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M-NET PREMIERS (article first published : 2005-04-18)

Premiers on the M-Net channel this week include Veronica Guerin, All Over The Guy and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

April 18 at 20h30: Veronica Guerin. This is a factual drama directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciaran Hinds, Brenda Fricker and Alan Devine. From Jerry Bruckheimer the producer of Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Dawn and Joel Schumacher, director of A Time To Kill, Phone Booth and Bad Company comes this true life dramatic story of Veronica Guerin, the plucky Irish journalist who was murdered on 26 June 1996 after writing one crime exposé too many.

In the mid-1990’s, Dublin was nothing short of a war zone, with a few powerful drug lords battling for control. Their most fearsome opponent was not the police but the courageous journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett) who covered the crime beat with unmatched intensity. As she investigated and exposed the “pushers,” balancing her home and family against her responsibility to her readers and her country, she became a national folk heroine to the people of Ireland. The movie gives unique insight into a fascinating and complex aspect of the Irish conflict and a poignant portrayal of a journalist who risked everything in search of the truth. Blanchett was nominated for Empire awards and Golden Globe awards.

April 19 at 23h00: All Over The Guy. Directed by Julie Davis this romantic comedy stars Dan Bucatinsky, Richard Ruccolo, Adam Goldberg, Sasha Alexander, Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow. 2001. This is described as a “talky gay romcom” about two guys who, with the help of their straight friends, try and resolve their differences after a disastrous first date. Tom and Eli meet on a blind date, but it’s a disaster from the word go. Still, the two find common ground when they discover that they both have issues with their parents – alcoholics on the one hand and psychologists on the other. Meanwhile, they confide their troubles to their straight friends, Jackie and Brett, who end up meeting and liking what they see. Plenty of smart, sassy dialogue, break-ups and make-ups. Watch out for Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow in cameos.

April 20 at 20h30: The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Another romantic comedy, this time directed by Jim Fall and starring Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd and Jake Thomas. Teenyboppers will love this movie in which wholesome Lizzie McGuire goes to Rome and helps a cute Italian boy by becoming his singing partner. Lizzie has just graduated from junior high school, and now she and her mates are off to Rome for a well-deserved holiday. There she meets pop star Paolo, whose singing partner Isabella, has run off. Before long, Lizzie is impersonating Isabella while faithful best friend Gordo is covering up for her and wondering if Lizzie will ever think of him as more than just a friend.




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