Monday, 31 May 2010

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/31: Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara (R 5/3/10)
Tu 6/1: Willie Nelson, Ellie Kemper (R 4/16/10)
We 6/2: Evangeline Lilly, Charlyne Yi, Laraf
Th 6/3: Jamy Ian Swiss, Jeff Stilson
Fr 6/4: Jay Mohr, Ed Alonzo


Friday, 28 May 2010

James McAvoy to play Professor X in 'X-Men: First Class'

James McAvoy has been cast as a young Professor X/Charles Xavier in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. 20th Century Fox has set a June 3, 2011 release. Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer in London.
According to Fox, “First Class” will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.” [Heat Vision]

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Sony picks up UK rights to 'Retreat' with David Tennant

David Tennant had been reportedly attached to star in Retreat, and now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has obtained the UK rights the film. Shooting was reported to have been originally scheduled to start in May in Canada, but now it could shoot sometime in the summer in North Wales:

Dave G Bishop, Head of Acquisitions, Northern Europe, SPHE, said, “We’re excited to be working with Magnet Films on this fantastic project. Carl Tibbets has written a thrilling script that keeps you guessing to the very end and with such great British acting talent attached, we’re confident the film will be both a critical and commercial success.”

Gary Sinyor, Managing Director, Magnet Films, added, “Retreat has the potential to be not just a crowd pleaser, but also a critical success based on the intelligent page-turner of a script and the marquee cast." [Screen Daily via]

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

John Hannah promotes 'Spartacus: Blood And Sand'

John Hannah has been busy doing press for Spartacus: Blood And Sand in the UK (it premiered tonight on Bravo) and some of his interviews are below.

John on Frost Over the World:

John on GMTV:

An excerpt from an interview with Digital Spy:
What attracted you to Spartacus?
"As an actor it was completely different from everything else I'd done, in terms of the content and in terms of the character. It was nearer theatre than any kind of contemporary TV that I'd done, and I think the American cable channels have been doing some fantastic work recently with things like Rome, The Sopranos and Deadwood and stuff like that. It's very much in that kind of range. So it was a no-brainer really. Once I'd read the script I was desperate to do it."

Can you explain a little bit about your character Batiatus?
"Historically the lanistas [gladiator managers] were looked down upon by society while being deeply revered, in the way that football managers are. A little bit like brothel keepers, they were sort of needed but you would not necessarily want to be seen with them in daylight. Like second-hand car salesmen, once they do well enough these guys want to become a little bit more establishment. As the show develops, Batiatus does start seeking higher positions. And he'll do anything to get there. He's incredibly manipulative, incredibly evil. At the same time, he's also a nice guy - he's trying to have a kid with his missus and he wants to have a family and all of that, but he'll think nothing of killing competitors and getting rid of them in any way that's required for him to get on."

You're well-known for your roles in romantic comedies. Do you think people will be surprised by your role in this show?
"I hope so. I'm sure people are savvy enough these days to realise that actors as individuals would like to do different things in the same way that they don't want to see the same people doing the same things all the time. And also just as a TV viewer myself I'm kind of bored with the same kind of things being on TV. This is something incredibly different-looking, incredibly different in content. And I think that's why it's been such a hit. I think the TV-watching public in this country are sick of everything being a bit soapy, a bit detectivey. Lawyers and doctors and hospitals and pubs..." [Catriona Wightman]

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Billy Boyd at the Glasgow 'Pimp' premiere

Billy did a red carpet interview (via Basically Billy Boyd) with Beverley Lyons at the premiere of Pimp. I can't embed the video, but you can go to The Daily Record to watch the interview. You can also watch a clip from the film below:

Sydney Film Festival schedule includes 'Alice Creed' and 'The Ghost Writer'

The 57th annual Sydney Film Festival runs from June 2 to June 14 and the festival's screening schedule is now available.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed with Martin Compston will premiere on Saturday, June 5 at 8:15pm at Event Cinema 8. The film's second screening is on Tuesday, June 8 at 8:45pm at Dendy Opera Quays 2.

The Ghost Writer with Ewan McGregor will have its Australian premiere on Sunday, June 13 at 9:30pm at the State Theatre. The second screening is on Monday, June 14 at 4:45pm at Event Cinema 8. Ewan McGregor might attend the film's premiere. Tickets for the second screening have already been sold out, but as of now, tickets for the premiere are still available. Head on over to the Sydney Film Festival website for more information on tickets.

Ewan McGregor: 'Don Quixote' not officially confirmed?

Over a week ago director Terry Gilliam revealed that Ewan McGregor would star in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Now, it appears that the film hasn't entirely gotten off the ground. Ewan spoke to MTV at last Wednesday's 30th anniversary screening of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and pretty much said that Don Quixote may happen and he's interested in starring in it.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/24: Ben Stein, Mishka, Craig Shoemaker
Tu 5/25: Kristin Davis, Judd Apatow
We 5/26: Antonio Banderas, Paula Poundstone
Th 5/27: Michael Sheen, Band of Horses
Fr 5/28: Jeffrey Ross, the National


Thursday, 20 May 2010

Ewan McGregor at the 30th anniversary of 'The Empire Strikes Back'

Ewan attended the 30th anniversary screening of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood yesterday. The screening benefited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Education Outreach at Chicago's Field Museum, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of the Empire Gives Back charity. The screening raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:
The event marked a rare Star Wars event appearance by Ford, who was joined by fellow big screen saga luminaries Billy Dee Williams (Lando), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan). From the animated realm of The Clone Wars, James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan), Catherine Taber (Padmé), Matt Lanter (Anakin), Jaime King (Aurra Sing). Cary Silver (producer) and Dave Filoni (supervising director) were in attendance. [ via Best of Ewan]
You can also watch a brief red carpet interview with Ewan at about 1:44 here.

First official look at Kevin McKidd in 'The Great Ghost Rescue'

Shooting has been going on for a couple of weeks now and some exclusive stills featuring Kevin were released over at Empire a few days ago. The Great Ghost Rescue is an adaptation of Eva Ibbotson's children's novel and will probably be released in 2011 in the UK. Photos with Kevin McKidd as Hamish are posted below.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Henry Ian Cusick talks the 'Lost' finale

The Lost cast has been doing some promotion for the series finale, and Henry Ian Cusick talked to the press at an ABC/Disney press event on Sunday.

Henry talks about the final day of shooting:

Excerpts from two interviews (via are below.

You can check out the full interview with ComingSoon at the source:
Q: With three shows left is there anyway that the finale is going to satisfy all of the fans?
Cusick: Probably not all of the fans. I think that's an impossible task.

Q: Do you think it will please general "Lost" fans?
Cusick: What's great about the show is that there are so many talking points. There are so many walks of life getting together to talk about the show and so many issues to be brought up and that's exactly what the ending will bring up. People will be talking about it for weeks afterwards and that's what the show has always done.

...Q: Was there a question of the show that you had as fans that did get answered?
Cusick: There was a point in the show where I thought I don't care about the answers anymore. I knew what I wanted from the ending and what I wanted the message to be. I like this thing of it coming from a place of love and coming from a place of no fear. All of a sudden it just seemed a lot bigger. Small questions I just thought I don't care anymore. I don't care why I can see the future. It didn't matter. It just seemed to be bigger than that. [Heather Newgen]

Interview with HitFix:
Actually, there's some confusion as to whether or not Cusick does, in fact, know how "Lost" ends.
"I think in act 11 there is a secret scene that no one got," Cusick says. "Only the people who are in it, but nobody knows. Everyone is keeping very quiet about it."

...How did the writers explain Desmond's place in the season to the actor?
"They phone you up and say they don't need you. Oh, okay," Cusick recalls. "Basically the phone call was 'We don't need you except for the final seven [episodes] but you'll get a really cool storyline.' You have to just trust them." [Daniel Fienberg]

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Ewan McGregor cast in Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote'

Terry Gilliam has cast Ewan McGregor in his second attempt at directing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Back in 2000 the film was plagued by flash floods and injuries, and then shut down after a few days of production. Ewan McGregor will take over Johnny Depp's role as an ad executive who travels through time to 17th century Spain, and becomes Don Quixote's sidekick - Robert Duvall will be replacing Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote. Shooting is expected to start in September. Gilliam talked a little about Ewan to Empire:

"And Ewan has gotten better over the years. He was wonderful in The Ghost. There's a lot of colours to Ewan that he's not been showing recently and it's time for him to show them again. He's got a great sense of humour and he's a wonderful actor. He's wonderfully boyish and can be charming - when he flashes a smile, everybody melts. He wields it like a nuclear bomb!" [Empire]

David Tennant news update: 'Rex' canned, 'Glorious 39' headed to the US + more

NBC did not pickup Rex is Not Your Lawyer for its upcoming fall season, so it's been scrapped.

In other news, David Tennant has been cast in Decoy Bride alongside Alice Eve and Kelly MacDonald. The project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival last Friday and is set to start shooting for 5 weeks this June. It will shoot on the Isle of Man and in Scotland.
The Decoy Bride tells the story of a superstar actress, Lara (Eve), who just wants to marry her cute British boyfriend James (Tennant), and believes the sleepy Scottish Island of Hegg is the one place the world’s press won’t find them. But when an ingenious paparazzo tracks them down, the diva must find a decoy bride and thinks local girl Katie (MacDonald) will be an ideal replacement. But when Katie meets James, sparks fly. [ScreenDaily]

Glorious 39 which was released in the UK last year, is now headed to the US. No word yet on when it will be released. Thanks so much to mcfangirl for this information.

Finally, you can check out some photos of David Tennant on the Glasgow set of BBC drama, Single Father.

Happy birthday Craig Ferguson

Today is Craig's 48th birthday. If you want to leave him birthday wishes, you can Tweet him a message.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/17: Archbishop Desmond Tutu (R 3/4/09)
Tu 5/18: Jon Favreau, Jakob Dylan
We 5/19: Dennis Quaid, Alice Eve
Th 5/20: Holly Hunter, Vampire Weekend
Fr 5/21: Ben Kingsley, Court Yard Hounds


Thursday, 13 May 2010

Exclusive interview with John Barrowman

John Barrowman recently did an interview with the Scottish Daily Record and you can watch it below:

Ewan McGregor joins 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' + 'Jackboots' to premiere at Cannes

Ewan McGregor has been cast alongside Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas in Lasse Hallström's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Written by Simon Beaufoy, the romantic comedy is based on Paul Torday's novel of the same name. The film is being sold to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. A synopsis is below:
Dr. Alfred Jones is a henpecked, slightly pompous middle-aged scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London when he is approached by a mysterious sheikh about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen. Dr. Jones refuses, but the project, however scientifically absurd, catches the eye of British politicians, who pressure him to work on it. His diaries of the Yemen Salmon Project, from beginning to glorious, tragic end, form the narrative backbone of this novel; interspersed throughout are government memos, e-mails, letters, and interview transcripts that deftly capture the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.

With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters--including a weasel-like spin doctor, a missing soldier and his intrepid fiancée, and Dr. Jones's own devilish wife--Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the whimsical story of an unlikely hero who discovers true love, finds himself first a pawn and then a victim of political spin, and learns to believe in the impossible. [ via Best of Ewan]

There are also reports that animated movie Jackboots on Whitehall featuring Ewan McGregor and Alan Cumming will premiere at Cannes.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

John Barrowman promotes Aladdin

John Barrowman was in Glasgow to promote upcoming pantomine, Aladdin. He will be performing from December 11 to January 9, 2010. Photos of John promoting the show are below.

'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' to return as prequel series

Spartacus, starring John Hannah is set to return to Starz in January as a prequel. John Hannah's co-star Andy Whitfield has been getting treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and will be in 2 out of 6 episodes. Shooting is expected to resume this summer in New Zealand:
The prequel series will focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus, the gladiator academy, and will revolve around the relationship between [Lucy] Lawless' and Hannah's characters, Lucretia and Batiatus.

...When Whitfield is able to get back to work on a more regular basis, the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" story will continue where it left off. In the meantime, Starz is casting a new character, who preceded Spartacus and Crixus as the top gladiator at the House of Batiatus.

Aside from Hannah, Lawless, and Whitfield, fans can expect to see more familiar faces among the prequel's cast members. [Zap2it]

Robert Carlyle interview for Johnnie Walker

Robert Carlyle recently did an interview for Johnnie Walker and in it he talks about his father - who passed away four years ago - and growing up in Glasgow. It's a really interesting interview and Robert reveals a lot of new details about his difficult childhood. You can head on over here to listen to the full interview and a transcript is posted below. Thanks so much to Dan for the transcript and the link.

Robert Carlyle – Walking With Giants

Hi, this is Robert Carlyle. You’re walking with me today in my old neck of the woods here in Glasgow. I hope you’ve got your thermals with you because it is freezing here today, must be at least 25 below. This area played a huge part in my life, and what I want to do today is take you for a wee walk and tell you basically where I came from, and where I went to.

It’s actually very unusual for me to speak about pretty much anything in my past, so what I’m going to talk to you about today has never been heard before, and I think it’s important for me to do this for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason of all if my father, God bless him, he passed away four years ago. When he was gone it suddenly occurred to me that no one else knew this story other than me, and if I was to suddenly get hit by a bus tomorrow, my children would have no idea about where I had come from, and where my father had come from, where my grandparents had come from, so this seemed to me to be a worthwhile to do.

This first thing you should know about me is when I was three years old my mother left me and my father. And that was traumatic obviously for my father; my father suffered a nervous breakdown in fact at that time in his life. He had come from stock standard working class background in Glasgow, but he was a shirt and tie man, he worked very hard my father, but when the marriage ended he went on a kind of spiral and took me off with him on what was quite an incredible journey.

So the first seven years of my life were spent in the east end of Glasgow, and the east end of Glasgow was a particularly hard, rough place to be. We had less than nothing; we were poorer than poor. So as this wee story I’m telling you is all about walking, about my journey, we really began walking from that age of three or four. We would walk for miles and miles looking for anything we could find.

I’ll tell you a story I remember particularly to show how hard this was. Brooke Bond tea packets used to have little stamps and if you saved up enough of these on a little card you could get a box of groceries. So we would spend literally months raking through dustbins trying to find tea packets that still had a stamp. Whenever we would be wandering, maybe we would come upon a skip, my heart would kind of sink because I knew my dad would find something in there to pass down and to sell on, and it didn’t really matter what that was, my wee dad would get a wardrobe on his back and I would be helping him and along we would go, back to this absolute gutter that we lived in.

Why were we so poor? Why was my dad not working? Well I have to tell you, simply because he had to look after me. There was no option. There was no family, when my mother and father’s marriage broke up, my father’s family kind of rejected him, so he had no back up, he had nothing at all. And of course, the notion of a single parent family even then was very vague, so there was a certain element of distrust toward my father from social security-type institutions and stuff like that would continually try to take me away. And my father would then move from address to address basically to escape. I have to be honest, we survived through stealing a lot of the time you know, he would nick stuff, he would sell it on, and that would keep up going for a week or two. It was living on your wits you know, it was very much living on your wits and my father was brilliant at that. He did some things which were quite extraordinary, and this is maybe the first indication of any sense of acting in my life.

What my dad used to do was he would take me to what was called the welfare, and he would say to me on the way, “I’m going to make a bit of a scene here, I’m going to scream and shout a lot, I’m going to threaten to leave you, but don’t worry son, I’ll be coming back to get you”. Now these institutions then were grim, it was Dickensian almost you know, and you would sit there and be humiliated basically, and at that end of the day you would get again a box of groceries. But trying to get that was quite a skill. So several time my dad would take me, and he’d say “look we need this, we need money”, “we can’t get you money Mr. Carlyle”, “Okay, you take him”. And I remember seeing these people laugh going “ don’t be ridiculous, what are your talking about that’s your son”, and saying “it is my son, but a can’t look after him any more, it’s up to you, bye” and he’s off. My dad was like a greyhound, out the door and away, and I was left sitting there watching this, and even though I know he’s coming back he’s so convincing that I think he’s away. At the time it just seemed like everything was against us you know, it was me and my dad against the world, that was all it was.

My mother in actual fact made a reappearance when I was about six years old. And I remember sitting at home with my dad when this woman walked in, she had a fur coat on. It had only been three years but I didn’t know her, and my dad said “that’s your mum”, and I just remember her coming up to me and covering me up in this fur coat, and I remember the feeling of the fur, the smell of the perfume, and even though I was just a wee boy, just six years, I remember feeling happy. And you know I thought she was back for six months, and I’ve only just found out in recent times that she was actually only back for two weeks. I wish I could ask them now. If there’s anything you want to ask your parents, ask them before they go, because once they go, they’re gone.

The Full Monty I’m obviously grateful for, for my entire career. What struck me was I was 32 when the Monty came up, I think my father was round about the same age when his marriage started to fall apart and he had me, and I suppose then was my first real indication to me of how much my father loved me. He’d have done anything for me, he’d have killed for me, but I suddenly began to get it. And of course Gaz in the Full Monty would do anything for his boy, he eventually takes his clothes off in public, but you know if, I’m sorry that’s my agent.

So there comes a point where my father decides to leave the east end of Glasgow. There was such an atmosphere of violence, and my father could see that even at the early early age of six or seven that I was getting pulled into that. I remember seeing these vicious, ferocious gangs squaring up to each other. Now it was like the charge of the light brigade. Us as wee boys, we’d be underneath cars and tenement watching on us, and I remember seeing this boy, I don’t know what eventually happened but I’d just seen this massive bully aiming don’t toward this boys arm and it certainly hurt and I know I’ll never forget the scream that came out of this guy. I was really shocked by that, and it was very very soon after that that my dad thought “right, we’re getting out of here”, and we ended up in the west end of Glasgow, which was certainly a much more peaceful are to live. Haha just looking at a dog, a very typical Glasgow collie there, give me my ball or I’ll bite you.

I do tend to divide my childhood into darkness and light, and the first seven years were certainly the darkness; the west end of Glasgow was in technicolor, it was brighter than bright. As we’re walking along here at Botanic Gardens was kind of where it all began for me. My dad was rubbish of all other aspects of his financial life, but he’s pretty good at paying the rent. But what had happened was that the landlord hadn’t showed up, two or three weeks went by, and I always remember this man his name was Mr. Macooloo, and he was reputedly from Nigeria, but something had happened with his life back home and Mr. Macooloo was gone, and suddenly this Victorian town house was left abandoned.

We had been in houses before that, little crummy houses, this was the first time that we were actually in a bed-sit, even my dad didn’t really know what this was, and I certainly didn’t know what this was, other people were in this house but we didn’t necessarily talk to them. So my dad started to chat the doors. And each door that opened up the people were more colourful and kind of spectacular in their own kind of way, and they kind of looked at him and said “so you’re the father of the kid”, “yes”, “where’s the mother?”, “she’s gone”. So my dad and me we became celebrities within this house, coming from the east end, struggling to eat. Me and my father survived for a week on custard powder made with water. I can’t tell you what that’s like, try it yourself, kind of translucent orange kind of colour and I remember eating this slop.

Now we came from that to be on the street, and suddenly it was like my father had a family. An interesting sight, this makes me laugh anyway to show you how bizarre the world was that I’d stepped in, I remember coming through this darkness of the east end of Glasgow, suddenly we were in the west end in this house, and there’s a couple there called Roger and Rosemary, and Roger and Rosemary had a chameleon. Imagine that as a wee boy this was incredible. They morph, they change their colour and stuff like that, and I used to sit, staring at this chameleon for hours and hours and hours trying to see it change into the colour of the wallpaper, and of course it escaped. And I’ve always kind of thought “I wonder what happened to that wee chameleon”, maybe it met another kind of lizard and they started a wee family and there’s loads of kind of strange chameleon type creatures wandering about Glasgow suddenly.

So it was fun. 1966/67 had happened - the summer of love had taken place, and the whispers of a new kind of life was sweeping its way across the ocean, and my father embraced this. He started to listen to Dr Timothy Leary. He turned on, he tuned in, and he dropped out, and within a year the collar and tie were gone, his hair was down to his bum in fact, his beard grew down to his chest, and all the people that were round about me looked like that. And here we were, we were suddenly getting called hippies. There was other women in there you see, mothers and daughters, so suddenly it was like looking in the mirror, I had friends for the first time, and my dad, for the first time in many many years, he could actually leave me with people and get on with his life a wee bit. We started doing a bit of painting and decorating and stuff like that, making a wee bit of money. But of course you know, all good things come to an end. The days of Belmont Street are nearly over, Mr Macooloo’s house was going to be sold.

Squatters rights – they couldn’t kick you out if somebody was in the house, this particular day everybody was out, they came and locked the whole place up, we were out on the street – again. Well en masse we decided we were going to go to London because one of the guys in the commune knew this guys called Dingo who owned a town house on Ifield road in Chelsea which he’d won in a card game. So the whole bunch of us, about 20, went and lived in this beautiful but dilapidated town house in Chelsea. And if there was colourful people in the Glasgow commune, you can imagine what I was confronted with in London. Buddhists, Jamaicans, people that I’d never seen before in my life! That lasted a couple of years, and we moved again en masse down to Brighton. And everything I’m telling you is true, on my children’s life this is true. We slept on Brighton beach for about eighteen months, there must have been maybe fifty, sixty people that were sleeping on the beach underneath this pier, and when it rained, what my dad used to do is he used to wrap me up in plastic bags like a crispy roll, and he’d carry me up to the prom, pull back the canvases which were covering up the deckchairs and he’d stick me in there, and that would be me for the night.

I can remember me and my dad walking for miles to the cinema that let you in for lemonade bottles. He always said that he did this to take my mind of that fact that my mother wasn’t around; it was probably to take his mind off it as much as anybody else’s. And my dad would take me to see any movie I wanted to see as long as it was a western, and that love of westerns and cowboys has stayed with me my entire life. I loved the idea of the man in black riding into town, nobody knew who he was, nobody knew where he came from, and you always knew that he was going somewhere, but you never knew quite where he was going. I still love that notion, and I think that’s actually reflected in an awful lot of my work. You see my story, and the story I’m telling you today, I can laugh about this now but you see at the time I was ashamed. I didn’t like my story, so the cowboys and the world they inhabited seemed to me a much much better story to tell. And one of my early pieces actually was a character called Hamish Macbeth. Now if ever there was a cowboy, there he was. I was even able to dress him in black. He became Yul Brynner to me, Hamish Macbeth.

How do I explain to you how I became an actor? At sixteen years old suddenly I was confronted with reality, which was what are you going to do now? I was a butcher for a morning; I worked in an ironmongers for a couple of months; I worked on the buses, I was one of the last of the Clippies bus conductors in Glasgow. And then, nineteen years old, it was my birthday, and someone had got me some book tokens, so this is the book that I wanted, it was called Hollywood: The Pioneers, and I had 75p left over from this book token, and beside the Hollywood: The Pioneers book there was drama scripts. And I was looking all along and I seen this one called The Crucible, and I thought I think I know that, I know that from somewhere, and I’d remembered it from school, and I also had remembered the name Arthur Miller. This goes back again into the commune days – there’s a Glasgow dog attacking us as we walk, how respectful is that? The Crucible, I thought “I remember that”, I was thinking it was a book, and I thought well I’ll get that, and I took the script, first one I’d ever looked at. And at that point I’m nineteen, I’m getting quite politicised, this was about the McCarthy witch hunt in America in the fifties, this guy has been able to disguise what he’s actually talking about and take it to Salem. So I thought “how absolutely fantastic to actually be one thing and pretend you’re another”. I cannot tell you how big a moment that was in my life that. I’ve never been to the theatre, my friend says “well why don’t you go and see some plays then, maybe you’ll enjoy it”. And there was a place called the Citizens Theatre, and I would go, and I would see all these wonderful plays that I’d had no knowledge of. And so over a period of about two years I became quite literate in terms of drama, something which I’d thought “well that just ain’t for me”.

There was an ad in the paper for this place called the Glasgow Arts Centre, they were going to do some plays and stuff like that, and I remember going in for the first night into a room of about 100 people all screaming and shouting “look at me me me me”. I nearly turned on my heel and walked right out. But I persevered and I sat that and about six months went by, and this wonderful woman called Maggie Kinloch came up to me one night and said “what you doing here?”, and I said “well I’m just coming for the drama”, she said “are you? You’re just sat there you’re not doing anything”. And she was really harsh, and I thought “okay, I need to do something here”. It took another month or so to pluck up the courage. The very first thing I did: I made people laugh, and in actual fact I could see myself shaking. And from that point, everything changed in my head. I started to think, you might actually be quite good at this. Then Maggie Kinloch and another guy called Robbie Molson, they said to us “why don’t you try for drama school?”. And this is that beginning for me having a bit of determination to hold on to this accent that you can hear here, because from the minute I walked into drama school I was told “if you continue to talk like that you’re never going to work”, and this was just horrific as far as I was concerned. There was only about three Scots in actual fact in the year; two other boys from Glasgow, one boy from Castlemilk, which is a hardened area, and he did it. One day he was speaking like me, and the next day he came in and started to talk like that. I had so many fights over the next three years with the lecturers and with the tutors in there, but I was determined to make it work. I’m not going to run away with my tail between my legs any longer. I’m going to face it, I’m going to front it, and I’m going to pursue this career in the way that I see fit.

So what does the future hold? What do you think? I guess you know, the thing to say to you is that honesty, believability, dynamic. Things can get put in your way that take you further and further away from that target, so whether you want to become a bricklayer, or whether you want to become an athlete, then you have to remember what is true, and what is honest, and what is valid.

You know, one of the great directors I have worked with – Danny Boyle – Danny Boyle’s greatest quality is his enthusiasm for anything that you give him. I’ve lost count of the amount of times during Trainspotting and The Beach and 20 Weeks Later in fact that we cut because Danny was laughing because he was enjoying it so much. See when someone gives you that pat on the back, everybody needs it, doesn’t matter how confident you are you need a slap on the back. Danny was great for that. So if I see a wee sixteen year old Robert Carlye walking up this path today I’d stick my hand on his shoulder, squeeze him and say “son, go for it”.

I guess, if I’ve got any role to play, I think I have to give a voice to the people who don’t have a voice. Thinking back to my childhood, the wee guy from the east end of Glasgow, this wee guy who was nothing, well I’ve made a career out of playing guys who are less than nothing. You know when you’re thinking about “is it possible for someone to come from nowhere?” then the answer is absolutely yes. But I tell you this: don’t think back. Thinking back can tie you up in knots and make you doubt yourself. Keep going forward, keep that water moving. One person who stuck by me all the way though from the very beginning was my father. And you know what he did, this was many years later, I think I had done Full Monty, Trainspotting and even Bond by this point, and I was sitting with my dad one night and he said “you’re doing quite well son eh” I was like “Things have gone alright dad”, and he said “you know” and he pulled this bank book out of his pocket, and I look at it and its got £3000 in it. And he said “when you decided to give up the painting and going into the acting, I wasn’t sure it was going to happen for you or not so I saved you up a wee bit of money, in case it didn’t work out, I was going to get you a wee van, a wee set of ladders some brushes and you’d be on your way.” And I’m pausing now even thinking about that, that he would do something like that for me you know. I said to him “Dad, I genuinely don’t need the money any more”. By this point I’ve already bought my dad a house. I was like “daddy just spend it” and that was I think one of the most beautiful things that anyone could ever do for anyone, certainly for a father for a son. I really want to say, my father was a very very honest man, and to me, if that is all you leave behind in your life, that’s a wonderful rich thing to leave behind. And that is I hope, something I can pass on to my children. My children are everything. I love them more than is healthy, I want everything for them. Family is an important thing for me. I never had one, I want to make the best family I can possibly make.

Well, this is us coming to the end of our walk together, but I have to say I’ve enjoyed this today. Believe it or not, this is four years today that my father passed away, so I really hope that it means something to you, it certainly means something to me. I’m going to head off now, but wherever you’re going, keep walking, and have a good one.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Peter Capaldi nominated for TV BAFTA

Peter Capaldi has been nominated in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category for his role on The Thick of It. Peter is up against Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered Christmas Special), and David Mitchell (Peep Show). The TV BAFTA ceremony will take place on June 6 at the London Palladium. The Thick of It is also nominated in the Situation Comedy and the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category. You can go to the BAFTA's official site for a full list of nominees.

Ewan McGregor to attend the Sydney Film Festival

Ewan is among the celebrities confirmed to attend the 57th annual Sydney Film Festival which begins on Wednesday, June 2 and ends on Monday, June 14. Ewan will likely attend the premiere of The Ghost Writer.

'Pimp' trailer with Billy Boyd

The official Pimp trailer has been out for a couple of weeks, so I've been a little slow in posting it. There have been reports that Gerard Butler helped to fund the film, which reminded me about it. My apologies for being slow. Anyway, the film stars Robert Cavanah, Billy Boyd, and Martin Compston and opens in the UK on May 21. It debuts on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 24.

Synopsis: Working for Stanley (Danny Dyer), Woody (Robert Cavanah) is a pimp, hustler and fixer in Soho's sex industry who agrees to be followed and filmed by a documentary camera crew for one week. However, it soon turns out to be no ordinary week; one of his porn directors is behind schedule, he’s kicked out of his apartment for not paying his rent and he’s beaten up by his landlord and by Chinese thugs who are encroaching onto Stanley’s territory.

These are the least of his problems, though, as he finds out when one of his girls, Petra, goes missing. During his frantic search for her throughout the seductive Soho underworld, Woody soon finds himself starting to question his whole life – a life he now finds is spiralling brutally out of control…

Featuring an explosive cast (including Billy Boyd, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Martin Compston and Barbara Nedeljakova), Pimp is a sexy, exciting and action-packed look at the darker side of London’s glamorous and dangerous nightlife.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/10: Russell Crowe, Wilco
Tu 5/11: Melina Kanakaredes, Tom Lennon, Jonsi
We 5/12: Bryan Cranston, Angela Kinsey
Th 5/13: Robert Downey Jr., Dave Barry
Fr 5/14: Amanda Seyfried, Isabel Allende


Friday, 7 May 2010

On the set of 'Coriolanus' with Gerard Butler and Brian Cox

The Guardian has a profile piece on Coriolanus and gives us a look at the Belgrade set with Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, and Ralph Fiennes. It's a pretty great read and you can check out the entire article at the source. Photos via the Daily Mail.
A dozen or so soldiers are sprawled in front of a communist-era block of flats in a factory town outside the Serbian capital, Belgrade. The building has seen better days, graffiti snaking the walls, brickwork crumbling. The soldiers are none too pretty, either: a mean-looking hairy crew in dirty uniforms. Up marches their general and grunts at them. Behind the general's bushy beard and mirrored sunglasses is the actor Gerard Butler, and the soldiers are extras playing his troops. As he stomps off, grinning, to start the day's filming in a nearby flat, one of them pulls out a sudoku book. Not so tough after all – but film sets, like wars, involve a lot of waiting around.

...Representing the Brits are Brian Cox, playing a rascally political fox, James Nesbitt and Paul Jesson. [Cath Clarke]

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Ewan McGregor at the Allbritton Brunch

After Saturday's White House Correspondents’ Dinner Ewan and his wife, Ève Mavrakis appeared at Sunday's brunch hosted by Robert Allbritton. Ewan and Ève took some photos (via Best of Ewan) with Christiane Amanpour and Chris Matthews.

Ewan McGregor, the Scottish star of “Star Wars,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Trainspotting,” said he thoroughly enjoyed the dinner — especially being in the same room as Obama.

“It was quite magical. I felt the hairs on my neck stand up,” McGregor said.

McGregor and his wife didn’t get to meet the president, but they vowed to return to Washington in the near future to tour the West Wing. (They did drive around to do a little night tour, seeing all the monuments lit up, they told POLITICO.) [POLITICO]

Photos by: Nick Khazal/Vi Photography

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Martin Compston talks 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed'

Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton talk to Empire Magazine about their film, which opened on April 30 in the UK. The Disappearance of Alice Creed reportedly has a limited August 6 opening in the US.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Peter Capaldi to play Balthazar in Nativity adaptation

Peter Capaldi has signed on to play one of the wise men in Tony Jordan's The Nativity for BBC 1 this Christmas. The adaptation will focus on the love story between Mary (Tatiana Maslany) and Joseph (Andrew Buchan) and will air in four 30 minute episodes over four nights. Shooting starts sometime this month in Morocco.

Kevin McKidd cast in 'The Great Ghost Rescue'

Kevin McKidd, Jason Isaacs, Toby Hall, and Emma Fielding will appear in the movie adaptation of Eva Ibbotson's 1975 children's novel. Kevin has been cast as Hamish. Shooting started today and the movie is set for a 2011 release in the UK. A synopsis of the book:

Humphrey the Horrible is a pleasant, friendly ghost - quite unlike his frightful, ghastly and loathsome family: his mother, a Hag; his father, a Scottish ghost killed fighting in the Battle of Otterburn in which he lost both his legs, and was run through by a sword; his brother George, a Screaming Skull; and his sister, Winifred, a wailing ghost covered in bloodstains.

The little family are turned out of their castle home when humans plan to redevelop the castle into a holiday resort. [Wiki]

Monday, 3 May 2010

Summit picks up 'The Impossible' with Ewan McGregor, Ewan at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Summit Entertainment has picked up the worldwide rights to Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible, which is set to star Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. Shooting is scheduled to begin in the summer, most likely in August.
Bayona reteams with the writer of that film, Sergio G. Sanchez, for a drama based around a true story set during and after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. The budget's set around $45 million, and, while exact plot details are under wraps, we found a Spanish article that states that "The aim of Bayona... is to recreate this natural disaster through a script with hints of horror and mystery and large doses of science fiction." [The Playlist Nation]

Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis appeared at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington on Saturday. An after party interview with Ewan is below. His brief interview starts at 0:30.

Weekly schedule for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Mo 5/3: Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara
Tu 5/4: Andy Garcia, Donald Glover
We 5/5: Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane
Th 5/6: Mark Harmon, Sophia Bush, Local Natives
Fr 5/7: Kaley Cuoco, Steven Wright, Matt Baetz

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