationship with his parents, but he’s got some bad influences, so he gets into a bit of trouble.”

Because Grint’s character is trying to be a bad boy to impress the girl, he loses himself in that — “she likes that, so she likes him.” Stealing a car wasn’t that big of a leap, especially because all he has to do is swipe the keys. “Why do my movies always involve illegal things with cars?” he laughed, referring to hislast independent film “Driving Lessons” and the infamous flying car from Harry Potter. “I’m not that into driving that I’d ever actually steal a car,” he laughed. “Never.”

Grint got a “little love scene” that’s a little more adult than the one he had in “Driving Lessons,” he said, “which was quite awkward to film, with the whole crew watching. They’re in bed!” But the real adult subject matter, Grint said, is what happens afterwards — which he didn’t want to spoil. “It gets quite serious,” he said. “It gets a bit crazy. Really violent and out of hand and lethal at the end.”

But delving into the more mature material wasn’t the hardest part for Grint — it was the Belfast accent. “It’s a mishmash of all sorts of different accents,” he said. “I got the vocal coach to make me a CD of all the lines and I put that on my iPod, and that really helps, to learn the vowel sounds. Otherwise, I’d pick it up from the crew, since they were all local.”

Only having one week of rehearsals also put the pressure on. “On Harry Potter, we do a scene every few days, and this was like 12 scenes a day,” Grint said. “It’s a much tougher shoot, really, and quite tiring, but it’s good, to be at this much faster pacce. I prefer it to the waiting around. You’re always moving about. And at least I’m playing such a cool, different character that I’ve never done before. It’s nice to get to act like you’re more confident, even for a little bit.”

So this is surely going to be the better of all the movies that are coming out from the friends from Hogwarts. So it will be really interesting to see where this movie goes with his career. News courtesy of MTV Blog.


Original article can be found here at Reel Suave I September 30, 2008

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Rupert Grint Gets Bloody For ‘Cherrybomb’ – Check Out Exclusive Photos!

In the space between Harry Potter films, the young actors who play the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione have been trying to cram as much non-wizarding world work on their resumes as possible — to prevent typecasting when they grow up. Dan Radcliffe, for instance, is starring in the controversial play “Equus” on Broadway. But Rupert Grint, who plays Harry’s best bud Ron Weasley, is trying to go Radcliffe one step further — by taking on violent roles in the independent films “Wild Target” (which he just started) and “Cherrybomb” (which he just finished).

Rupert Grint in 'Cherrybomb'

“My character Malacy [in ‘Cherrybomb’] works at a leisure center in Belfast,” Grint explained. “It’s not really a proper job, but this girl Michelle is my boss’ daughter. She’s really exotic and fashionable and she gets his attention, along with his friend Luke, and she starts this crazy competition thing between them.”

In order to impress Michelle (who is played by Kimberley Nixon), the two guys start trying to one-up each other, first by going to a club and trying to dance with her, then by pulling stunts like stealing a car, and then things escalate from there.

“Usually, Malachy doesn’t get the girl,” Grint said. “Luke is more of the ladies’ man, but he’s a bit more dodgy. Malachy isn’t a geek, he’s a bit of a thug, but he starts off as basically a good kid. He goes to work, he has a good relationship with his parents, but he’s got some bad influences, so he gets into a bit of trouble.”

Because Grint’s character is trying to be a bad boy to impress the girl, he loses himself in that — “she likes that, so she likes him.” Stealing a car wasn’t that big of a leap, especially because all he has to do is swipe the keys. “Why do my movies always involve illegal things with cars?” he laughed, referring to his last independent film “Driving Lessons” and the infamous flying car from Harry Potter. “I’m not that into driving that I’d ever actually steal a car,” he laughed. “Never.”

Robert Sheehan, Rupert Grint and Kimberly Nixon in 'Cherrybomb'

Grint got a “little love scene” that’s a little more adult than the one he had in “Driving Lessons,” he said, “which was quite awkward to film, with the whole crew watching. They’re in bed!” But the real adult subject matter, Grint said, is what happens afterwards — which he didn’t want to spoil. “It gets quite serious,” he said. “It gets a bit crazy. Really violent and out of hand and lethal at the end.”

But delving into the more mature material wasn’t the hardest part for Grint — it was the Belfast accent. “It’s a mishmash of all sorts of different accents,” he said. “I got the vocal coach to make me a CD of all the lines and I put that on my iPod, and that really helps, to learn the vowel sounds. Otherwise, I’d pick it up from the crew, since they were all local.”

Only having one week of rehearsals also put the pressure on. “On Harry Potter, we do a scene every few days, and this was like 12 scenes a day,” Grint said. “It’s a much tougher shoot, really, and quite tiring, but it’s good, to be at this much faster pacce. I prefer it to the waiting around. You’re always moving about. And at least I’m playing such a cool, different character that I’ve never done before. It’s nice to get to act like you’re more confident, even for a little bit.”

Do you want to see Rupert Grint in non-Harry Potter roles? What kind of role would you like to see him play?


View original article here: MTV Movies Blog | September 29th, 2008

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