we speak Julianne
Pierce Brosnan are starting a shoot in Ireland. They play lawyers. Both
are divorced and they hook up. Movie's called "Laws of Attraction."
eccentric. One eccentricity being major clothing. The stylist was all
Manhattan last week collecting Prada wardrobe, Manolo Blahnik shoes
match Lana Marks alligator handbags and are very specifically in
burgundy and red. The stuff's being made as we speak. The filming
Duo attracted to 'Laws' pic Financers move in as impasse is overcome
By Dana Harris
July 23, 2003
Los Angeles entrepreneur David Bergstein, who hold a 45% stake in Elie
Samaha's Franchise Pictures, have expanded their reach in Hollywood by
acquiring the $32 million Intermedia production Laws of Attraction,
which stars Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan.
film was originally
to be co-financed
by Intermedia and Bob Yari's Stratus Film Co.
"The financing was at
Bergstein told Daily Variety. "They had different points of view over
it was going to get financed. I paid Intermedia off and they got their
investment plus a producing fee and I worked it out with Stratus."
Stratus, that will
back-end participation. However, neither Intermedia nor Stratus hold
in the pic and the copyright will revert back to Tudor and
Bergstein told Daily
he expected the Laws of Attraction deal to be first of several
been looking at
things with Intermedia," he said. "This helped facilitate that. (Tudor
and Bergstein) have a heavy interest and focus in getting into the
New Line Cinema will
of Attraction domestically, with Initial handling foreign sales.
Independent: Pays to know the reel laws of attraction
By: Nick Webb
are sitting at a table in the back of Whelan's pub on Wexford Street.
heat from the lights is something fierce. A scene from Jim Sheridan's
movie Laws of Attraction is ready to roll. And heaven help
who hasn't turned off their mobile phone. Producer Arthur Lappin needs
little persuasion to abandon the frenzied world of the film set to go
and talk somewhere quieter.
opportunity to talk
about the Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) report into the Irish film
The Sheridan Report, as it is known, calls on Finance Minister Charlie
McCreevy not to bugger up the whole industry by axing its tax breaks.
481 is due to expire next year and if it's not renewed, the Irish film
industry could be crippled. "This is not bluff or scaremongering but if
the initiative expires, literally 70 per cent of the employment in the
industry will melt away over night. It really will," says Lappin
away the smoke from his Marlboro Light.
Ireland was at the
of developing tax incentives for movie makers, it has lagged behind
countries in recent years. "Ideally the Government has to look at the
environment that exists internationally because it is a global
Production is notoriously fickle where it chooses to base itself," the
Meath man warns. Competitive advantage is being eroded. At the moment
481 provides a net benefit to filmmakers of 10-11 per cent. In the UK,
net benefits are closer to 14-15 per cent.
McCreevy and his
would want to decide pretty damn fast about Section 481 because Ireland
will be taken off a list of possible movie locations for all films
after 2004. This is because Hollywood and other studios plan projects
18 months to two years ahead of actual filming. If there's still
over the tax breaks, it's goodnight Vienna.
and Sheridan's company Hells Kitchen directly. "We've about six or
films seriously looking at shooting in Ireland in the next 12 months,
there's a further 10 to 15 projects where if we knew that Section 481
to be continued, then we'd be in much more active discussions."
has a $140m
at the leash to be made here but only if the tax breaks remain in
"There's one book - a Lord of the Rings type trilogy - and the studio
very interested. They're ready to do the first one but they won't do
first one here unless they know that they can do the other two as
He won't go into detail about the project but it's fairly clear that
Artemis Fowl, a series of fantasy books about a young master criminal,
written by former Wexford school teacher Eoin Colfer. A decision on the
location is expected shortly. Our new deadly rival New Zealand is also
in the running. Worryingly.
of the immediate
movie production in Ireland is the strength of the euro against the
which has come close to wiping out some of the tax gains sought by film
makers. Laws of Attraction hasn't been hit too badly. They've
fierce cute about structuring the deal. "At the moment the Section 481
(tax break) on this project is probably just balancing the currency
had they shot it three to four months ago," he says. "But if it's set
correctly we can dovetail with the sale and lease back arrangement in
UK, which will probably yield about 25 per cent of the budget between
says that there is
hope in hell" that the movie would have been made in Ireland without
tax breaks. However, along with our reputation for providing top-class
crews, Sheridan and Lappin were able to persuade Hollywood moguls to
the script so that it could be filmed here, with Dublin again
as a US city. All of the film is to be shot here, apart from four days
filming in Manhattan.
and Sheridan have
a $32m budget
to play around with for the film but it goes pretty fast. "A proportion
- often as much as 50 per cent - goes on 'above the line' costs. This
the talent; the writers, producers, directors and cast. Also on their
costs like hotels and transport. There are a number of US-based
Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Frances Fisher who are coming in
abroad and they need to be housed, transported . . . and paid," he
"The lion's share of the budget is spent on Irish goods and services.
say that we've 100 people working on the production only about eight
not Irish." The film costs about $150,000 per day to shoot, which means
that Lappin has been working 14 hours a day, six days a week for the
couple of months. Bearded, and with sandals and socks rather than an
suit and shades, Lappin looks more like a maths teacher than a film
slowdown in the world
has hit Hollywood and now the bean counters are really taking control.
"We found that with this film that the interrogation of the budget
we actually agreed on it was quite something. We would have liked
$1.5m below the line. It's a significant part of the the $8m to $9m
we're spending on making the film, so it's very tight and we're having
to work very hard and very creatively to live within the resources. But
so far so good."
Once Laws of
in the can, there's plenty more for Lappin and Sheridan to get their
into. An epic Irish in America movie called Sins of the Father is
motoring along nicely. "It's very advanced. The studio is very keen to
shoot the film early next year," he says. "We've some ideas for the
It'll be a top A-list cast. We're talking about the top people
That'll be Daniel Day Lewis and Helen Mirren then. Lappin says that
be "surprised" if the budget wasn't $40m "or even significantly more".
As far as locations are concerned Lappin says that he would like to
in Ireland. "It's set in Philadelphia. But it's up to us to convince
studio. But we've done it before for the filming of In America. The
to keeping the wolf from the door in the film business is to have a
of projects on the go at the same time. "We're also developing about
or eight films. We also have a joint venture with Element Films to
overseas projects. There are maybe six, seven or eight films seriously
considering Ireland as a location. They're just scripts at the moment.
There's about three or four from the US and a number from the UK."
the most successful
Irish producer/director combo ever, Lappin and Sheridan have shipped
knocks. Some of their films have . . . er . . . "underperformed" at the
international box office. But they keep coming back for more. Three
ago, the pair suffered something of a body blow when their umbilical
was severed from giant US studio Universal. It ended a lucrative
lasting almost eight years, which saw a steady flow of funds into the
studio was sold,"
"A lot of the people we knew moved on. And we also felt that in a way
was probably good for us. It was a very rich deal and maybe there was a
danger of a bit of complacency creeping in. We haven't actually sought
a deal with any studio since then, although generally those sorts of
aren't available any more."
he spent seven
in retail banking with BoI, Lappin found that he was more of a thespian
than a stuffy suit.
moved to the Arts
then into theatre, working with Ben Barnes and the Gaiety. The
was also involved in the fledgling Irish film scene through Strongbow
which made movies like Eat the Peach in the 1980s before going
Lappin kept plugging
the break finally came. "Noel Pearson knew me through the theatre and
asked me if I would get involved in My Left Foot. The rest, as
say, is history. The Lappin/Sheridan partnership produced movies such
as The Boxer, In the Name of the Father, The Field,
and Some Mother's Son which have garnered 13 Oscar
also a couple of Golden Bears on somebody's mantelpiece. "Jim has most
of them. For Oscar nominations, you only get a certificate. It's at
somewhere in a drawer."
all the positive
their new $15m bio-pic In America, which opens in November, Lappin must
be hoping that he'll get to pick up a gong at the Academy Awards in
Independent: Diamonds are forever but pearls go in an instant
July 14, 2003
has been stolen from the set of a Pierce Brosnan movie at Ardmore
the theft has damaged
reputation in the film industry, the studios' chief executive said last
makers of a $30m
romantic comedy, The Laws of Attraction, decided not to use fake
in scenes being shot at the studios in Bray, Co Wicklow. They used
pearls loaned by a New York jeweller. But criminals broke into a safe
the studio and stole the pearls, along with other items.
Ardmore Studios, said the theft was bad news for the film industry
"Never in the 30 years I've been at Ardmore Studios has anything so
ever happened," he said.
of The Laws of
will continue as usual until completion in early August.
movie is about two
who fall in love. Its main stars are Pierce Brosnan and Julianne
Moriarty said that
on film sets were not normally of large monetary value. He said: "We're
in the business of make-believe. What you see on the screen may not
be items of real value."
it was decided
pearls would not have looked real enough to cinema-goers and they
on use the real things.
said Bray gardai were
of the investigation into the theft, which happened sometime over the
of June 28.
Laws of Attraction -
a break from James Bond for the hard-working Brosnan - is expected to
on general release sometime in 2004.
Independent: 007's party night
Brosnan (aka 007)
caused a stir (rather than a shake) in Vicar Street on Friday night
he held a private party for the crew which has been working flat-out
the last three months on his new movie, The Laws of Attraction.
One of the attractions was the devastatingly attractive Julianne Moore
- Brosnan's co-star in the movie. Brosnan told me he is now off to his
home in Hawaii with his family for a month's holiday.
Ireland on Sunday:
All Stripes On The Night"
The Irish Mirror:
||Pierce Brosnan who
was guest of
honour at the wrap party in Dublin for his movies Laws of Attraction
held on Vicar Street. The 70’s theme bash saw Pierce arrive in a shiny
striped suit, cartoon pattterned shirt and Elvis styled shades. The
held on Friday Night (August 8th) was just a few hours before an early
morning Saturday flight to NYC where the last days of filming will take
films race heats up with Gill on board at WB
Aug. 13, 2003
By Martin A. Grove
scene: Just as
compete for moviegoers' time and money with mainstream films, they're
fighting for market share on the specialized front with smaller
filmmaker driven product.
was the only major without a presence on the specialty scene. That
overnight, however, as Warners went from being out of the game
to being a key player with its appointment of former Miramax L.A.
Mark Gill to head its brand new label Warner Independent Pictures
Gill's past experience and success makes him the ideal choice to take
the challenges of launching WIP and with him on board you can expect to
see the specialty films race heat up.
the past year Gill
Film, where he developed, packaged and executive produced several
including the romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction," starring Pierce
and Julianne Moore, opening domestically via New Line next year. He's
known for his five years as president of Miramax, where his
included development, production, post-production, acquisitions and
Miramax, Gill was
producing or acquiring more than 25 films, including such critical
boxoffice successes as "Frida," "In the Bedroom," "Amelie," "The
Mr. Ripley," "The Quiet American" and "Apocalypse Now Redux." Prior to
that, as Miramax's marketing chief in New York he was responsible for
a stream of hits, including "Pulp Fiction," "Scream," "Good Will
The English Patient," "Life Is Beautiful" and "Shakespeare in Love."
was happy to have the
Monday to focus with Gill on his plans for WIP and to hear his thoughts
about distributing specialized films. Asked why it's a good business
Warners to get into now, he told me, "There are a lot of reasons. The
and probably the most important is that there are a number of
who already have deals here who want to work both in big movies and in
independent films. Until now, they've not particularly been able to do
that. The second (reason) is there is the next generation of Steven
who we'd like to start a relationship with and help them toggle back
forth between big and small movies over the years. And that applies to
actors and producers, as well. Those are all things that relate to just
keeping talent happy.
you have to make movies that are successful?' And the answer is, 'Thank
God, that sector is doing better than ever. Traditionally, you see five
or six percent of the tickets sold going to specialized films. This
it's been 13 percent. I think the reason for that is that a lot of the
blockbusters are feeling not very original and feeling like retreads in
a way. So if you look at films like 'The Whale Rider' or 'Bend It Like
Beckham' or '28 Days Later' or 'Swimming Pool' or 'Dirty Pretty Things'
-- there's a lot of them -- you say, 'Well, every one of those is an
original and is really compelling and distinctive.' And that's what
want to see. In fact, those movies are crossing over to what you would
call the non-art house public just because everybody's so starved for
that feels different."
helps that with so
having been built across the U.S. in recent years there are now many
screens than ever before that can be used to show specialized or art
type product that catches on in its initial big city engagements and
expands its release. "After about 200 screens you have to be in the
or you have nowhere to go," Gill explained. "Thankfully, they are
(the potential of such films) and they've confirmed repeatedly that
can do very well with a couple of screens playing the art movies that
are, of course, a
lot of ways
to acquire the pictures companies like WIP need to fill their
pipelines. For some independents it means going to Sundance and
the first 10 or 15 minutes of a screening before rushing up the aisle
bid in the lobby for rights to the film. Gill laughed that if you do
that long to watch a hot movie you probably won't be able to bid in
to get it. "I think that's probably about a quarter of what we'll do,"
he said about festival acquisitions. "Let's imagine that we're going to
do somewhere between five and 10 films a year, but let's say for the
of argument that it's 10. I suspect two or three of those, at most,
be acquisitions. The business has changed so much that the rest of it
going to be about getting in early on pre-production or even well
that just at the script stage because a lot of the good projects are
for well before they get into production."
of course, is very
to how the major studios, themselves, operate. "Increasingly, it's
to be like the mainstream divisions of the studios," Gill said. "It's a
function of increased competition and (also) of increased distribution
alternatives. It's never been better to be a seller of independent
than it is right now. Between all the studio divisions and all the even
smaller purely independent companies, there's a lot of choices. That
basically, you need to be in production. You can't just rely on
announcing its plans
Warners said the new label's production budgets would range up to $20
"That is net of subsidies," Gill pointed out. "So if you're over in the
U.K. with all the subsidies that are available to us, we could be
probably a $35 million or $40 million movie." With budget-stretching
like those, don't be surprised if Gill becomes a regular commuter to
once WIP is putting films into production.
producing its own
will own worldwide rights to much of its product. "Or, in some cases,
(will be) people bringing us things where North America is available or
North America plus some territories and that's fine, too," he
specialized films have
potential? "It depends on the movie," Gill replied. "A good bit of what
I learned how to do at Miramax and was doing at Stratus for the last
was, in fact, making movies that would work very well overseas --
it was (Miramax's) 'Frida' or 'Laws of Attraction' that I made at
A lot of what was driving their green light was the international
So probably unlike most people in Hollywood, I'm extremely oriented
that (international marketplace) and probably always will be. That's
saying ignore the domestic release. Of course, it's the most important
market. But I've learned to make it even balance. You can't, I don't
be in the business of buying or making movies that really only work in
North America. It doesn't fly."
no question that
blend of both production and marketing experience will be an important
asset in running WIP. "I think 75 percent of succeeding in independent
films is getting the movie right," he said. "And, thankfully, I've had
a lot of luck doing that. But you can do that entire 75 percent and
flop terribly if you don't have good marketing. That last 25 percent is
the make or break difference. I was doing the marketing for -- I don't
know -- 15 years. I'm sort of a rare person to have both those skills,
which is particularly useful for this gig."
told Gill how I always
find a few
successful independent films that I've missed seeing early not only
I didn't realize their commercial potential but also because their
didn't tip me off up front that they were something special. "In many
what they're doing is throwing it against the wall and seeing if it
thanks to the critics," he explained. "Our faith (in a film) will be
heavily by critics, but you can't only do that. If you're going to
you have to go market the movie, too."
often, of course,
distributors lament that they don't have any money to spend to market
movies and have to get along on shoestring budgets. "The idea here will
be, obviously, to be very much like an independent film company in
of modest expenditures. But in comparison to the micro-distributors who
don't have enough money to really even open a movie properly, to say
of to blow it out if it starts to work, we will absolutely be in a good
deal better financial shape than them. You know, at Miramax (on) 'In
Bedroom' we had a very modest campaign initially, but when it started
work we went and spent and blew it out. That we'll absolutely be able
do here. We'll spend with success. But up front, obviously, we'll try
spend like an independent film company and keep things modest and not
ourselves in too much trouble if, God forbid, what we have isn't
good reviews and
support, awards are another element that specialized distributors like
WIP make the most of to sell tickets. This year's truncated Oscar
has, of course, resulted in an awards season in which campaigning will
start in September, about a month sooner than has been the case in the
past. Seasoned awards campaigner that he is from all those years at
Gill will be sidelined this time around. "We'll be sitting this one
he said. "We essentially will have our staff in place in the next 60 to
90 days. There's no possible way we could be ready to compete this
I think our first movie will open next spring or, possibly, even as
as next summer. It will be a fascinating year to watch, too, of course,
because with the compressed schedule I'm sure there will be a thousand
strategy changes and it will be nice to learn from somebody else's
instead of our own."
will be an important marketing tool for WIP. "So much of what we will
will be based on critical acclaim," he said. "Not just a good review
the individual movie, but, God willing, being on the Ten Best lists at
the end of the year, maybe winning film festival prizes and absolutely
trying to be in contention for the various year-end awards, including
at this point
even one week old officially, Gill can point to some pictures that are
already set for release under the new banner. "In no particular order
I don't know which will come first," he said. "'Eros' (from Section
is a four director enterprise. It's three segments -- one each by Wong
Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni. Now Mr.
is 92, so it's probably likely that this will be his last movie, which
in itself is a cultural event. Topping that off, the wrap-arounds (that
bookend) those three segments will be done by Pedro Almodovar. So
you've got something that's enormously prestigious. They're still
on it. I haven't seen it yet. But with those names alone there's bound
to be considerable interest.
second (film already
WIP) is 'At Home at the End of the World,' John Wells and Christine
producing (through their companies). This is from the author Michael
who wrote 'The Hours.' Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn and Sissy
(are starring). And I've got to say it's a hell of a compelling drama.
I've seen it. It's in post now. And it's damn good. It's about
(important) and it also happens to be very funny, but it's really
And that's what they're in the business to do -- to engage people
"Eros" and "World,"
"preceded me. They were handed to me on a silver platter, which I just
love." Asked if they could be put into the marketplace in time to
for awards this year, Gill noted, "You could if you had everybody in
today and tried to jam as hard as you could. But my theory about these
things is that you really need film festival exposure and long lead
exposure. And we're already too late really for both of those right
'At Home at the End of the World,' if we're lucky, will be ready by
November. That's if everything goes fast. And 'Eros,' if we're lucky,
be ready in February. So it's just too late, unfortunately (to open
this year). We'd have wanted to have the finished movie like three
ago. And that would have been really tight. You can do it faster than
and everybody does all the time, but there's no reason that we need to
screw up our first opening. I'd like to put every possible chance into
getting it right."
addition to those
said, "There's one more, which is the first project I've brought in
that's greenlit. It's called 'Around the Bend' (and stars) Michael
Christopher Walken and Josh Lucas. It's a story of four generations of
men, all in the same family, who haven't seen each other for years and
who come together and head out on the road to uncover a family secret.
It's extremely powerful. It's written by Jordan Roberts, who will also
make his directorial debut on it. Jordan's become one of the hot
in town, partly for a lot of the work he did on 'Road to Perdition,'
for many other movies, too. Obviously, the script was good enough to
that cast, so it's very encouraging. That starts (shooting) Oct. 13 in
we're moving as
quickly as we
can to get into others. We'll be in Toronto in full force and looking,
perhaps, to buy something there. And, obviously, we're reading already
a ton of scripts. We won't be starting from scratch in terms of hearing
pitches, but we will be working from books and remakes and, obviously,
scripts all the time. We won't simply be looking for people to walk in
with director, cast and script all put together and all we have to do
say, 'Yes.' A lot of this will be reworking the scripts and finding the
directors and the actors and so on. So a lot of this will be the
studio functions of the later stages of development and producing the
It's worked for me before and I think it'll work again."
for the highly
films marketplace, Gill observed, "I think there's no more room for bad
movies and it will be easier than ever to flop. But I think there's
of room for more good movies. So, God willing, we'll make enough of
and we'll be okay. But the other thing is, there are only so many
who have the wherewithal to chase a movie if it started to succeed. I
say there are, at best, four and I would include us in that. Maybe
And, as you know, there are probably 20 or 30 independent distributors.
But most of them are not capitalized well enough to jump on a movie if
it's succeeding and really turn it into the hit it deserves to be."
a key point because
companies can afford to get into the game by picking up a film at a
showing and then opening it at a few theaters in New York and Los
it's something else to be able to move forward with that film if it
to catch on with the public. "To know how to do that and when to do it
and so on is not easy either," Gill added, "and I've been there
a hundred times. There's a lot of experience brought to bear there. But
let's face it, the world of quality movies that, at least, upscale
are hungering for is a growing business. As the population ages and
smarter, it only works in our favor."
business is something Warner had its eyes on for some time, but wasn't
ready to do until it had the right person on board to make it work.
clearly quite committed to it," Gill said. "You can see the beginnings
of it going back all the way to 'Driving Miss Daisy' and clearly with
Christopher Guest films 'A Mighty Wind' and 'Best in Show.' They've had
some success at it and confirmed what we hear today, which is that they
like that part of the business. They like being involved in films like
that. And this is a way to do it that allows them to do not one or two
a year, but up to 10 a year."
With Plumbers' Candles and Guest Traffic Cops, Region Perseveres
August 15, 2003
The Movie Set
of the business in
around Foley Square in Lower Manhattan came to a standstill, but one
did not stop: a movie called "Laws of Attraction" that was filming in
of the State Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street. The film, a romantic
set in the world of divorce lawyers, starring Pierce Brosnan and
Moore, was in its first day of shooting, said the director, Peter
"It didn't affect us at
Howitt said, adding that the film crew was relying on its own
One actor, Rick Johnson, 53, who stands in for Mr. Brosnan, also did
seem affected one bit, even as the streets filled with traffic and
wailed. "We're going full tilt boogie right now," he said. "This is our
last scene. Then we are going to face reality."
Page Six: No Intermission
show must go on.
Yesterday morning the Mayor's Film Office still didn't have power, but
the enterprising staff set up a kiosk on the sidewalk outside the Ed
Theater on Broadway just in case any Tinseltown types wanted to go to
Sure enough, production folk from the upcoming romantic comedy "Laws of
Attraction" starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore arrived and
for a permit to shoot at 60 Centre St. They got one and headed off to
Post: H'Wood 'Lovers' in N.Y. buss stop
Who's this our lensman
in a romantic summer rainstorm?
Brosnan and Julianne Moore in mid-liplock yesterday on St. Marks Place
in the East Village.
friskiness (and the rain)
is fictional, as they were merely filming a scene for their new movie,
"Laws of Attraction."
comedy, about a pair
of divorce lawyers who find love despite their heavy caseloads, also
Parker Posey and Sarah Gilbert.
Celebrities Served Up Hot
Moore at Work
By: Dennis Van
Pierce Brosnan and
taking direction on the set of Laws of Attraction
Moore smooch on the set of Laws of Attraction
19 – We
Moore kissing another man just days before her marriage to director
Freundlich! Actually, it was all in a (long) day's work. Open All Night
was really open all night, when at 4 a.m. we met Moore and Pierce
drenched and shooting a kissing scene for their upcoming romantic
Laws of Attraction. It’s not very visible in the photos at left, but
filmmakers created a rainstorm on the Greenwich Village street. This
out to be the final shoot on the movie, and the crew broke out the
for an impromptu wrap party. The film is due for release in 2004. Moore
and Freundlich were married on August 23.
Excerpt from an interview with Nora Dunn (10-03)
Next up you've got
"Laws of Attraction."
What's your character in that movie?
play a judge in that,
there’s a little history to her. That is a wonderful script. That is
of an homage to "Adam's Rib" with Julianne Moore playing the Katherine
Hepburn part and Pierce Brosnan - oh my goodness. It is a wonderful
Parker Posey, Michael Sheen, it’s wonderful. We shot it in Ireland and
Celebrities Served Up Hot
Moore Back On Set
By: Dennis Van
2004: Some celebrities even had to work outside in the arctic cold
this week. Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore were re-shooting some
scenes from their upcoming Laws of Attraction on Saturday, and with a
of 13° Fahrenheit, we’ve never seen a film crew move so quickly.
to match the scenes shot last summer – we were on the set with them in
August when the lights went out – they strew flowers along the frozen
and the extras had to take their coats off. Between shots, Brosnan kept
warm inside a red Humvee and Moore in a limo.
of Attraction: Story & Character Notes
Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan and Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) have
seen love go wrong in all it's worse case scenarios -- so how bad could
their own chances be?
the top of their
Audrey and Daniel are a study in opposites. She practices law
by the book; he always manages to win by the seat of his pants.
soon they're pitted against each other on opposite sides of a nasty
divorce between famous clients (Parker Posey and Michael Sheen), with
case centering on an Irish castle that each future divorcee has their
set on. Audrey and Daniel travel to Ireland to chase down
yet the two lawyers, who have slowly been developing a mutual
that neither wants to acknowledge, find themselves thrown together at a
romantic Irish country festival. After a wild night of
they wake up the next morning as man and wife. Now they have to
to New York to carry on with both their surprising new situation and
ongoing court case.
first is the
best way to fall in love?
star in the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction, directed by
Howitt (Sliding Doors). The film's ensemble cast also
Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind), Michael Sheen (Underworld),
Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Nora Dunn (Bruce Almighty)
Line Cinema will
of Attraction (rated PG-13 by the M.P.A.A. for "sexual content and
in theaters nationwide on April 30th, 2004
Brosnan stars as
New York divorce attorney Daniel Rafferty, a media darling who finds
to practice laws in between writing legal books and appearing on the
a man who has been in the game a long time but who has lost interest in
what he does. Rafferty only continues arguing cases because "he's
very good at it," says the actor. 'And then, out of the blue, one
day he goes into divorce court and he meets this other great attorney,
comes form different
of thought," explains co-witer/diretcor Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors).
"Audrey follows the rules and doesn't lose a case because she's
Daniel is this forgetful, slightly Columbo-like slacker. But with
him, what you see is not what you get." Instead, Daniel's
presence hides a cunning and acute intelligence.
Daniel, Audrey is at
of her game. "She lives for her work," says four-time Oscar
Julianne Moore (The Hours, Far From Heaven, Boogies Nights), who
plays Audrey. "She doesn't have much of a social life, and when
meets Daniel he poses a real challenge to her."
is not unlike many
women, today, Moore explains. "It's difficult, as any of us know
who have families know, to keep all those things going and not be
by any one of them."
is a very
the director says. "She can't believe that Daniel would see
in her and also doesn't believe that he is sincere, so she has to look
beyond the surface. That his devil may care attitude hides a more
profound moral and psychological foundation, which over a period of
she comes to understand."
Swept off to Ireland to
Daniel on a case, Audrey's New York wariness is stripped away.
are brought to God's own earth," says co-writer and director Peter
"They start to connect to each other as human beings, not lawyer to