Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The year in review

There have been quite a few articles listing movies with Scottish actors for year end lists. Here are some of the picks of the year's most memorable movies:

The Brother's Bloom - starring Robbie Coltrane
Almost top 10 movies of 2008

Following a lukewarm reception at the Toronto Film Festival, Summit moved this one to a May opening date. Two things occur to me regarding this. First, screw the reaction out of Toronto. This isn't a festival film, precious and dignified. Far from it. Rian Johnson's second film is a rowdy road comedy, a brotherly buddy movie, and a sweet daffy love story all disguised as a con man movie. In reality, the cons are the least important part of the film, a mere excuse to pinball all these characters off one another. Ever since "The Sting," this genre has been an excuse to build a mousetrap and set it off, which can certainly be fun. But "The Brothers Bloom" isn't trying to con you at all. It's heartfelt and earnest, and if Summit thinks they can stand one more date change, can I urge you to consider Valentine's Day? Really sell the shit out of the interplay between Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz, who does some of the loosest, warmest work of her career here. Everyone looks like they're having a blast, but I particularly fell for Rinko Kikuchi as Bang Bang, a very quiet little eccentric who packs a big punch, sort of like Harpo Marx if he were a really cute Asian chick. I love the look of the film, the sort of cartoon ballet that Johnson pulls off with it. It's very sweet, and I think this could turn into a "Princess Bride," a film that people grow very passionate about with time.

The Escapist - starring Brian Cox
The 50 films that defined 2008

File under 'Tragically Overlooked'. Brit helmer Rupert Wyatt's prison-breakout debut features one of Brian Cox's finest performances.
Defining Moment
The escapees discovering a Stygian underworld stretching out before them.

RocknRolla - starring Gerard Butler
Best Ensemble Casts of 2008

I'll be in the minority with RocknRolla on any list -- but if there's one thing Guy Ritchie can do, it's ensemble casts. It's a shame RocknRolla played second fiddle to Madonna and Ritchie divorcing, because I thought there were some fine performances in it, particularly from Tom Wilkinson, and The Wild Bunch of Idris Elba, Gerard Butler, and Tom Hardy.
The 50 films that defined 2008
Guy Ritchie's return to form: a cocky, confident, occasionally perplexing but always kinetic crime caper.
Defining Moment
Gerard Butler being chased by unstoppable Russian Mafiosi.

Summer - starring Robert Carlyle
Films that showed us the world

Ken Loach - Director
The film I really enjoyed was Kenny Glenaan's Summer, starring Robert Carlyle and Steve Evets. It's a story set in the East Midlands, about two childhood friends in their forties who are mutually dependent on each other. They are both on benefits and one is ill and dying. It is full of humanity and humour. It is very simply done and compassionate. You get drawn into the characters as the intricacies of their relationship are gradually revealed. You see the bright hopes they had as children and what happens to them later in life.

Wanted - starring James McAvoy
The 50 films that defined 2008

Comic-book action from Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov. James McAvoy turns macho and Ms. Jolie proves she's a true movie star.
Defining Moment
McAvoy curves a bullet around Jolie's self-assured form.


Gerard Butler back as the Phantom?

Andrew Lloyd Webber confirmed he will be making a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera and plans an opening night across three continents. Lloyd Webber wants to rehearse three different companies for the production and open at the West End, Broadway, and in Shanghai, China.

Both Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler have been rumoured to be candidates to play the Phantom.

Phantom: Love Never Dies takes place a decade after the Phantom's dissapearance and is relocated from Paris to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York where the Phantom will be reunited with Christine.

All three productions will premier at the end of 2009.


Tuesday, 30 December 2008

James McAvoy does his part

This video went online over a week ago, so sorry about posting it so late. It's a video with James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, and other British actors, asking fellow actors to give 1% of their earnings to Comic Relief.


Monday, 29 December 2008

Who's going to be big in 2009?

JWT, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, today released its list of 90 things to watch in 2009.

"Our list points to the broader trends we're seeing, showing the ways in which these shifts will manifest in our everyday lives," says Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at JWT.

Among these shifts, the recession will make the biggest impact, says Mack. "A lot of what to watch in 2009 relates to consumers' adaptation to the economic situation, from 'affordable nutrition' to 'more under one roof,'" notes Mack.
One of those 90 things is Gerard Butler! The Ugly Truth is coming out in the Spring, but seems to be a regular romantic comedy. Makes you wonder what they know that we don't...


The even newer Lost promo trailer

Yes, Henry Ian Cusick is in it. I cannot wait for this season!


Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 12/29: Jim Parsons, Ray Davies (R 11/14/08)
Tu 12/30: Kevin Bacon, Sarah Shahi, the Bacon Brothers (R 11/18/08)
We 12/31: James Lipton, Sara Gilbert, Sarah McLachlan (R 11/19/08)
Th 1/1: Mark Harmon, Ron White (R 11/10/08)
Fr 1/2: Larry the Cable Guy, Third Day (R 11/20/08)

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Special Doctor Who clip

Here's a special teaser clip from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special with David Tennant. Enjoy!


Monday, 22 December 2008

James McAvoy is the sexiest man of 2008

James McAvoy is one of the stars featured in a new internet poll of the world's sexiest actors and actresses. The survey included over 2,000 readers and James is on the list. Go here for the rest of the list and to find out where James ranked.


Sunday, 21 December 2008

Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 12/22: Joel McHale, Matt Nathanson
Tu 12/23: Billy Bob Thornton, Conor Oberst
We 12/24: Pre-empted
Th 12/25: George Hamilton, Cobie Smulders (R 11/21/08)
Fr 12/26: Kirsten Bell, Wolfgang Puck

Friday, 19 December 2008

New Lost trailer

Now featuring a brief glimpse of a gorgeous Henry Ian Cusick:


Thursday, 18 December 2008

Gerard Butler fans in Philadelphia: get excited

Mark your calendars people. Got this from the Philadelphia Daily News:

"LAW ABIDING CITIZEN," the movie set to begin shooting here soon with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, has added a shuttered Delaware County prison to its list of filming locations. The prison board yesterday approved a motion to allow the shoot at the facility, reports the People Paper's William Bender. Prison Superintendent John Reilly Jr. said yesterday that the county Board of Prison Inspectors has agreed to the use of the old Broad Meadows prison building. That building has not housed inmates since the adjacent prison, the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, opened in 1998. The proposed filming dates are Jan. 29-Feb. 5. The county will receive a yet-to-be disclosed payment. "You never look a gift horse in the mouth," Reilly said. "I have no idea but they must see something in it," Reilly said when asked if he knew why the movie wanted to shoot there. F. Gary Gray will direct the film, which Butler, star of 300 and RockNRolla, is producing.

If you want daily filming locations in general you can go to this site. The Men Who Stare at Goats with Ewan McGregor is currently shooting stunts in New Mexico if anyone is interested.

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The return of Torchwood

Here's an excerpt about John Barrowman and Torchwood from an interview with the show's producer Peter Bennett:

As you'll no doubt be aware, the third series brings with it some mighty changes. Not only has the show been upgraded from BBC Two to primetime BBC One, but for the first time the team will contend with one major storyline over the course of the series. The run has been shortened from 13 to just five episodes, but in a major gift to fans the entire series will be stripped across five consecutive days.

That's not to mention a few casting changes too! Torchwood producer Peter Bennett gives us a preview of what else series three - codenamed Torchwood: Children of Earth - has in store.

The title for this series is somewhat intriguing. What does it mean?
"Basically from a concept, we wanted to go down the children dilemma route. Because this storyline is a subject that's going to affect all the children of Earth, it was a natural title to come up with."

What's the plotline of this series?
"It's different to every other year. It's not a story about spaceships, but it's about a government that did a deal with aliens back in the '60s, and they're now dealing with the consequences of that deal when the sins of their past come back to haunt them."

What was the thinking behind switching to doing a five-episode serial?
"Having done 26 standalone stories, we kind of wanted to take this series to another level and by making it one story over five nights, we feel we've done that. It's big, it's epic, and it's very different."

It's also changed channels. How has the move to BBC One affected the tone of the show?
"Taking over a week of primetime BBC One is a big responsibility, and something none of us have done before. So we had to approach everything differently, from the way we storylined the series, to the scripting and filming, then right through to the editing. The script has a big cliffhanger and a few unexpected twists along the way. Telling one story has also given us the opportunity to have one director across the whole series, Euros Lyn, who's been incredible and taken the show to a new level."

It's been previously remarked that this new format represents a "resetting" of the show. Is that accurate?
"I guess so. This series takes Torchwood on a much darker journey, but it's still Torchwood. It's exciting, action-packed, and we've still got a lot of fun running through it."

John Barrowman has previously hinted that he might quit the show after this series. Do you think that's true? What do you think Torchwood would be like without Captain Jack?
"I think it would be very difficult without John. I've not heard him say he wouldn't want to stick around after a third series, so I'm not sure where that's come from. But he certainly never mentioned it to us or on set. It wouldn't be the same without him obviously. Captain Jack is a star in his own right!"

I'm still getting over David Tennant leaving Doctor Who so I do not even want to imagine Torchwood without John Barrowman. You can go here for the rest of the interview.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008

New Doctor Who Trailer

Here's David Tennant in all his loveliness:


Want to follow Scottish Actors?

Hey guys. I added a widget at the top of the sidebar to help get more people interested in the blog. So, I just thought I'd encourage you all to become a follower, and if you do you'll be displayed in the blog's Followers list.

BTW, thanks to Evie for being the first.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Ewan McGregor and The Ghost

Here's a some news about a new movie Ewan has been cast in:

Kim Cattrall will seduce the British Prime Minister in new movie The Ghost.

The 52-year-old actress will play Amelia the sexy secretary of fictional UK leader Adam Lang, who is based on former real PM Tony Blair, portrayed by Pierce Brosnan.

Kim will appear alongside 37-year-old Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, who plays the writer brought in to ghost Lang's memoirs, and 40-year-old British actress Olivia Williams, who plays Lang's manipulative wife Ruth.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski will direct the movie, which is based on Robert Harris' bestselling political thriller of the same name about the ex-occupants of No. 10 Downing Street.

Roman decided to hand Kim the sought-after part after they enjoyed a business meal together.



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I Love You Phillip Morris trailer

I hope you guys can forgive me but this trailer has been online since last week and I just figured that out. Holidays can be so distracting.

According to the AP I Love You Phillip Morris starring Ewan McGregor will premier at the Sundance Film Festival next month. It has not yet been confirmed if Ewan will appear, but fingers crossed.

Anyway, here's the trailer before it gets removed from youtube:


Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 12/15: Carmen Electra, Dennis Lehane
Tu 12/16: Don, Rickles, Joanna Garcia
We 12/17: Samuel L. Jackson, Death Cab for Cutie
Th 12/18: Michael Connelly
Fr 12/19: Jeffrey Tambor

Thursday, 11 December 2008

David Tennant withdraws from Hamlet until 2009

Awww poor David:

Doctor Who star David Tennant has withdrawn from all performances of Hamlet until next year after scheduling surgery for a slipped disc.

The actor was said to be devastated after pulling out of live performances of the Shakespeare play at London's Novello Theatre on Monday and Tuesday (08-9Dec08) because of the ongoing injury.

Tennant is now due to undergo surgery on his back on Thursday - and will not return to the stage show before Christmas, the Royal Shakespeare Company has confirmed.

And although he has branded his enforced absence "hugely disappointing", Tennant has lavished praise on his understudy Edward Bennett, who won standing ovations on Monday and Tuesday.

Tennant says, "My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery.

"I want to get back onstage as quickly as possible and I am very grateful to Ed who has courageously got to grips with the role but in a much shorter time. It's a fantastic achievement."

Tennant's run in the play is due to finish on 10 January.


Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston to team up

There were reports in November that Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler were going to star in The Goree Girls, a movie musical Jennifer was also producing. However, there are now reports that both actors are in negotiations to star in an untitled comedy at Columbia. The film, according to Variety is about a "bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) hired to retrieve his ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston), who has skipped bail." The film is scheduled to start shooting in May of 2009.


New photos of Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth

Katherine Heigl is the luckiest woman on earth. I hope you like the photos:


Monday, 8 December 2008

First Year Anniversary

Today is the first year anniversary of the Scottish Actors blog (OMG). Check out the very first post.

I wanted to do this statistic filled article about the number of posts I’ve had over the past year (355), or the number of visitors (80,411-thank you guys), but I decided to write a special thank you to everyone instead.

I am grateful to all the people who stop by and read my humble little blog. Thank you very much for supporting the blog with your e-mails, comments, and yes, even your lurking.

Okay, specific people I want to thank:

Octavia Violet – Thank you so much for supporting the site with all your helpful information, especially about movies, your wonderful sense of humor, and your suggestions.

Purple – I appreciate all the support you’ve given the blog and thank you so much for visiting, leaving comments, and accepting my Bill Nighy fascination. Oh by the way, if you ever want me to pimp a certain Bill Nighy site in my affiliates section I totally will!

Stillgerard – Has a beautiful Gerard Butler livejournal community and you should seriously check it out.

Youbecomeme – Thanks for all of effort you put into all the James McAvoy posts on ONTD! Where would I find all my James info without your hard work and dedication? Ahem, google news, you should hire her to do your work for you.

Jb_dean – Is a fan of Henry Ian Cusick and I am so glad that there are such dedicated fans out there. Thank you for visiting and commenting when I have a Henry post.

LoONaBLuE – My best friend, and little sister. Thank your for making the blog header for your technologically confused big sister :)

To all the affiliates: Natasha, Crmhpfan, Jess, Gerard Butler Fans, and the people at AnnaPaquinOnline – thank you for adding my blog and for sharing your passion for all the actors you support.

H., jennie, Evie, Sibia Marie, Kutty, ScottishHeart, Jannie H, everyone at imdb, etc. – thank you all for leaving comments.

Mostly I want to leave a little dedication to the family members I lost this year. I lost you very recently and I do not want to give away too personal stuff about you, I just want to say that I love you, I miss you, and I will never forget you. I hope that you rest in peace and somehow the pain we are all going through will give way to memories of better times when all it took for us to be happy was your presence on this earth. I love you so much and whenever I see and owl, or hear a familiar tune, I will think of you and hope that someday we will meet again.

I am so grateful for your participation and look forward to reading even more comments in the next year. By the way, I have lots planned for the next year, so stay tuned and you can always send a suggestion to

Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 12/8: Chi McBride, Seal
Tu 12/9: Mark Ruffalo, Ken Tucker
We 12/10: Alfred Molina, Tokyo Police Club
Th 12/11: Dom Irrera
Fr 12/12: Carrie Fisher, Julie Benz

Wanted DVD details

Many thanks to Octavia Violet for pointing out that we have not gushed over the new Wanted DVD which came out on December 2. Universal Studios released all the details on the many versions of Wanted so here they are ,from complete with artwork:

James McAvoy (Atonement) and Academy Award® winners Angelina Jolie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Morgan Freeman (Dark Knight) star in the sexy, visually stunning, action thrill-ride Wanted, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 2, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, creator of Day Watch and Night Watch, two of the most successful films in the history of Russian cinema, brings his incomparable imagination and innovative cinematic style to bear on the explosive story of an ordinary man transformed by destiny into a powerful assassin. Based on Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series, Wanted blazes new cinematic trails with double-barreled surprises around every corner. Director Bekmambetov leads his extraordinary cast, which also includes Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Terence Stamp (Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace) and Common (American Gangster), through a twisted maze of intrigue packed with two fisted action.

With its visually inventive effects, experience Wanted at its best on Blu-ray Hi-Def. With picture perfect visuals and flawless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, the high definition version of Wanted can be viewed on any Blu-ray player or PlayStation®3. Only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, fans can get an exclusive look at the film's never-before-seen alternate opening, go deeper into the making of the film's mind-blowing effects in crystal clear high definition, and via the power of BD-Live, host a text chat with friends while watching the movie in synchronization.

Wanted is available in several home entertainment versions, including single-disc widescreen and full frame DVD editions, 2-disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def versions, and deluxe collector's sets. The limited edition 2-disc versions and collector's sets include a digital copy of the film. Perfect for holiday gift-giving, the deluxe collector's set features collectible packaging pierced with a bullet, creating a shattering effect to the outer case. Fans will also enjoy the gift set's photo book of assassins, collectible postcards and acrylic frame motion 3-D film cell. Wanted is priced at $29.98 SRP for the single-disc DVD, $34.98 SRP for the 2-disc Special Edition DVD, $39.98 SRP for the Blu-ray Hi-Def, $64.98 SRP for the DVD collector's set, and $69.98 for the Blu-ray collector's edition set. Preorder close is October 14, 2008.

The 2-disc Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray Hi-Def and collector's sets are packed with over an hour of exciting bonus features, including:

• Extended Scene – Be the first to view this killer extended scene from Wanted.
• Cast and Characters – Go behind the scenes with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann and Common as they discuss their roles in the film and their experiences on set.
• Stunts on the L Train – Stunt coordinators Nick Gillard and Mic Rodgers explain how cast members Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy performed the astounding elevated train stunt sequence.
• Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible – Special effects supervisor Dominic Tuohy explains how his team pulled off the stunning special effects throughout the film and how Angelina Jolie contributed to the action.
• Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution – A look at how the spectacular visual effects in the film were pre-visualized and executed.
• The Origins of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life – Creator Mark Millar, producer Marc Platt, director Timur Bekmambetov and screenwriters Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan discuss the original graphic novel and the process of adapting it for the big screen.
• Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov – A video portrait of director Timur Bekmambetov, featuring interviews with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Common, producer Marc Platt and the director himself.
• Wanted: Motion Comics – Watch as the graphic novel comes to life on screen with narration and sound effects.
• The Making of Wanted: The Game
• “The Little Things” Music Video Mash-Up (Please note this feature only appears on the 2-Disc Special Edition and the standard definition collector's set.)

In addition to the aforementioned bonus features, all shown in high definition, the Wanted Blu-ray will also include the following bonus content:
• Alternate Opening – View this exclusive alternate opening, only on Blu-ray Hi-Def.
• Exclusive U-Control: Universal's exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie.
- Wanted: Motion Comics: See how the graphic novel compares to the movie in this real-time, side-by-side BD exclusive
- Scene Explorer: Explore the onscreen action from up to three different perspectives in this multi-angle feature.
- Assassins Profile: Get the high-tech low-down on each assassin's strengths, weapons, and position with your own in-movie surveillance system.
- Picture in Picture: Access cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes moments while you watch the film.
• BD-Live – The new technology that allows viewers to connect to the Internet and access new exciting exclusive online and interactive features.
- My Chat: Using your internet-connected player, host a text chat with your friends who also own Wanted on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def while you watch the movie in synchronization!
- My Wanted Commentary: Connect and Create. Ever wish you could create your own play-by-play movie commentary to share with friends? Here's your chance.
- and the BD-Live Center combine to offer you the opportunity to create your own video, audio, or text commentary that you can share with all of your Buddies in the BD-Live community.
- My Scenes Sharing: Show your friends your favorite scenes from Wanted via BD-Live.

Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over – his pathetic, old one, anyway… Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, lead by the mysterious Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes's long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity in order to determine his own destiny.

Fans of the movie Wanted can continue the thrilling action and visual style of the film in 2009 with 'Wanted: Weapons of Fate' the videogame on the Xbox 360® video game entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows®, and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The game, produced by Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by GRIN, picks up after the film with an original story and intense gameplay featuring iconic moves such as “Curving Bullets” and “Assassin Time” drawn directly from the film, as well as an innovative, multi-layered cover mechanic.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Robert Carlyle as Doctor Who?

If Robert Carlyle has his way, that is:

Robert Carlyle has suggested that he would be willing to take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who, although he denied being contacted about the role.

Responding to the frequent rumours surrounding him, the 47-year-old actor told the Daily Record: "This has followed me for two years. But no-one has ever approached me about it and I never wanted to talk about it because you can't talk about another actor's part."

Carlyle, who recently starred in 24: Redemption, also suggested that he would be willing to play The Doctor. "I would treat [the role] with respect and regard it properly, but I would have to be approached about it first," he said.


Thursday, 4 December 2008

Lost promo photo

Try to spot Henry Ian Cusick in this gorgeous photo Lost season 5 promo photo:


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Missed Kevin McKidd on Jimmy Kimmel?

He was sexy. And funny. And spoke in his Scottish accent. And you can watch Kevin before the video gets removed from youtube:


Monday, 1 December 2008

Einstein and Eddington on DVD

Einstein and Eddington with David Tennant is out on DVD today in the UK. Go buy it!

James McAvoy praises Anne Hathaway

James McAvoy has some very nice things to say about Anne Hathaway's performance in Rachel Getting Married:

The character of Kym is a challenge both for the actor and the audience. She is clearly our protagonist and our "way in" to the film. We want to, and, indeed, have to identify with her for the story to work. Yet, she is so destructive, at times her actions so repellent, that it strains the audience/protagonist relationship -- all of which makes that relationship very interesting. I was so compelled to watch -- sometimes through my fingers -- because Anne Hathaway has that indefinable quality of making an audience identify with the character she is playing.

At her sister's wedding, Kym constantly behaves like the most important person in the room. It would be so easy to dislike Kym, but Anne makes you feel that her character is perhaps in another room -- both mentally and socially, albeit not physically, and therefore her calamitous outburst and limelight stealing seem like an ill-conceived attempt to connect. And in an extended post-wedding party scene, Kym dances with the group. This moved me to tears as I realized that her flailing arms and "look at me" gusto were the result of a self-conscious and forced attempt to fit in. In the end we see her dancing with her eyes closed among a hundred or so people and she is completely alone. That is a lot of empathy and understanding to garner from one shot, but Anne gives a performance so open and raw that I could not help but connect with Kym, even if her family was not able to do so.



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