Thursday, 31 December 2009
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Based on a book by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker, the fact-based film casts Carrey as Steven Russell, a married father whose exploits landed him in the Texas criminal justice system. He fell madly in love with his cellmate Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), who eventually was set free, which led Russell to escape from Texas prisons four times. [Jim Carrey Online]
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
The Last Station's official website has updated its photo gallery and you can head on over to check out tons of new photos of James McAvoy and the rest of the cast.
Also, check out David reading The Christmas Bear by Henrietta and Paul Stickland on CBeebies Bedtime Story on December 24:
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Tu 12/29: Harry Connick Jr., Peter Sagal (R 11/13/09)
We 12/30: Valerie Bertinelli, Dave Barry (R 11/3/09)
Th 12/31: Morgan Freeman, Overtone (R 12/9/09)
Fr 1/1: Mo'Nique, Stephen Fry (R 11/4/09)
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Jackboots on Whitehall is a satirical alternative history to WWII where the Nazis have seized London and England must band together at Hadrian's Wall if they are to prevent a German invasion. [Wiki]
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Via Best of Ewan:
Coty Prestige will extend its Davidoff Adventure franchise in February 2010 with a new version, Davidoff Adventure Eau Fraîche. The scent will again be fronted by actor Ewan McGregor in selected markets worldwide.
The line is being positioned as ideal for the rugged yet handsome adventurer, the escapist free spirit who revels in the freshness of nature after a hard day’s exploring.
...The advertising campaign features McGregor standing alone, next to his motorbike, enjoying a solitary moment at sundown next to a river.
The visual aims to evoke the excitement of the actor’s real-life adventures: Long Way Round, his 20,000-mile round-the-world motorcycle journey in 2004; and his latest expedition Long Way Down, from the northernmost point of Scotland to the southernmost tip of Africa.
Davidoff Adventure Eau Fraîche will be available as a 50ml and 100ml edt, plus a 150ml shower gel and 75g deo stick. The recommended domestic price points are around €50, €65, €19 and €21, respectively. [Rebecca Mann]
Amelia which stars Ewan as Gene Vidal, will debut on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2010. The Blu-ray will cost $39.99 and the DVD will cost $29.9. There will be bonus material on both and Cinema Blend provides us with the full list:
Blu-ray Disc Special Features:
- Theatrical version
- Deleted scenes
- Making Amelia
- The Power of Amelia Earhart
- The Plane Behind the Legend
- Re-constructing the Planes of Amelia
- Movietone News
- Digital Copy
DVD Special Features:
- Theatrical version
- The Power of Amelia Earhart
- Deleted scenes
- Movietone News
- Making Amelia
David Tennant will be telling some bedtime stories for the CBeebies Bedtime Story Chair. He'll be reading How High is the Sky by Anna Milbourne, illustrated by Serena Riglietti, Small Mouse, Big City by Simon Prescott, Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton, and Miki by Stephen Mackey. He'll be reading the stories on December 21st, December 22nd, December 23rd, December 27th, December 28th, December 29th, December 30th, and December 31st at 6:50pm on CBeebies.
Thanks so much to mcfangirl for providing us with videos of David reading Miki on December 21 and How High is the Sky? from December 22.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Scottish actors Brian Cox and Dougray Scott play father and son in BBC1's update of The Day of the Triffids which airs on December 28 and 29 at 9pm. Both actors were interviewed on the set a few months ago and you can read part of their interview below:
Cox was brought up in Dundee, while Scott hails from Glenrothes. "Dougray and I have a great affinity – we come from places just a few miles away from each other," says Cox, 63. "I'm from North of the Tay, he's from South of the Tay. That part of Scotland is very interesting. It's cut off from the rest of the country, almost as though they've forgotten about it. When you come from somewhere like that, it instantly binds you.
"People brought up in that area are very dry and comical. Dougray absolutely has that – he has a great wit and a very gentle quality about him. My part of the world is very similar – and we hit it off immediately."
There was, according to Cox, only one bone of contention between him and his co-star. "Dougray plays golf, which to me is a good walk spoilt. I did once try to play, but the idea of trying to get a little ball into a tiny hole defeated me.
"We found a happy compromise when we were both invited to Gleneagles recently. Dougray played golf, and I discovered skeet shooting, which I loved. However, I have to reveal that I did see Ben Hogan win the Open at Carnoustie in 1953, so I still think I'm one up on Dougray."
Golf aside, the actors' evident bond made it much easier for the pair to play father and son in The Day Of The Triffids. "It's so helpful to have that rapport at once," continues Cox. "You have a shorthand right away. We share the same language. We even put a few 'ayes' into the script that were absent before.
...When we meet, Scott is taking a break from shooting a scene in post-apocalyptic north London. Bill has been holed up in a ruined pub near Lord's Cricket Ground and has been stumped by the scenes of mass devastation all around him.
Wearing a battered old leather jacket, dirty trousers and scuffed shoes, Scott has a livid red (prosthetic) scar down his temple from an earlier close encounter with a Triffid. He looks like a renegade from Mad Max.
"This drama has great resonance," says the 44-year-old actor. "It reflects the way things are going with the environment. People are now saying that we've reached a critical moment – that is certainly stated very clearly in An Inconvenient Truth," he says, referring to the film about Al Gore's climate change campaign. "Very soon the damage we have done will be irreversible. So we'd better sit up and take notice.
"In this drama, the Triffids' oil appears to have saved the human race from an energy crisis. But ironically, it also causes our destruction, because the Triffids have been genetically modified. Mother Nature is now working hand in hand with the Triffids to say, 'this is your punishment for screwing up the planet'."
"This drama is in many ways an ecological scream of despair, a reaction against the harm we've wreaked on the planet," chips in Cox. "Science is very simple – it's all about cause and effect. You reap what you sow." [Scotsman.com]
One Night in Emergency is set to air at 9pm on January 4, 2010 on BBC One Scotland. A synopsis is below:
...Kevin McKidd (Grey's Anatomy, Trainspotting, Rome) leads an all-star cast in One Night In Emergency, a unique and distinctive drama written by award-winning Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke for BBC One Scotland...
One Night In Emergency also stars Michelle Ryan (The Bionic Woman, Doctor Who, EastEnders), Igal Naor (Green Zone, House of Saddam), James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting), Ewen Bremner (Black Hawk Down, Trainspotting), David Hayman (Trial & Retribution, My Name Is Joe), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot, My Name Is Joe), Jamie Sives (Valhalla Rising, The Passion), Sanjeev Kohli (Hope Springs, Still Game) and Tam Dean Burn (River City, Wedding Belles), and charts one man's other-worldly journey through the wards of an over-run, inner-city hospital as he desperately searches for his sick wife.
McKidd plays the lead role of Peter who is slowly drawn into a surreal, parallel world as he ventures deep into the labyrinthine building, encountering strange characters along the way while Michelle Ryan takes on the role of Peter's wife, Penny. [Scottish Screen]
And yet in some strange quantum mechanical way, he is also already not the Doctor, having filmed his last scenes some months back. And even as he is and is not the Doctor, he is (possibly) becoming someone else, the eponymous star of an NBC pilot called "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," in which he plays an attorney who coaches clients to represent themselves after he begins suffering panic attacks.
We spoke by telephone on a recent rainy day in Los Angeles. ("I can understand it's a novelty here," he said, "but I watched the news last night and it sounded like the world was coming to an end.") Of "Rex," which also features Jane Curtin and Jeffrey Tambor, he would only say, because "I don't know how much I'm allowed to say," that "it's a great part. It's a very dramatic role, it's quite funny -- you get to do a bit of everything and that always appeals."
...Tennant will likely next be seen on American television when "Great Performances" airs the film of his "Hamlet," which he performed at Stratford in 2008 with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed with the company over the years, including as Romeo in 2000, but this was his first performance after becoming a pop-cultural action figure.
"On the opening night in Stratford, when outside my dressing room window the BBC News 24 truck pulled up, I realized that if I failed at this it was going to be on a fairly international level," he said. But the Times called his performance "riveting throughout," and the Guardian praised his Hamlet's "quicksilver intelligence, mimetic vigor and wild humor" -- qualities that describe his Doctor as well. [L.A. Times]
Below are some more photos of David Tennant on the set of Rex Is Not Your Lawyer:
There's also a QI preview with David and Stephen Fry. David's episode airs on December 24 at 10pm on BBC One.
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Monday, 21 December 2009
There will also be a special presentation of I Love You Phillip Morris starring Ewan McGregor.
Festival passes and ticket packages are now available. Individual ticket sales go on sale December 24 for Palm Springs International Film Society Members only, and December 26 for the general public.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Tu 12/22: Kathy Griffin, Harry Connick Jr.
We 12/23: Paris Hilton, Chef Jose Andres
Th 12/24: Pre-empted
Fr 12/25: Emily Blunt, David Bianculli (R 12/4/09)
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
The Ghost, starring Ewan McGregor has been expected to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, but it has now officially been confirmed. The Guardian also reports that the film has been renamed to The Ghost Writer, but there hasn't been official confirmation of the name change yet. The 60th Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 11 to February 21.
The End of Time, Part One will air on BBC America on December 26 at 9pm ET/PT.
Okay, this is cutting it close, but there's still a little time to audition as an extra in Burk and Hare:
Thugs, footmen, dignitaries, doctors, and ladies of the night are being sought for a new comedy feature film about Edinburgh's famous grave-robbers-turned-murderers Burke and Hare. Universal Extras are holding auditions for the parts at the Tolbooth in Stirling on Thursday 17th December from 9am to 5pm (people can turn up any time on the day according to the announcement).
It is an exciting project considering that the film is being made by John Landis, the director behind comedy classics such as the Blues Brothers, Trading Places, An American Werewolf in London, and Animal House.
Among the stars lined up are Simon Pegg as William Burke, Bill Nighy, Dan Aykroyd, Minnie Driver and John Cleese.
Set in 19th Century Edinburgh, the black comedy follows the two miscreants as they get into the grave-robbery business after discovering a body in their house and realising that fresh corpses can yield a pretty penny when delivered promptly to Edinburgh's pioneering medical school.
When the two start cutting corners, killing to order instead of digging up stiffs from the graveyard like other "resurrectionists", they soon attract the attentions of the authorities.
With the law closing in, Hare persuades Burke that they should raise a last bit of cash to go straight and open a funeral parlour.
The open call for extras on the Universal Extras bulletin board states:
"Parts available in this truly full of laughter feature film will include you playing role(s) such as; Thugs, Students, Pub goers, Footmen, Dignitaries, Doctors, Market sellers, Ladies of the Night and many more! Payment per filming day will be around £80. The role you are selected for will determine what you will be paid and the amount of days you will be required for over February and March 2010." [EdinburghGuide.com]
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Interview with Jason Schwartzman part 1:
Interview with Jason Schwartzman part 2:
Interview with Maria Bello:
"Dracula's Lament" Jason Segal & Nathan Danforth, with The Broken West:
Interview with Kristen Bell and a Sean Connery holiday memory:
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Don't forget that Craig will be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this Friday.
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Short Doctor Who introduction to the CBBC children's show, Blue Peter, along with the Doctor Who segment where David Tennant receives a Blue Peter Gold Badge for exceptional achievement.
Included in the segment is a preview clip from David Tennant's upcoming movie St. Trininan's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. Originally aired December 15, 2009. [Courtesy theproselytizer]
Gerard Butler's press conference:
Part One of Gerry at Variety's 'In Conversation With' Presentation
Part Two of Gerry at Variety's 'In Conversation With' Presentation
The trailer for The Bounty Hunter will also reportedly be unveiled on MSN this Friday, December 18. Thanks to GerardButler.net for pointing this out and you can go Rama's Screen to check out a shot of the film's poster.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
James McAvoy recently did an interview and talked about his role in The Last Station and working with actors Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and Paul Giamatti. Both Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer were nominated for Golden Globes earlier today in the Best Actress, Drama and the Best Supporting Actor categories for The Last Station. You can mosey on over to Awards Daily for the full list of nominees.
An excerpt of the interview is below and you can read the full interview here.
Back Stage: You were speaking with Michael Hoffman about this film long ago. How did the role finally become yours?
James McAvoy: There was a point when I wasn't certain the job was being offered to me—probably because nobody knew who I was. But he knew who I was, enough that he liked my work, I think. But the job still wasn't an offer. Anyway, he couldn't get the film made, and then by the time that it came back around, he could offer me the job.
Back Stage: Do you know why he was interested in you in particular?
McAvoy: I think he thought I was a good person at playing the lead role in something in which the lead character wasn't the focal point, and that was the case with "The Last King of Scotland"—playing that guy who carries you through the film, even though he's not the sort of über-figure in that film.
Back Stage: And you have a purity onscreen.
McAvoy: It's just something I think I've been able to do, that people have picked up on. And when you do something once, people kind of go, "Well, that's what you can do." It's a nice quality to portray, and I like that. But I can't lie: There will be a part of me that goes, "Ya, I want to play a bad guy; I want to play nasty people." And actually I've played quite a few egotistical people as well, and that's something that I'm quite interested in. Ego is something that I think is quite a fun thing to play. [Backstage via James McAvoy Message Board]
Some new clips with James from The Last Station are now online. I can't embed them so be sure to go here and here to watch them.
There's also a little bit of news on The Conspirator. The film, which has been shooting in Savannah since October, wraps today. Savannah is being used to substitute for 1860s Washington, D.C. The film centers on Mary Surratt's trial after she is accused of conspiring to kill President Lincoln.
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Though it remains undetermined whether Roman Polanski will be coming to the United States, his latest film will be playing in this country. On Friday, Summit Entertainment, said it had acquired North American distribution rights for Mr. Polanski’s feature “The Ghost Writer.” The film, adapted from the Robert Harris novel “The Ghost,” tells the story of an author (played by Ewan McGregor) who agrees to help write the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) and finds himself drawn into political and sexual intrigues. The film is directed by Mr. Polanski, who also wrote the screenplay with Mr. Harris.
In a statement, Summit said it planned to release the film during the first half of next year. Mr. Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. [NYTimes]
There are tons of new photos of Kevin McKidd unveiled in advance of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief's release. You can check out the full set at the source.
Photos by: Alex James
Monday, 14 December 2009
In the Loop was named best British comedy on Saturday at the British Comedy Awards.
There were also a few other awards handed out over the weekend:
Peter Capaldi was named the runner-up for In the Loop in the best supporting actor category (Christoph Waltz won for Inglourious Basterds) by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association yesterday. In the Loop was also a runner-up to Up in the Air in the best screenplay category.
The New York Film Critics Online gave the film its best ensemble award yesterday.
And finally the New York Film Critics' Circle awarded In the Loop its best screenplay prize.
Tu 12/15: Craig's 1000th Show with host Wavy the puppet, Kristen Bell, Maria Bello, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Segel & his puppet Dracula, the Broken West
We 12/16: Bob Barker, Greta Van Susteren
Th 12/17: Sigourney Weaver, Hank Stuever
Fr 12/18: Judi Dench, Michelle Rodriguez
Craig Ferguson will also be a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, December 18.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
The two part miniseries The Day of the Triffids is set to air in the UK on the BBC on December 28 and December 29. It stars Scottish actors Dougray Scott, Brian Cox, and Ewen Bremner, along with Vanessa Redgrave, and Eddie Izzard. The BBC released some production stills, so check them out: