Thursday, 30 April 2009

Ewan McGregor on Heart Breakfast

Ewan McGregor will make an appearance on Heart Breakfast (heart 106.2 in London) next Tuesday, May 5. If you miss it, you can listen to it here.

Sorry, for the rather light blogging this week guys - I've been moving out of my apartment to the apartment directly above it. It's a very convenient relocation, and I should be done unpacking my Sunday.
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Torchwood preview

Torchwood: Original Soundtrack album cover

Here's a little Torchwood news from John Barrowman's official website:

John will join other members of the cast of Torchwood at the National Film Theatre on 12 June for a preview of Torchwood: Children of Earth, followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are expected to go on sale on 5 May (members) and 12 May (general public).

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Gerard Butler in Empire Magazine

In addition to James McAvoy's Empire photo shoot, Gerard Butler also has a movie inspired shoot for Empire's June 2009 issue. He discusses his experience working on 300:


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Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/27: Shirley Manson, Breckin Meyer
Tu 4/28: John McEnroe, Stana Katic
We 4/29: Kenneth Branagh, Antony and the Johnsons
Th 4/30: Michael Douglas, Carrie Ann Inaba
Fr 5/1: Henry Winkler, Ricky Hatton

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Henry Ian Cusick being sued for sexual harrasment

I honestly, don't know what to make of this. I hate speculation so here are the facts that have surfaced so far:

Henry Ian Cusick, who plays Desmond on the show "Lost," is being sued for sexual harassment.

Still developing.

EDIT; According to a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Chelsea Stone claims that while working on the show, Cusick placed his hand on her buttocks and caressed the back of her body while making moaning sounds.

She also claims Cusick "placed his face on top of [her] breasts, moving his face from side to side." He then squeezed her breasts with his hands.

According to the lawsuit, approximately twelve days after this went down, Stone was let go. ABC and Grass Skirt Productions are also named as defendants. She is seeking unspecified damages.

Cusick's rep had no comment.
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Friday, 24 April 2009

Ewan McGregor's new 'Angels and Demons' interview

There are even more interviews, clips, and behind the scenes footage from Angels and Demons at the source.




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James McAvoy and Keira Knightley reunite

To celebrate Empire Magazine's 20th Anniversary Edition, the magazine has included movie inspired photo shoots for its June 2009 issue.

James McAvoy and Keira Knightley had an Atonement inspired photo shoot. Photos below:





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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Entertainment Weekly's summer preview

Entertainment Weekly has revealed it's 20 summer movies they can't wait to see and Angels and Demons is number 3:




EW also has a profile of the upcoming The Ugly Truth out July 17:

Photo by Saeed Adyani

How's this for a pitch? ''There's a lot of, shall I say, flagrant banging and swearing and climaxing and squealing,'' Luketic says of his new film, in which sparks fly between a priggish Sacramento morning-news-show
 producer (Heigl) and the boorish shock jock (Butler) brought in to boost ratings. Luketic (Legally Blonde, 21) jumped aboard when Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal told him the studio had landed Heigl for the 
 female lead. ''I had just seen Knocked Up and thought she was a breath of fresh air,'' he says. ''You're always looking for that It Girl, and she seemed to have all the elements, with a new spin.''

For the likable brute, producers kept pushing Butler. ''I was skeptical,'' the director admits. ''The guy from 300? In a comedy with Katherine Heigl?'' So the two men went out for dinner, and Luketic says he was sold before they'd even placed their order. ''I was telling jokes and long, politically incorrect 
 stories,'' says Butler, who'd passed on several romantic comedies because he found them too soft. ''When I saw the script, I was like, 'Okay, this is me.' ''

Heigl wrapped production on Grey's Anatomy last spring only two days before filming began, so her rehearsal process consisted of a night of drinks with Luketic and Butler at the actress' house in L.A. How was the chemistry? ''Three alpha, outrageous people,'' Butler says.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

8 new 'Angels and Demons' clips


8 brand new clips from Angels and Demons are now online. Some clips are pretty long and there are a few with Ewan McGregor. You can head on over to Cinemablend to check them out. The film opens on May 15.

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Happy birthday James McAvoy!

Today is James' 30th birthday. At least, I'm just assuming that today is his birthday. I hope he has a lovely day.

'Wanted' reunites father and daughter


Someone at the IMDb board was kind enough to share this amazing story:

A man named Dirk Pratt was inspired after watching James McAvoy's character Google his name in Wanted. Pratt Googled his own name and found a 2007 message posted by the 27 year old daughter he thought had died as a child. You can watch the video of their reunion here.

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We were fooled

Or at least I was anyway. The renaming of Game to Citizen Game really was an April Fools joke. Even though I think the joke was sort of lame, it has the honor of being the only movie related prank that I fell for. Mostly because it was a prank that happened on March 31 rather than on April 1. Despite this, Game will be renamed sometime in the future.

GerardButler.net shares some Game details:

A few other details from their interview with Collider.com:
* The release date is December 4, 2009 and not September 4.
* They have big plans for Comic Con 2009 in July.
* The test screenings for the film have been positive.

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Ewan McGregor's Inspired Gifts Message

In this special video message, UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor explains how you can make a real difference to the lives of children around the world by purchasing Inspired Gifts from UNICEF. To view and purchase the latest range of Inspired Gifts, please visit UNICEFUK.


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Monday, 20 April 2009

Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/20: Simon Cowell, Jean Smart, Erin McCarley
Tu 4/21: Rob Morrow, Jean-Michel Cousteau
We 4/22: Kristin Chenoweth, Kunal Nayyar
Th 4/23: Breckin Meyer, Martina McBride
Fr 4/24: Bob Barker, P.W. Singer

Friday, 17 April 2009

Happy birthday Henry Ian Cusick

Today is Henry Ian Cusick's 42nd birthday! Hope he enjoys it.

Friday links

I know I've been doing this infrequently, so I decided to start again. Here are links to any stories I might have missed this week:

John Barrowman
John Barrowman's Celine delight
Barrowman 'cheats' on the Doctor

Sean Connery
Sir Sean is backing campus arts festival
Sir Sean Connery's restored Bond films
VisitScotland defends Homecoming ad costs

Alan Cumming
GLAAD unveils all-new “Be an Ally & a Friend” public education campaign

James McAvoy
'Pooh' writer tapped for 'Wanted' sequel

Kevin McKidd

Kevin McKidd on the set of Grey's
German interview with Grey's Anatomy cast

Dougray Scott
'A Nice Touch' - a short film coming summer 2009

'Citizen Game' gets unnamed?



A few weeks ago Lionsgate Movies announced that Gerard Butler's Game would be renamed Citizen Game. But director Mark Neveldine says not so fast:

(Mr. Neveldine said the film's title has not switched to "Citizen Game," despite reports earlier this month.)[Watertown Daily Times]

Well, color me surprised and confused. Someone at IMDb suggested that the rename could have been an April Fool's joke. If it was, it was a pretty lame one. If it wasn't, it makes me wonder - what the heck is going on at Lionsgate? Or better yet: who is in charge of Lionsgate's Twitter account?

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Update on 'I Love You Phillip Morris' screening

I posted on April 6th that there would be an I Love You Phillip Morris screening in L.A. I received an e-mail from the Tisch West Alumni Council that stated the screening will not be open to the general public, and the general public will be sent away. Sorry if this has caused any confusion guys.


How well do you know Desmond?



UGO.com has a trivial tribute to Henry Ian Cusick's character on Lost. (By the way, where is Desmond Hume these days?) I failed the trivia quiz with a miserable score of three out of ten. Anyway, head on over to UGO to see how well you score.

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'The Ghost' gets funding

The Ghost, starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Kim Cattrall is one of 18 films that will earn production funding. The film earned $662,428 in funding and is shooting in Berlin, Babelsberg, and along Germany's North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts. No word yet on a release date.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Happy birthday Robert Carlyle!

Today is Robert Carlyle's 48th birthday. He shares a birthday with my little sister, so happy birthday to you, Loona.

Gerard Butler's 'Bounty Hunter' to begin filming in June



Production weekly has revealed the mid-June production start date to shoot Bounty Hunter starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. It was originally supposed to start shooting in May.


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David Tennant's Jonathan Ross interview

Thanks to PurpleSheep for sharing this link of The Jonathan Ross show with David Tennant and Catherine Tate on Listen Again. You can check it out here, and it's available until next weekend.

Kevin McKidd talks about a big screen version of 'Rome'

Watch Kevin's interview with the Associated Press below:



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Amazon removed gay authored books from sale rankings



Now this is outrageous:

The internet retailer Amazon has denied any anti-gay cause for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books. The "adult" books include Dr Who star, John Barrowman's autobiography.

Amazon previously ranked all books based on sales but over the past few days, thousands of books on gay topics have disappeared from the list. Authors including E.M. Forster, James Baldwin and even Dr Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman have seen their books disappear.

In a statement Amazon said the issues were caused by "a glitch in our system and it's being fixed." (Pink News)

Hmmm. Seems like a pretty selective "glitch" if you ask me. There is an online petition you can sign.

Update: This story just gets stranger and stranger. An imbecile A hacker is claiming responsibility for this mess. Others are claiming this is a trial story Amazon has sent out to distract people. I think the most bizarre thing of all is that Amazon makes it possible to censor books in the first place. Nathaniel from Film Experience ponders:

None of this solves the real problem (why are there ANY systems that allow customers to decide for other customers what is appropriate reading material?) or answers the real question (Why did Amazon originally defend this as policy?)

Monday, 13 April 2009

David Tennant on BBC Breakfast

David Tennant appeared on BBC Breakfast last Friday in the UK to talk about the new Doctor Who special - Planet of the Dead. Check out the interview below:



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James McAvoy's BBC Radio 1 interview

James and his Three Days of Rain co-star Nigel Harman did a radio interview with Edith Bowman last Friday on BBC Radio 1. It's really funny:




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New film for James McAvoy?



Someone over at IMDb points us to a video with James McAvoy talking about shooting an independent film in Seattle called The Detail after he wraps up the play, Three Days of Rain. I won't post the video because it looks more like a personal video of James signing autographs outside the theater, but you can hear him talk about the new movie at 1:49 here.

Someone else also posted that the film might be titled Missing Detail, a movie that will be shot in Oregon and Washington. I haven't been able to find anything else about this movie though, so if someone knows anything feel free to share details.

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Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/13: Dwight Yoakam, Mary McCormack
Tu 4/14: Adam Goldberg, Anna Gunn, Brett Dennen
We 4/15: Michael Caine, Matt Baetz
Th 4/16: Madeleine Albright, Amy Smart
Fr 4/17: Jessica Lange, Tom Lennon, Martina McBride

Friday, 10 April 2009

New 'The Ugly Truth' trailer

THE UGLY TRUTH trailer in HD


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John Barrowman set to write a sequel to his autobiography

John Barrowman

John Barrowman is presently writing a sequel to his autobiography Anything Goes, along with his sister Carol E. Barrowman.

The book will be available in stores on October 1 and will be titled I Am What I Am.

According to the publisher, "I Am What I Am" will offer a "more in-depth exploration of John the man . . . his thoughts, opinions and experiences, and in particular [will] focus on achievements over the past couple of years." (Playbill News)

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

New David Tennant interviews

David is on the cover of three magazines in the UK with his Doctor Who co-star Michelle Ryan. Below are April covers of TV & Satellite Week, Total TV Guide, and Radio Times. You can go here to read the full interviews.

Kevin McKidd Needs a Nickname

A lot of Grey's Anatomy fans have been trying to figure out a nickname for Kevin McKidd's character Owen Hunt. The folks over at E! want to choose a nickname so you can head on over to E! to vote for the one you like best. I'm not partial to any of the choices, but I have no suggestions whatsoever, sadly.

Monday, 6 April 2009

L.A. screening of 'I love you Phillip Morris'


Update: The April 25th screening of I Love You Phillip Morris will not be open to the general public, and the general public will be turned away.

Lucky L.A. people. Best of Ewan points us to this:

April 25, 3PM, Cinema Club Screening of I Love You Phillip Morris, AFI, Mark Goodson Screening Room, 2021 N. Western Ave. (Hollywood, CA): To RSVP you must email your full name to tischwest.cinemaclub@gmail.com. The Tisch West Alumni Council's Monthly Screening Series is back! This season, we are expanding on our mission to expose a greater number of alumni filmmakers to the LA film community by adding a short film preceding each feature selection. Shorts will start at 3:00 PM sharp with the feature immediately following. Feature: I Love You Phillip Morris (100 min) with producer Andrew Lazar '89 (BFA, Film & TV) and editor Thomas Nordberg '85 (BFA, Film & TV).

Event admission, includes screening, Q&A and reception: $10. Advance credit card ticket purchase available at http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SCR5; otherwise, cash at the door. Reception to follow Q & A; refreshments will be served.



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Weekly schedule for Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 4/6: Amy Adams, M. Ward, Nick Griffin (R 3/6/09)
Tu 4/7: Paula Abdul Carl Edwards (2/19/09)
We 4/8: Sean "Diddy" Combs, Olivia Williams (R 2/10/09)
Th 4/9: Robin Williams, Jason Randal (R 2/3/09)
Fr 4/10: Brittany Murphy, Christopher Gorham (R 4/2/09)

Friday, 3 April 2009

ShoWest: Sony unveils 'Angels and Demons' and 'The Ugly Truth'

Sony revealed extended footage of the studio's summer films today at ShoWest, including footage from Angels and Demons and The Ugly Truth. The reaction from the press was mostly positive:


From JoBo-

Angels and Demons


While I've been tough on ANGELS AND DEMONS based on the footage we've seen publicly so far, we were treated to a sizzle reel about five minutes long that's the best advertisement for the movie I've seen so far. I'm not saying the movie is definitely gonna rock your world but there's more reason to believe. They wisely played up a little bit of Hanks' humor in the film to lighten up the otherwise heavy proceedings.

The Ugly Truth

Speaking of movies I've been hard on, I don't think I've had many pleasant things to say about this Katherine Heigl romantic comedy. But as much as I hate to admit it, the world doesn't revolve around me and the UGLY TRUTH footage they showed played extremely well. It was basically scenes from the trailer expanded a bit with two scenes from the middle of the movie. First Katherine Heigl accidentally wears a pair of vibrating panties out to a work dinner. A little kid picks up the controller and starts pushing all the buttons while she starts moaning and jumping.

The next scene was at a baseball game where Gerard Butler is trying to teach Heigl how to get this guy interested. She accidentally spills a drink on his pants and she frantically tries to wipe it off. She's caught by the jumbotron cam and it looks like she's giving him a handjob.

Both scenes killed and as much as I hate to admit it, were pretty cute for a Katerine Heigl romantic comedy. Could be a surprise comedy hit this summer because.....the other comedy footage shown wasn't as much of a hit.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Kevin McKidd reveals Grey's Anatomy spoilers

Kevin did a short interview with TV Guide on Monday. The spoilers are mild George O'Malley related spoilers:



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'Game' gets renamed

From GerardButler.net:
Lionsgate Movies has announced, via their Twitter page, that Game has been renamed “Citizen Game” and the release date is September 4, 2009.
I think there's going to be a lot of confusion between Citizen Game and Law Abiding Citizen.

Kevin McKidd and Rachael Ray

Kevin McKidd appeared on the Rachael Ray Show this morning. The full interview that was uploaded to youtube is not the best quality, but you can go here to check it out. If there's a better version I'll upload it. I've posted two clips for the show below. The first is an online only clip of Kevin hanging out backstage which wasn't aired on TV. Enjoy:





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