Martin Scorsese praised braved Netflix for "taking risks" on independent films.The 76-year-old director has credited the streaming service with taking a chance on funding his upcoming new movie 'The Irishman', which is a biographical crime drama looking at labor union leader and alleged Bufalino crime family hitman Frank Sheeran.Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival over the weekend, he said: "People such as Netflix are taking risks. 'The Irishman' is a risky film."No one else wanted to fund the pic for five to seven years. And of course we're all getting older. Netflix took the risk."The movie - which is based on Charles Brandt's book 'I Heard You Paint Houses' - stars Robert De Niro as Sheeran, with the stellar cast also featuring the likes of Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.It will be the ninth time Scorsese has collaborated with De Niro, while the actor has worked with co-star Pacino three times before - but it will be the first time the iconic filmmaker has directed the … [Read more...] about Martin Scorsese praises brave Netflix for backing The Irishman
The Irishman Pub & Eatery in Williamsville hopes to open its new outdoor bar and dining area by late May or early June. The restaurant at 5601 Main St., next door to the Amherst Municipal Building, is constructing a covered, open-air space with a full bar, fire pit surrounded by couches and high-top tables with seating for about 40 people, said Maria MacPeek, the general manager. The covered bar extends out toward Main Street from the restaurant. It will have TVs for watching Bills games and other sporting events and tower space heaters to allow it to stay open well into the fall. This rendering shows what the covered bar and outdoor dining area at the Irishman Pub & Eatery will look like when work is finished in the next month. (Image courtesy the Irishman) Just to the side, directly in front of the restaurant, the Irishman is setting up an open area that will host outdoor dining, at 10 to 12 umbrella tables, when it's nice out and will offer parking spaces when it gets cold … [Read more...] about Irishman restaurant in Williamsville adding outdoor bar, dining area
Williamsville's The Irishman Pub & Eatery is opening a second restaurant in East Aurora. Owner Gene O'Donovan is taking over 162 Main St., in the Rite-Aid plaza, formerly a Yotality location. The second Irishman will be much like the first, only smaller, said manager Maria MacPeek. There will be a full bar, and a food menu of tavern favorites like Guinness barbecue wings, burgers and hand-cut fries, plus Irish-American comfort food, like potato soup and corned beef and cabbage. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant and bar will also offer a patio for fair-weather dining and drinking. Pending town approvals, the plan is to open this summer, MacPeek said. Smiles at The Irishman's customer appreciation party Send restaurant tips to [email protected] and follow @BuffaloFood on Instagram and Twitter. … [Read more...] about The Irishman restaurant opening East Aurora location
(CBS) What killed Michael Faherty? The 76-year-old retiree was found burned to death in his Galway, Ireland home on December 22, 2010, the Irish Herald reported. Since his body was burned but the rest of the house wasn't, investigators drew a surprising conclusion... "I'm left with the conclusion that this fits into the category of spontaneous human combustion," coroner Dr. Kieran McLoughlin told the Herald. He said it was the first case he's ever seen in his 25 years on the job. Spontaneous combustion? It sounds positively Dickensian - and indeed, Dickens wrote about a character who died from a mysterious blaze in "Bleak House." Cut to 160 years later - is spontaneous human combustion real? Dr. Joe Nickell, senior research fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, called it a "bunch of blarney.""Mainstream science has never validated one single case of this phenomenon," Nickell told CBS News. Nickell is no fire scientist. He's just a PhD who's invested paranormal claims for … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Coroner says Irishman died of “spontaneous combustion:” Blarney?
DUBLIN -- An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces broke up a 2013 sit-in protesting the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president, and was released in October after being held in a half-dozen detention centers. His experience provides a unique perspective on how conditions inside Egypt's notorious prisons have degenerated during an unprecedented crackdown on dissent. Born in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin to parents of Egyptian descent, Halawa had faced death by hanging on charges that ranged from inciting violence to murder, and says regular beatings with bars and metal chains during captivity led him and others to the brink of despair. "In the beginning, no one had even heard of Daesh, but by the time I left, maybe 20 … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Freed Irishman says Egypt’s jails are ISIS breeding grounds